Let’s be honest, children aren’t exactly renowned for sitting still, amiright mamas? And the one time when this is crucial is when scissors are bearing down on their precious heads and it’s time for a haircut. So, with this in mind you need a hairdresser you can trust, someone to put both you and your child at ease and make this experience both exciting and painless. Fortunately, we have you covered and there are plenty of kiddo-friendly salons and hairdressers out there to choose from.
What do they offer? Great for baby’s first hair cut; this salon is equipped with children’s seats and cartoons. Plus, a certificate is presented to you and your bubba with a lock of hair from the first ever cut! Definitely a special keepsake.
Cost: $300 for under 2s and $350 for 2-14 years
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
G/F, Sun Lee Building, 43-49 Wellington Street, Central, 2525 2455, www.gentlemenstonic.com
What do they offer? A specialised experience for Baby’s First Haircut includes a certificate signed by the barber, and a framed lock of hair. It’s safe to say that the barbers are well used to squirming children and are pros at putting them at ease. Phew!
Cost: Definitely more of a splurge for a child’s haircut at $685 but the first cut only happens once! A regular child’s haircut is $400
Hours: Sundays 9am-11am (Reservations are essential)
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825 4088, www.mandarinoriental.com
What do they offer? This isn’t so much a haircut as a fully-fledged day out! This is a dedicated children’s salon and is geared directly at the teeny humans with music, movies, story books and games in their playground. Who can say “no” to sitting on flying pigs while getting your hair done?! Our Sassy Mama editor, Kat can vouch for this salon as her kiddos are returning customers! Make sure to ask for the membership for a discounted cut.
Cost: Starts at $350
Hours: Causeway Bay location: 10am-8pm, Kowloon Tong location: 10am-9pm, Tsim Sha Tsui location: 10:30am-10pm
Causeway Bay: Shop 230, 2/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 2618 2330, www.privateigarden.com
Kowloon Tong: Unit L2-55, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, 2314 0003, www.privateigarden.com
Tsim Sha Tsui: Shop 230-231, 2/F, Mira Mall, No. 118-130 Nathan Road, Kowloon, 2301 2899, www.privateigarden.com
What do they offer? This bespoke salon is aimed specifically at children with seats shaped like animals and toys aplenty. Anyone else feeling aggrieved that adults hair cutting isn’t this fun?! They also offer a Baby’s First Haircut package, including a certificate and the first lock of hair.
Cost: From $260-$350 dependent on location and day of the week
Hours: Daily 10:30am-7:00pm
Causeway Bay: Shop 106, West9Zone, 38 Cherry Street, +852 2957 8000 or Shop 218, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 2882 2118, www.magicmirror.com.hk
Tai Kok Tsui: Shop G25, Olympian City 3, 1 Hoi Wang Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, 2957 8000, www.magicmirror.com.hk
What do they offer? The perfect venue for your little princess, this salon doesn’t cut hair but will style it into a beautiful up-do and with an array of mocktails on offer – she’ll definitely feel every bit the grown up. They also host children’s parties.
Cost: $150 for girls under 10
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am-8pm
317, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 2388 8179, www.airplaybar.com
What do they offer? The Strand creates a special frame for the first lock of hair, with your child’s name, their age and the date. The salon also offer children’s cuts for older children with stylists all the way up to salon manager available for the service.
Cost: Baby’s first haircut from $420, children’s haircut from $260
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9am-8pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm
18 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2850 7686, www.thestrandhk.com
What do they offer? Reasonably priced haircuts and a car to sit in to make the experience even more fun.
Hours: Daily 11am-8pm
Babington Path opposite Sai Ying Pun Station, off Bonham Road, 2549 9222, www.facebook.com/parksalon66a
What do they offer? As a mum herself, Anaitha will put your child at ease. She’s been known to do some snazzy ‘dos for boys and girls and your child will be the coolest kid in town after visiting here. She comes highly recommended by mums in Hong Kong.
Hours: By appointment, email [email protected]
The Coronation, 1 Yau Cheng Road, South Kowloon, Hong Kong
What do they offer? A friendly environment with flat-bed reclining long-chairs that make it easy for children to get their hair washed whatever their size or height. Plug sockets are available to ensure all your gadgets can be charged during use. Plus, free flow refreshments on the house (hello, Prosecco!). Our Sassy Mama co-founder, Maura’s daughter is a big fan!
Cost: $150 for babies first hair cut, $300 for older children
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Saturday: 10am-7pm, Thursday 9am-8pm
What do they offer? Experienced and award-winning stylists to put your child at ease and ensure they look their best.
Central location: Glow Spa and Salon, 9/F Parker House, 72 Queens Road Central, Central
Sai Kung location: Hollywood Hair, 210-211 G/F, Wong Chuk Wan Village, 2 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, 2525 5198, www.hollywoodhair.com.hk
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