Let’s be honest, children aren’t exactly renowned for sitting still, amiright mamas? And the one time when this is crucial is when it’s time for a haircut and scissors are bearing down on their precious heads. 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 kid-friendly salons and hairdressers out there to choose from.
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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: $350 for babies to 14 years, $450 for teens over 14 years old
Magic Mirror, Shop 218, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2882 2118, www.magicmirror.com.hk
If you’re looking for a very special kids’ haircutting experience, try the for Baby’s First Haircut at the Mandarin Oriental Barber which includes a certificate signed by the barber, a framed lock of hair, plus a cute rubber duck toy. It’s safe to say that these guys are well used to squirming children and are pros at putting them at ease (plus they have Cartoon Network on the TV if needed!). Phew! Make sure you make a reservation in advance though, as this service and regular children’s hair cuts are only available on Sundays only from 9am to 11am.
Cost: Definitely more of a splurge for a child’s haircut at $695 but the first cut only happens once! A regular child’s haircut is $400 to $440 (depending on the skill level of the hairdresser)
Great for baby’s first hair cut; this salon is equipped with children’s seats (comfy cushions) 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 2 years and $350 for 2 to 14 years
This isn’t so much a kids’ 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, storybooks and games in their playground. Who can say “no” to sitting on flying pigs while getting your hair done?! One Sassy Mama editor, can vouch for this salon as her little ones are returning customers! Make sure to ask for the membership for a discounted cut.
Cost: $350 for a regular stylist and $420 for a senior stylist
Private i Garden, Causeway Bay, Shop 230, 2/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2618 2330
Private i Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui, Shop 282-83, L2, Mira Place Two, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2301 2899
Private i Garden, Kowloon Tong, Unit L2-55, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, 2314 0003, www.privateigarden.com
The perfect venue for your little prince or princess, this salon can do hair cuts for kids ages three and over, as well as beautiful up-dos with an array of mocktails on offer – little ones will definitely feel every bit the grown-up. They also host kids’ spa days.
Cost: $350 for children under 10 years
Air Play Blow Dry Bar, 317, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2388 8179, www.airplaybar.com
Experienced and award-winning stylists will put you and your child at ease and ensure they look their best. Baby can have their first hair cut here, or bring your older children as well for a chop and style.
Cost: $300 for children under 11 years and $400 for ages 11 to 14 years
As a mama herself, Anaitha knows how to put your child at ease. She’s also been known to do some snazzy ‘dos for boys and girls (as per the image above!) and your child will be the coolest kid in town after visiting here. She comes highly recommended by mamas in Hong Kong (including one of our Sassy Mamas in the office) and aims to have the whole thing done in 45 minutes or less. Check out her Instagram page for inspiration.
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 (though haircuts will take place on mum or dads knee for very little one’s). Plug sockets are available to ensure all your gadgets can be charged during use. Plus, there are free-flow refreshments on the house (hello, Prosecco!). Our co-founder’s daughter is a big fan!
Cost: $150 to $300 for baby’s first hair cut, $300 to $500 for older children
Here you’ll find reasonably priced haircuts and the choice of two cars to sit in (to fit children under 5) to make the experience even more fun! They also have smaller child-sized chairs for children up to 10 years. Note that it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Cost: $200 for children under 11 years, $250 for boys and $300 for girls over 11 years
Park Salon, Babington Path opposite Sai Ying Pun Station, off Bonham Road, Hong Kong, 2549 9222, www.facebook.com/parksalon66a
Don’t be fooled by appearances, this no-frills salon is very popular with K-Town residents and is a great option for the kids. Owner Doris will look after you and she does most of the hair cuts herself. Note that it’s closed on Mondays.
Cost: Around $140
Tommy hair Design
This salon has the seal of approval by one Sassy Papa (who’s been having his locks chopped here for years!) and his two Sassy children. It’s no-frills and not a typical kids-style salon (they don’t include wash and shampoo with the cuts), but it’s definitely a great low-cost option that always seems to be busy. Our Sassy Mama drops in for walk-in appointments to get the kids’ hair cut, but it’s probably best to call ahead and check availability.
Cost: $150 from 2 to 10 years, $200 over 10 years
Tommy hair Salon, M/F, Union Commercial Building, 12-16 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong 9191 0682
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in September 2017 by Carrie Johnson and updated in September 2020 by Alex Purcell Garcia.