I was browsing in the children’s section at TJ Maxx the other day, and I happened to overhear (alright, alright, I was totally eavesdropping) a couple lamenting about the stress that always seems to accompany the annual family holiday picture. They have to find coordinating outfits for their two young girls (which they have to get them to try on first), they have to find someone to man the camera, and worst of all, they have to get everyone to not mess up their clothes, sit still, look at the camera AND smile all at the same time. I’m guessing this couple is not alone. Parents everywhere are probably waxing a wee bit panicky about getting ready for their family’s close up.
Well, I can’t be your personal shopper, and I don’t have any tips for getting that perfect photo (whenever I get one, it’s just dumb luck!), but I can take the stress out of one part of the prep work: the holiday haircut. If the tree is not the only thing that needs trimming this holiday season, you’ll want to take your kiddos of all ages to Scissor Kids in Glastonbury for a truly fun haircutting experience.
We took Boo here for his very first haircut back in July when he was only 11 months old. That seemed pretty young for a first haircut, but I figured I had two choices: find a place to get him a haircut or start telling people we were planning on dressing him as Cousin Itt for Halloween. I felt much better after I called to make an appointment and also found out that they regularly see babies as young as 6 months come in for their first haircut. I was still skeptical when we arrived, but let me tell you, these stylists know what they are doing! There is no baby too squirmy for them to handle. I mean it! Boo laughed and smiled the whole time.
The whole experience was such a success, that I decided to take Boo back for his second haircut last weekend. He needed it. In fact, he had been needing it for about three weeks. And since Halloween was well over, I couldn’t really use that Cousin Itt bit anymore.
The salon is located right in the Glastonbury Town Center in the By-way Plaza, which you can enter from Hebron Avenue. There’s plenty of parking right out front.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are highly encouraged. Both times we’ve been there on a Saturday afternoon and it has been pretty busy. I would suggest calling ahead for an appointment, especially since then you can schedule it for right after nap time when everything is more fun.
The salon is divided into two sides.
One side has the “big kid” chairs and the other one has, well, there’s a reason they say a picture is worth 1000 words. Check these out:
Today, we purposely got there a few minutes early so that Boo could play in the kiddie waiting area. It’s fully enclosed and filled with fun toys. He loves it!
Of course, there’s also a nice place for the adults and older kids to wait.
Krista is cutting Boo’s hair today, and boy is he wiggly. But like I said before, that’s no problem for these pros.
The fun doesn’t stop after baby’s first haircut either. Scissor Kids does kid’s birthday parties, as well as haircuts for teens and even adults. The salon also stocks all kinds of fun hair accessories for little girls (or boys; we don’t judge!).
Of course, we have to stop by the bead maze table before heading out. Boo can never pass up a bead maze.
63 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury
Get directions here:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday; please call for holiday/holiday weekend schedules
Current Price List (as of 11/12/11; please call or click here for the most up-to-date information)
Children Ages 0-12:
Blow Dry: $4
Teen’s and Men’s Haircut: $20
Women’s Haircut: $28
Special Up-Do Styles: Start at $36
Nail Polish Application: $8
Ear Piercing: $20 plus cost of earrings
Hair Feathers and Colored Extensions: $10-$25
Tips/Things to Bring
Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted if time permits.
Do bring your own camera/video camera; the stylists are more than happy to accommodate you while you take your own photos/videos of baby’s first haircut (and if you’re like me, baby’s second and probably third haircut).
There are lots of kid-friendly places to grab a quick bite within walking distance from the salon including Panera, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Pazzo, and Luna Pizza (website is for West Hartford location only; menu is the same). There is also a Friendly’s just a short ride up Main Street.
Don’t hibernate yet! We’re hitting some more trails to enjoy the weather while we still can.