Getting kiddos excited about a hair cut is almost as tough as getting them excited about a visit to the doctor. Fortunately, kids’ hair cuts have come a long way since the days of getting that terrible bowl cut at grandma’s house. Salons specifically designed for the younger set — with stylists trained not just in the latest kids’ hair trends, but also in how to work with young, nervous clientele — will make the whole experience much more pleasant for both you and your children.

Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
The Seahawks-green interior, slick decor, and cool options for salon chairs will lure you in, the friendly staff will calm your nerves, and the wide array of fantastic extras will assure you and your kiddos will want to return. All hair cuts include a complimentary wash, a visit to the Tween Lounge, mini-manicures for the girls, fun chairs, game stations with Xbox & PS3, balloons, and lollipops. This place is popular, and appointments are highly recommended; reserve by phone or online.

4609 14th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107

Girl’s hair cuts start at $28.95
Boy’s hair cuts start at $14.95
Mom’s and dad’s hair cuts are $35 and $26.95, respectively.
Lower pricing for bang trims.

$5 off for military personnel and immediate family.
Like their Facebook page for coupons and promotions.

Nearby (in case you need more bribe options): Top Pot Doughnuts, Gymboree Gym, and Ballard Blocks.

Brat Pack Kids Salon & Spa
For over two decades this salon has made kiddos and parents alike enjoy hair cuts far more than they should. The waiting area has a train table, each station has its own mini TV set, and a visit ends with a lollipop and a special prize. They even offer hair cuts for moms and dads, plus other services such as ear piercing, specialty hairdos, nail and spa packages, and braiding classes. Don’t forget to check out their spa party area for little girls and all the cool stuff at the toys/gifts boutique.

16116 N.E. 87th St.
Redmond, Wa 98052

Ages 0-12: $25 for a Spritz & Haircut; $28 for a Haircut & Wash (includes barrette, glitter, or colored gel)
Ages 13-18: $32 for girls; $28 for boys
Bang trims, ear and neck trims, and special occasion hairstyles available.

Nearby (in case you need more bribe options): Games & Gizmos, Bella Bottega Regal Cinemas, and Zoëyogurt.

The Salon at Kid’s Club 
Even the squirmiest, most hair cut-averse kiddo will warm to the super cool jungle-themed mural at this salon, with its bright car chairs and lap-sized toy boxes. Located inside the colorful and bustling children’s clothing and toy store that is Kid’s Club, the whole place is abuzz with positive kid energy. Kids get to up their new do’s a notch with fun extras like a faux hawk or sparkles. They’ve even got a special Baby’s First Hair Cut package ($30) which includes a cut and style, a photo, and a keepsake card with a lock of your little one’s hair. With all the excellent dining, playing, and shopping options at U Village, there’ll be plenty of places for your little one to show off their new ‘do.

At University Village
2630 N.E. Village Lane
Seattle, Wa 98105

Kid’s Hair Cut: $30 (includes wash, cut, style, braid, sparkles, spikes, faux hawks, and/or colored gel)
Bang trims, ear trims, braiding, and special occasion hairstyles available.

Nearby (in case you need more bribe options): Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Trophy Cupcakes, Paint the Town, Seattle Team Shop.

Dooz 4 Kidz
This modern, colorful salon does over 1,000 “first” hair cuts annually, so it’s safe to say they could handle your little one’s precious crown — you’ll even get a photo and a keepsake card for the scrapbook! Kiddos sit in smaller-scale salon chairs and have plenty of awesome distractions to choose from: toys, bubbles, and even an iTouch. Located on the third floor of the mall, Dooz has the bonus of being located next to PinkaBella Cupcakes and in front of the huge Kids’ Cove play area.

Bellevue Square Mall
340 Bellevue Square, 3rd Floor
Bellevue, Wa 98004

Boy’s hair cuts: $24-$30
Girl’s hair cuts: $24-$30
First hair cuts: $24
Special occasion styling available; price determined by styling time.

Nearby (in case you need more bribe options): The LEGO Store, Sanrio, Disney Store, and Pagliacci Pizza.

L’il Klippers
Serving up kids’ hair cuts since 1988, this warm and inviting salon located inside the Wallingford Center has a devoted following and a close relationship with its community. The bright space features handcrafted wood chairs shaped like animals and vehicles, as well as toys and books for its young clientele. The staff is trained to work with special needs children, and the salon is a supporter of the Locks of Love program.

1815 N. 45th St., Suite 205
Seattle, Wa 98103

Under 3 years: $20-$26
3-7 years: $22-$28
8-11 years: $25-$31
Guys 12-18 years: $27-$35
Gals 12-18 years: $30-$38
Bang trims: $7 or $10, for girls and boys

Nearby (in case you need more bribe options): Wallingford Playfield, Meridian Playground, Fainting Goat Gelato, Trophy Cupcakes, and Julia’s of Wallingford.

Where do you take your kiddos for a hair cut? Let us know in a comment below.

-Myriam Gabriel-Pollock

Photo Credits: Kristina D., Brat Pack, Kid’s Club, Dooz 4 Kids & L’il Klippers

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