We asked our 510 Families facebook group where they take their children to get haircuts and the results came rolling right in. I thought a list of kid-friendly hair-cutters would be useful for rookie parents who have not yet cut their child's hair. Some places focus on the kid hair cut, others are more general so BYO lollipop.
Here are the hair-cutting solutions parents shared with us (alphabetically):
Clips ‘N Snips in Oakland's City Center comes recommended. The price for a child 12 or under is $12, though long hair may be more. Only open Saturday and Sunday.
Eclipxe Hair Salon just off University on MLK offers kids cuts (12 and under) for $15. Ask for Marisa – she's great with kids, if she's busy, don't fret, Yelpers rave about their other stylists as well.
Grand Barber Shop on San Pablo in El Cerrito was named by several parents. “Old school all the way, including the ancient Care Bear video my son looks forward to watching each time.” This ex-Marine owned shop is too old school to have its own webpage, so read the reviews on Yelp, which mention $16 as the price of a haircut.
Heads on lower Solano Avenue in Albany is a cut above Supercuts (yep, I said that), located right across the street, where I continue to take my son, though my daughter got a terrible uneven bob there. The price is about $15 for boy, $18 for girl.
Snippety Crickets (pictured top) on Solano gets mixed reviews from our readers. Ask for Linh there, she's our favorite. Half the square footage of the place is occupied with small toys you can purchase as a
bribe reward, so decide in advance if that's going to make your life easier or harder. Haircut is $19.00.
Snips on College Avenue in Rockridge. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Posted price of kids' haircut: $24
Supercuts in Rockridge was mentioned at least once. If you like the chain, there are locations in Alameda (Marina Village and Park Street), El Cerrito Plaza, Solano Avenue/Albany, and Elmwood. The kid treatment is not much different from adult, but they service their fair share of kids and offer a balloon or lollipop at the end.
The Temescal Alley Barber Shop is so hip that their website is on a tumblr account. My friend had the tattooed stylists cut her son's and daughter's hair and said that their offer of a glass of whiskey while she waited made her feel cool, although she declined the drink. Walk-ins only. Kids cuts are $20. Cash only!
Your house. The home hair cut was also a popular answer, with numerous parents exclaiming, “Me!” as the name of their child's barber. One mom said that she and her partner take turns, sometimes in the same sitting.
Some folks bring their kids to their own stylist where they get a discounted kids' rate.
Finally, a question for the crowd: “Any recommendations for curly hair?” asks one mom. “So scared his curls will go away, but way past the proper time! But the curls are soooo cute!”
[Photo Credit: Anna Azimi, Heather Flett]