How much is too much to pay for a good, kid’s haircut? $15? $50? $100?!
Joaquin needed a haircut, badly. His quasi-hipster steelo was impinging on his cuteness which, in turn, impinged on any trickle-down love I might receive. We needed an immediate remedy.
About a week ago, we stopped by two ‘standard’ barbershops wherein Joaquin had his haircut previously. Both places charge $10 for a haircut. At the 1st location, Joaquin was moving so much the barber couldn’t finish the haircut (hey, a free partial haircut is better than no haircut at all). At the 2nd, it never even got started.
So, yesterday, I decided to pay the 60% mark up at Kids Styles Hair Salon in Covina to see if one of their stylists might work some of their tot-targeted talents. To my pleasant surprise, they did.
As the name suggests, Kids Styles caters to kid styles by having actual kids cut your kid’s hair!
Each child sits inside a race-car, barber-chair of choice. As soon as we we walked in, Joaquin ran to a car. Once seated, the stylist asked him to choose a DVD that would play in front of him while getting his haircut. Brilliant.
The stylist asked if we wanted to use scissors or clippers or both, something never asked at the other shops. She then went ahead and spoke calmly and pleasantly to Joaquin as she wet his hair by first wetting her hand and then her hand on his head. She was nicer than Greg Nice, smoother than Smooth B.
Whenever Joaquin seemed to get bored, she placed one of over a dozen small toys at her ready in his lap to keep him occupied. Shake this. Squeeze that. And on and on, ad infinitum.
15 minutes later and the universe was made right.
Joaquin liked the place so much he wanted to stay and play.
The haircut was $15 + $3 tip = $18. Not bad considering our rate of one haircut every 8 months!
What’s the most you’d pay for a kid’s haircut? Your haircut?