The best hair salons and barbers for kids’ haircuts in Singapore, because we know you won’t trust just anybody with your little ones’ locks!
Has your toddler reached the point where they can’t see through unruly bangs? Or perhaps your favourite munchkin has developed a bit of a mullet? Or maybe the little one just needs a fresh cut before Chinese New Year!
A child’s first haircut is a momentous occasion, both because we’re saying goodbye to a last vestige of babyhood, and because quite a few kids have been known to freak out just a bit their first time in the barber or stylist’s chair. But not with this collected list of pros across Singapore, who use every trick in the book (including infinite patience) to tame tiny tresses…
Specialising in baby haircuts for newborns and toddlers up to 2 years old, Baby Spa lets tinies sit in a plane, a car or a truck and watch a DVD whilst getting their baby hair trimmed (were we the only ones who shed a tear at baby’s first haircut?). They also offer a home visit option. This popular spot also offers baby massage by qualified physiotherapists and baby swimming via the BabySPA system — the perfect way to teach your mini about the value of a good, relaxing spa day from the start!
Baby Spa, various locations across Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6659 0292, www.babyspa.com.sg
Curly & Spike
This totally stylish kids-only salon in River Valley will take the pain out of taking your littles for a kid’s or baby haircut (wriggly tots can watch a movie or play a video game to keep distracted), not to mention little ones receiving their first haircut will even be presented with a special certificate. Curly & Spike also does pampering and “makeover” parties for children aged 4 – 16 (think mani-pedis and “makeovers” for minis). Packages include invitations, photo shoots, karaoke, catwalks and more – they’ll be a major hit with tweens!
EC House Kids’ Corner
With eight locations across the island (check their website to see exactly how many “kiddy rides” are available at each spot), this ultra-efficient hair cuttery is perfectly geared toward squirmy young’uns with quick haircuts. Best of all, they come at just 10 bucks a pop! (NB: Every EC House stylist is trained to give kids’ haircuts, but only eight have dedicated “kids’ corners”).
EC House Kids’ Corner, various locations across Singapore, www.ec-house.com.sg
Expat Hair Studio
We already know mamas love this stylish studio in Joo Chiat that seems to be constantly expanding their team to meet burgeoning demand. No car or train seats here, but you can bond with your mini-me while getting your hair done together, and perhaps reward their patience with a go at the playground across the street at I12 Katong. NB: Expat Hair Studio also has a more centrally located hair salon at Boat Quay!
Expat Hair Studio, 422 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427642, Tel: (+65) 644 7929 and 40B Boat Quay Singapore 049829, Tel: (+65) 6219 3117, www.expathairstudio.com
Hairlux (previously One Cut Above KIDS)
Got yourself a stylish little one? Hairlux provides trendy kids’ haircuts and styling for boys and girls (with a salon for mamas and dads just next door!). Previously located in Katong V, they have now relocated to just down the road at MODA.
Hairlux, 42 East Coast Road #01-02 MODA, Singapore 428762, Tel: (+65) 6214 9773
Mamas keeping to the Chinese tradition of getting baby a haircut after their first month will appreciate Huaxia Taimaobi’s experienced and professional ladies who specialise in this ceremonial head shaving (they’ll even come to you!). They’ve shaved the heads of over 68,000 babies, and are super popular among local actors, actress, singers and celebrities who look for this service for their kids. Using fully sterilised shavers designed just for bubs’ heads, Huaxia Taimaobi then makes keepsake calligraphy paintbrushes out of those precious first locks. They are the only company in Singapore to do so, in fact!
13 Braddell Tech, #03-05 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Singapore 319261, Tel: (+65) 6258 5505
100 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02 KK hospital women tower, Singapore 229899, Tel: (+65) 6296 0221
Blk 1 Thomson Road, #01-330A (Opposite Thomson Medical Centre), Singapore 300001, Tel: (+65) 6258 5535
The cowboy theme at this kids’ hair salon is strong – think stylists dressed in head-to-toe denim and red bandanas – and the hairdressers take extra care in cutting the hair of infants and toddlers. They even have special hair cutting capes that mamas or dads can wear while having their kiddos on their lap, protecting them from any fallen hair getting on their clothes. The main location in Vivo s conveniently located among the string of kids’ and baby stores, and even has a view of the mall’s popular outdoor play area. We also love how you can book an appointment directly through Facebook! NB: LAKids Cowboy is part of the LA Barbershop chain with multiple locations, but the only kids’ salon is at Vivo.
LAKids Cowboy, 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-96 VivoCity, Singapore 098585, Tel: (+65) 6266 2411, www.facebook.com/LABarbershopSG
Little Red Dot
It’s walk-ins only at this super-popular little salon for kids in Forum that’s one of the few dedicated family salons in Singapore. Kiddos will put up with sitting still once they know they’ll be given a lollipop at the end (and a certificate to commemorate their first haircut), and if the wait is long there are some little ride-on cars outside the salon to keep them occupied.
Little Red Dot, Forum Shopping Mall, #02-35, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884
Tel: (+65) 6737 9925, www.facebook.com/littlereddotforum
Kids ‘n’ Me
Originally located in Katong V Mall, Kids ‘n’ Me has developed quite the following thanks to “Auntie Amy’s” stellar skills. You can now find the salon at United Square where kiddos can play with toys or watch cartoons while hairstylists do the chop.
Kids ‘n’ Me, 101 Thomson Road, #01-40 United Square, Singapore 307591
Kimage Cove: The Suite is truly an all-in-one salon with services for the whole family. Dads can get their sleek gentlemen’s haircuts at The Bunker and mamas get to kick back and have their tresses pampered, while kiddos can head to The Playground for some playtime once Kimage’s master stylists have completed their haircuts!
Kimage Cove, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-321/322/323, Marina Square Singapore 039594, kimage.com.sg
Scissors Paper Stone
Walking by this super-kid-friendly mini chain, you might almost mistake it for a small indoor play space rather than a salon what with their fun chairs (cars, rocket ships, etc.), ultra-colourful walls and sideline activities (Arts & crafts! Balloons!). When that all fails, kids also get iPads to distract them during the haircut itself. Scissors Paper Stone is a popular choice among East Coast mamas (do note they will be ceasing operations in I12 Katong after CNY), but they’ve also got handy locations at Marina Square (we hear Soon Lee is the woman to see), Parkway Parade and on Level 2 of Forum. Bonus points for offering fancy hairstyles on top of your basic cuts!
Scissors Paper Stone, various locations, Tel: (+65) 9853 9458, www.scissorspaperstone.com.sg
The perfect place for a family pamper sesh, Trimmings Salon & Spa offers luxurious hair and spa services (we’re talking facials, massages, hair removal, you name it!) for adults and kids. Look through their service menu for a variety of options, including party packages for kiddos starting at just $38/pax.
75B, Loewen Road, Singapore 248852, Tel: (+65) 6471 1922 / 8511 5085
123 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247920, Tel: (+65) 6737 8512 / 9710 6415 (WhatsApp)
Lead image sourced via Getty. All other images courtesy of respective salons and their Facebook pages.