Unless you are a scissor-wielding mama or papa with barber and stylist skills, taking your child to a kid-specific haircutting place can be soothing to little ones who aren’t used to getting haircuts… or strangers…. or people spraying stuff on their head. The unpredictable is the norm with little ones, and having a stylist who can quickly give your child a trim is worth their weight in gold, especially if your little one is prone to crying while sitting in the chair.
Many of the places below have special features including airplane chairs, videos, lollipops, and more to help ease the stress of haircuts for children. The places listed below have come to us highly recommended or we’ve used them ourselves for our kids. Most places recommend that you make an appointment but many also offer walk-in services.
We’ve noted the locations below that offer staff who are trained for sensory-friendly services. Be sure to call these locations ahead of time to schedule an appointment and mention that you need a sensory-friendly time slot.
Birds Barbershop is a one-stop hair salon for the entire family. Mom, dad, brother, sister… make an appointment before you head out and get the entire family’s hair cut. For the little ones with haircut anxiety, most locations have an arcade game to play to pass the time. And for the grownups, sip on a complimentary beer to help pass the time in the chair.
183 at Anderson Mill: 13219 N. Hwy 183
41st & Red River: 905 E. 41st St.
6800 Burnet Rd.
1107 E. 6th St.
Domain NORTHSIDE: 11420 Rock Rose
South Austin: 5000 W. Slaughter Ln.
South Congress: 1902 S. Congress Ave.
2110 S. Lamar Blvd.
Westlake: 3736 Bee Cave Rd.
With several locations in the Austin area, this locally owned chain specializes in hair cuts for kids. There’s a playscape for the kids to play on while waiting, special transportation-themed seats, Netflix and video games available, and balloons and lollipops are offered at the end. *Sensory-friendly
Arboretum: 9828 Great Hills Trail
Pflugerville: 1713 FM 685
Round Rock: 2200 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Sunset Valley: 5400 Brodie Ln.
This neighborhood barbershop has been in the same location in the Crestview neighborhood since 1953. Kids are offered a seat on a wooden horse and offered lollipops at the end of the haircutting session.
7113 Woodrow Avenue
Cuts for toddlers through teens, by appointment only.
1206 W. 38th Street
This kid-focused salon features special Kiddie chairs with videos, toys, books, and more. Appointments are recommended.
9308 Anderson Mill Rd.
This salon offers character-themed chairs with videos and games available. The staff is trained to work with children with special needs. Mom and dad cuts are also available. *Sensory-friendly
Round Rock: 1715 S. Mays Dr.
This salon, built for children, offers transportation-themed chairs and videos. Kids get to pick out a prize from the packed-with-adventure treasure chest when finished.
Cedar Park: 1890 Ranch Shopping Center, 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd.
Kids love to sit in the airplane chair for their hair cut. For each first cut, parents receive a lock of hair and a “First Hairbut Flight Certificate” to save as a keepsake.
Round Rock: 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Kyle: 5401 S. FM 1626
Children can sit in a Dodge Charger Police Car, Frozen Jeep, Lightning McQueen Race Car, XBOX Stations or Tween Lounge while watching their favorite cartoons or Netflix. Older kids can play XBox One or PS4 on 40″ screens while getting their haircut. Or just watch their favorite sporting events or music concerts through Satellite TV. *Sensory-friendly
Cedar Park: Lakeline Plaza, 11066 Pecan Park Blvd.
Northwest Hills: 6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy
Snip-its offers kid-size seats, a play area, and toys are available while waiting, and a special prize from the magic box after their haircuts are finished. A first-time haircut lock of hair and certificate is available as a keepsake. *Sensory-friendly
Southpark Meadows Shopping Center, 9500 S I H – 35 South Building 10
Round Rock: 2711 La Frontera Blvd.