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

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
(512) 879-4700

41st & Red River: 905 E. 41st St.
(512) 492-8400

6800 Burnet Rd.
(512) 454-1200

1107 E. 6th St.
(512) 457-0400

Domain NORTHSIDE: 11420 Rock Rose
(512) 610-7600

South Austin: 5000 W. Slaughter Ln.
(512) 758-7800

South Congress: 1902 S. Congress Ave.
(512) 445-0500

2110 S. Lamar Blvd.
(512) 442-8800

Westlake: 3736 Bee Cave Rd.
(512) 582-5100

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids

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
(512) 243-8770

Pflugerville: 1713 FM 685
(512) 304-3575

Round Rock: 2200 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
(512) 953-5100

Sunset Valley: 5400 Brodie Ln.
(512) 358-4040

Crestview Barber Shop

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
(512) 451-2887

The Hair’s Lair

Cuts for toddlers through teens, by appointment only.

1206 W. 38th Street
(512) 374-1700

K.O.A.S. Children’s Hair Salon

This kid-focused salon features special Kiddie chairs with videos, toys, books, and more. Appointments are recommended.

9308 Anderson Mill Rd.
(512) 331-1500

Little Hair Kuts

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.
(512) 218-0742

Pigtails and Crewcuts – Cedar Park

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.
(512) 259-4353

Premier Cuts

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.
(512) 218-2887

Kyle: 5401 S. FM 1626
(512) 268-5500

Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids

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.
(512) 257-1957

Northwest Hills: 6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy
(512) 215-8889


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
(512) 292-9300

Round Rock: 2711 La Frontera Blvd.
(512) 244-9696

Catherine Prystup has been in the publishing industry for over twenty years, handling everything from large and small scale ad campaigns to events, marketing, content management, and more. She lives in the greater Austin area with her husband, three kids, three dogs, two cats, and one Beta fish.