Preparing your child for his or her first haircut can be an emotional time (for mom) and more often than not, a scary experience (for the little one). We’ve put together a list of child-friendly hair salons around Kuala Lumpur. From colorful animals to mini cars and planes themed salons, your tots will certainly approve. Haircuts may not actually be a harrowing experience after all!
Established in in 1979 by husband and wife team, Dato’ Richard Teo and Datin Winnie Loo, A Cut Above has stood the test of time and is recognized as one of the leading group of salons in the country. Kids can perch on cute cartoon characters to get their hair done and there’s even a dedicated cartoon channel just for them! Prices start from RM35 for kids under three.
A Cut Above, various locations, www.acutabove.com.my. Outlets are located in major shopping malls including Bangsar Shopping Center, Bangsar Village II, Mid Valley Megamall, Sunway Pyramid and Parkson @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Nestled in the heart of Malaysia’s very first London Street Park, GEM Studio is a hair salon within The Parenthood, an indoor family park with edutainment and leisure activities including retail shops, an indoor playground, international preschool, F&B dining and a health and wellness center, all under one roof. Located at Sunway Pyramid West, prices range from RM20 to RM25 for children up to 12 years. For those living closer to Kuala Lumpur City Center, head to the salon at The Parenthood in Sunway Putra Mall.
GEM Studio, The Parenthood, Sunway Pyramid West, First Floor, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, No.3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6012 3677 047, www.facebook.com/GEM-Studio-180218472403968
A Beauty Secret Studio, The Parenthood, Sunway Putra Mall, Second Floor, Sunway Putra Mall, No. 100, Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 7629 5899, www.facebook.com/ABeautySecretStudio/
Kiddie Casetta Concept Store is a retail space offering a variety of products including kids’ edutainment, sports and outdoors equipment, toys, clothing, bedroom furniture for children and an in-house hair salon. Toddlers will like the transportation-themed seats and a small play area with toys scattered around will keep them busy should Mom decide to get her hair done too. Haircuts for kids up to 12 years are priced at RM25.
Kiddie Casetta Concept Store, S25 & 26, Second Floor, Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 7733 7353, www.kiddiecasetta.com
For a fuss-free, no-frills haircut for the whole family, Kwik & ez is the place to go. With 30 outlets across the country, this express haircut chain is located in suburban malls like Atria Shopping Gallery, Jaya Shopping Center and The Curve. Children will especially like the special kids’ seat and play area available at selected outlets. Haircuts are fixed at RM19 per person.
KWIK & ez, various locations, www.kwiknez.my
Originating from Tokyo, this Japanese-owned chain of salons has outlets in trendy locations such as Bangsar, Mid Valley Megamall, Publika and Starhill Gallery. Although there are no cutesy child seats here, members can bring their little ones up to five years old for a free haircut. Just remember to make an appointment in advance as they are usually fully booked and walk-ins might end up disappointed.
Number76, various locations, www.number76.com
Located at the hip Plaza Batai in Damansara Heights, Simpli Dry is a wash and blow dry only salon with services such as hair and scalp treatments, children's hair wash, manicure and pedicure. This is the perfect place to treat your princess to a very grown-up hair wash for special occasions, or just for a pampering treat. The Little Princess Wash and Blow is priced at RM20. There is also a play area for kids so that Moms get a quick wash and blow.
Simpli Dry, 6-3A (1st Floor) Jalan Batai, Plaza Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2011 6161, www.simplidry.com