Children’s haircuts can be a scary and stressful experience for kids and their parents. For some children, a traditional hair salon won’t fit the bill as the shop and stylists may not be in tune with their needs.We’re here to help with a list of the state’s best hair salons that cater especially to kids.

These stylists can handle anything that little ones throw their way, distracting tykes from the snipping and shearing with fun chairs, video games, TV and more. This helps make children’s haircuts a little less traumatizing and a lot more enjoyable for everyone.

A Kids Hair Co.

best hair salonsLocation: 1206 Route 35 South, Ocean
Details: This bright and inviting salon definitely entertains your child during his haircut. You’ll find appropriately-sized styling chairs, themed stations with a TV and DVD player or video game stations for those who want to play during their trim. They also offer a full range of services for teenagers and parents. For the first haircut, they’ll give you a keepsake certificate and a lock of your child’s hair. They also welcome children with special needs.
More info: www.akidshaircompany.com or call 732-517-0222


All About Kids & Teens Hair Salon

best hair salonsLocation: 1049B Raritan Road, Clark
Details: Despite its name, this locally-owned hair salon caters to the whole family. And thanks to its location within a mall, you can cram all your errands into one outing. They pledge to keep little ones entertained with DVDs, movies, video games and books. Adults and teens can pass the time at the Xbox 360 station or air hockey game. Birthday parties are available at the salon too.
More info: www.allaboutkidsandteens.net or call 732-388-4600


Hair Flair

best hair salonsLocation: 299 South Main Street, Flemington
Details: Hair Flair uses the safest techniques for kids, with stylists trained to provide a fun and relaxing experience. Children will love having their hair done in a fun character seat. And their kids’ room offers lots of toys and space to play. Your daughter can even have her birthday party here, where she’ll be treated like a princess for the day.
More info: www.hairflairnj.com or call 908-751-5136


Just 4 Kids

Location: 720 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Hoboken
best hair salonsDetails: Open since 2013, Just 4 Kids is the first comprehensive kids’ salon and spa in Hoboken. It boasts bright and cheerful colors, a space that’s immaculately clean and a friendly staff who cater to kids. The waiting area includes a color chalk wall to draw on and complimentary coffee for parents. Your child can get snipped in style in a chair featuring a working horn, pedals and motor. Each station features a high-definition flat screen TV equipped with tons of kids’ shows and movies. The salon also offers at-home lice treatment and removal services.
More info: www.just4kidssalon.com or call 201-653-5887


Kids Hair Salon

best hair salonsLocation: 292 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona
Details: Especially designed for kids, this salon promises that getting a haircut is more fun than recess! The televisions at every station will help your son or daughter feel right at home. To make a trim the best experience for your child, they also provide balloons, bubbles, toys, books, lollipops, video games and a play area.
More info: www.kidshairsalon.biz or call 973-239-3828


Little Details Salon

Location: 5 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield
best hair salonsDetails: As its name says, this salon pays close attention to all the little details. If you have a child with special needs, they want the experience to be as positive and comfortable as possible. Schedule an appointment in their private room, come in during off hours or request a slightly longer visit. A game room features a Wii video game console, 110-inch screen TV and large play area with puzzles, coloring books and trains. You’ll also find Kindle Fire tablets to surf the Internet or play games, plus free Wi-Fi.
More info: www.littledetailssalon.com or call 973-467-7923


Rita’s Snips for Pips

best hair salonsLocation: 20 South Broad Street, Ridgewood
Details: Owner Rita, a mother of three, has more than 30 years of kid-styling experience. All stations are equipped with televisions and Netflix for kids to watch as they sit in an airplane, fire truck, taxi or police car. Older ones can enjoy the teen room that includes a big screen television with cable and an Xbox 360. And a private room—equipped with a TV, Netflix and Xbox—is perfect for kids who’d like to sit with their parents or children with special needs.
More info: www.snipsforpips.com or call 201-612-7477


Snip-its

best hair salonsLocation: 395 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway
Details: When your child walks into this colorful salon, she’ll receive an adventure club card and be welcomed with an interactive sing-along video. During the cut, custom computer games and activities entertain kids. Meanwhile, you sit in the parent’s chair where you can consult with a specially-trained stylist. At the end of each cut, kids turn in their card to receive a prize. The salon also hosts children’s birthday parties complete with styling options, dress-up outfits and party favors.
More info: www.snipits.com or call 973-361-3600


The Wave – Cuts 4 Kids

best hair salonsLocation: 871 West Park Avenue, Ocean
Details: This family-owned salon cuts kids’ hair in a fun, enjoyable and safe environment. The salon is designed to keep children interested and distracted during their haircut. You’ll find flat screen televisions playing child-friendly movies, gaming stations, tablets filled with popular gaming apps and age-appropriate toys. At the end of every visit, kids can jump on a surfboard and take a picture in front of a giant wave. Each child leaves with a treat and sticker too.
More info: www.thewavecuts4kids.com or call 732-695-9283


Zayna’s Cuts for Kids

best hair salonsLocation: 122 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes
Details: Stylists will work with you and your family to create the perfect ’do for a communion, wedding, recital, prom or other special event. Stylists are familiar with cultural hair traditions too. This salon knows the excitement surrounding a first haircut. Decide whether you want to keep the baby look with just a shaping or give your child a new style. You’ll get a certificate, along with a clip of the first locks.
More info: www.zaynascutsforkids.com or call 973-831-2390