7 Tips for Getting the Best Kids Haircut Deals
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Shave a few bucks off the cost of kids haircuts.
Haircuts can be expensive. Whether it’s for back to school, family photos, or the holiday season, keep your kid looking presentable on a budget! We’ve got awesome tips to help you get a great deal on your kid’s next haircut.
1. Look for coupons to save $4 (or more).
National salon chains like JCPenney, Supercuts, and Great Clips often have coupons available, bringing the cost of a child’s haircut down to around $10 or less. Check your local newspaper and mailers like Valpak for salon coupons. You can also get on your favorite salon’s mailing list for a chance to get even more coupons.
Hip Tip: To source coupons online, Google the salon of your choice and the word “coupon” or “promotion.” You can also follow your favorite salon on social media to be the first to know about any coupons, sales, or promotions being offered.
2. Try your local beauty school to get haircuts for as low as FREE.
Many beauty schools have student salons that offer a variety of services to the public at deeply discounted prices (or even for free)!
Contact the beauty schools in your area to find out what they charge for a child’s haircut. Because it’s a teaching environment, your child may spend more time sitting in the chair, but the cosmetology student will be under the supervision of a licensed instructor and their standards will be high.
3. Check out the corner barbershop and save up to 30%.
For a basic haircut, check out your local barbershop. We’ve used this option in the past and know firsthand that the barbershop isn’t just for men! The barber we visited was always happy to work with children, and he did a great job.
The cost of barbershop haircuts have been significantly less than salon prices in my experience, and they’re fast. This is always a bonus when dealing with children who can only sit still for a finite amount of time!
4. Look for pay-your-age discounts.
There’s a popular family-owned salon in our area that offers a pay-your-age discount for kids. If you’re taking your 5-year-old in for a haircut, your cost will be just $5 plus tip! Call around to local salons or ask other families with children in your area to see if they know of any local salons offering similar discounts.
5. Find a work-at-home or mobile stylist to save up to 30%.
Many stylists prefer to work from their home or even come to yours as a way to eliminate the expense of owning a salon. These stylists are often able to charge less for their services because they don’t have the overhead expenses of a salon stylist.
Look for work-at-home stylists through Facebook, your local newspaper, or by word of mouth.
Hip Tip: Mobile stylists may also be able to offer you an additional discount if they’re cutting your entire family’s hair in one visit, so ask!
6. Swap services with a friend or family member.
Chances are, you know someone who cuts hair. Scroll through your social media contacts to jog your memory, and see if you have any local friends who could cut your child’s hair. Depending on your relationship, they might even offer to do it at a discount or for free!
Someone you know well may also be willing to trade services for something you’re skilled at doing (babysitting, lawn care, piano lessons, etc.). Lots of people are trading skills these days as a way to save money, so it never hurts to ask!
7. Do it yourself!
In addition to saving money, there are other benefits to cutting your own kid’s hair. Young children may be more comfortable with having a parent cut their hair versus letting a stranger come close to them with a sharp object or noisy clippers.
Kids may also be happier on their home turf. If they get bored in a salon or barbershop, they may fuss and wiggle, putting them at greater risk for accidental nicks and cuts. At home, they can get their hair cut while watching a movie, playing video games, or reading a book on the back deck.
If you’d like to try the DIY route for cutting your child’s hair, check out these inexpensive clippers available from Amazon. After just two at-home haircuts, they’ll have paid for themselves!
Hip Tip: Search YouTube for instructional videos. Although a YouTube video won’t compare to the training that professional stylists receive, it may just give you the confidence you need to try cutting your own child’s hair!