A good place for kids' haircuts

statue with curly hairBecky emails:

Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced place for a little boy to get his haircut? I don't want a buzzcut (I get why this is the default for lots of kids - it's easy, but I don't like the look), I want a real, preferably scissor-done cut for my three year old. I've not been impressed by what I've seen of Snip-Its - the cuts or the price. I've been doing his cuts myself since he first needed them, but I'd like him to get a good haircut for once, as mine aren't great. Any suggestions?

(Snip-Its is a chain that specializes in kids haircuts. We admit we had to look that up.)

So, got a suggestion for Becky and her son? Please share! And bonus points for a sentence or two about why're recommending that person or shop.

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We used to take our older son to Absolute Hair, but since John has closed we have had great luck with the Cuttery. We've had appointments with both Louie and Gerard. They're both fun people who are no over bearing (cough cough... Gregory's Barbershop...). On our last appointment one of the gentlemen offered to not even charge us because he felt as if he had cut so little hair. We paid anyway but what a nice gesture, eh?

Ask for Michael at Tru Images at Henry Johnson and Washington. He does a great job, and kids love him (and his tattoos). He has three kids of his own, and is a master in the art of distraction. He's the go-to stylist for Albany's discerning toddlers. Charges about twelve bucks.

Mensroom barber shop at 54 Columbia Street in Albany.

Jerry Crouch. Great patience and ability as a master barber.

My kids love Lou Montana at The Cuttery. It's not a kids place, but Lou has given both my kids their very first haircuts and has been styling their hair ever since. And when the cut is over, Lou gives them each a Tootsie pop. Sometimes he'll let them take two.

Last time we were at the salon the kids cuts were $15 each.

There are no screens, or cartoons, or other kinds of tomfoolery. I'm a big believer that kids need to learn to sit still without any distractions. Well, besides a good conversation with someone who is great at listening and engaging with people regardless of who they are (or how many years they've been alive).

It does indeed take a village to raise a child. I'm glad Lou is part of ours.

May be a bit out of your way but Dom's Barber Shop in Schenectady is our new go to place for little boys' haircuts. The first time we went (we've been back twice now) I looked at the barber (I think it was Dom himself) and said something to the effect of "I want it shorter on the sides, but a little longer on top...you know, like a real little boy's haircut." He looked at me knowingly, smiled, and got to work very patiently with my 3 year old. It was exactly what I was looking for and my little one finally sat still with no squirming for a haircut.

1846 Helderberg Ave
Schenectady, NY 12306

Where do you live, Becky? I would think convenience would be a factor, as well.

Duke's on Madison Ave (http://www.dukesbarbershop.com/) between Quail and Ontario! I've been bringing my 3-year old there after several haircut fails at Snip-Its. Even if the shop is filled with college kids or other dudes they are super accommodating and will put a kid-friendly show on the tv for him and all of the barbers are very patient. They will talk cars, motorcycles, or even dinosaurs if that's what my kid starts yapping about. And he loves it. He tells everyone after "I went to Dukes!" I cannot say enough good things about these guys. They are the best.

Sorry, OP here - I meant to say, I live in Loudonville, but am willing to drive a little bit to find a good place. Funny that the Cuttery came up, as I used to live within walking distance and got my hair cut there. I've since found a different place that I like, but I am familiar with that shop (though not Lou or Gerard). I'd love to find somewhere with off-street parking, but it's not my primary concern if everything else is good.

Thanks for the suggestions so far!

I take my 5 year old to Super Cuts on Wolf Road in the Trader Joe's Plaza. All of the girls there are awesome. My son has been going there for a couple years now and I haven't been disappointed. He isn't the easiest customer and everyone there has been able to accommodate him. He's pretty much a wild animal with wild hair. Although I suppose Super Cuts is probably comparable to a Snip-its?

@Becky - The Cuttery totally has off street parking behind the building in the shared lot for that strip mall. As far as I can tell it serves Midtown Tap Room, Stewart's, The Fountain and a host of others.

The Cuttery probably has a back door that opens into the parking lot, but when I do park back there, I walk around the long way.

what about Rumors in Loudonville.
I know its known as an adult salon but they have a very professional staff and if you prefer a separate men's specific area with barbers who will do a great job. I assume its close to you as well.

There's nothing more convenient that having the hairdresser come to you! Emma @ Flow brings everything with her and makes it easy. She does kids, adults and even color.

http://www.flowalbany.com

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