Groovy Cuts for Kids

Salon manager Dana Franklin gives 3-year-old Mason Herrin a haircut as he watches television.

Salon manager Dana Franklin gives 3-year-old Mason Herrin a haircut as he watches television.

Groovy Cuts for Kids, located in McKinney at 8880 SH 121, places its focus on children’s haircuts. But a big chunk of its clientele is there for another reason—to party.

“Of course people come to Groovy Cuts for Kids for the haircuts, but another reason people also visit us for is our princess parties,” salon manager Dana Franklin said. “We focus a lot on that.”

Parties are for six to 10 girls and come with pizza, drinks, makeup, hair, nails and dress-up clothing for a fashion show.

“There’s also karaoke for the party, and our [employees] assist with everything along the way,” Franklin said.

Parties range from 1 1/2 to two hours, and the most popular days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the first celebration at 11 a.m.

“It’s always a princess theme, and you can’t go wrong with that,” Franklin said. “We can adjust the color scheme, and we try to make girls feel like princesses.”

When the staff at Groovy Cuts is not partying in the pink-and-checkered boutique, they can be found in the front of the shop with plenty of cool things to do for entertainment for their clients.

There are child-size cars to sit in, pinball machines, video games, television shows and movies to watch—all during a haircut.

“Years ago we didn’t have these types of salons to cater to kids and their families, so there was a definite need in the market,” Franklin said. “Some stylists do not like to cut kids’ hair, so having a place that specializes in that is a relief for parents. Here, it’s something a stylist has to enjoy.”

A mini-manicure comes with every girl’s haircut.

“We don’t have to do much for boys because they are always occupied with the video games and movies, and they like sitting in the cars,” Franklin said. “We see a lot of heavy traffic for the girls because of the nail painting.”

All the Groovy Cuts staff are trained to work with children who have special needs, and they specialize in making the experience fun for the clients.

“Believe it or not, it can be a scary thing to get a haircut,” Franklin said. “I have seen [children] run out. But what I love about my job is having fun with the kids. Challenging or not, that’s what I like the most.”

The staff at Groovy Cuts advises parents that it is important to get their children comfortable with getting a haircut.

“Once we get the kids who are afraid in the chair the first time, they need to try to bring them back to the same person over and over again,” Franklin said. “If they keep with the same stylist, it’s familiar.”

But the stylists try to make their clients comfortable, too.

“We sing, blow bubbles, or they can sit and watch a movie or play with the train,” Franklin said. “They don’t even need to get their hair cut the first time. We [can] just use the visit to get them comfortable coming inside. We want them to enjoy being here.”

8880 SH 121, Ste. 128
Hours: Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


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