Kutz for Kidz
Where: 1st floor, Bin Sougat Centre, Al Rashidya. Open Saturday to Thursday 10am-1pm and 4pm-9pm, Fridays 4pm-10pm. 04 285 8311
How much: Dhs30
Appointment needed: No. Walk-ins only.
Our verdict: We have to admit to frequenting Kutz for Kids on a regular basis, simply because the first come, first served policy is so darn convenient. And, as salons go, it’s extremely good value for money. Two to three expert cutters are on the go all the time, taming toddlers’ locks with barely a blink, despite the often thunderous tantrums. Meanwhile, small DVD screens playing Tom & Jerry, valiantly try to distract blubbing bubbas from their quarterly torture session. Admittedly, Kutz for Kids is tatty and a bit grubby – it could do with some tidying up itself. But at Dhs30 a pop and only the occasional dodgy barnet result, we reckon it’s the business.
Where: Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates. Open daily 10am-10pm. 04 409 8989
How much: Dhs60
Appointment needed: Yes. It’s an adult’s salon that does children’s cuts. You’ll need to book a few days in advance.
Our verdict: Great cuts, expertly done and we’ve never had a bad result. However, if your tot is a screamer, bear in mind that Profiles is a trendy grown-up salon in a rather posh department store, so it doesn’t offer cartoon DVDs to shut bubba up in the case of a monumental meltdown. If you’re in on a quiet day it’s fine and dandy. But when you have an über-trendy, child-free customer in the next chair, who is being deafened by your offspring’s tantrum, it can be more than a little embarrassing (we’ve been there several times). However, if you consider the style of your wee Satan’s tresses worth it, give it a whirl. We can guarantee all the other mums will be asking where little Johnny got his locks done.
Where: Kidville, JBR. Open 9am-6pm, Sunday to Thursday. 04 440 1220
How much: Dhs60
Appointment needed: Mostly walk-ins, but you can book ahead
Our verdict: When it comes to keeping the rugrats entertained, it’s difficult to find a salon that beats Kidville. Although it’s small (only two children in chairs at any one time) it’s super-clean and service is swift. Our biggest thumbs-up goes to the novelty chairs – a shiny red aeroplane and a fire engine with a real clanging bell. If that doesn’t keep them quiet and still while the snipper gets to work, there are DVDs and a games console too. Our only gripes were that this salon isn’t open on weekends – and it was all rather too nice. Our toddler had a tantrum because we had to leave. His hair looked smashing though!
Where: 1st floor, Jumeirah Beach Centre (the blue one) Jumeirah Beach Road. Open 9am-1pm; 4pm-10pm, Sat-Thurs. Fridays 4pm-10pm. 04 344 8355
How much: Dhs30 (boys), Dhs35 (girls)
Appointment needed: No, walk-ins only
Our verdict: This is a handy spot for those emergency trims, provided you remember the salon’s mammoth three-hour lunch break and allow a little time for queuing (there are typically only two snippers on duty at any one time). DVD players churning out the ubiquitous Barney and Dora, as well as a small and basic indoor play area, ensure that there’s just enough to keep your hairy horrors happy while waiting for their trim time. The salon itself is a bit rough around the edges but the smiling staff will speedily snip their way through any screeching and, for your basic bob or short-back-and-sides – as well as a few quirkier cuts – you can’t go wrong.
Where: 2nd floor, Dubai Marina Mall (at the entrance to Favourite Things). 04 434 1984 Open Tue-Sun 9am-7pm. 04 434 1984
How much: Dhs60 for the basic cut
Appointment needed: Yes.
Our verdict: If the thought of taking your tiny tearaways for a trim is just too, well, hair-raising, Favourite Things will ease the whole experience. Plenty of DVDs, a spinning racing wheel and charming staff who know what they’re doing with both kids and hair, coupled with a fabbie play area for tots right on the doorstep, make this one of the best kiddie salons in town. The first haircut experience, complete with presented lock of hair and a first cut certificate will set your bub’s barnet off on the right track, while subsequent styles are definitely a cut above. And style-conscious tots can even opt for special braiding and beading services. If you’re looking for a sleeker style for your sprog or, as in our case, a major correction of a creative DIY ‘do’ with the craft scissors, you won’t leave disappointed.
Where: Fun City, Ibn Battuta Mall. Open Sun-Wed 1pm-9.45pm, Thu 1pm-11.45pm, Fri Noon-9.45pm, Sat 10am-7.45pm. 04 366 9819
How much: Dhs30 boys, Dhs35 girls + Dhs3 Fun City power card
Appointment needed: Yes.
Our verdict: If you struggle with tot tantrums when haircuts are due, this small pirate-themed salon at the back of Fun City may be the answer. Distracting eye-candy en route in the form of electronic rides could be a good way of bribing them to behave, and inside the salon there are numerous DVDs (think Barney, Barbie and Spiderman) on continual play. Though small – there are just two snippers on the go at once – and a tad shabby, its cutters have a great chairside manner and produce pretty decent results. However, unless you want an 1980s bouffant, avoid the blowdry at the end. Our main bugbear is that you must book, and can do so only on the day, and they don’t take cash: instead you need to purchase a Dhs3 Fun City power card and add credit. It’s a bit of a faff really.