Special Needs

KidSnips’ stylists cater to kids with special needs.  We’re here to help make their experience at any of our eight salons as memorable as possible.

A few tips and resources for you to know:

  • We’ll explain to your child exactly what our stylist is planning to do during their haircut in order to make them as relaxed as possible.
  • Feel free to bring any special items that your child would find comforting to hold, or offer something as a reward for after the haircut.
  • Sensory issues will be handled with great care, often foregoing clipper and trimmers for scissors only or vice versa.
  • We will spray our hands or combs with water to avoid spraying directly on the child’s hair if its uncomfortable for them to feel it spray.
  • Think of a few activities, toys or food that your child would enjoy as a special bonus or reward after their haircut.
  • All of our locations are wheelchair friendly.
  • Autism Speaks is a fantastic resource for information on autism. Autism Speaks has a special section with tips and videos about getting a successful haircut. You can access their site at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/tips-successful-haircuts
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common disorders affecting children. While less than 2 percent of children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as many as 50 percent of children with ASD also have ADHD, and children with one or both conditions share many of the same sleep issues. MattressReviews.net has outlined the commonalities between these disorders, how to recognize symptoms and receive a diagnosis for your child, and common sleep issues and guidance for helping your child get a better night’s sleep. Read more here: www.mattressreviews.net/helping-children-with-adhd-and-asd-sleep/

It often helps to show your child what they might experience upon getting their hair cut. KidSnips suggests giving the visual walk-through below to your child.

  • Today, I am getting my haircut at Kid Snips.
  • When I walk into Kid Snips, there is a lot to see!
  • Once my hair stylist is ready to cut my hair, I will go pick out a movie to watch during my haircut
  • If I need to use the bathroom before my haircut, Kid Snips has a bathroom I can use.
  • If I need to get my hair washed, I will walk over to the sink with my hair stylist. I will sit in the chair. My hair will be nice and clean for my haircut.
  • I can decide it I want to sit in a race car, a truck or in a chair.
  • I will then put on a gown over my clothes. The gown will help keep the hair off of me and my clothes.
  • My hair stylist will then wet my hair with a spray bottle. After wetting my hair with a spray bottle, my hair stylist will gently comb through my hair using a comb.
  • Now that my haircut is done, I can pick out a prize in the treasure chest ...
  • ... and get a balloon for doing a good job!