It's nothing earth-shattering
but the kids finally had haircuts today. Two out of three had the "I'm growing out my bangs/bad haircut look" for ages and we finally decided to attempt to find a decent salon again.
We have tried repeatedly to go to a local chain and each time it is close to disastrous. The stylists spend most of their time trying to sell me shampoo I don't want, need or use and then proceed to hack away at the kids' hair. The last time we went, Nicholas ended up with so many layers, I couldn't tell what the woman was trying to do.
He was also not very happy about the hair cut idea (has never been crazy about it) and I don't blame him. Scissors and what-not flying around your head for 30 minutes is not everyone's idea of fun. We finally decided we would try a friend of a friend's barbershop in Annapolis. Pete would go first, Nicholas would watch and all would be well.
Unfortunately, the barbershop closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and by the time we arrived (my insomnia causes me to oversleep on the weekends), it was nearly 2:45 p.m. I cursed my inability to get out of bed in a timely manner and then we both remembered a children's hair salon we had seen in a nearby shopping center. The prices were reasonable, it was open and it was across the street from my new favorite indie coffeehouse in Annapolis, Caffe Pronto. Yes, it was all an excuse to get a mocha and my favorite coffee...sue me!
We stepped into the salon, Pigtails & Crewcuts, which was bright, airy and happily decorated. They had the fun kiddie seats (airplane, fire engine and police car), a child size seats for those who would rather a regular chair and two regular size salon chairs. I feared a long wait as it was a rather gloomy day out, but to my surprise, we were called within minutes.
Kelsey went first and after getting her settled, Nicholas's name was called. Now, the test: would he have any interest in getting his hair cut or would he be miserable the whole time? I do NOT like bribing children since it generally doesn't work, but he had requested a lollipop (if they had them) prior to going in the salon. We figured that was a fair compromise (considering I treat myself to an Indian buffet lunch after I get my hair done...) and we walked over to try out a car seat.
He wouldn't have any of it and wanted absolutely nothing to do with the cars. So, we offered the next best thing: Dad's lap. Sure enough, he climbed up, had no problem with the colorful drape and happily sat in Peter's lap for the entire cut (to include use of the clippers). She chatted while she cut, cut, cut a bit more and worked the kinks out of the layering nastiness. Nicholas was as calm and cool as a cucumber. No unhappiness, no tears, just a quiet Little Guy sitting in dad's lap. It probably also helped that there was a movie on (which was really for Kelsey, seated next to him), but it really doesn't matter. He was happy and not traumatized by the experience and, even better, he got a really great cut.
He hopped down the minute the cut was over, gobbled up his lollipop and happily played at the train table until it was time to go. Kelsey ended up with a smart bang/all over trim which will work a bit better than the bangs that were constantly in her eyes. And the salon? They have found new loyal customers. The stylists were great, extremely patient (but quick) and the cost was the same or less than that local chain. No pressure to buy anything and we all left happy and well-groomed (well, 2 out of 5 of us). Given that we are frequently in the area to see the Salty Dogs (insert sweet quote: Nicholas stated today, "Baby Nate is my best friend!"), it's an easy visit to work in. We were to go sailing with them today, but the weather did not cooperate. However, we had just as much fun hanging out at the Salty Dog homestead.
Now the real point of this post? Pictures of the kids with their new 'dos. And is it me or does the Little Guy really not seem so Little anymore?