of moving (to me), would be the joy of having to find 'new' contacts. Whether it be a doctor, chiropractor, or a luxury like the perfect hair stylist, it can take months (or as in my case in Iceland), years to find the perfect person. I finally found a great stylist, but if Jogvan moved here, it would all be over for the new guy.
For whatever the reason, perhaps for the rise of pediatric or children's, well, everything, it seems much, much easier to find the perfect pediatrician, pediatric dentist or children's hairstylist. The latter is particularly important for my children, as any of the Barbies (and their mutilated tresses) from my childhood could attest. While learning how to properly cut hair would be a great skill to have, I have yet to get up the nerve to try. Memories of perpetually unequal bangs probably will keep the desire at bay for quite some time.
We lucked out by quickly finding a hair salon for the kids, aptly named Kids-N-Teens, run 100% by the owner, Daniella. Much like Grenitas in Caracas, it is 100% for kids, complete with a play area and ribbon bar. It's not Cartoon Cuts, and appointments are usually more than necessary. However, it is no pricier than Cartoon Cuts (or anything similar), and your child will leave looking and feeling like the beauty queen (or king) of her choice.
Whether it's your child's first haircut (cue delivery of "1st cut certificate" with two locks of hair), or 18th, you feel as though she has known you, and your child, forever. A closely-cropped cut for the boy, braids or tiny ponytails for girls, and your child is happily on their way.
Some might say it's a pain to wait for an appointment, or who on earth can't suffice with a haircut from the barber (or Mom)? I look it as a talent-sharing situation. Daniella is very gifted in the way of hair (and I am so very not). Why not utilize the services of those who truly know what they are doing. And, yes, I must admit, I also really like the way she cuts and styles Kelsey's hair without ever drawing any attention to her scar. It's the little details that matter, right?
If you ever happen to live in this area, and have a child with shaggy locks or overgrown bangs, I highly recommend giving Daniella a call. Check out the before and after pictures, and you will see how much one can get for a very small price.