For the last two-and-a-half years, I’ve put off taking my daughter, Isla, for her first haircut. Born with a full-on Clooney Caesar, I’ve instead allowed it to flourish into a wavy mane far too abundant for a child her age. I suspected I would eventually drag her to one of those places like Melonhead, where she would perch in a car or airplane, distracted by a Dora DVD. But before I could resign myself to that, a better option presented itself: Buzzcuts and Ponytails ($30 a cut), the kids-only Sundays at Toronto’s swishy Hair on the Avenue. Also on offer? Blowouts for mommies ($29).
To make the salon tot-friendly, the flat screen at reception plays cartoons, tiny robes (!) and cups of hot chocolate are provided, and there’s a mini DVD player and jar of candy at each cutting station.
While the plan for a trim didn’t exactly shake down as hoped—she flat-out refused the robe, requested a programming change on the portable TV, and proceeded to shriek and flail when a towel was placed around her neck—it was the acquisition of a lollipop (spied in the hands of the much more amenable five-year-old Cleo) and the patience of stylist Tara Lorenzoni that finally accomplished the goal.
Ah, bribery. There’s nothing it can’t achieve.
Haircuts, $30, Buzzcuts and Ponytails at Hair on the Avenue, 416-922-0112.
—Lesa Hannah, beauty editor of FASHION magazine