After we had our fun at the playground, we came down the escalator and saw this!
Nice! We were actually planning to buy Jayden out for the haircut in a few days time. We have been Junior League supporters and Jayden has his haircut there ever since we tried it once in the Vivocity branch and then the Suntec City branch. The D's Kiddy Salon had just opened and was having an opening promotion where the haircut only cost $10. The usual price is $20 and this offer will last till 15th March 2012. And so I told Hazel, "Why not? Since we are here, let's just try this out. Besides, the decor looks nice and inviting."
They have a small corner in the saloon itself for little kids to play in. I would say that corner will only comfortably hold at most 4 little toddlers inside. Toddlers need space and it just means trouble trying to squeeze more inside. But it is a good touch and additional nonetheless. They do have many toys for them to play with too! And being a new salon, all the toys are new!
And here's Jayden having fun with the Xylophone!
So, what about the actual deal? The haircut. Well, in short, I will not come back here again. Read on to find out why.
Like all baby or kids salon, they have TVs built there for kids to watch, get engrossed and keep still during the haircut. Well, that is just the hardware. A haircut is also about the person, the software that is doing the actual job. And for us, since this is not the first time we have had Jayden's hair cut, we know that he is a good boy and will stay still during the entire session. So far, we have been generally pleased with the process and the result.
This time, when Hazel noticed that the covering was not really done properly, she advised the stylist to do it better and cover it properly. The guy mentioned that it is ok, he will put another piece of protective sheet on top to cover it properly. The result? Jayden's entire top was full of hair and we had to change his top to prevent him from scratching himself all over. They also do not use vacuum to suck away the excess hair that will inevitably fall on the clothes. They use sticky rollers. Yups, the same ones I used to stick my dog's fur out of black/dark clothes.
The stylist also made no attempt to try to coax and socialize with the customer, i.e. Jayden. Personally, I feel that for anyone that is in the kids line, the one most important character they must have is genuine interest in kids or babies. I sense nothing here. And none was displayed too. He was just waiting for the right moment to snipe a little here and shave a little there. When he said it was done, it was cut unevenly all around and it was pretty obvious since some hair were still touching his ear. I told him that it was not done properly and the answer was that he was afraid that he will move and then it will get worse.
I looked at him blankly and he went on to cut. Not wanting more disaster to happen, we said it was okay after he managed to trim the obvious longer lengths away, proceeded to change his top in the saloon and left unsatisfied.
In short, nice decor, nice play corner, nice selection of toys and DVDs. Too bad, they use lint sticky rollers. For us, we didn't like the service of the hairdresser and personally, that is the most important. The above is my personal opinion, your mileage may vary.