Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tantrum Salon

There is a new children's hair salon in Hamden called Tantrum Salon and we LOVE them!

I took my son for his first haircut last week and not only did he get an adorable cut (he looks like such a big boy!), but the ladies at Tantrum were amazing. They met us at the door with warm smiles and did whatever they could to help him feel comfortable. The woman who cut his hair offered him a "super hero cape" (with the body of a cartoon super hero on the front so his head looked like it was on the super hero's body), and when he didn't like that it covered his hands, she quickly flipped it around so it looked like a real super hero cape. His stylist then worked at lightening speed and was completely finished in about 10 minutes. At the end, he got a cute little certificate saying that he was brave during his first haircut. He also got a lollipop and a bottle of bubbles, which he was understandably more impressed by than the certificate.

Now let me tell you what I really liked about this place. We all know the chain kid salons where there are crazy colors everywhere and music and TVs and little rocket chairs for them to sit in. These places might work like a charm for your kid, but I knew mine would want to jump right out of his rocket and run around to see all the excitement. He would be totally overstimulated. This is not Tantrum. This place looks like a real salon. Sure, there is a play area in front, kid's books in the waiting area, fun capes to wear over their clothes, and TVs at each station should you want your child to watch Elmo to help keep him still (FYI: I did)--but it really felt like a real salon. The decor is nice, clean...and normal. They had regular salon chairs with booster seats and seat belts. I didn't feel like I was tricking him into anything. He knew he was there to get his hair cut (he goes with me every month, after all), and he was fine with it--and if he hadn't been fine with it, there were lollipops and Elmo to help. In other words, it was the best of both worlds.

So go check out Tantrum Salon and support your local small businesses!

8 comments:

Nicole Montgomery said...

Sounds like one awesome place, one I want to take my young boys to. Where are they located?

Pokolodi said...

2330 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. Check out the website (I linked to it in the post). The website has all the info--including a cute birthday party package.

c'est moi said...

So glad I don't have to schlep out to Orange/Milford anymore to Snip-Its! I will definitely try this place.
Thanks!

mkbathgate said...

what is the price for a child's haircut at tantrum? i would love to not have to travel to snip its anymore!

Nikki said...

Took my kids there yesterday. Thanks! Just moved to CT and was looking for a kid friendly salon and this was perfect.

aet said...

I also heard that they are doing a cut-a-thon for a fund raiser for Jim Leddy. He is running for Mayor of Hamden. Some of the proceeds are going to his campaign.

aet said...

I forgot to put the date down..Its going to be on Sept. 5th. I'm actually taking my 2 kids there for their first haircuts.

sbj said...

GREAT place. Got an excellent haircut in a calm, yet still fun, shop. Try it--you'll love it!!