I took our son to Pigtails and Crewcuts today at Hilltop Shopping Center in Virginia Beach for a little hair chopping. I must tell you up front that the experience was great. Far from what happened last time I got his hair cut!
My first impressions of the shop were that it was clean, busy, well-run, and a bit feminine. Let’s start with cleanliness. After each cut the stylists were sure to sweep up and dispose of all the clippings. For sale items were neatly displayed and the play train area was pretty clean for a place full of children. I say the shop was well-run because the employees all appeared to have a job and they appeared to be doing it right.
As for the femininity of the place, that may be a product of the all female staff, the all female parents (except me), the female ribbons and bows for sale, or maybe it was just a gut feeling. Whatever the reason, it didn’t matter. The place was great.
While we did have a short wait, my son didn’t mind because he joined two other boys at the train set. Time flew by for him.
Amber was my boy’s stylist and she was quite pleasant. After placing boy-child in the fire truck barber chair she took the time to listen to what I wanted. While cutting she asked several times if I liked the progress, as if to give herself reassurance she was doing a good job. She eventually got it right and he looks great. Best of all, my son had a great time getting his hair cut.
The only downside to the entire trip was the cost. I pay $10 for my own haircuts, so to pay $16, plus tip, was really asking a lot. I paid it and considered the crying and screaming last time we had his hair cut and deemed it a good $16+! The lessor of two evils I guess you could say.
The Hilltop location offers a party room and party packages, though I deemed the parties to be mostly driven toward the female clients. Something about mani-pedi’s and the like just sounded girly.
On the way out we were given a punch card. After 10 punches I guess you get a free cut, I don’t know. I took the card and didn’t really listen to what the lady said. I did, however, hear her say that Tuesday is “double punch” day so I left with two punches.
Whatever… I’ll figure it out later because I plan on returning.