Top Picks for Back-to-School Haircuts

Ready to wash and cut out the summer chlorine and sun damage? Get your kids ready for the new school year with our top picks for easy back-to-school haircuts!


1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

NEST’s kids hair salon is not just for your littlest ones anymore! A well-known family favorite for haircuts, NEST provides a family friendly and large accommodating space where everyone will feel welcome when popping in for a trim. Ms. Mariah is sweet, friendly and you and your tween will for sure love her. The readily available TV programming and lollipops are a definite draw for all ages. NEST also houses a vibrant playspace that younger siblings can enjoy before or after the cut, a snack cafe + an adorable toy boutique, making it a one-stop shopping haven for city dwellers. Be sure to book your appointment early as Ms. Mariah typically books out 1-2 weeks in advance. Super helpful bonus for busy parents: Ms. Mariah accepts Venmo for tips—It’s the little things!

Mixxia Hair Lounge
1220 Spruce Street

Looking for a clean, fresh but also laid-back vibe for your crew of tweens?  Mixxia has it all combined with the nicest staff who are aware that kindness and patience goes a long way!  They also do a great job with special occasion hair for events like Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Sweet 16s.

Barber’s Den
115 South Street

With online booking (always a plus), Barber’s Den offers tween cuts by some great stylists.  Ta, the owner and a barber with over 10 years of experience whose dream it was to open his own shop, says he “enjoys working with children and loves to see the excitement on their faces when they see the final cut.”  As a parent, you can’t ask for more than that.

American Mortals
(3 Locations) 508 Bainbridge, 727 Walnut, and 2102 Christian

Stocked with sweet treats and super cool things to look at, American Mortals has a fun aesthetic and vibe that both you and your tween will love.  The space is small, so plan to have a seat and stay close, but the snacks are plentiful and much appreciated. Heads up: when making an appointment, be sure to book with a stylist who does “tween cuts.”

Salon Styles by Aleta
7175 Ogontz Ave.

Salon Styles specializes in natural hair care services and styles specific to the needs of children of color. Whether you are looking for general maintenance, cuts, or braids, this place offers expert care with a focus on children. They also offer henna tattoo designs and princess parties. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for specials like $35 braids all summer!


And finally, have the haircut come to YOU. Brilliant concept; and you will pay a bit more, but this service is worth the premium for those with large broods or who simply don’t want to travel. Aside from all of the typical salon services, Concihairge offers specific tween cuts with easily accessible online appointment requests.

This post is sponsored by Nest, 1301 Locust, Philadelphia.