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Guilderland salon caters to kids

Snip-Its started as purveyor of haircuts for special needs kids

Snip-Its, a new hair care salon for children, was opened in Guilderland by owner Denis Deitz.

Snip-Its, a new hair care salon for children, was opened in Guilderland by owner Denis Deitz.

— Denise Deitz struggled for years to find a hair salon that could provide her special needs son Brandon with the attention and tenderness he deserved, until she found the hair care salon Snip-Its in Clifton Park.

“It was so traumatic trying to get his hair cut before,” she said of her 8-year-old. “I think lots of little kids get scared when it’s time to cut their hair, but kids with special needs are even more sensitive.”

At the Snip-Its chain, each stylist goes through special training and is certified to cut hair for children with Autism and other special needs to help “prepare them for the salon experience.”

Deitz said Brandon was apprehensive to go to another salon with a different stylist at first, but he soon found the child’s salon to be a fun and magical place. The experience led the Guilderland mom and former hair stylist to want to open her own Snip-Its closer to home and on Saturday, Feb. 4 she opened her own location in Guilderland’s Hamilton Square.

“I’ve found this is something I’m really passionate about,” said Deitz. “And kids are also my passion.”

Her story is similar to that of Snip-Its founder Joanna Meiseles, who opened the first location in Framingham, Mass. in 1995.

She too was looking for a unique hair care experience for her young children, but could not find a stylist with enough patience, the appropriate standards or enough toys and tools to keep here kids occupied. After two years of research and planning, she developed her own brand and kids hair care program.

“We're turning what can sometimes be a challenging experience into a fun-filled, entertaining, family adventure,” states Meiseles on the Snip-Its website. “The result is a hair salon no kid can resist and a business model enticing to prospective franchisees.”

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