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.

— The chain has since expanded nationally to approximately 60 salons in 26 states. The Guilderland location will now be one of five in New York State.

Today, Snip-Its has its own cast of friendly characters, games and stories, and the “Magic Box,” a prize dispenser which gives each child a surprise in exchange for a swath of their hair at the end of the visit.

In the waiting area, children can enjoy the Snip-its show featuring the cast of cartoon characters, and each cutting station includes an entertainment station featuring custom computer games and activities. A special chair for parents is also at each station so parents can be close by.

For special occasions, the Guilderland Snip-Its provides four different themed birthday packages, child spa services and also has its own line of all natural hair care products for kids to take home.

Deitz called the experience “one of a kind.”

“There’s just something special about when a child walks into the salon for the first time,” she said.

At a party, children get their hair done, have light makeup put on and can get dressed up in special costumes provided by the salon. At the “Hollywood Party,” a child’s picture is taken on the red carpet and at the “Rock Star Party,” kids get to sing Karaoke. There is also a “Spa Party” and a “Glamour Party.”

New Snip-Its stylist Marie Napoli said she is excited to be a part of the salon and what the brand stands for.

“I had a child last year and being new to being a mom, it’s nice to have a place to bring a child because they don’t always do great in the environment of a crazy salon,” she said, adding how thankful she was for the additional training to work with special needs children.

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