Haircuts can sometimes be daunting and challenging for parents of children with sensory differences. Here are some tips and locations that have experience providing haircuts to children who may need special accommodations and to make the process smoother and more enjoyable for you and your child!

Tips & Tricks

  • Ask if you can tour the hair salon prior to appointment
  • Inform the hair salon of your child’s needs
  • If your child is sensitive to loud noises…
    • Ask for scissors instead of noisy clippers
    • For safety precautions, hairstylists can use rubber earing backs over the tips of scissors
  • If your child is sensitive to tactile feelings…
    • Ask them to spray water on combs instead of directly onto child’s hair
  • Bring anything from home that will soothe the child
  • Collaborate with your child’s therapists to see what they would recommend!
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Beauty Secret Salon & Spa
Phone: (773) 649-6371
Address: 2463 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Ravenswood)

State Street Barbers
Specific Stylists: Michael, Christina, Joella
Specifically do short cuts – call ahead to see if they can do the service you are looking for!
Phone: (773) 472-7723
Address: 3523 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Pigtails & Crewcuts
Phone: (847) 486-0700
Address: 2660 Navy Blvd. Glenview, IL 60026 (Glenview)

West Loop

KidSnips Lincoln Park
Phone: 773-935-9999
Address: 1953 N. Clybourn Ave., Unit F Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Mike’s Hair Design In
Phone: (773) 588-9162
Address: 3639 W Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL 60618 (Irving Park)

Blue Bird Day fosters socialization, sensory regulation, and pre-academic learning in children ages 2-7 years in therapeutic rotations that simulate  preschool and kindergarten settings. Our compassionate therapists practice a relationship-based and family-centered approach, provide parent training, and collaborate on goals and individualized intensive treatment plans for your child.

We believe in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team approach to therapy. A team of occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, developmental therapists, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, and therapeutic assistants are created for each child to ensure child and family are fully supported and the best possible results are achieved.  

Options for individualized, group and virtual therapy sessions are available as well. 

Want to learn more or you have a specific question? Feel free to connect with us here! 

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