We’re so proud to have been a part of American Express Open Forum’s “Stay-at-home Dad Makes it Work,” a Father’s Day story about Pigtails & Crewcuts‘ Owner Bob Farster’s decision to open two children’s hair salons while also becoming a stay-at-home dad. Thanks to journalist Katie Morell for writing such a wonderful piece.
Archive for the ‘Press’ Category
April is ending, and with it, National Autism Awareness month. Before we get swept away in May observances (May happens to observe a wide range of awareness, including National Stroke Awareness Month, National Better Sleep Month, National Women’s Health Month, National Old Age Month and National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month), we wanted to take a moment to say that Pigtails & Crewcuts in Glenview welcomes kids of all shapes, sizes, dispositions and needs.
Our staff is hand-selected for their empathy and compassion, and we have experience with children of all demeanors and decibel levels. We work with each child to give him or her the best salon treatment possible. With some children, that means allowing them to select the fire truck or taxi chair they’d like to sit in, along with their favorite book or movie. Other kids would prefer to play with our wooden train table and avoid the chairs altogether. In those cases, we’re happy to follow him or her around and trim hair as the child plays. We also want our customers to know that if your child thrives in a quiet environment, talk with us about it. We can work with your schedule and arrange an appointment during our more quiet hours during the week, or schedule you in before we open, if that works best.
Manager Theresa Lamb says that she and the staff strive to fit into each kid’s world, rather than the other way around. “We treat any child according to their needs. There are kids that have issues with haircuts, and we understand that. We have a train table for them to play with, movies for them to watch, lollipops to enjoy—whatever it takes. We just try to work with every child in the way that best suits him or her.”
In other news: Pigtails & Crewcuts Owner Bob Farster launched a new column on Glenview Patch. In his most recent entry he speaks with the father of an autistic child and asks him, point blank, what he wants the public to know about autism.
Did you read about the local mom who makes the kids’ bows, clips and headbands for our Glenview salon?
Are you ready for a new spring hairstyle?
Are you up to date on the latest happenings with our new children’s salon opening at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect?
Do you know how to receive a $2 discount off your next hair cut?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then we have a surprise for you: Our latest newsletter.
Happy reading! We hope to see you soon.
We’re famous! Glenview Pigtails and Crewcuts Manager Theresa Lamb was interviewed for the following article about kids’ hair care (the piece was originally published here). Congrats, Theresa!
By Kate Silver
The hot words for hair and hair accessories in 2011 were “feathers,” “pink,” and “The Justin Bieber” (followed by “the haircut formerly known as the Justin Bieber”).
With 2012 here, we polled kids’ hair-care specialists across the country at Pigtails and Crewcuts to find out what to look forward to in the coming year. In sum, expect to see their hair accessories big, their hawks “faux” and their products natural (and smelling like bananas).
This is what else we found:
For older girls, the face-framing long layers are in, says Theresa Lamb, manager of Pigtails & Crewcuts in Glenview, Illinois, and so are hair tinsels—shiny, metallic strands that are tied into the hair by a stylist. Those clamp-on feathers, seen on everyone from Steven Tyler (who’s credited with bringing the plumes to fame) to Jennifer Love Hewitt, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff are losing their allure with the tween crowd, but the trend isn’t over yet, according to Lamb. “I think the younger girls are starting to get more into the feathers now, because they’ve seen older siblings wearing them.”
Also popular for girls: The classic bob and braids, including waterfall and fishtail braids.
Boys spent the last year striving to be Justin Bieber—even long after Justin Bieber had moved on to a less mussed look. But now, the boys are asking to look like the guys on the Nickelodeon series, “Big Time Rush. “It’s actually similar to the Justin Bieber,” admits Lamb. In addition, faux hawks and skater-like mushroom cuts are popular. But most of all, Lamb says she focuses on doing whatever works best with the lad’s hair. “A lot of younger boys have cowlicks, so you have to work around that and give them a style that’s good for them,” says Lamb.
Big is better, when it comes to hair accessories—and just about every girl is will be accessorizing their hair in 2012. Kara Dahn, coowner of Queen Bee Barrette, based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, says that large barrettes, fluffy flowers and bold, classic bows are a way of making a feminine statement. “It’s girly, it’s like high fashion,” she says. Popular colors for the coming year include ivory, pink, orange, brown with polka dots, animal prints and anything metallic or glittery.
Annie Sayer, co-founder of No Slippy Hair Clippy, Inc., based in Vacaville, California, says that she’s seeing an increased interest in headbands in all age groups—from babies through adults. Sayer says she expects bright colors with fun and whimsical themes to be a big hit in hair accessories in 2012. “People really want to dress their kids bright and fun,” says Sayer. “Parents want to brighten things up, because things have been hard the last few years,” she says. By spending just $5 to $10, adds Sayer, hair accessories are a simple way take an outfit to the next level and make a statement without spending a fortune.
For years, parents expected kids to share their adult hair products, assuming that hair of all ages had the same needs. Now, kids have access to kid-centric lines, made with high-quality ingredients to keep their hair pure and free from chemical damage. Dick Hegener, president of Custom Formulations, a hair care manufacturing company based in Cologne, Minnesota, says that parents are really embracing more natural products aimed specifically at kids, including styling aids (i.e. hair-spiking balm), like Pigtails & Crewcuts’ Groovy Goo. He said that busy moms on the go gravitate towards Pigtails & Crewcuts’ No No Knots, a detangling spray that makes it easy (and painless) to make sense of bed head, without shampooing, and kids are also drawn to products for their inviting scents, like the strawberry-scented Pigtails & Crewcuts Berries and Bows conditioner and grape-like Goofy Grape shampoo.
Scott Knapp, account executive with Circle of Friends, which is based in Los Angeles, says that shampoo scents such as raspberry and pineapple have also developed a huge following, and he expects banana to be a popular scent in 2012. In addition, Circle of Friends, which specializes in gentle kids shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals, including sodium lauryl sulfates, will be coming out with a new product aimed at kids that’s similar to Moroccan oil, giving the hair a beautiful finishing shine. “This is something that’s grown tremendously in the adult category,” says Knapp. “Moroccan oil is everywhere.”
Knapp adds that the place that Circle of Friends is seeing the most growth is the lice prevention category. That’s right—prevention. “In the past, when you were dealing with lice, you were dealing with treatment,” says Knapp. “It’s been proven time and again that people are getting more sophisticated, as they realize there are ways of actually preventing lice from getting into the home.” Circle of Friends sells a line of products that combine tea tree oil, lavender and other oils that actually repel lice. “If there is a lice outbreak and the children are using our products, they will not get lice,” says Knapp.
To read the original article go here.