We would like to advise you that on 4/21/15 we will be holding a training event for our staff and will open at 2 pm. We will resume regular hours on 4/22/15. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to learn how to serve you even better!
Here at Pigtails & Crewcuts, we love our animal crackers. We hand them out freely, because they make kids happy, and that makes moms happy and all of the above makes us happy.
Plus, they’re a tasty snack that’s not loaded with sugar, and who doesn’t love to nibble off an ear or two? Animal crackers encourage you to play with your food!
April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day, so we thought we’d do some detective work and learn about the history of the animal cracker. Here’s what we found:
- Barnum’s Animals, which later became Barnum’s Animal Crackers, were created by Nabisco in 1902. They were inspired by a British recipe and named after P.T. Barnum, founder of “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
- The nostalgic-looking Barnum’s Animal Crackers box, which was designed to resemble a circus wagon, doubled as a Christmas ornament during the holidays, hence, the string handle.
- 54 different animals have been featured as crackers in an array of different brands. Barnum’s Animals have included 37 different species.
- They’re famous! Shirley Temple sang “Animal Crackers in My Soup” in the 1937 film, Curly Top.
- 2002 was the 100th anniversary of Barnum’s Animals, and in honor of the occasion, Nabisco introduced a koala bear into the mix. That koala was voted in by fans, defeating its cobra, penguin and walrus challengers.
- You can make your own! Here’s a popular recipe for Animal Crackers from AllRecipes.com. Nabisco also offers a number of recipes that incorporate the crackers, including this adorable merry-go-round cake.
- More than 40 million packages are sold each year, and the U.S. exports them to 17 countries.
Spring is here! Every April, our thoughts turn a little bit greener, as Earth Day reminds us to embrace our beautiful planet and take care of it. From tweaks in your beauty regimen to adjustments around the house, here are some ways to celebrate the earth, every day.
Use chemical-free shampoos and conditioners. Avoid products with words you can’t pronounce—namely sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate and formaldehyde (yes, formaldehyde!). Stick to natural shampoos and conditioners. It’s better for your health and the environment.
Make your own beauty products. Did you know you can blend your own conditioner and create your own face mask using products from your garden or pantry? Check out our blog on how to do it.
Leave the car in the garage. This week, make it a goal to walk or bike, rather than driving. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by skipping two car trips a week you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by two tons per year.
Shop local. When you put your dollars into independently owned businesses, that cash is more likely to stay in the community. Plus, if those dollars happen to be going to a farm-to-table business, whether it’s a restaurant, dairy or garden, you’re enjoying local, seasonal food, rather than a meal that traveled hundreds of miles to get to your plate.
Watch your water consumption. Water has a sneaky way of adding up. For every 10 minutes in the shower, for example, you could be using up to 25 gallons of water. A leaky toilet could waste 200 gallons a year. Be mindful of the water in your house, and conserve it whenever you can.
The less packaging, the better. Our landfills are filled with plastic and cardboard waste. Try not to add to it! Opt for products with minimal packaging.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. You’ve heard it before. Now, make an effort to do it just a little bit better.
Do you ever wonder what happens when you fill out a survey and give us feedback? Well, if you give us your email address and contact information, we reply back with any answers you may be seeking or an explanation for our policies or we may even tell you that we love (your) kids and just thank you for replying! We also enter everyone who replies to win our monthly haircut giveaway and we announce the winner on our Facebook page, so if you are not a fan on Facebook do so now! You must be in the know!
There are many times that customers fill out the survey, but do not tell us who they are, meaning they choose to give feedback anonimously and we welcome that as well. We thought that we would take the last two weeks worth of “comments” from our feedback and share with with the world! We thought we may be able to answer some feedback back and others who may have the same experience may find the information helpful.
We do love (your) kids and we absolutely LOVE what we do and we love you too! If you didn’t walk thru the doors, we would simply not exist and your support provided work for our amazing staff, helpers, stylists, receptionists, party staff – it does make a difference right here, in our community. So here we go….thanks for taking the time to share your feedback!
|“This was my littlest one’s first haircut, and it was fantastic! The lady at the desk made us the cute first haircut card, and she was so sweet! The lady who cut Ezra’s hair was very patient, gentle and flexible. She really took her time. She was all smiles and kind words. Ezra loved the trains! We love Pigtails and Crewcuts! We tell everybody about it!Ps. The stylists should wear name tags.” Our stylists do have name tags they are on their aprons – wonder if your stylist that day forgot to put it on! Thanks for the feedback!|
|“We love Brandi! She does a great job on my 3 boys’ hair” – Ms. Brandi works at our West Cobb location and she is amazing!|
“We absolutely loved the service provided by Ms. Trazon. Outstanding customer service and that was surprising considering great customer service is hard to find in the area. Ms. Trazon was very friendly and patient. She answered my many questions and even went above and beyond and provided excellent advice on our hair care needs. I purchased all the items she recommended and we both love them. After hundreds of dollars spent on services I regret not knowing about P&C sooner. We have been to the extremely high end salons to Walmart and P&C absolutely delivered its brand and what they stand for. Ms. Trazon made my daughter comfortable and even gave her extra towels when my daughter said her neck hurt. Super stylist. Ms. Trazon also provided advice on some other “first time mom” advice and all of it worked!!! totally worth the wait by the way. Thank you Ms. Trazon is part of our East Cobb location staff, she is wonderfully made and is there every Saturday only, during the week she is a nurse!
“Do wish you accepted coupons for returning customers.” The reason most of our advertising has the offer extended for new customers only is because we save the BEST savings for our existing loyal customers – if you purchase a Ten Haircut Package, you would save $4 on each cut, every time with out having to have a coupon! Furthermore, if you are registered for our VIP Loyalty program we send special offers to our loyal customers and to be in the know, you can always find us on Facebook!
“Kids love it!” This is why we do what we do! We love (your) kids too!
“I always have a great experience at this location. The staff is friendly and patient which is a good thing because with kids you need a lot of patience especially to cut their hair. I have 2 toddlers and both are excited for their haircuts every time we go in” We love that little ones ask for haircuts…
“This was my 3rd or 4th time visit, I do like your customer service and tge result in our prior visits were always satisfactory. However I have to say that this time once my son’s hair was dry and I saw in detailed how the haircut was, I don’t feel 100% satisfied. I feel that in other opportunities the stylist was a lot more detailed and the result was much better. This one is not bad but I’ve had much better result. But this experience will not affect a future visit. See you all next time and thank you for your service!” We are so sorry that this time things were not 100% perfect! Every single haircut is guaranteed to be just to your liking, if it ever is not you can always come back for us to fix it as needed. Sometimes the haircut is not short enough, you have seven days to return to get another haircut no charge. So glad you will continue to let us take care of your little one…it means a lot!
“I highly recommend Pigtails and Crew cuts to anyone!” Be sure they tell us you sent them when they come! Our customers receive half off a haircut every time they refer a friend! All they have to do is tell us you sent them – easy!
“have had many stylists and when we bring our grand son he is treated with the best care and gentleness!! My daughter has brought him and his two sister the last two hair cuts and has been equally as pleased! You are GREAT!!” …and so are you!
“This is the first time that we were dissatisfied with the experience. My husband took our 3 boys on a Sunday. Waited 1 1/2 hrs. Staffing was awful. He ended up getting only 2 cuts out of the 4 he planned on. He will never go back. He would rather go to Supercuts if stuck with a Sunday need. We needed those 2 cuts so they waited. If open on Sundays with that much business, please staff accordingly. I’ll come back during the weekdays.” Oh, yes …on 3/8/15 we were surprised with how busy we were! We always staff based on previous level of business and sometimes (because we do not take appointments) we are surprised with an unexpected spike in business – we are so sorry you had to wait so long. We are glad you stayed and let us take care of some of your children. As we grow we continue to hire to meet our customers needs – that’s why at our West Cobb store we started to offer Sunday hours. If you can ever not stay to wait because the wait is to long – send me an email and we will take care of you!
“This was my sons first haircut and you all made it a great experience. Thank you” The beginning of a beautiful relationship!
“This was my son’s second trip to Pigtails and Crewcuts- the first experience was overwhelming, due to it being my sons first professional haircut. I was very nervous about visiting again, and expected another meltdown by my 3- year old; however, he did fabulous! He sat in the chair and allowed the stylist to put his smock on, and enjoyed watching a movie while snacking on some animal crackers. I was beyond relieved!! I plan on continuing our visits at Pigtails and Crewcuts for our future haircuts.” Sometimes parents do not bring their kiddos often enough for haircuts because they do not look forward to their kids screaming thru the haircut. A few things about this: 1- It is very normal for kids to not like haircuts and the more often you do it the sooner they will get use to it 2- We are used it and we know your child is not being hurt they just want to have control that’s why they cry, but we love them no matter what 3- Bring them to play at the salon when they don’t need a haircut, let them get used to the environment. Most of all know that we are here to serve and we meet the children where they are.
“I was happy that my twin boys (6 years old) finally let the stylists use the buzzers / clippers on their hair and best haircut experience so far! They are a little shy, so it is a challenge with haircuts. Also, there was no wait, which was awesome, thank you” Yes, they outgrow their fears…we love this milestone!
“Mindy was incredible! She helped keep my 2 year old calm and entertained during the entire haircut. It was the first time he didn’t cry! We will certainly be back!” We are all here to serve you, from our receptionist to our helpers, from our stylists to me – the owner, we want to create an experience beyond the haircut!
“Our stylist cut my 3 boys hair and she was wonderful! My boys weren’t upset at all and enjoyed playing in the store afterward” Stay as long as you like!
“Brandi is our favorite and the only one we let cut our little boys hair. See you in five weeks :)” #makesushappy
“Ms. Courtney did a great job with my sons hair. It was the best he has done in a while with a cut. He was relaxed and didn’t even flinch with the trimmers like usual. I am very pleased with her service.” Sometimes chemistry matters! Kids have their favorites too!
“We enjoy our stylist. She was very helpful to my mom who is moving here soon” We welcome wiggles and giggles anytime! We love (your) kids!
“I really like the place and how patient and nice are the stylists, however I would like to see in the future they clean the kids more after the haircut. During this experience she didn’t dry his hair (my husband told her to please do it) and didn’t clean his hair too much. Thanks!” One of the reasons we do not use the blow dryer too much is because many kids are afraid of the blow dryer – we are happy to do a tussle dry anytime. If you ask us, we are happy to do it!
“It was my daughter’s first haircut and she wasn’t so sure about it because she loves her long hair. They made her excited about it and told her she looked beautiful and did a great job. She loved it. Thank you for making it a great experience for her! :)”
“Loved being able to call ahead and put our name in!”
“We have been coming to this salon since out sons first haircut. Ms Courtney did the best job of them all. Very patient”
“Ms. Brandi was great with my son. We will be back to see her again :-)”
“Ms. Shai is the absolute best!!!” We will tell her you thought so!
“I would recommend you to a friend; however, the wait time needs to improve. We waited for 2+ hours before we were able to be seen by a Stylist.” Yes, Saturdays are very busy and we are fully staffed, that’s why we are considering opening all of our locations on Sunday coming this fall (right now only the West Cobb location has Sunday hours) – Be sure to take advantage of our call ahead service and know that we can always take your number and call you as we get closer to you. We really are the best with kids haircuts, that’s why everyone comes to us! Please know that generally speaking the wait time is almost never longer than 30 minutes.
“Ms Farrah is awesome! I originally didn’t have enough taken off (my fault, not hers), so I went back the next day. I was worried she’d be upset with me- not at all. She was so nice about it and gave my daughter the CUTEST little haircut- so much so that people stop me and ask where she got it cut. Ms. Farrah was so friendly and patient with both my kids and me :)! Can’t say enough about her” Ms. Farah works at our East Cobb location and we do love her too!
“The stylists did an excellent job getting my triplets hair cut well and quickly” Feedback from our Roswell location.
“Everyone was professional and wonderful with my 2 boys!” Feedback from our East Cobb location.
“Ms Courtney did an EXCELLENT job with my little wiggle worm!! Best haircut he has had in months!! THANKS!” Glad you found Pigtails & Crewcuts – She is wonderful and while this feedback is from our West Cobb location – Ms. Courteney works at all three of our locations.
“Latrell is amazing! We love your salon. Thank you so much for having such an awesome place for kids” Thank YOU for letting us continue to serve you!
We send our surveys once a week – your feedback matter. I personally ready every single response. We appreciate you so very much! Thanks for being part of our Pigtails & Crewcuts Family,
Nancy & The Gang
We sure do love (your) kids and we love creating some fun memories! Yes, we are all busy Moms with lots to do, but these years will soon be gone and so we must fun the time to ad a few fun memories along the way!
We found the following fun activities for St. Patty’s Day and we thought we’d share! We would like to thank Growing a Jewel Rose blog for some of their creative ideas!
1. Set a Leprechaun toilet visit! Click here for details.
2. Turn the water green.
4. Serve them a lucky breakfast.
5. Make a Leprechaun lunch
6. Make rainbow pancakes
7. Another cute breakfast surprise. Super easy!
8. Make rainbow slime. They will love that!
9. Rainbow water? Yes, indeed.
10. Who doesn’t love rainbow seeds?
We know your kids will love any of these! We saved the best for last….the easiest of them all is bring them to
Pigtails & Crewcuts for a haircut the week of 3/16/15 wearing green and earn extra reward points as well a a free green hair streak if they kiddos want it! We do love (your) kids…thanks for letting us be part of their memories and milestones!
Let’s Share One More Milestone!
Pigtails & Crewcuts caters to children and tweens! We offer the very best services for your family. Our ear piercing system is designed for children and operated by our licensed, trained, professional team of cosmetologists, in a fun and clean kid friendly environment. It allows for piercing of both ears at once with no abrasive sounds. The studs are touch free with sealed cartridges for non human contact. All studs are packaged in a sterile and sealed manner. You can choose from gold-plated or surgical stainless steel studs. These are made in the USA and are available in different styles. You will also receive aftercare instructions and lotion to nurture your new piercings, a bravery certificate and a prize from our treasure chest! Come see us!
Here is what people are sharing about our ear piercing experience: (Shared by customers on Facebook)
“Got it done today at pigtails and crew cuts and Nancy did a great job with my nervous girl Highly recommend it!!!”
“We ended up at Pigtails and Crewcuts today and they did a great job. Thanks ladies”
“… go to a pigtails and crew cuts….you are involved every step of the way”
“….Pigtails and Crewcuts was fantastic. They do both at the same time, which was great for my anxious daughter!”
“….We went to pigtails and crew cutsland they were great!”
“We just went to pigtails and crew cuts on 92 and they did a great job – second piercing for my tennage daugjter.”
“Pigtails & Crewcuts – My daughter is so happy!”
All across the country, rivers are turning emerald, shamrocks are in abundance and visions of leprechauns dance through the streets. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As the nation prepares to celebrate all things Irish, the question on our minds is this: Have you found something green to wear? According to tradition, those who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day risk getting pinched. When you think about it, that’s kind of an odd tradition, isn’t it? Curious, we decided to look up where it comes from.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the pinching is actually an American creation, and it started somewhere around 1700. “St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green),” says the newspaper. “People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.”
Being in the hair care and beauty business, we know all kinds of tips and tricks to work green into your wardrobe March 17. Here are some favorite ideas to share with your brood.
Three-leaf clover braid. Your little one will leap like a leprechaun for this adorable three-leaf clover braid! See the instructional video from Cute Girls Hairstyles here. Tie on a green bow, and you’re good to go!
Nail it this holiday. Get your creative juices flowing and break out the green nail polish! Any little bit of green will do, but the more clever the better. Nails’ Magazine’s Nail Art Gallery has some great ideas and Irish inspiration.
Accessorize away. Green bows, green barrettes, green headbands, green hair clips—a little color goes a long way! You can even make your own by following these instructions by Fiskars.
Planning a family getaway for spring break? Book it now and you can save big bucks! Here are some travel planning tips that will help you save more on travel so you can really splurge on vacation.
- If you’re flying, buy early. It’s no mystery to airlines that spring break is a popular time to travel. Book ahead of time to cut down on costs.
- Be flexible. If you’re interested in a getaway, but don’t have a destination in mind, you have a lot more freedom. Do some research on sites like Kayak.com and Orbitz.com to find special deals to less popular spring break destinations. You might fall in love with a new city, while you’re at it!
- Take advantage of the “sharing” economy. By renting someone’s apartment or house (or a windmill, farm or treehouse), rather than a hotel, you can save hundreds of dollars. Plus, you’ll have a kitchen to cook your own food (restaurant savings!) and you won’t have to worry about housekeeping knocking on your door every morning. Check out AirBnB.com, HomeAway.com and VRBO.com to see what’s available.
- Save through an app. If you book a hotel through HotelTonight—an app that allows you to book a stay from your smartphone—you can save big off listed hotel prices. The catch: you can only book seven days out, so if you’re trying to plan ahead, you might want to use another service, like Priceline, which offers travel discounts and even lets you bid on hotels, rental cars and airfare.
- Drive. Gas prices are low, and expected to keep dropping throughout 2015. Load up the family truckster and enjoy a good, old-fashioned road trip!
We’ve all heard that natural ingredients are better for our hair. Items that aren’t natural often include chemicals that are potentially harmful. While Europe and other areas are stringent about banning potentially damaging chemicals in beauty and food products, the U.S. is far more lax in what’s allowed. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the following products, which are found commonly in hair items, could be associated with potential health risks.
Formaldehyde – Found in some shampoos and bleach, formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions and, according to the EPA, has been tied to cancer.
Lead – A common ingredient in hair dye, the EPA states that lead can be harmful. If you’re going to dye your hair, find a product that is non-toxic and chemical-free.
Sodium Hydroxide – Found in perms and relaxers, sodium hydroxide can be damaging to the skin and lungs if overexposure occurs.
Dibutyl Phthalates– Used as a fragrance in hair products, overexposure has been tied to digestive issues in humans, and has posed greater health risks, including cancer, in animals.
Hydantoin DMDM – Found in children’s conditioners and detanglers, this “antimicrobial formaldehyde releasing agent” can be damaging to kids’ developing systems.
DEA/MEA/TEA – These three-letter acronyms put the foam into many shampoos, and can be irritating to the eyes, skin, nose and throat.
To avoid exposure to unnecessary chemicals, we suggest that you always talk to your Pigtails & Crewcuts’ stylist about what products are best for your child’s hair. We’re constantly researching the latest items and are happy to share our expertise. We are proud to carry Original Sprouts a line that is chemical free, vegan, organic, does not use a numbing agent. Swing by, we are happy to give eye free consultation!
We wish you a Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Here are our Holiday Hours for the next two week!
We are ready to take care of your little ones and get them picture perfect! We are fully staffed and ready to go! So come on in!
Monday 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 – 3 pm
Thursday — CLOSED – Merry Christmas!
Friday — CLOSED
Saturday 9-5 pm
Week of 12/29/14
Monday 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 – 3 pm See you Next Year!
Thursday — CLOSED Happy New Years!
Friday –9:30 -5:30 pm
Saturday 9-5 pm
Everyone have a safe and relaxing week and for those of you traveling, we wish you no traffic and safe travels!