It recently came to my attention that the little one was looking like a right scruffbag. As I’m currently on a crazed mission to sort out as much stuff as possible before the new baby arrives, I mentally added ‘haircut’ to the list.

Since my headstrong daughter won’t even let me brush her hair without collapsing into full-blown, screaming hysteria, I wasn’t about to go near her with a pair of sharp scissors.

I’d taken her to a ‘regular’ hairdressing salon about six months earlier and she’d come out with a diagonal fringe. Very Vidal Sassoon, but not exactly what I wanted for my toddler.

It was time to call in the professionals. So I put in call to the team at Tantrum children’s hairdressing salon, on King’s Rd, Chelsea. Big Sis and I had been there for her very first haircut, a year earlier and I was really impressed with how great they were with her. 

As luck would have it, they’d just had a revamp, so we were invited back to try out the snazzy new salon! When we arrived I was pleased to see they still had the seats shaped like model cars, and planes and jeeps, imported especially from the US.  

Big Sis took her place in a bright red fire truck. She’s not the best at sitting still, so I worried that she’d squirm about, and end up losing an ear. But she was so transfixed by the salon, it’s bright new underwater mural, and her  personal DVD player, that she sat perfectly still while stylist Christy got to work.

I took the chance to have a quick snoop around the revamped salon. Younger kids are catered for upstairs, while older kids and teens have the run of the lower floor, which is set up like a glamorous Hollywood salon. 

After transforming Big Sis’s straggly ends into a sleek bob, Christy gave her a quick blowdry, and finished it off with some of the lovely SLS-free products from the Tantrum children’s haircare range.
I couldn’t believe how different Big Sis looked afterwards! My scruffy tomboy toddler had been transformed into a proper little lady.

We left the salon perfectly coiffured, and looking forward to our next Tantrum visit. Visit the Tantrum website for contact details and prices.

* Our visit to the Tantrum children’s salon was kindly provided for this review

(Pics courtesy of my lovely new Kodak EasyShare M580 digital camera)


  1. Baby Buggy Boat - August 26, 2010

    Oo – Coco needs a hair cut and we’re gonna be in London soon. This place looks awesome, I’m definitely making her an appointment!
    Thank you

  2. Mummy's Little Monkey - August 27, 2010

    It’s really great! I suspect it’s a bit more pricey than a regular salon would charge for a kids’ haircut, but it’s a real experience, and they’re just so brilliant with kids. Lucia just LOVED it!! (Plus it’s right by the delish Bluebird Cafe, if you wanted to make a whole day of it and treat yourself to a lovely lunch afterwards!) x

  3. The Moiderer - August 27, 2010

    What a brilliant idea. I am useless with my little one’s hair. I can barely manage a ponytail

  4. Leah - August 27, 2010

    I wish they had somewhere like this in Australia!

  5. Weebeastie - August 27, 2010

    Forget the kids a second, I want to go get my hair cut in this place!! Nothing worse than staring at yourself in the mirror for an hour, I want a spaceship and cartoons 🙂

  6. Marylin - August 27, 2010

    Oooh that place looks awesome! Do they cater to adults too…? 😉

  7. Alethea Hill - September 6, 2010

    We have been diy-ing the little mans hair over summer (read: making my son look like he is trying out for a part in Schindlers List II) so I am really keen to take him back to Tantrum for a back to school tidy up!

    Their hairdressers are quite amazing to watch when trying to keep up with little heads that just don’t stop moving!

    Thanks for the heads up re the revamp, no pun intended :-).

    (And then we will have yummy scrummy cupcakes from next door to round off the day!)

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