A Trim Here, A Toy There
The clients at LeeAnn Perry’s salon race cars and fly helicopters during haircuts and relax with Elsa and Anna from Disney’s “Frozen” while their toes are painted.
Perry’s spa offers services for a different clientele than a typical barbershop or salon — children.
Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon Spa in the former St. Casimir’s Church at 104 Rear Prospect St., in Dunmore, opened in July. Since then, buzz around Facebook has the salon’s books filled.
Opening a barbershop was a bucket list item for Perry, who has a degree in early childhood education and runs Perry’s Academy of Learning, also in the former church she bought in 2012. The church closed on Sept. 20, 2009.
Perry heard stories from parents about “nightmare haircuts.” A Google search for a local children’s hair salon showed the closest one was in Allentown and she realized there was a need for a child-centered business in Northeast Pennsylvania.
She originally considered purchasing a building in the borough to create the salon but water damage in the church’s basement, a former catechism room, forced her husband to renovate the space.
Perry looked around and realized it was the perfect place for her salon.
“Kids can be difficult, they get scared,” said Mia Vieira, the salon’s manager, but added at Bellissimo, “they think they’re here to play.”
In place of traditional black leather salon chairs, children sit in either two cars or a helicopter while their locks are clipped. Elsa and Ana adorn the backs of two blue and pink pedicure chairs.
The whimsical atmosphere “makes children feel comfortable,” said Perry.
A display of costumes ready for kids to wear line the salon’s yellow wall which helps children explore their creativity or relax in an often uncomfortable environment, said Vieira, whose background is in both cosmetology and education.
The salon also features a boutique area with children’s clothes and accessories including plush knit necklaces and backpacks featuring smiling animals. Bellissimo sells its own line of kids bath products alongside products including shampoo and conditioner by Babo Botanicals.
The main goal of the salon is be affordable for families, said Perry.
Hair cuts cost between $10 to $15 for children and $20 for adults. Bellissimo also offers updos, blowouts, braids and eyebrow waxing, among other services. Pedicures and manicures are not as rigorous as the adult version, said Vieira. She files and buffs nails before putting on a fresh layer of paint.
“The feedback we get is, we needed this,” said Perry.
For more details, visit Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon and Spa on Facebook.
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