We just got back from our Spring trip to Walt Disney World (Alfie's second, for those counting...) and we're definitely still in the digestion phase of our post Disney grief. In other words, we're sifting through memories, pictures, videos, and souvenirs.
One of the hardest decisions I had to make prior to this trip was whether or not Alfie would get his first hair cut at the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom. This seems like a no brainer given our love of Walt Disney World, and also our love of all things ridiculous. However, I myself am a hairdresser by trade. (the millions of dollars this blog generates isn't enough to support our lavish lifestyle.) Part of me thought it would be special to do his first haircut myself...I thought loooooong and hard about it, at one point even running a poll on Twitter. The 50/50 tie didn't help in my ultimate decision. :/
Clearly we ended up going with the Harmony Barber Shop, or else this blog post wouldn't exist. So lets talk about it...
Quick note: Becoming a dad has made me a VERY bad and even more lazy blogger...so while I have tons of pictures of my son galavanting around the parks, I don't have many "detail" shots that I used to prize myself on. In fact, I think I took a paltry 500 or so photos, all of which are of Alfie or drunk selfies. All of this just to say, I have no actual pictures of the barber shop.
For those unfamiliar, the Harmony Barber Shop is located on the Town Square of Main Street USA, to the left as you enter the park. I had never even peeked inside prior to this visit, because its kind of tucked away and though I had a professional curiosity I just never got around to it. The space itself is way smaller than I thought it would be, three working stations VERY close to each other. ( I work in an enormous salon with 35 stylists and full spa...so yeah, different.) The barber shop maintains the turn of the century theme of Main Street, costume and all!
We had a 10:40 appointment for Alfie, made a few weeks prior. They do accept walk ups, but appointments are recommended. Once we checked in we waited on a comfy bench until a barber was available, at which point our name was called.
We were placed with Diane who was an absolute dream. She clearly knew about parent anxiety when it comes to the first haircut, and made us very comfortable. She was also well versed in baby distraction. During our consultations, very nonchalantly, she pulled out half a dozen Mickey stickers and stuck them all over Alfie. This was enough to keep him busy for the five minutes his cut took. (I was very clear we just wanted his baby mullet cut off, since were growing the rest out...) She did a wonderful job, and I would be happy for her to cut his hair again.
In addition to a regular kids haircut/adults haircut ($19!!!!!!!! What!?!?!) there is a baby's first haircut special. Included with this is the cut (duh), a pair of "first haircut" Mickey ears, a sachet with some of those precious baby locks, and a certificate. A total steal at $25...
(there is hair in there somewhere...)
even the receipt is a souvenir!
Our experience at the Harmony Barber Shop couldn't have been better. The atmosphere is so charming and intimate. The barbers are professional, but also silly and know how to deal with small kids. At this price, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique vacation memory. In fact, I plan on getting my hair cut here on our next visit. :)