Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tear-free at the Happy Kids Salon

Tear-free at the Happy Kids Salon

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A father and his son pick out a hair design. facebook

Tear-free at the Happy Kids Salon

It's among parents’ least favourite part of having children – taking them for a haircut and having to wait for an available chair. The kids’ fidgeting as the barber tries to snip around the ears – the crying, fussing and boredom truly tries one’s patience.

Fortunately, Mey Rachna has a solution. She opened a styling salon just for kids, equipped with car-themed barber chairs, a nursery-like decor and toys to distract her little customers as they get their haircuts.

Dubbed Happy Kids Salon, located in Aeon Mall Sen Sok, the shop has been a godsend to parents.

Rachna says she noticed that parents in Phnom Penh often have no choice but to take their children to adult barbershops or salons at which, because there are no distractions for them, they become bored and antsy rather quickly.

“I decided to open a barbershop just for children as it is unique and we don’t have one in the Kingdom. Now, parents who have difficulty in patronising the right barbershop for their children can come to me,” Rachna says.

Happy Kids Salon is uniquely decorated and meant to appeal to children. The barber chairs are designed to look like cars, cartoons adorn the walls and there are a variety of toys, all meant to keep the tiny ones happy as certified stylists work on their hairdos.

Sitting in a small red car chair with the hands banging its plastic steering wheel, three-year-old Heng Kevin seems to be having the time of his life.

His mother, Yim Sokunthea, sits on the other side of the room, shooting the occasional glance at the happy tyke.

“Every time [Kevin] went to a barbershop, he cried and his behaviour was very difficult. But coming here, I let him play,” Sokunthea says.

As she looks at her phone, the mother, in her early 30s, says it’s also a break for her.

“Here there are playthings to occupy the kids and the barbers are specialised in cutting children’s’ hair, so I don’t have to exhaust myself holding Kevin still as the barber does his work,” Sokunthea says.

Mey Rachna is proud of her staff and salon. “My barbershop has stylists skilled at cutting children’s hair. And we have assistants who can distract the more fussy ones during the haircut. Sometimes we give kids an iPad to play with before having their haircut,” Rachna says.

Besides haircuts, Happy Kids Salon offers fashion styling, hair washes, nail painting, hair colouring, and special designs for boys and girls.

While the décor may give the impression that Rachna’s prices are high, she assures that her services would fit right in with the average Cambodian’s budget.

“If we look at the salon from the outside, we might have the impression that it is expensive, but the fact is that it’s just the opposite.

“We charge the same as the usual shops. The prices are determined according to the hairstyle and ranges from $2 to $3.

“However, if a customer needs more stylish haircuts, we charge $5 and up, depending on the child’s age,” Rachna says.

So, parents, let Happy Kids Salon at Aeon Mall Sen Sok take the nightmare out of giving your little ones a haircut. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also make an appointment by calling 069 808 888.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kem Sokha’s daughters slam ‘liar’ Sam Rainsy over ‘smears’

    The daughters of former opposition leader Kem Sokha hit out at Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, accusing the newly nominated “acting president” of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of leading a “smear campaign” against their father and “repeatedly lying to the public”. The Supreme Court-dissolved

  • US Embassy urges reconciliation

    The US has urged Cambodia to restore the independence of the media, drop charges against Kem Sokha and other political prisoners, and end the prohibition of political activity by opposition parties. However, senior government officials see the request, issued by US embassy spokesman Arend C

  • Phnom Penh authorities ban march for Human Rights Day

    Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless. The UN

  • Government deports 235 Chinese scammers

    THE Immigration Department of the Ministry of Interior on Thursday deported 235 Chinese nationals, 35 of whom were female, via the Phnom Penh International Airport for their part in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) online money extortion scam. The deportees were arrested on November 26 over the