Pigtails & Crewcuts Launches ‘Cool Gear All Year’ Promotion

(Roswell, GA – July 20, 2012) Saving money is its own reward, but Pigtails & Crewcuts aims to give families even more bang for their buck with the “Cool Gear All Year” back-to-school promotion. Parents who purchase a 10 Haircuts Value Pack at participating locations during July, August or September of 2012 will be entered to win monthly $50 Visa® gift cards from October 2012 through May 2013 (a $400 value). Five winners will be selected. The Ten Haircuts Value Pack rewards customers with a free haircut by offering 10 for the price of nine.

Wade Brannon, president of Pigtails & Crewcuts, says that this opportunity helps parents save money during the expensive back-to-school season, while also offering them an exciting chance to win. “As a father of three, I understand and take to heart the strain that back-to-school spending can place on a family. By offering Ten Haircuts Value Packs, Pigtails & Crewcuts aims to help parents save money while keeping their kids’ looking great on the first day of school and throughout the year,” says Brannon. “Plus, while their kids enjoy our child-centric services and entertaining salon atmosphere, parents have the chance to win with the ‘Cool Gear All Year’ promotion.”

In addition to money-saving packages, Pigtails & Crewcuts offers a unique experience for children and parents, alike. The goal of the salons is to see both kids and parents leave with a smile. Children can enjoy the wooden train table, watch a movie, play video games and, of course, choose a treasure from the stocked treasure chest, while mom and dad laugh with the friendly staff, indulge in their own haircut or just sit back and relax while a stylist pampers their child.

For additional promotion information, visit Cool Gear All Year.

About Pigtails & Crewcuts

Founded in 2004 in Roswell, Georgia, Pigtails & Crewcuts is a national children’s hair salon franchise dedicated to making haircuts fun and stress-free for young patrons and their parents. With 32 locations across the nation, Pigtails & Crewcuts specializes in quality haircuts for boys and girls of all ages, and also hosts children’s parties. In 2010, Parents.com named Pigtails & Crewcuts one of the Top 10 Chains for Kid Birthday Parties. In addition, Pigtails & Crewcuts is perennially named to the “Franchise 500” list as a top franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine beginning in 2007. Every neighborhood Pigtails & Crewcuts is locally owned and operated. Each salon also sells a wide range of retail and hair care products tailored to meet the needs of its individual market. To learn more, go to pigtailsandcrewcuts.com.



“Forty Under 40” Event Honors Pigtails & Crewcuts Honolulu Owner Brian Yonehara

Just three days after his 39th birthday, Brian Yonehara, who owns a Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise in Honolulu, was honored in the Pacific Business News’ 14th annual “Forty Under 40” event, which designates business and community leaders who are 39 years of age and younger.

“This is a wonderful honor,” said Yonehara, whose child-centric salon is located in the Moanalua Shopping Center near Pearl Harbor. “One of the best parts of owning Pigtails & Crewcuts is it allows us to serve our community and give back. It feels good to be recognized for what we do.”

Since 1999, the “Forty Under 40” event has honored Hawaii businessmen and women for their innovative skills in business as well as giving back to the community. Yonehara received the award during a reception at the Hawaii Convention Center on June 21. The newspaper ran a story featuring Yonehara June 22.

Wade Brannon, owner of the Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise, said that this distinction speaks highly of Yonehara, as well as the business. “Brian Yonehara and his wife, Grace, bring both a strong business mindset and community mindset to Pigtails & Crewcuts in Honolulu. They serve as wonderful ambassadors of our brand, and we couldn’t be more proud of this well-deserved honor.”

Yonehara and Grace opened Pigtails & Crewcuts, which is a part the Atlanta, Georgia-based national franchise, in 2006. With two young daughters, the parents had searched Honolulu for a high-quality, low-stress salon to cut their kids’ hair, but had no luck. Following a number of negative experiences with poor haircuts and poor customer service, they resorted to cutting their kids’ hair, themselves. Then they learned about the Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise of salons, which truly cater to children. Drawn to the airplane and fire engine chairs and whimsical, fun atmosphere, they decided to bring the franchise to Hawaii. Since opening, they’ve seen 16 to 17 percent growth each year, even during the recession. The salon now has 20 employees.

But for Yonehara, the real heart of the business lies in its impact outside of the salon. Each month, his staff volunteers at Shriners Hospital – Honolulu, where they pamper sick children. In addition, Yonehara participates in many fundraisers for schools, donates school supplies and more.

“We’re in the heart of a small community in Hawaii. I think it’s very important to give back,” said Yonehara. “The community supports us, so we do whatever we can to support the community.”

About Pigtails & Crewcuts

Founded in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, Pigtails & Crewcuts is a children’s hair salon franchise dedicated to making haircuts fun and stress-free for young patrons and their parents. With 32 locations across the nation, Pigtails & Crewcuts specializes in quality haircuts for boys and girls of all ages, and also hosts children’s parties. In 2010, Parents.com named Pigtails & Crewcuts one of the Top 10 Chains for Kid Birthday Parties. In addition, Pigtails & Crewcuts has been named to the “Franchise 500” list as a top franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for five consecutive years. To learn more, go to pigtailsandcrewcutsfranchise.com.


Sheri Bedard Bannister, (404) 822-4862, sheri@spincreativeinc.com

Photos available upon request.


What’s Big in Kids’ Hair Care for 2012

By Kate Silver

From natural shampoos and ‘Groovy Goo’ to hair tinsel, big barrettes and the ‘Big Time Rush’ look, kids will be on the cutting edge in 2012.

The hot words for hair and hair accessories in 2011 were “feathers,” “pink,” and “The Justin Bieber” (followed by “the haircut formerly known as the Justin Bieber”).

With 2012 just around the corner, we polled kids’ hair-care specialists across the country to find out what to look forward to in the coming year. In sum, expect to see their hair accessories big, their hawks “faux” and their products natural (and smelling like bananas).

This is what else we found:


For older girls, the face-framing long layers are in, says Theresa Lamb, manager of Pigtails & Crewcuts in Glenview, Illinois, and so are hair tinsels—shiny, metallic strands that are tied into the hair by a stylist. Those clamp-on feathers, seen on everyone from Steven Tyler (who’s credited with bringing the plumes to fame) to Jennifer Love Hewitt, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff are losing their allure with the tween crowd, but the trend isn’t over yet, according to Lamb. “I think the younger girls are starting to get more into the feathers now, because they’ve seen older siblings wearing them.”

Also popular for girls: The classic bob and braids, including waterfall and fishtail braids.

Boys spent the last year striving to be Justin Bieber—even long after Justin Bieber had moved on to a less mussed look. But now, the boys are asking to look like the guys on the Nickelodeon series, “Big Time Rush. “It’s actually similar to the Justin Bieber,” admits Lamb. In addition, faux hawks and skater-like mushroom cuts are popular. But most of all, Lamb says she focuses on doing whatever works best with the lad’s hair. “A lot of younger boys have cowlicks, so you have to work around that and give them a style that’s good for them,” says Lamb.

Hair Accessories

Big is better, when it comes to hair accessories—and just about every girl is will be accessorizing their hair in 2012. Kara Dahn, coowner of Queen Bee Barrette, based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, says that large barrettes, fluffy flowers and bold, classic bows are a way of making a feminine statement. “It’s girly, it’s like high fashion,” she says. Popular colors for the coming year include ivory, pink, orange, brown with polka dots, animal prints and anything metallic or glittery.

Annie Sayer, co-founder of No Slippy Hair Clippy, Inc., based in Vacaville, California, says that she’s seeing an increased interest in headbands in all age groups—from babies through adults. Sayer says she expects bright colors with fun and whimsical themes to be a big hit in hair accessories in 2012. “People really want to dress their kids bright and fun,” says Sayer. “Parents want to brighten things up, because things have been hard the last few years,” she says. By spending just $5 to $10, adds Sayer, hair accessories are a simple way take an outfit to the next level and make a statement without spending a fortune.

Hair Products

For years, parents expected kids to share their adult hair products, assuming that hair of all ages had the same needs. Now, kids have access to kid-centric lines, made with high-quality ingredients to keep their hair pure and free from chemical damage. Dick Hegener, president of Custom Formulations, a hair care manufacturing company based in Cologne, Minnesota, says that parents are really embracing more natural products aimed specifically at kids, including styling aids (i.e. hair-spiking balm), like Pigtails & Crewcuts’ Groovy Goo. He said that busy moms on the go gravitate towards Pigtails & Crewcuts’ No No Knots, a detangling spray that makes it easy (and painless) to make sense of bed head, without shampooing, and kids are also drawn to products for their inviting scents, like the strawberry-scented Pigtails & Crewcuts Berries and Bows conditioner and grape-like Goofy Grape shampoo.

Scott Knapp, account executive with Circle of Friends, which is based in Los Angeles, says that shampoo scents such as raspberry and pineapple have also developed a huge following, and he expects banana to be a popular scent in 2012. In addition, Circle of Friends, which specializes in gentle kids shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals, including sodium lauryl sulfates, will be coming out with a new product aimed at kids that’s similar to Moroccan oil, giving the hair a beautiful finishing shine. “This is something that’s grown tremendously in the adult category,” says Knapp. “Moroccan oil is everywhere.”

Knapp adds that the place that Circle of Friends is seeing the most growth is the lice prevention category. That’s right—prevention. “In the past, when you were dealing with lice, you were dealing with treatment,” says Knapp. “It’s been proven time and again that people are getting more sophisticated, as they realize there are ways of actually preventing lice from getting into the home.” Circle of Friends sells a line of products that combine tea tree oil, lavender and other oils that actually repel lice. “If there is a lice outbreak and the children are using our products, they will not get lice,” says Knapp.

Pigtails & Crewcuts Hairstyles Gallery

Pigtails & Crewcuts has added a new photo gallery of children’s haircuts. Be sure to check out the hairstyles for boys and girls of all ages. We will continue to update this hairstyle gallery; so check our site for new photographs. When you are visiting a Pigtails & Crewcuts be sure to discuss with your stylist what would be the best haircut for your child. They are experts in their field and will work with you to find the best hairstyle.

Pigtails & Crewcuts Among 2010 Bulldog 100

Pigtails & Crewcuts is among the businesses selected for the second annual class of the Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Alumni Association, the Bulldog 100 is an annual program that determines and awards the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA Alumni. Rankings are based on a compounded annual growth rate of revenues for the past three years.

2010 Bulldog 100 Rankings.