June 11, 2020, Atlanta, Georgia — Haircuts are no longer a chore for families in the Ahwatukee area thanks to the recent opening of Pigtails & Crewcuts: Haircuts for Kids.
Salon owner Sarah Wallace is excited to bring the unique experience Pigtails & Crewcuts salons across the country create for children’s haircuts to Ahwatukee. “There aren’t really any children’s salons nearby,” she shared, “I think parents are looking forward to having a cute kids salon in the community.” Her salon is the franchise’s first location in Arizona.
As a mom of four, Sarah knows some parents may feel concerned about heading out for haircuts as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic but shares that the salon will follow all guidelines from Governor Doug Ducey for social distancing in salons. “We’ll be limiting the number of people in the salon at any given time and only using three salon chairs to ensure proper distancing. We will also limit customers to one parent for each child present,” Sarah shares.
Additional sanitation procedures will also be followed in the salon to ensure equipment is clean before use. Stylists will wash their hands between each haircut and they, along with the receptionist, will wear face masks to help ensure safety. For the time being, Sarah said they will also remove toys from the waiting area–including the iconic train table found in each Pigtails & Crewcuts salon–to be on the safe side.
Customers are also advised to call ahead to reserve a spot for a haircut. “We will still take walk-ins as available, but we do recommend calling ahead as we are requiring customers to wait in their cars until their stylist calls them in,” she said of the plans to help keep her staff and customers safe and healthy.
Sarah’s journey to becoming a Pigtails & Crewcuts owner began shortly after she obtained a degree from Arizona State University. The mom of four loved the job she had accepted upon graduation, but wanted something different as the job didn’t offer much opportunity for growth. Business ownership interested her, so she started looking for an existing business to buy but didn’t find the right fit. Understanding the need for services that cater to children, Sarah hoped to find something that would be family-friendly and appeal to children and parents alike.
“I felt the next best thing to starting a business on my own was to start with help, so I began looking at franchise opportunities,” Sarah said. She met with a mentor from the SCORE agency in Phoenix and a business consultant to see what opportunities existed.
After spending lots of time researching and looking at options in various industries, Sarah came across the children’s hair salon industry. When she found Pigtails & Crewcuts, she knew it was exactly she was looking for. With lots of families with children in the area, Sarah knew Ahwatukee is a perfect place for a business like Pigtails & Crewcuts to thrive.
“I loved Pigtails & Crewcuts because the franchise opportunity was affordable and I love working with kids, so it’s a comfortable fit for me. It’s a nice small business that doesn’t require a lot of industry-specific knowledge to run, and I felt very confident in the franchise leadership team’s ability to help me get up and running,” she explained.
In addition to providing the support necessary to help Sarah find the ideal location for the salon and guidance on the pre-opening process, the franchise office has provided franchisees with marketing support and other resources needed to push through the COVID-19 pandemic. They also provided franchisees with reopening procedures to ensure the safety of staff and clients without sacrificing the Pigtails & Crewcuts experience.
Pigtails & Crewcuts – Ahwatukee is located in the Foothills Park Place Shopping Center at 4810 E Ray Road #9. The salon is located directly across 48th Street from Target and is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To learn more about Pigtails & Crewcuts – Ahwatukee and its services, visit www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/ahwatukee/ or facebook.com/pigtailsahwatukee, or call 480-561-8760.
About Pigtails & Crewcuts: Pigtails & Crewcuts is a children’s hair salon franchise created by parents for kids to offer a stress-free haircutting experience for the whole family. In addition to hair care services, Pigtails & Crewcuts offers a custom-line of kid-centric hair products and accessories, gifts, and a private party room for birthday celebrations. To learn more or to find a salon near you, please visit www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities, please visit www.pigtailsandcrewcutsfranchise.com.