Carrie Rengers

Second Pigtails & Crewcuts to open on east side

Children can play games while getting their hair cut at Pigtails & Crewcuts, which will have a second Wichita salon at Regency Lakes by August.
Children can play games while getting their hair cut at Pigtails & Crewcuts, which will have a second Wichita salon at Regency Lakes by August. Courtesy photo

Three successful years after opening Pigtails & Crewcuts at NewMarket Square on the west side, Melissa and Chance Lindley are preparing to open on the east side as well.

"Wichita has received us and been so great to us," Melissa Lindley says of their "fabulous clients."

The Lindleys have chosen Regency Lakes at the northwest corner of 21st and Greenwich in front of Cabela's for their next Pigtails, which is an Atlanta-based chain of children’s salons.

Melissa Lindley says the NewMarket Pigtails attracts a lot of customers from the east side, and she says the new salon should make it easier for them.

"We know that everybody complains about driving east to west . . . or west to east."

The addition of the new 1,550-square-foot salon will free up room on the west side, too.

"We are getting to the point where we are so full on the weekends," Lindley says. "We are growing so quickly."

She says the salon is at maximum capacity for stylists.

Pigtails has a few specialties, Lindley says.

In addition to providing "haircuts for kiddos," as she puts it, the idea is to make all children comfortable and happy when they come in and while they're getting their hair cut.

There are themed cars, including a police vehicle, fire truck and airplane for younger kids to play in.

There are also movies and, for older children, Xboxes so they can play "and not even feel like they're getting a haircut."

Lindley calls it a "great experience."

She says there's also a focus on children with special needs.

"That's kind of our heart," Lindley says. "We want them to come in to us."

She says stylists will take the time to learn children's triggers and likes and dislikes "so they can have fun and enjoy coming in and getting their haircuts."

There also is ear piercing and what Lindley calls safe makeup along with organic lines of hair-care products.

"We have great kid-specific hair products."

Pigtails also can be booked for birthday parties.

The new Pigtails will open in early August.

Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Lindley says in order to make family haircuts a one-stop shop for parents, Pigtails will cut their hair, too.

"They don't have to worry about finding a babysitter."

Also, she says she's noticed that a lot of the dads like playing Xbox, too.

"Sometimes we have trouble getting them off."

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.
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