Cartoon Cuts Helps Ellie’s Hats Crush Childhood Cancer!

Kindergarten is supposed to be all about letters and numbers and shapes and story time and dress up…unless, you are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a couple of months before kindergarten begins.

Ellie arrived at Woodburn Elementary in 2013, with her winning smile, ready for her first day of kindergarten. Sadly, by that time the cancer treatments had caused most of her hair to fall out.  She was a resourceful kind of girl, so she found a couple of fun and cheery hats, and she made that, her “look”.

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Her teacher, Jay Coakley was inspired.  He held a hat drive to provide Ellie with more hat choices.  He used the power of social media to spread the word, and soon, hats were pouring in from across the country.  Since 2013, Ellie’s Hats has provided hats to thousands of kids with cancer.

In July 2015, Ellie finished her treatments.  As her hair began to grow back, she wanted a stylish haircut.  A visit to Cartoon Cuts was just what the doctor ordered!  Ellie has become a frequent Cartoon Cuts visitor, and she stopped in last week to get a haircut and a photo with her friend, “Ellie, the Elephant.”

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“Hearing her story was so inspiring, and we wanted to help Ellie help others,” said Kathleen Perkal, Founder of Cartoon Cuts. “We are partnering with Ellie’s Hats to raise funds to support families battling childhood cancer.”

Throughout the month of February, customers will have the opportunity to “buy” a paper hat for $1.00 for their children to color and hang in the salons.  The proceeds will be donated to Ellie’s Hats to provide assistance for families battling childhood cancer.

Ellie’s former teacher, Coakley is the Founder of Ellie’s Hats.  He is “so excited to partner with Cartoon Cuts to bring joy to families during such a difficult time.”

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Tips for Lice Prevention

Any mention of the word lice is sure to give every parent a case of the heebie-jeebies—with good reason! Once those pesky critters have entered your home, it’s hard to get rid of them. The best way to combat lice is to do everything you can to prevent your child from getting them. Here are our 5 best tips for lice prevention:

5 Ways to Prevent Lice

Use a lice prevention product-

Use great products like the Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel line. Instead of treating lice these products will help to stop the infestation before it even happens. This line uses a blend of natural ingredients, such as citronella, rosemary and tea tree oil, to repel lice while detangling and conditioning.

BONUS: The Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray is 20% off this month in all of our salons! It’s a quick and easy step for fighting off lice.

 

Teach Children good prevention habits

Lice don’t fly and can only spread through head to head contact or sharing things like hats and brushes. Teach your children good habits like not sharing objects that touch their hair with friends and to avoid any head to head contact while playing.

 

Do routine checks

It’s important to do regular checks for lice and nits throughout the school year. Catching lice early can make treatment much easier. Do a comb through with a lice comb to check for the presence of any nits at least once a week.

 

Keep Hair Tied Up

5 Tips for Lice Prevention

The less opportunity for lice to grab onto your child’s hair the better. Keeping longer hair tied up in a bun or ponytail can help to stop lice from latching onto any strands. Even braids can help keep hair away from the critters.

 

Lice like Clean Hair

Lice prefer to attach themselves to clean strands of hair. We’re not saying to skip bath time all together, but even adding a bit of product like gel or hairspray can make your child’s hair less appealing to lice.

 

Taking these precautions should greatly reduce your child’s risk of getting lice. Be sure to check out our lice 101 guide for even more great lice prevention info. Come into our salon and check out our great lice prevention products today!

Cartoon Cuts Palm Beach Wins Gold Daisy Award

The Gold Daisy Award  is an annual award given out by the voters of Macaroni Kids. Thousands of votes were cast and the results of the 2015-2016 Palm Beach Gardens-Jupiter and West Palm Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Awards have been tallied and the votes are in!
We are pleased to share with our clients that Cartoon Cuts is the winner of the Gold Daisy Award in the Best Kid’s Haircut category as voted on by Macaroni Kids PBG-Jupiter and West Palm Readers!
We hope to see you soon at Downtown at the Gardens Cartoon Cuts in Palm Beach! Come by and meet our talented staff that gave their expert talents that won them this award. Way to go Palm Beach!
Read all about this distinctive honor here!
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Founder of Cartoon Cuts, Kathleen Perkal, Quoted in Washington Post on How to Prepare for Haircuts When Your Child Has Special Needs

“We have stylists who have knelt down in the waiting room, in front of a television, when the children were too afraid to move to the styling chair,” said Kathleen Perkal, founder of Cartoon Cuts. “We have stylists who allow the kids to come in and sit and talk for a few minutes, without getting a service, just to help build a level of comfort in the salon.  It takes a blend of patience and tranquility to make it work, but my staff tells me about kids who have been coming to them for 20 years or more.”

 

Read the very helpful article in its entirety here

fun n’ easy halloween hair

Cat Ears

halloween cat hair

What you’ll need: ponytails, bobby pins, black pipe cleaners (2)

  1. Part the hair down the middle.
  2. Take the two front sections and make two ponytails.
  3. Braid each ponytail with a pipe cleaner, to make the braids stick straight up.
  4. Use bobby pins to form the shape of cat ears.

Bug Head

bug hair

What you’ll need: green colored hair spray, toy bugs, super glue or hot glue gun, metal clips

  1. Make bug clips using toy bugs and plain metal clips. Use a hot glue gun or super glue to stick the bugs to the clips – let dry.
  2. Spray hair totally green using colored hair spray.
  3. Clip the bugs into the hair.