4 Back-To-School Hair Tips That Will De-Stress Your Morning Routine

Can you believe that it’s already time to go back to school? It’s one of our favorite times of the year! The experts here at Cartoon Cuts have some great back-to-school hair tips.

Check out our stylists’ 4 best back-to-school hair tips:

Cut that hair

Getting a fresh trim is the best thing you can do to keep your little one’s hair nice and healthy. Sun damage and chlorine can result in difficult tangles and dead ends, so getting a regular cut is the best way to keep that hair prepped and ready for those busy school mornings.

Ready your tools

Having the right tools can make taming even the most rebellious hair easy. Take the time now, before the busy school year starts, to pick up a new hairbrush, a detangler, and a styling gel or mousse. If your child gets especially bad knots & tangles, we recommend our most popular solution–the Wet Brush combined with Original Sprout’s Miracle Detangler.

Have a go-to hairstyle 

Getting the kids ready for school in the morning can be tough, and adding a long hair routine to the struggle doesn’t help. Having a few go-to braided or gelled looks up your sleeve can help things run way more smoothly. Check out some of our favorites here!

Get a “head” start on lice

Start protecting your child’s head from lice before the dreaded lice notification gets sent home. Product lines like Fairy Tales’ Rosemary Repel and SoCozy’s Boo! will help you deter lice with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, rosemary, and mint. Using these products and following a few simple guidelines can help you start the school year off with less stress about these creepy crawlers.  Check out our video on lice prevention here!

Need some extra help this year? No one knows back-to-school hair like our experts! Come pay us a visit and talk to your own personal stylist today. Our stylists can even braid your kiddo’s hair for you this school year, starting at just $3.99!

What’s your favorite back-to-school hair tip? Tell us in the comments below!


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”.


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.”

Ellie @ Cartoon Cuts

“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.”

Ellie's Hats With Logo copy

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!

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.





Pencils of Promise Guatemala May 2011

Back to school…

For most of us, it means new shoes, school supplies and a fabulous new haircut!

But, what if you lived in Guatemala, or Ghana, or Laos…and your child had no access to a quality education?

At Cartoon Cuts, our journey to help children began with a question. There was a small boy begging, in the streets of India. He was approached by college student, Adam Braun, who asked,

“What do you want most in the world?”

He replied, “A pencil.”   PoP logo - Yellow (2)

Adam reached into his backpack, handed him a pencil, and watched as a wave of possibility washed over him.

This is the story of Pencils of Promise (PoP), a for-purpose organization that builds schools and provides educational opportunities in the developing world. At Cartoon Cuts, we believe that every child has the basic right to education. So, we asked PoP…how could we help?

We could build a school. In Guatemala. Our kids helping other kids.

The goal is $25,000. The reward is HUGE.

So…let’s kick it off with a Scavenger Hunt (Race for the Case!)

The Cartoon Cuts/Pencils of Promise initiative will commence on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

260 pencil cases filled with pencils, combs, free haircut cards and other freebies will be hidden around each shopping center where we have Cartoon Cuts salons–13 locations (20 cases will be hidden at each salon shopping center). Clues will be given out via social media, and the winners will be announced on the company’s website. The pencil case winners will share their experience on social media using the #RaceForThecase, and Cartoon Cuts will donate $1.00 for each social media post.

In addition, during the busy back-to-school month of August, Cartoon Cuts customers will be able to purchase pencils for $1.00 each–the proceeds of which will go toward building the new school.

Can’t make it on August 6th? We will be collecting donations on our Pencils of Promise donation page here. Thank you in advance for your support in helping us build a school in Guatemala!

great summer hair isn’t just a fairytale

Sun, sand, and swimming, could only mean one thing….. SUMMER!

While we can’t wait to embrace the rays, our hair doesn’t quite feel the same way.  Hair can take quite the beating during our summertime shenanigans.  Thankfully we have the solution to turn those hair nightmares into a Fairy Tale.

Fairy Tales has an array of products to handle those KNOT so fun hair hassles.

Fairy Tales Lifeguard Clarifying Shampoo

This product is ideal for those little swimmers and beach bums.  Orange, grapefruit, and lemon extract gently cleanse damaged hair.  It removes chlorine and salt water that your hair holds on to, long after you’ve left the water.  This shampoo not only cleans hair, but restores softness to hair with vitamins and minerals.

Fairy Tales Lemon-Aid Conditioner

This conditioner has all the good stuff!  Leave the sea salts, minerals, and hard water deposits behind.  Lemon-Aid is full of Aloe, Vitamins E and B, that will have hair shining like the sun.  Oh, and that terrifying green tint from swimming? No worries, this conditioner already has it taken care of!

Fairy Tales Coco Cabana Spray

We’ve talked a lot about repairing hair, but we can also help prevent dry, brittle and sun damaged hair.  Coco Cabana Spray is a no brainer. Spray before to prevent damage, or after to moisturize and free those tangles! Containing coconut oil, almond oil, and banana extracts, this spray screams summer!

Fairy Tales Bug Bandit Repellant

Ah summer, the perfect opportunity to say hello to the outdoors and sadly bugs!  Bug Bandit Repellant is an all-natural, non-toxic, pesticide free formula that helps to repel all sorts of creepy crawlers.  Mosquitoes, flies, fleas, gnats and others won’t stand a chance!

All Fairy Tale products are free of harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, paraben and sulfates. With Fairy Tales hair, you and your kids can enjoy summer without a care!

cindy lou who

Holiday Hair

Items you will need:

Hair Bands

Bobby Pins

Red Hair Bow

Plastic cup

Hairspray (not pictured)

Curling Iron (not pictured)

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1. Separate hair into three sections (crown of head and then parted in back center like in the picture).

kids hair, girls hairstyles, holiday hairstyles, braids, toddler boys hair, hairspray, toddler girls hair, cindy lou who, the grinch 2. Braid two small braids with the two bottom sections. Make sure they are coming down the front of the head, not the back.

3. Now, in the center of hair on the top of head, place the plastic cup.

4. Pull all of the hair up and around the plastic cup so that you don’t see it. You want the cup to be hidden. Tie the hair in a band on top of the plastic cup.

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5. Depending on how long the hair is, you may be able to just put in another hair band OR you will have to fold it over and put in 2 hair bands. You want the hair to be sticking up

6. Curl the top of the hair that is sticking out of the pony tail. You will want to curl it under.

7. Use your bobby pins to pin the braids up.

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8. Don’t forget your Red Bow and LOTS of hairspray!

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handling hairy situations by guest blogger cozy friedman

After 20 years of owning a children’s salon, I’ve seen every kind of “hairy” situation—and plenty of parents who simply need a few simple skills (and the right products) to turn things around. Here’s a breakdown of three common hairy situations and how to get out of them like a pro:

Out of Control Frizz: Kids with naturally curly or wavy hair often have a halo of frizz, which seems to be endearing only to grandparents. Believe it or not, you can quickly eliminate frizz from your life with a few simple tips.

  • Cut down on washing and allow natural oils to build up and help combat frizz naturally. Three to four days in between washes is about right, depending on activity level.
  • Leave a little bit of quality hydrating conditioner in hair after you wash. This will keep hair moisturized and frizz free. We recommend SoCozy Super Hydrating Conditioner – simply the best! Moms, try it yourself.
  • A leave-in conditioner applied to damp hair will also help combat frizz on non-wash days. SoCozy Detangler + Leave In Conditioner works perfectly.
  • Ditch the hairbrush. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to comb through hair while it’s still wet, then allow to air dry or use a diffuser attachment on a hair dryer.
  • Styling products like SoCozy Styling Cream or Styling Gel applied to damp hair offer definition to curls and a natural shine.

Flat Flyaways: Thin, flat hair offers its own challenges, with staticky flyaways and lifeless shape. You can easily infuse life and shape to hair with these tricks:

  • Start with the right cut. Consult with your Cartoon Cuts stylist to find a cut that works best with your child’s hair type and face shape. Layers can help create volume and texture.
  • Use a quality shampoo and conditioner like SoCozy 2in1 or 3in1 but only wash hair every few days.
  • Apply a styling product like SoCozy Styling Mousse Medium Hold to damp hair, working from root to tip, then blow dry for volume and shine.
  • During cold winter months when static flyaways are at their worst, apply a pea-sized amount of SoCozy Styling Cream Soft Hold to dry hair to keep hair grounded.

Lice: The word alone is enough to make a parent shudder. Head lice are a common problem among children ages 5 to 12 simply because of the way they play, but you can avoid the situation altogether with some simple precautions.

  • Don’t wash your child’s hair every day. Buildup of natural oils on the hair shaft makes it harder for lice to attach.
  • Choose tea tree oil-based products like SoCozy Lice Prevention Shampoo and Spray. These are natural and safe for children of all ages, and smell great too. Use shampoo every other day, and use spray regularly on hair, pillowcases, hoods and hats.
  • Teach your kids to avoid sharing hats, scarves, hair accessories, brushes or combs with friends, even when playing dress up.
  • Regularly clean items your child’s head frequently touches, like pillows, sleeping bags, car seats, and headphones.

Of course, you can check out all my expert advice on my website or in my book, Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair. Knowledge is power, so read up and soon there won’t be a hairy situation you can’t handle!





back to school… in style!

It’s already that time of the year again… back to school! Cartoon Cuts is proud to be a part of your back to school routine. A great school year starts off with a great cut.  Being the experts in kids’ hair, we want to make sure your kids go back to school in style, and have great hair days, everyday. Below are some A+ styles, for your A+ student!

 popular popular

shape up shape up

classic classic

faux hawk faux – hawk

side bang side bang

french braids french braids

bob bob

headband braid headband braid








cartoon cuts introduces malibu hair services and products

Kids love to swim, but that chlorine can do a doozy on hair!

Green hair? Dry, brittle hair? 


 Try a Malibu Swimmer’s Treatment (only $5.99 when added to a shampoo or haircut).  The best option for hair gone green is our Malibu Swimmer’s Treatment, available in our salons.  It dramatically improves the look and feel of hair, no matter how often you dive in. Malibu Swimmer’s Treatment helps remove and prevent “swimmers green hair” as well as the recurrence of brittle, damaged hair that could occur from too much swim time.

 Prevention and Maintenance

 The accompanying Malibu Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner are sold at the salons for your use at home. They can be used by anyone, any age, and are perfect for the summer months. When your little one comes home from a day at camp, you might notice his or her hair has a shade of green in it. Don’t freak out, this is quite common, and all you need to do is rub in some of the Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo, and their hair will be looking back to normal. The Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo also cleanses the hair like normal shampoos, but is free of many of the unnatural chemicals found in other shampoos. Malibu Swimmer’s Wellness Conditioner not only replenishes moisture in the hair, but preserves the texture, look and feel of hair exposed to pool, spa or ocean water.

 Dry, itchy, and flaky scalp?


 The Malibu Scalp Therapy Natural Wellness Treatment ($5.99) is a perfect add-on to any haircut or shampoo service, with its moisturizing ingredients that help treat dry scalp and conditions such as itchy, flaky skin. Additionally the treatment instantly promotes a healthier scalp by increasing blood flow to scalp layers, and naturally draws out waterborne elements that can irritate and further increase scalp issues.

 Prevention and Maintenance

 The Malibu Scalp Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner are safe and gentle for all ages, including infants and toddlers. This shampoo feeds the scalp wellness ingredients such as vitamin E, amino acids, and aloe. Both the shampoo and conditioner are gentle enough to use daily, so you don’t have to worry about drying out the kids’ hair, and they will actually help moisturize the scalp when used often.

Malibu is a personal care company that is committed to maintaining the health and wellness of not only your body, but of the environment, with their 100% vegan, preservative-free treatments. The best part is that their products are safe and gentle for all ages, including those precious little kiddos we call our clients!


haircuts and autism. making it work

Getting a haircut can be one of the most difficult, challenging, and scary experiences for a child with autism.

Cartoon Cuts can help!

Cartoon Cuts stylists have helped many families conquer the challenge of a haircut, especially families with children on the spectrum. Stories of triumph and pure happiness pour into our salons and corporate office weekly, including the story of Ethan, who had never actually had a full haircut until he was introduced to Cartoon Cuts.

Ethan’s mom described their past experiences as challenging, and said that they had to let his hair grow out down past his shoulders, until they were referred to Cartoon Cuts. Still, Ethan did not want to have anyone touch his hair. Ethan’s family took baby steps to get him into the salon, and after many visits, his hair was finally cut. Ethan’s first visits were just in the waiting room, playing with the toys, and getting comfortable in the environment. The next step was to get him into the chair, to watch a movie. Once he was comfortable in the chair, he was able to get his hair brushed. After a couple visits sitting in the chair, and getting his hair brushed, the stylist was able to start cutting some hair. Ethan can now come into Cartoon Cuts and successfully get his hair cut and styled.

“She was so good, and so patient with him… he was kicking, screaming, and he wasn’t saying nice things. We’ve been working on it slowly, and now he’s at the point where she can actually cut his hair and style it. So, it’s been such a wonderful, positive experience, because his hair has just been such a challenging issue for us. I recommend all of my friends and Ethan’s classmates to go to Cartoon Cuts and tell them what a good experience this has been.” – Ethan’s Mom, on their experience at Cartoon Cuts.

Tips for a successful haircut.

  • Visit a salon that understands the challenges and fears that children with autism have about haircuts.
  • Visit the salon a few times before attempting the haircut, so that the child can get comfortable in the environment.
  • Take baby steps… visits to the salon, sitting in the salon chair, and getting the hair combed are all small steps that can lead to a successful haircut.
  • Make sure you and the stylist are patient, patience is everything!
  • Bring an extra shirt, in case your child is uncomfortable with the cape.
  • If possible, visit the salon during the weekday, when it doesn’t tend to be as busy or noisy.
  • Set up a goal and reward system, and reward your child when they reach each goal. For many, small goals like sitting in the chair, putting the cape on, letting the stylist brush the hair, etc., work best. The small goals can lead up to a big reward, like getting an ice cream, or a new book!

click here to watch Ethan’s video

baby’s first haircut

Parting with a child’s precious curls is no easy task for any parent, as it truly marks how their child is already growing up, right before their very eyes. This is but one exciting event in a child’s life, although much more memorable for the parent. In order to make this event a less traumatic and more memorable one (for both child and parent), here are a few tips as to start going about this outing:

Prepping Your Child for Their First Haircut

The concept of the scissors is a part of a parent’s first set of rules given to their child, that scissors are equated with danger. In order to bypass any preconceived fears a child has about scissors, a possible task might be to introduce the haircut in a familiar place, beginning with trimming a few locks at home, therefore, showing the child there is nothing to fear at all.

Playing “haircut” at home with your child’s stuffed animals and a set of imaginary scissors, such as your child’s fingers, allows the child to understand that maybe a haircut isn’t such a bad thing after all! In addition, replacing the word cut with trim makes all the difference in the eyes of your child, as “cut” expresses to them that they will get hurt in the process.

Another helpful tip is allowing the child to see the barber or hairstylist in action by bringing them to see another member of the family to get a trim. This will show them that there is nothing to worry about and it will not result in a “boo-boo”.

The atmosphere in which the haircut will take place means a great deal as well. Trying kid-friendly salons and specializations will make the experience a more memorable and comfortable one, which they will enjoy coming back to. As well, introducing a “reward” they will receive by getting their haircut makes it a much more pleasurable and exciting event for them, one that they will no longer fear!