The best hairdressers for families in Shanghai

The city's salons for kids and parents to get some special occasion styling or a whole new do

Have you accidentally gave your kid a mullet by cutting it yourself? Well DIY hairdressing isn't altogether impossible, it's also nice to skip the chore and head out for a pampering hairdressing service. Whether you're looking for a full-on manicure or a laid-back wash and cut, there's an Edward Scissorhands for every sort of hairdo.

Qkuts, Jingan

A kids-only hair haven, nail spa, toy store and spa party venue with salons across the city, Qkuts is all about bringing the fun back into the dreaded haircut. Tots can take their pick from novelty car, boat and dinosaur barber seats and choose from a whole load of entertainment – from electronic equipment to large play areas.

As well as the place to come for stylish cuts, Qkuts is great for special occasions and little extras, offering services like first haircut certificates (that come with a bonus lock of hair for parents), mani-pedis, princess makeovers and spa birthday parties.

Dry cut 180RMB; cut and blow-dry 228RMB.

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1601 Nanjing Xi Lu

Elmer Mix Magic Space

This bona fide kids’ kingdom combines a children’s hair salon, jungle gym, library, food court and more all under one roof. Little ones can hop into elephant and car barber seats while stylists work their magic creating picture-perfect dos, from funky shaved in designs to braids. When the cut is done – and photos are snapped – kids can let loose in the huge play area.

Dry cuts 180RMB; wash, cut and blow-dry 228RMB; fringe cut and head shaving 70RMB; styling from 100RMB.

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168 Hubin Road

Franck Provost (Anfu Lu)

With locations in over 25 destinations around the world and five in Shanghai alone, Franck Provost has been a mainstay in the city’s salon scene for the past eight years. Both English and Chinese are spoken by hospitable, skilled stylists who offer the whole range of services from cuts to perms, colouring and to treatments. Price points vary by the level of the stylist you request and the length of your hair. Always dreamed of très chic locks? Man, woman or child, this is your spot.

Kids’ cut from 100RMB; women’s cut from 220RMB (fringe for 150RMB); men’s cut from 180RMB; colouring from 780RMB.

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No. 164 Anfu Road


This achingly cool family-friendly Italian salon on Julu Lu is popular amongst Shanghai’s international crowd, thanks to a mix of English, Italian and Chinese staff. As well as offering great cutting edge snips and styles for rockers of all ages, here you and your family can get a range of technical services – such as scalp treatments and digital perms – but Contesta is probably best-known for its colouring skills, whether you’re chasing simple highlights or a whole new do. Hair skills aside, the soundtrack and friendly stylists make this one of our go-to salons.

Kids’ cuts from 100RMB; women’s cut from 240RMB; men’s cut from 190RMB; colouring from 500RMB.

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462 Changle Road

Doc Guthrie's (Pudong)

Based on an old-fashioned barbershop Doc’s is one for older teens and dads, doing straight-razor shaves, beard trimming or a wash and style. All services include a complimentary Jameson or Asahi, and there’s vintage rock ‘n’ roll and blues on the speakers to match the classic interior. A haircut and beard trim is most popular, but we recommend treating yourself to the high-quality cut with a straight razor shave for a real man-treat, complete with hot towels and two rounds of shaving to leave you better acquainted with your chin than you’ve ever been.

Buzz cut or back and sides from 198RMB; cut from 298RMB; cut and shave from 498RMB; cut and beard trim from 386RMB.

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1388 Huamu Lu

Il Colpo

If you want to take your teen for a real pampering (or you’re after some downtime away from the kids) go deluxe at Il Colpo. Part of the Hong Kong-based ‘luxury salon’, this swanky IFC studio has been styling the hair of Shanghai’s ‘high society’ since opening in 2010. Il Colpo offers the full range of treatments – cutting, colouring, straightening, perms – carried out by stylists who have up to 15 years of experience dealing with all hair types. Basically, your wish is their command, with a little bit of stylistic input of course.

Cuts from 380RMB; colouring from 720RMB; party styling from 300RMB.

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8 Century Avenue