When Deborah Gideon opened Cuts N Curls in Solon on Aug. 3, 2007, she wanted to make children’s haircuts more accessible to local community members. Nearly a decade later, her business has evolved into what she calls a “destination spa.”
“We’re so much more than just a hair salon,” Gideon said. “I think we really evolved from something that was a business to something that is just so much more than that. It’s a place you want to come to and it’s a place you want to hang out. The energy in here is positive – it’s a happy place.”
Gideon strived to create a fun, upbeat environment at the salon by painting the walls in bright colors and adding styling chairs in the shape of various cars. Children can watch movies during their haircut while teenagers can play games on a PlayStation.
Although Gideon started the company with a focus on kids, the salon now offers a full gamut of salon services for both children and adults, including manicures and pedicures, color and highlights, and even ear piercing.
Gideon’s staff also has been trained by Autism Speaks in order to accommodate special needs children.
“It’s a unique experience here, I think that’s the key,” Gideon said. “And the staff, they are the most patient people you will ever meet.”
In addition to salon services, Cuts N Curls hosts birthday parties for young children, with themes that range from a “Princess Party” to a “Hollywood Gala.” The parties are 90 minutes to two hours and include updos, mini manicures, temporary tattoos, crafts and a fashion show. The parties are catered and dietary needs are observed.
A selection of organic and nontoxic hair products, nail polish, toys and gifts are sold at the salon as well.
Gideon said Cuts N Curls will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the community.
“It’s really about making a lot of memories here for the kids,” she said. “It’s so much more than walking in, getting a two-second haircut and leaving. People hang around here and spend time here. It’s about memories and families and creating a safe environment for everybody.”