When you’re an adult, visiting a hairdresser is an enjoyable experience. It’s a lovely bit of me-time, with pampering, calmness and relaxation.

However, taking your child to get their hair cut is an entirely different story. There’s usually tears, tantrums and a lot of head thrashing, and it’s far from enjoyable! As a family we end up making four separate visits because it’s a challenge to keep everyone occupied.

A new salon in Worthing aims to change all that and provide awesome haircuts for all the family!

The Tidy Penguin opened in January 2019 and is owned by partners Vicki and Sarah, who have three children of their own. They wanted to open a salon that would be super family friendly, but without a super expensive price tag! Prices for short hair start from £10 and for longer hair from £22.

Penguin mural

Featuring funky artwork and a giant penguin mural on the wall, the Tidy Penguin is a cool fun location that will appeal to adults and children. Hairstylist Vicki has eight years experience cutting hair in Brighton, so you’re definitely in safe hands. Judging by the fab comments and reviews on their Facebook page, the salon has established a great reputation in just a few short weeks.

What impresses me about the Tidy Penguin is the attention to detail on their services for children and their parents. They’ve really thought about what parents need and want for their children, and have gone above and beyond with their range of services.

They offer a cool VW campervan ‘chair’ for younger ones to sit in whilst they get their locks trimmed and a first haircut package with a certificate and lock of hair from your precious little one.

But there’s also all of this:
– a Lego table for children to play at whilst they wait, or while their siblings or parents get their hair cut
– baby change facilities and a wheelchair accessible toilet
– the salon is part of the Compass Card scheme, which offers discounts for children and young people with additional needs
– they are also happy to make changes to make their haircuts more accessible, such as no music or hairdryer noise, or lowering the lights

The Tidy Penguin run regular offers, which all feature on their Facebook page.

During half term under 5s haircuts are £8 and under 13s will be only £10.

After half term, Toddler Tuesdays will be starting where under 5s can get their haircut for only £8, all day every Tuesday.

Also starting after half term will be ‘Time for a Tidy Up’. On Wednesday mornings you can take your baby or toddler with you, and they’ll be entertained while YOU have a haircut! There will be a play pen in the salon where your children will entertained by a DBS checked member of staff, whilst remaining in full view of you. Vicki and Sarah are also hoping to introduce a story reader for these sessions too.

The Tidy Penguin is at 47 Teville Road, near to the main Worthing station level crossing. There’s plenty of parking in nearby roads or bus stops outside the station.

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