A CUT ABOVE: Cuts on Fitzroy's Jesyka Boyle, owner Kate Ashington and Kirstie Watts are stoked to be named the Valley's favourite kids hairdresser.
A CUT ABOVE: Cuts on Fitzroy's Jesyka Boyle, owner Kate Ashington and Kirstie Watts are stoked to be named the Valley's favourite kids hairdresser. Kathryn Lewis

REVEALED: Valley's favourite kids hairdresser

CREATING a family friendly environment in the salon was the first thing Kate and Ryan Ashington set out to do when they opened Cuts on Fitzroy.

Mrs Ashington thanked everyone who voted in the poll and said being named the Valley's favourite place for parents to take their little ones for a haircut was fantastic and reinforced the business model was on the right track.

Whilst working with kids can be a "massive challenge", Mrs Ashington said there are a few tricks to the trade.

"You have got a moving target and we're dealing with some sharp objects," she said.

"It's all about making them feel really comfortable, making it fun. We've got an Ipad."

Levi Weatherstone, pictured with mum Lily Weatherstone, has his haircut from Gem Radin of Cuts On Fitzroy, who was voted the most popular hairdresser for kids in the Clarence Valley in an online poll exclusive to Daily Examiner members.
Levi Weatherstone, pictured with mum Lily Weatherstone, has his haircut from Gem Radin of Cuts On Fitzroy, who was voted the most popular hairdresser for kids in the Clarence Valley in an online poll exclusive to Daily Examiner members.

Appointments aren't on offer at the Grafton salon, which Mrs Ashington said made life easier for parents.

"It depends on if your little one is up for it that day whether it's going to work or not," she said.

"Sometimes it's hard to make an appointment, so this way they can just come on in at their leisure."

Understanding that many families are on a budget, Mrs Ashington said she offered all haircuts for kids 12 and under for $18.

Of course, the allure of a great coffee is enough to make up any parent's mind.

Gemma Radin enjoys a coffee from Cuts on Fitzroy
Gemma Radin enjoys a coffee from Cuts on Fitzroy Kathryn Lewis

Mrs Ashington said when they came across the business opportunity three years ago, they leapt at the chance to bring a piece of the city to Grafton.

Whilst the cafe led by Mr Ashington thrives in its own right, Mrs Ashington said the two sides of the business complimented each other.

"You'll get mums coming in and they go, 'coffee stat, and a kids haircut'," she said.

South Grafton Hair and Beauty took out second place in The Daily Examiner's poll for the Valley's favourite hairdresser for kids, followed by LV Hair Styling and Jagged Edge Hair and Beauty.

Top 10 most popular hairdressers for kids

1. Cuts On Fitzroy

2. South Grafton Hair & Beauty

3. Jagged Edge Hair & Beauty

4. L.V. Hair Styling

5. Just Cuts Grafton

6. Red Hot Hair

7. AMMO Hair & Beauty

8. DiMattia & Co

9. Heir Affiti

10. Prince St Barbers

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

While this poll had a bit of a twist specifically directed at kids' haircuts, here's who has come out on top in previous polls for Best Hairdresser:

2018: Heir Affiti take out top spot for third year in a row

2017: Heir to the salon throne

2016: Heir Affiti wins in biggest responses in DEX Facebook history

2015: Red Hot Hair most popular salon



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