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

Photogaph: courtesy Mirage.M
Accidentally given your kid a mullet? From children-only hair specialists (kitted out with everything to keep little ones distracted and still) to spaces that'll style the whole family, here's where to get your and your crew and new do in Shanghai.

Zicool

A kids-only hair chain, Zicool has taken over the old Qkuts’ salon in Hongqiao and is all about bringing the fun back into the dreaded haircut. Tots can take their pick from novelty barber seats (cars, boats, etc) and choose from a whole load of entertainment – from electronic equipment to large play areas. Zicool is also great for special occasions and little extras, offering services like first haircut certificates (that come with a bonus lock of hair for parents), princess makeovers and spa birthday parties.

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100 Zunyi Lu

Mirage M

Headed up by friendly creative director Mandy Wong and her team of stylists, Mirage.M is a modern salon and makeup studio down at the Cool Docks. Cutting, colouring and coiffing customers of all ages, the community vibes are strong here and Wong has built up a following of loyal regulars – she also offers personalised recommendations if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Got a special occasion coming up? The team do makeover services for weddings, proms and more.

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505 Zhongshan Nan Lu

ContestaRockHair

Achingly cool and family-friendly, this Italian salon 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.

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462 Changle Road

Doc Guthrie's

Get some father-son bonding in at old fashioned barbershop Doc’s. All services – straight-straight-razor shaves, beard trimming, or a wash and style – come with a complimentary Jameson or beer (or soft drinks for under-18s), while a soundtrack of vintage rock ‘n’ roll and blues set the mood.

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873 Kangding 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.

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8 Century Avenue

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