Pigtails & Crewcuts offers a fun and comfortable environment for children — or the whole family — to get haircuts, styling, washing and more in Happy Valley.
The salon, owned by local husband and wife Yvette and Michael Stumpf, is specifically designed for children, who often find it difficult to sit still or are scared and uncomfortable when getting a haircut. With crafts; toys; Disney movies; a reward from the treasure chest; and even salon chairs shaped like an airplane, firetruck or police car, kids and parents will be able to relax in the hands of these salon professionals.
“We just want to give other families what we thought was necessary, especially for kids, which is a place where kids could go and be comfortable enough and where the stylists are patient enough to give them a haircut,” Yvette said.
The couple are parents and had the idea in 2018 when they lived in New Orleans, after taking their son to a “kid-centric” dentist’s office and seeing how helpful the environment was for the kids. With Yvette being a stay-at-home mom who was eager to get back to work and Michael having grown up spending his afternoons at a hair salon his mother owned, they immediately thought, “We could do this,” and found the Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise.
They jumped on board and were looking to find a building in Louisiana when Michael’s dad unexpectedly died in 2018. The Stumpfs returned to Michael’s hometown in Phoenix to be closer to family. They told the franchise director they were moving to Phoenix, and, to their surprise, he said, “We would love for you to be in Phoenix. We don’t have any locations (there).” They signed on for three locations.
After moving, settling in and looking at multiple locations, the Stumpfs secured a building in Happy Valley in April 2019. They spent the rest of the year sorting out permits, zoning and contracting for turning an old day care into a salon. Then COVID-19 hit, which further delayed the remodeling and opening. Through financial stress and self doubts, they didn’t give up. It finally came together, and the salon opened May 25.
“It was 100% worth the wait,” Michael said. “We love this community and look forward to serving the children and their families for many years to come.”
Yvette said that while the pandemic was hard, their business offers a service that is impossible to get online. Even though it is kid-centered, Pigtails & Crewcuts also offers haircuts for the parents — they can even get a lollipop, too. It’s a convenient one-stop shop where the kids are taken care of and entertained, and parents get a bit of stress relief and down time.
“When you go into a generic salon, it’s not really fun for kids,” she said. “They see it as a chore, and they’re not going to want to go. We want them to go and actually have fun. We also want to make sure it’s something that’s relaxing for the parents and where the parents know these are people who know kids, treat kids well and want to make sure they’re OK.”
Pigtails & Crewcuts offers cuts for boys, girls and adults, as well as styling, braiding, washing, “fairy hair,” and fingernail and toenail polish. It also has a special “first haircut package,” during which staff takes before and after photos, prints a certificate, and keeps a lock of hair preserved in a bag.
Pigtails & Crewcuts is located at 1730 W. Happy Valley Road, Suite 105, Phoenix. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Appointments can be made online at bit.ly/pigtailsandcrewcuts or through the mobile app. Walk-ins are also welcome.