September 26, 2011
REFLECTIONS HAIR GALLERY A Unique Children’s Experience
When you walk into Reflections Hair Gallery For Kids, you may think you have entered a magical fairytale-land instead of a hair salon. The kid-friendly atmosphere comes complete with castles, knights, horses, thrones, movies and games. In addition, Reflections Hair Gallery For Kids also has a birthday party room for enchanted parties and princess pampering.
Kevin and Koryn Kleist dreamt of opening a kid-friendly salon that would also help families of children with special needs. In March, their vision came true when they opened Reflections Hair Gallery For Kids located at 1717 S.R. 60 in Valrico.
“Our salon was started with the thought that special needs children need a place to receive salon services where they can be who they are,” explained Koryn. “We would see moms cry because their children wouldn’t sit still or would not be quiet. The moms didn’t want their children to disturb the other guest in the salon. Now moms are smiling. Their children learn we love them.”
Children can have a hair cut while sitting on carousel horses The staff has developed different techniques to make each child feel comfortable. Many of their stylists are trained to work with special needs children.
The salon now sponsors The Pediatric Cancer Princess Pamper Session where a child that is battling cancer can be nominated and every other month one lucky princess will receive a princess tutu, manicure, pedicure, princess makeup and body glitter art. If you are interested in donating to this program, contact 240-3033
Another program is designed for preschools, private and public schools where participating schools have the opportunity to receive a percentage back to the school for salon services.
The Kleist’s also opened a full-service salon and spa, Reflections Hair Gallery, the second largest salon and spa in the area, located at 2609 S.R. 60 in Valrico, a mile down the road from the children’s salon. The staff works at both places so they consider themselves “full- family-specialists.” They also serve adults with special needs at both locations, including the deaf community.
Reflections Hair Gallery For Kids is located at 1717 S.R. 60 in Valrico. For information call 381-3979 or www.ReflectionsHairGallery.com.