dsc_4248-small-2.jpgNo, That isn’t a typo – it is the name of the “salon for kids” in Durham.  It is the place I trusted to cut Leah’s hair for the first time and to cut Hailey’s hair to what I consider a short length (but what other people would probably consider medium.  When inches of your child’s long blond hair are on the floor, her hair is short.)

Leah was 2 1/2 when she got her first haircut.  She hadn’t needed a cut before then and with those bouncy red curls, it was hard to bite the bullet and trust someone to go at those curls with scissors.  At the time, we had been taking Hailey to get her hair cut at Mitchell’s in Cary because we had had some bad experiences at cheaper salons.  Luckily my stylist gave me a break on the price if I was getting my hair cut at the same time.  We tried to get Leah’s hair cut at Disney World when we were there in October but she freaked out.  There was no way she was going to sit there and be calm and we did not want to traumatize her.  I knew we were going to have to find a place that was experienced with children and first haircuts.  I used citysearch to read reviews of salons in Raleigh, Durham, and Cary that catered to kids and we chose Peek-a-Do.

For Leah’s first haircut, we showed up and put our name on a list.  There was a wait but we used the time to do a little shopping.  We chose the first haircut package which was $25.  It included a before and after picture, a lock of hair, and a special certificate.  The cut alone was $19 and sentimental fool that I am, I was willing to pay the extra 6 bucks for the package.  The chair was shaped like an old-timey jeep and ensured that Leah was very safe and could not fall out.  A Dora DVD playing on the counter in front of her kept her attention focused away from what the stylist was doing to her hair.  When she was all done, she got to pick out a hair ribbon and got to have silver glitter sprayed in her hair.  She also got to pick out a prize from the prize box.  Big sister got to play in the play area while she waited for Leah to be done. It was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

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When Hailey finally convinced me last week that she wanted her hair cut short, I knew we had to go back to Peek-a-Do.  We went the Saturday before Easter and braced ourselves for a long wait.  Imagine our surprise to find 3 stylists and the receptionist just hanging out and talking.  Apparently they were packed Thursday and Friday because everyone else was afraid it would be crowded on Saturday.  Sometimes it pays to procrastinate!  We had an absolute ball hanging out with the ladies there and they really put me at ease.  Leah and Hailey got their hair cut at the same time and Ed and I just relaxed and joked around with the staff.  Hailey’s hair looked GREAT and her stylist really took the time to listen to her and what she wanted her hair to look like. 

I love this place and can’t imagine getting their hair cut at any other salon.


Peek-a-Do is located at the Renaissance Center at Southpoint on the corner of Fayetteville Rd. & Renaissance Parkway – 7011 Fayetteville Rd., Suite 106, Durham, NC

Phone: 919-544-5775


Add wash
$19 and up
Bang/over the ear trim
Buzz Cut
Mother/daughter manicures
Ear piercing
Temporary tattoo
First cut package
(includes cut with digital before/after picture, lock of hair, and special certificate)


Haircut (includes wash, dry, and style)
$25 and up


About emilypage

I have been married to my husband, Ed since 1998. We have two daughters, Hailey (9) and Leah (6). I have been the Director of Easter Seals UCP Stepping Stones Children's Center in Sanford since 2004. I am an Independent Senior Director for Thirty-One and I absolutely LOVE it! I was raised as a Wolfpacker but saw the light and now I bleed Carolina blue (sorry, dad).
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2 Responses to Peek-a-Do!

  1. M W says:

    We were there just last night — LOVE that place. It’s definitely worth the extra money for us. My 5 year old has sensory issues and screamed for every single haircut until we discovered Peek-A-Do. Now he’s distracted by the videos long enough to get a good cut. It’s totally worth the drive, too because of all the shopping in that area.

  2. Kim Pritt says:

    What beautiful little ladies they are……

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