Seven Things Every Franchisor Should be Doing

Posted by Janon Otto on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

7things.jpgMany business owners will often take a look at their business and ask, "how can I grow?". Friends will look at them and say "Hey!  You ought to franchise!".  Sounds good - franchise your business!  Easy, right?!  Just find some people who want to do what you do, teach them to do it, and then sit back and collect all that royalty! Wow - So Easy!

WRONG!  Running a franchise is work!  It is running a business that is totally different than the business that you are franchising. If you're someone who is thinking of starting a franchise, or buying into one, you'll want to remember the list of the seven important things that the franchisor had better be offering their franchisees. If they aren't, then the system is not worth doing or investing in!

1.  Putting franchisee profits first!  

2.  Staying current with all marketing methods, evaluating them as they relate to the franchise business, and teaching franchisees about them.

3.  Continuing to develop the concept so that it stays up to date with the times and trends.

4.  Developing standards to help all franchisees evaluate their success or areas that need improvement. As an example from a salon business standpoint, this would be such relevant information as how many haircuts should a stylist perform in a given time period, how to figure out what to pay your stylists, what products to offer in your store, etc.?

5.   Developing benchmarks  for success.  How is each franchise doing compared to others in the system?  Are all franchisees given access to the best information?

6.   Continually developing new content that potential customers see as fresh.  Website, social media platforms, in store materials, etc.

7.   Constantly improving franchisee support - both access, systems, & communication.

Shear Madness Franchising franchises Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons. We have worked with franchise stores in providing franchisee support (in order to encourage continual growth), and have sometimes seen the unexpected happen!  When it does, we help by identifying and helping with challenges that might arise for franchisees. Additionally, we work to present options that can help prevent these events as well. As many franchise owners may not have opened a business before, having someone who can advise them is a significant advantage of franchise ownership!

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

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February Newsletter 2017: Make it an Extra Special Valentine's Day!

Posted by Matthew S on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

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A Great Valentine's Gift! Our Daddy Daughter Makeovers or Mother Son Fun Valentine's Package makes such an awesome valentine's gift - or gift for any other special occasion! And right now, it's at a special price of only $29.95! The Daddy Daughter package includes one Diva Day and a FREE certificate with 4x6 photo. Our cool Mother Son Fun Package includes a boy's haircut with fun color (mom gets matching color in her hair) and a fun keepsake 4x6 photo! Call to schedule your appointment now (at participating locations)!

SMheart.jpgDiva Day & Mad Manes Gift Certificates! Great for birthdays, holidays, or any other fun event, our amazing Diva Day and Mad Manes gift certificates (for the boys) are a perfect surprise! These certificates include $10 of purchases from our FUN Toy & Bow Boutique, as well as a Diva Day (mini makeover) - or kids haircut & colored stripes for the boys. So if you'd like to treat your kids to an experience they will long remember, be sure to ask your local store about Diva Day & Mad Manes Gift Certificates

Fall in Love with a Shear Madness Franchise!

SMheart2.jpg2016 was a great year for Shear Madness! We had strong revenue growth in our franchise system and concluded the year with lots of momentum going into the New Year. However, what we're most thankful for is our fantastic franchisees and how together we're building on our Core values and carrying forward our message that at Shear Madness Every Child matters. If you are looking for an opportunity to franchise with one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems around, check out our Franchise Opportunities!

Positive Social Media Fun & Great Coupons!

socialmediaheart.jpgPositive and Fun all Month Long! Are you looking for a fun and positive place online that helps brighten your day? If so, you'll LOVE our funny jokes, awesome customer feedback and more - and it's all happening right now at our amazing Facebook page! And if you want even more Shear Madness, be sure to check out our constantly updated Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+Pinterest and Twitter!

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Fall in Love with our Coupons! Do you LOVE saving money? If so, you'll love our great offers available on our coupon page! For example, one of our coupons is for a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free on all BOWdacious Bow Hair Bling"! WOW! So if you're out shopping for your Valentine, birthdays, or another special occasion - don't miss all those great deals you’ve been waiting for over at the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids coupon page!

Valentine's Crafts for Kids

valentinetree.jpgValentine's Holiday Crafting! Don't miss our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, where you'll learn how to make a flowering heart tree (as seen at right), cute love bugs, a "bee" mine valentine decoration, handprint frames, a funny Valentine's character made from a red cup, DIY owl treat bags, candy filled valentines, fingerprint heart ornaments and much more! Have fun, and have an extra special Valentine's Day!

Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids - Where Every Child Matters!

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow your small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

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What is Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids?

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

what.jpgIt's true that Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has experienced phenomenal growth over the last several years, and is opening up exciting new locations all the time. But we understand that there are still those folks out there who just don't know what our concept is about. So here is what Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is, and how we make it our mission to truly be a place "Where Every Child matters!"

To start off with, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is a place where kid's haircuts are our specialty. One thing we're known for is the fun vehicles that kids can sit in when they get a haircut. And while these cool cars, trucks and airplanes are a great way to stimulate imaginative play, we also provide televisions and game consoles so that children can have fun experiences (and not just be staring off into space) while they are getting their fantastic new hair style. But we also understand that some of our customers may be older kids or adults too, so we of course have normal chairs along with televisions and game consoles to interact with (if they so choose) while getting a haircut. 

SeptWed3.jpgShear Madness is also known for it's fun and memorable environment. From the moment a child and their parent walks into one of our stores, they know they've entered into a unique place where kids feel special. With happy kids music playing in the background, cheerful staff, brightly colored mirrors, cool lights, the afore-mentioned vehicle chairs, and stylish graphics on the walls, it's hard not to feel like you've entered into a totally new and wonderful kind of magical kids realm!

Plus, when you visit one of our locations, you'll definitely have a blast shopping (and playing) in our award-winning YOUniquey Boutiquey! We have tons of great kids retail gifts for birthdays, holidays, or just because. Everything from diecast toy cars, airplanes and trains, to stuffed animals, action figures, toys for imaginative play, dinosaurs, educational games and books, and so much  more. And don't forget to check out our amazing selection of jewelry and kids hair care products! Our fantastic bow wall is also a fun sight to behold, as we have a HUGE variety of hairbows in all shapes, sizes and colors! Wow!

Shear0331.jpgAnother great thing about Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is the many different services we offer to kids and their parents. We love helping kids look and feel their best through great kids haircuts, but we also offer an amazing ear piercing experience where kids can get both ears pierced at the same time and get treated like a star! And if that wasn't exciting enough - at our La De Da Spa, we also offer fun manicures and pedicures for kids! It's just so cool to see all those smiling little girls in spa robes having the time of their life! First Haircuts are a special time as well, as we roll out the red carpet for this fun event in life with a special certificate, before and after picture and snippet of their hair.

Our Parties are also a fun aspect about Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids that many kids and their parents absolutely love. Pink Starlets (girls with pink wigs and aprons) whip up a fun updo, fancy nails, glittery makeup and glitter tattoos for each guest - and karaoke is enjoyed!  Some locations welcome boys with super hero parties!  All locations take a memory group photo for the Birthday girl to take home. With a Shear Madness Party, we take pride in working hard to help make your special occassion even more special.

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MADExploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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Why Your Franchise Business Doesn't Make Money

Posted by Jim Otto on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Notmakingmoney2.jpgAs the Director of Franchising here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, one of the first questions I usually get asked is, “How much money can I make?” My response is always muted because the FTC doesn't allow us to answer that question. However, for those of you reading this who are new to franchising, you can find the answer to that question in the Disclosure Documents in Item 19 that you receive from a prospective franchise. Also, some franchises may choose to disclose those numbers but have the right not to, so that really depends on the franchise you are looking at. But at the end of the day, my typical response is to answer a question with a question, which is, “How hard are you willing to work?”

Most franchisors will tell you that the biggest variable in any franchise system is the owner operator. Take Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids as an example. The store was opened by Paula Thurman in 1997. Since then, Paula has run the concept in many different economic environments, all kinds of weather and all kinds of major events. Through it all, the store has made money! But the bottom line is it still took hard work and perseverance. From moving the location three times to, to staffing the store properly, to delivering the kind of customer service that all small businesses need to deliver. This brings me right back to the question I get asked in regards to how much money can be made at running a franchise. I'm not trying to over simplify this in any way or tell you that any one concept or system is perfect - including ours at Shear Madness. What I am trying to tell you is that regardless of the franchise you select, it's going to take a lot of hard work, a lot of perseverance, and maybe a little luck to succeed! So the answer to the question of “how much money can I make” always begins with the owner and operator of the business. Unfortunately, franchising is not a failsafe business model, and it will still rely on the concept, location, marketing and many other variables for the business to succeed and prosper. But the most important factor is the owner operator, and that could be why your franchise is not making money!

Shear Madness Franchising franchises Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons. We have worked with franchise stores in providing franchisee support (in order to encourage continual growth), and have sometimes seen the unexpected happen!  When it does, we help by identifying and helping with challenges that might arise for franchisees. Additionally, we work to present options that can help prevent these events as well. As many franchise owners may not have opened a business before, having someone who can advise them is a significant advantage of franchise ownership!

Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business that provides a positive experience in helping children and their families? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salons in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

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What do Parents think of Our Kids Salon Franchise?

Posted by Matthew S on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

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Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, we're truly a place "Where Every Child Matters". From our awesome great kids haircuts, to cool parties, ear piercing, kids retail, jewelry and so much more, we're always having fun figuring out new ways to bring a smile to the parents and kids who visit one of our locations throughout the United States. In this past year alone, we've had thousands of kids walk through our doors into a magical world where they (and their parents) know they'll be treated like a star! This is why we thought it would be great to share the following reviews that parents have sent our way after visiting!

Just took 3 of my kiddos there today. My son got to play the xbox (he’s 10) while my girls got to watch a movie. I think they were nice, accommodating and the girls’ hair turned out super cute! - Michele

Alicia is awesome and so patient with my son who has special needs and getting a haircut is not an easy thing for him. I have no idea how she stays so calm and gets a great cut on his hair. I don't know what we would do without her. - Sonja

My son is almost 2 and this was his 3rd experience getting his haircut (we decided to try somewhere new this time). He isn't very cooperative, and in fact hates getting his haircut!! Your stylist was awesome with getting the job done!! I wish I asked for her name, but it was quite chaotic and I forgot to ask in the midst of everything. We will definitely be back, and I was super happy with the cut, how professional she was, and how she got the job done with patience!! Thank you! - Jenn

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you and tell you about the incredible experience we had at your salon! My 2.5 year old son is pretty resilient to haircuts and usually puts up quite a struggle.   Our hairdresser, Stephanie, was so patient with him and did everything to make him feel comfortable .  My son ended up sitting on my husband's lap while Stephanie cut his hair.  He loved watching cartoons and was so well-behaved as she gave him an amazing haircut! I cannot thank you enough for this great experience!  I have already told my friends and we will definitely be back! - Amy

I brought my son for his very first haircut today at your Amherst, NY location. The stylist did such a great job! She was quick and accurate! I will never take my children to another salon. Thanks for such a great experience! - Heather

I'd just like to say my sons hair looks amazing & you guys did an amazing job! Definitely recommending you guys to everybody I know. Thank you! - Meagin

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we had at Shear Madness this past Sunday.  My son is 18 months old and this was his 4th haircut.  His last few were not very good and to be honest we were always a bit unhappy with the cleanliness of the kids' salons we had visited. When I walked in, I was so happy to see a clean, welcoming salon where I was comfortable letting my son run around and explore.  Our stylist Laura was wonderful with my son and listened to exactly what I wanted.  In addition, the cutting area was clean and my son LOVED the car! We are so happy to have found a place for him to get his hair cut. Thank you SO much! -Stephanie 

Love! Love! Love! This place!!! Took both girls here and they did an awesome job on their hair!!!!! This is the only place I will return to get their hair cut at!!! I had bad experiences at other hair cutting places for these children. - Diana

Brought my daughter and son this weekend to get their hair cuts. It’s an amazing place and great people! My son who usually freaks out about getting his hair cut was excited to pick out his car to sit in and let them cut his hair! Thank you for a great experience! We will be back!!! - Crystal

Awesome place! Took my 3yr old grandson to get his hair cut there, and he watched Spongebob on the little flatscreen by his airplane. He had a blast - it was so much fun just seeing him so excited!! - Lisa

Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

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Four Basic Steps to Evaluating a Franchise System

Posted by Janon Otto on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

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New businesses are formed every day.  And businesses close their doors every day as well!  The chances of starting a blockbuster business on your own are small.  This is why the whole idea of buying a franchise business is a popular one!  Those businesses should have a track record of being successful, and should have systems in place that you can replicate. 

Running a business can be hard work, and it can encompass many challenges that most people have never encountered. But it's arguable that when you invest into a  franchise system, you have a greater chance of success. Plus, most  franchises (like Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids) do offer the advantage of a successful business history and scalability. However, as implementing a salon franchise system does take effort, you'll want to make sure all your questions are answered through doing a little research. 

How can you research a franchise system?  Because our expertise is in a salon franchise - we will address that situation directly, however most of these apply to any type of franchise system.

1.  Contact salon franchises, reach out to the franchisors, and compare business models!  Which one suits your interests?  Which one has the best opportunity for financial success, etc.

2.  Look at the Franchise Disclosure document and the Franchise Agreement.  Many people confuse these documents.  The Franchise Disclosure document lays out the facts about a franchise, how much it costs, the fees, history, current franchise locations, etc.  This document also lays out the details of the training that they offer - this is an important area to compare systems.  The more training, the better!  The Franchise Agreement is the document that you must sign to become a franchisee of the system.  Here is where the fine print details lay.  How is the Royalty collected, how can I advertise, what is my territory, etc.

3.  Talk to current franchisees.  These are the ones who have been through what you are thinking about pursuing.  They are free to tell you actually more than the franchisor can tell you!  The franchisor is bound by rules the FTC puts out about what they can and cannot say to any prospective franchisee.  But, the franchisees can tell you whatever they would like to tell you!

4.  Seek out a franchise business that currently has a long track record of success. Keep in mind that the franchise system itself may be younger than the actual concept itself.  Find out how long the franchisor has had a history with the concept itself.  Have they really figured it out before offering the franchise? For example, here at Shear Madness Franchising, we franchise Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons the Franchise system was started in late 2010, but the first salon has been inexistance since 1997!  

We have worked with our franchisees in growing their business, and truly want to help ensure sure they are on a path to franchise success. Why? Because we understand that having someone who can offer expert advice on growth and scalability is one of the significant advantages of franchise ownership!

Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, business tips, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

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How to Look and Feel Great in 2017!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

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Daddy Daughter Makeover or Mother Son Fun Valentine's Packages! Get a Daddy Daughter Makeover or Mother Son Fun Valentines Package for only $29.95daddydaughter.jpg (at participating locations)! The Daddy Daughter Makeover includes one Diva Day and a FREE certificate with 4x6 photo. There's also an option of adding a haircut for Dad for a total of $39.95. Meanwhile, our Mother Son Fun Package includes a boy's haircut with stripes (Mom gets matching stripes in her hair) and a special keepsake photo! Hurry, spots are filling up fast - especially since this amazing offer ends February 28th!

wowbow.jpgYay! It's the Amazing Semi-Annual Bow-Out Sale! Our amazing bow wall is really a fun sight that you don't want to miss! Our collection of hairbows come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and right now many of them are on sale (at participating locations)! In fact, we have so many hair bows and accessories to choose from, that it's sure to be an experience you'll want to come back for again and again! And best of all, right now all of our beautiful Christmas Bows are on Clearance! Check it out!

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Great Savings for the New Year! Are you ready to feel great in 2017 with some special sales from your favorite kids hair salon and toy boutique? If so, check out our coupons for the month of January (at participating locations)! For example, how does 25% off a single full priced retail item valued at $10 or more sound? Find these special coupons and many other great deals over on our coupon page!

Hot News at Shear Madness!


2016BOTC.jpgAlbuquerque Best of the City for the 3rd Time in a Row!
 
Albuquerque The Magazine readers once again voted the Albuquerque Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids location as The Best Place for Kids Haircuts for 2017! If you recall, our Albuquerque Shear Madness also won Best of the City in 2014 and 2015 too - and that's super awesome! Congratulations to owner Michelle Vick and her great staff! Click here to visit the web site for the Albuquerque Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids.

wowkid.jpgShear Madness Opening in Humble, Texas This Week! It's always such exciting news when a new Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids store is opened - and we're super happy to announce that our location in Humble, Texas will be opening this week! If you have friends in the Houston area, please share this with them! If you'd like more details on our Humble, Texas Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, please click our Humble location page!

socialmediaDon't Get Left Out in the Cold! With all the exciting stuff coming up in 2017, make sure you're also in the know with everything that's going on at Shear Madness! Be sure to regularly check in on the fun going on at our Facebook page, Franchise Blog, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter! And don't forget - you’ll want to take a look at some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest!

Join the Fun! Open a Shear Madness in 2017!

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2016 was another great year of growth for Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, which means that there's no better time than NOW for you to discover more about how to own a franchise! Get all the details on what it takes to open an exciting Shear Madness location in your city by checking out our franchise website and blog (where we have numerous articles and free downloads). And who knows...maybe one of these days you'll even be the proud owner of your own Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids! 

Kids Crafts for the New Year!

snowwindow.jpgGet Crafty in 2017! It's cold outside for a lot of our readers, so why not make something fun with your kids indoors with our great Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest! Learn not only how to make a snowflake stained glass window (as seen at left), but also find details on making a winter craft tree, snowman snack cups, snowtime bingo, sparkly icicles, foam cup snowmen, paper polar bears, popsickle snowflakes and downloads for fun winter color sheets! From all of your friends at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, we wish you a very happy New Year!

Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids: where every child matters!

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Kids Favorite Destinations to Combine with your Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids Visit!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 14:12 PM

CoolTrips.jpgIf you're like a lot of parents, you're usually trying to find something fun and memorable for you to do with your kids on summer vacation or for a fun family weekend trip. That's why we thought it might be fun to come up with some of the big attractions in each city where a Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is located. Because like a lot of these great places listed below, Shear Madness is also a magical destination for kids where haircuts, parties, salon services and a fantastic kids boutique filled with toys, hair products, jewelry and more are waiting for parents and their kids to discover! So don't miss out - the following locations where each Shear Madness is located are also home to some of the coolest places for kids too. Have fun checking out these cool trips for kids!

Des Moines / Ankeny: Did you know that Des Moines Iowa is home to the Adventureland Amusement Park? That's right! According to their website, "Adventureland Amusement Park and Adventure Bay Waterpark contain over 100 rides, shows, and attractions including some of the country's most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides that can challenge the most avid amusement park enthusiasts." Also of note is the Science Center of Iowa, which "engages and inspires visitors by bringing learning to life...With live science demonstrations, a 50-foot planetarium and a six-story IMAX dome theater, there's always more to explore!" And of course any trip to Des Moines wouldn't be quite complete without stopping by Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in West Des Moines (across from the Jordan Creek Mall). But don't forget - you can also visit one of our cool stores while in Ankeny too!

Albuquerque: If you're visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico, you may may want to check out the ABQ BioPark, a cool environmental museum comprising four facilities: Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Zoo and Tingley Beach (fishing lakes). Each of the facilities is designed to help foster environmental awareness, education and stewardship. Meanwhile, Cliff's Amusement Park is the only place in New Mexico with Family Rides, Thrill Rides (like the New Mexico Rattler, one of the Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters in the world), Kiddieland and Cliff's WaterMania!  Great games and good food, too! And lastly, any visit to Albuquerque wouldn't be complete without stopping by Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in Albuquerque at Paseo Del Nort & Wyoming!

Lee's Summit / Olathe (Kansas City): Named one of the country's 25 best science centers by Parents Magazine, Kansas City's Science City provides over 200,000 visitors annually with an engaging environment ripe for exploration, experimentation and discovery. Plus, the historic Union Station (which Science City is a part of) is also a must-see destination in itself.  Additionally, the Kansas City Zoo is a 202 acre  zoo that is home to more than 1,300 animals. In 2008, the Kansas City Zoo was voted one of America's best zoos, and was ranked number one in the nation for “African Animals and Exhibits". The Zoo was also ranked among the top 10 in the nation for “Australian Animals and Exhibits”. Also, you won't want to miss checking out Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in Lee's Summit or Olathe!

Amherst, New York: With over 7000 artifacts on display, the Medina Railroad Museum amazes all ages with it's largest toy train layout in New York State, collections from the late 1800's to present, and huge collection of fire safety equipment! Also nearby, the Buffalo Zoo offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and several unique areas in which to enjoy an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history (all throughout the year). The Buffalo Zoo is open daily rain or shine - just like Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in Amherst, New York! Check it out!

San Antonio, Texas: ASeaWorld San Antonio, kids will love getting up close and personal with a dolphin, as well as penguins, beluga whales, dolphins, and flamingoes! There's also crazy roller coasters (including one of two “hypercoasters” SeaWorld has throughout the US) and water rides as well! After a cool visit to Sea World, you may want to visit the San Antonio Zoo, which is a great place for kids who love animals, learning, and learning about animals. Finish off this memorable day with an equally memorable visit to Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids at the Forum in San Antonio, or at the Village at Stone Oak (also in San Antonio)!

McAllen, Texas: The International Museum of Art & Science is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is the premier art and science museum of South Texas (containing over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space). The museum provides a unique opportunity for visitors to participate in hands-on science exhibits and to learn original works of art while encouraging creativity and innovation. IMAS’ Permanent Collection includes Folk Art, Fine Art, Decorative Art and a modest Geological Collection. Meanwhile, Quinta Mazatlan is a beautiful urban sanctuary that seeks to enrich people's lives through educating about birds, plants, and environmental stewardship in South Texas. And of course, you won't want to miss out on also visiting Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in McAllen, Texas!

Coming Soon! Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in California (Lake Forest / Irvine area) or Humble, Texas! Both of these exciting destinations will be open soon for kids and parents to visit! Stay tuned!

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Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise 

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December 2016 News: Christmas at Shear Madness!

Posted by Matthew S on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

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Looking for a Unique Christmas Gift? Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is THE Christmas shopping destination for unique and fun Christmas gifts! Not only do we have awesome haircuts, ear piercing and parties - but our stores are filled with cool toys and games, kids hair products, jewelry and more! And don't forget that Shear Madness also offers Gift Certificates, which makes a great stocking stuffer too! Also, Call to order - we can mail to an address you choose, at no additional charge! Plus, with any $35 or more purchase, we'll donate a toy for Toys for Tots (at participating locations)

sheardazzletoo.jpgGet ShEAR Dazzled for Christmas! Our Ear Piercing is a great experience, and it might be just the thing for an extra magical  Christmas! Because we don't just pierce the ears - we make it SPECIAL with Spa Robes, a keepsake plush animal and more! We even pierce both ears at the same time! Our Shear Dazzled Ear Piercing can even be combined with a Diva Day! To find out more (as well as gift certificate options), please click our ShEAR Dazzled page or call your local Shear Madness store!

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Wow! Great Christmas Specials: Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for a daughter or granddaughter? If so, glamour, glitz and a whole lot of fun is what you'll get when you plan your next party at Shear Madness! Our Pink Starlets help host your child's party, along with creating fun up-dos, applying make-up and polishing fingernails! It's an awesome experience! For more details, please click Shear Madness Kids Parties! PLUS! Check out our coupon page for even more great deals, like 20% off any Hair Styling Product (at participating locations)!

Happy Holiday News!

socialmediaHoliday Fun on Social Media! To our many awesome followers  on Facebook (which is now well over 36,000), we'd like to say a special THANK YOU to each of you for your great feedback and fantastic  photos! You all are GREAT! And if you want even more Shear Madness fun - like kids jokes, cool crafts and great photos of kids having a blast in our stores, why not check out our Franchise Blog, Instagram, Google+Twitter, and our favorites pins on Pinterest!

christmas2.jpgRockin' Around the Christmas Tree! Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids will be closed on Christmas Day (Sunday), but you can bet we'll be back on Monday for all your totally madtastic after-Christmas haircutting needs and so much more! From all of us here at Shear Madness, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! (P.S. Because it's the busy season, don't forget to call in and make an appointment!)

Shear Madness Cheer All Year Long!

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Are you looking for something that might help bring you a little cheer all year long? If so, now might be the perfect time to find out more about franchising with Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids! Check out the many helpful resources on our franchise website by clicking: Franchise Opportunities. We also have a lot of great free resources for business success - which you can check out over at our blog or by calling 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

Ho, Ho, Ho! Kids Christmas Crafts!

reindeer.jpgDeck the Halls with these Cool Kids Crafts! Bring a little Holiday Cheer to your home with these fun Christmas Crafts - all of which can be found on our Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest! You'll learn how to make cool handmade ornaments, adorable paper plate angels, reindeer made from cardboard tubes (as seen at right), jeweled Christmas Trees, your very own jingle bells, Christmas light suncatchers, easy icicle ornaments, finger print tree ornaments, Holiday coloring pages and much more!

At Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, Every Child Matters! 

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5 tips to Encourage Healthy Lifestyles in Children

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

healthykids.jpgAt Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, delivering a great experience for kids is our specialty. Whether it's helping them (and their parents) feel great by getting a fantastic haircut, hosting an awesome party, or providing the very best in hair products, hair related accessories, toys and more, we love being able to share a little happiness with the world through what we do best! Because to us, EVERY child matters!

Kids today have a lot of options available to them in regards to food choices, clothing, entertainment, toys, indoor and outdoor activities and much more. Sometimes it seems like it can be a tough job as a new parent trying to wade through all the noise and figure out what's best for your special little girl or guy. As Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids loves working with kids, and because we're parents too, we thought we'd share some of our thoughts on helping encourage healthy lifestyles in your children.

1. Eating Right is Important! Help your kids start the day out with a healthy breakfast for both mental and physical benefits. Each meal is important of course, but breakfast can sometimes be one of those overlooked meals where kids feel rushed in eating it (in order to get to wherever they need to go for the day). It's important to encourage children to slow down while eating, chewing each bite properly. Also, sometimes kids may eat something that isn't so healthy in order to be on their way more quickly too (like a piece of pizza from the previous night, a candy bar, or a can of pop - yikes!). Plus, breakfast can be a great time to talk with your kids and help them get in a good frame of mind for the day ahead.

2. Taking Care of Your Body: In addition to eating right, helping kids know how to properly care for themselves is a great skill that prepares them for a healthy lifestyle as an adult. For example, establishing a habit of brushing teeth in the morning and evening before bed, drinking plenty of water each day, getting plenty of sleep, keeping their environment clean and proper hand and face washing are all important considerations in helping kids build a good foundation of caring for their body. 

3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! The benefits of good exercise can never be underestimated for people of all ages in our world today. Biking, walking and running are all good ways for kids to get out and exercise. Don't let the idea of exercise be a boring one either! For example, bike rides, running and walks can be to a different destination every day. You can also play little games as you exercise too, such as trying to spot certain birds as you're out, or counting certain colors of cars. And best of all, a lot of these can be done with your kids. Not only are you both getting exercise, but you're also getting in some great family time too! 

4. Entertainment: With the prevelance of electronic toys, phones, portable games and a huge range of entertainment options through televesion, sometimes kids start thinking that the only way to be entertained is via staring at a screen. However, encourage your kids to get outside and have fun taking walks, building forts, playing with toys outside, making crafts, reading a book, playing a board game, writing a story, drawing a picture or helping mom or dad out with an important task around the house. Sure, it's fine to play with the electronic toys a little each day, but too much may keep kids (and you) from missing out on a lot of other fun experiences!

5. Taking Care of Your Appearance: This one is a fun one, as it's a way for kids to really look and feel great about themselves. Help them learn how to properly comb their hair or pick out an outfit to wear for the day. As they get older, they'll be able to do this on their own - although hopefully they'll still seek you out sometimes for those important questions! But in those younger years, it's a great way to spend a little one-on-one time with your child, and help them see you as a source of encouragement and trustworthy council on helping them feel good before they start their day. And don't forget - at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, we offer many great ways to help kids look and feel great about themselves too! We not only have cool haircuts and fantastic hair stylists that encourage and build kids up, but we have a carefully hand-picked selection of hairbows, jewelry, hair products, educational toys and much more designed to help kids feel great!

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

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