Raise your hand if you are a mom who has ever hired a babysitter so that you could get a mani-pedi or a bikini wax or, dear Lord, just get your highlights done. I seriously don’t know any mom who hasn’t done this at some point. Okay, I’m sure that there are some moms out there who don’t color their hair or get their nails done, but, frankly, none of them live in my town. The hair color thing especially seems to be nearly universal. If you don’t color your hair at all, I dare you to leave a comment to this post. I will take you to Starbucks and we can discuss whether your natural hair color is really cutting it any more.
I will confess right now that I do my own highlights. You can’t really tell on hair as curly as mine anyway. But I absolutely won’t do my own nails. I love getting my nails done. It’s a little thing that makes me feel polished and chic and it costs a lot less than a new pair of boots. (Speaking of new boots, I am looking for a pair of stacked heel boots in like a tan or light brown. Hit me up with some recommendations. And don’t mind my husband quietly weeping in the background.) Zuzu also loves getting her nails done and I am afraid that I have created an eight year old manicure junkie. I remember one time last summer when Zuzu and I were getting pedicures together, some sweet old lady said to Zuzu, “Is this your first time getting your nails done?” And Zuzu replied with withering contempt, “No. I come here all the time.” I was so proud.
Anyway, all this is to say that finally there is a salon in Chicago that has nails, waxing, hair and — wait for it — child care. Yes, you read that right: child care. At Urban Mom Salon in Bucktown — so near where we used to live before we had JR and moved west of the Loop — moms can get all their favorite salon services while their kids play next door in a beautiful play room supervised by professional nannies. No wonder Daily Candy called it a dream come true. (And before someone starts lecturing me about kids inhaling all that formaldehyde, please note that the kids’ play area is separately ventilated. Also, I love the smell of formaldehyde in the morning.)
Urban Mom Salon is the brainchild of two Chicago-area moms who happen to be sisters. They have thought of absolutely everything that busy moms need. The salon is pleasant and relaxing. They offer a full range of nail, hair and waxing services. There are plenty of celebrity gossip magazines to peruse while your toes dry. (Reading a celebrity gossip magazine at the nail salon is an integral part of the experience.) As for the child care room, it has a train table, a play kitchen, a tent and all the favorite little kid toys. And for big kids? A Wii. The play room is supervised by sitters from Chicago Nannies and the fee is a flat rate of $7 for the first kid, $4 for an additional kid. So go ahead and get those highlights done, ladies. You can stay all day.
Zuzu and I had a chance to check out Urban Mom Salon this past weekend. I had a Signature Manicure while Zuzu played “Just Dance” on the Wii in the play room. (While I do take Zuzu to the nail salon, we don’t have a Wii at home, putting her firmly in the category of the Deeply Underprivileged by her standards.) Then Zuzu got a mini-manicure (for kids ten and under) while my nails dried and I chatted with Valerie, one of the owners, about the business and her upcoming family expansion. In all, Zuzu and I agreed that Urban Mom Salon is awesome, leaving me with only one additional comment:
When are they opening an Oak Park branch?
Full disclosure time: Zuzu and I received complimentary manicures at Urban Mom Salon. I was not asked to write about the salon and all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.