“It’s very important to be able to be a beacon of hope for those families.”
Charlotte Paine has two sons with sensory issues, and she used to cut their hair while they slept because getting a professional haircut was such an ordeal.
Then she found Barber’s Blueprints, a New York City hair salon that says it is the first to become certified “sensory-inclusive” by an organization devoted to serving people with autism. Now Paine and her children, ages 8 and 9, get haircuts without fear.
“They enjoy it, you know?” Paine said. “They’re fond of going to a barbershop to be able to go get a haircut. Our children get that now too … It’s nice that they can have that experience, the same as every other kid.”