BABY’S First HAIR CUT
It is the moment that you have been waiting for…. your baby’s 1st birthday
is coming up!! You are so excited for their hair cut.You might think your
child’s first trip to the salon is the cutest ever, but they won’t see it that way.
To a baby, being wrapped in a GIANT plastic cape, squirted with water, and
attacked with sharp scissors by a stranger is just plain scary!! Keep in mind
that unless your child has enough hair to cut, some kids need up until the
age of 2 to have enough hair to cut (some are as young as 8 months old).
When to take them
If your baby was born with luscious locks, or maybe sporting an un-wanted
mullet, he could be ready for a haircut as early as 8 months. But if he was a
more like the “mr.clean” style, he may not need one until he’s 2. There’s no
right or wrong time to go. It comes down to this: Do you want to preserve
his baby look, or do you think he’s ready for a big-kid ‘do? Keep in mind
that once you cut off those curls, they may not grow back.On the other
hand, trimming superfine baby hair often makes it look thicker by giving it
Talk about it before
Toddlers don’t like surprises, so have your child watch you get a haircut or
visit a youtube video before the big day. Talk to him about what he’s
seeing ,point out the cape he’ll be wearing and what the scissors do. Avoid
using the word “cut,” which may scare your child — use “snip”, “trim” or
“shape” instead. Most kids also have trimmers used on them as they are
safer to get that hair off faster. Talk about the noise the trimmer makes. Let
him play with a squirt bottle in the tub at home, and pretend to trim his hair
with your fingers while he has his bath. You can also take a library book out
on this subject. If they have an older sibling, have them come along to
watch…kids want to be “big kids”, just like their sibling.
Pick the Right Stylist
Choose a stylist that knows how to deal with squirmy clients. Not all stylists
are good with kids (or like to cut kids hair as they are harder to cut). Ask
your stylist if they cut kids hair. I believe that most kids prefer to see who
“mommy or daddy” sees. Kids like familiar places and people. Depending
on the age of the child, the parent or caregiver should be prepared to hold
the child on their own lap or hold their head still for the stylist. Kids tend to
be naturally inquisitive and therefore “bobble-heads”, which is not helpful in
the stylist world. The more relaxed they are, the easier they are and the
more still their heads will be.
Let your child bring their favourite stuffed animal or a small toy ( even your
phone with something to watch). These will help him stay calm and keep
his hands occupied. You might also hide a treat in your purse for afterward.
Before the stylist begins, swing the chair away from the mirror so your child
doesn’t fixate on the scissors. If he refuses to wear a cape, put one on and
show him how it looks. If he won’t sit still, you may need to plop him down
on your lap for the duration. But make sure a friend (or someone else at the
salon) is there to take pics.
If you’re nervous, your child will pick up on it and be more likely to cry
during his haircut.Talk to him about how much fun it will be. Let him know
how great he’ll look and feel after getting a trim. When he sees that you’re
looking forward to it, he will too. Show him pictures of a style that you want
him to have, so he can see other kids with that look.
Book your appointment between mealtime and nap time so your child isn’t
hungry or cranky. Call ahead to make sure the stylist is running on time.
And don’t hesitate to reschedule if your child seems out of sorts or sick that
day. The first haircut sets the stage for years to come. It’s important to
make it a positive experience. Kids don’t remember the modern faux-hawk
style you chose, but they will remember how they felt.
Are you ready for this experience? Contact our hair stylist Deserey for your next hair appointment
Published by Pin Up Hair Boutique