Whether you’ve waited a couple of years or only a few months for your child’s first haircut, the first trim can be a nerve-racking experience. You’re not sure how your child will react to having his locks snipped — never mind how you’ll feel when you see his baby hair fall to the floor! But a little preparation for the big day can ease your worries and ensure a fun, seamless trip to the hair salon.
Choose the right salon
If you don’t have a hair salon in your neighborhood that caters to kids, call up your local salon and ask for a stylist recommendation. You’ll want someone who has experience with kids and first haircuts.
Arrange a visit
If your child is a toddler or preschooler, take him to the salon before his scheduled appointment and show him around. Introduce him to the stylist who will cut his hair, and let him watch her cut other children’s hair. He’ll be less fearful if he knows what to expect.
Prepare your tot
Read a picture book about first haircuts to help your toddler get used to the idea of having her locks snipped. If you can’t locate one in your library, create a homemade picture book using printed photos of other children getting their hair cut. On the day of her actual haircut, talk your toddler through the process. You may want to avoid using the word “cut,” in case your toddler associates that word with danger (as in, “Be careful or you’ll cut yourself!”). Instead, tell her that she’s going to get a fun new hairstyle or a trim.
Be sure to bring an extra T-shirt with you in case your toddler refuses to wear the cape. Her own T-shirt will make her feel more at home while keeping the itchy baby hair off her clothes. It’s also smart to pack a snack and a toy to keep her distracted.
Keep her still
A squirmy toddler and scissors do not pair well. If your child is moving around too much in the styling chair, have her sit on your lap instead. This way, you can comfort her with a hug while keeping her still for the stylist.
Whatever you do, make sure you take lots of pictures of your child’s first haircut. And of course, don’t forget to save that first lock of hair.