First haircut: your child’s first trip to the hairdresser

First haircut: your child’s first trip to the hairdresser

Is your child a little jittery at the idea of his first haircut? A little pre-salon prep should take the sting out of seeing those locks hit the floor – for both of you!

If you’re not sure how your child will react to having his locks snipped, don’t worry: a little preparation for the big day can ease your worries and ensure a fun, incident-free 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 recommendation.

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 child
Read a picture book about first haircuts to help your toddler get used to the idea of having his locks snipped. On the day, talk your toddler through the process. You may want to avoid using the word “cut” in case he associates that word with danger or pain. Instead, tell him that he’s going to get a fun new hairstyle or a “trim”.

Bring supplies
Be sure to bring an extra T-shirt in case your toddler refuses to wear the cape.

Keep him still
A squirmy toddler and scissors do not pair well. If your child is moving around too much in the styling chair, have him sit on your lap instead.

Make sure to get lots of pictures of your child’s first haircut and to save one of those first locks!

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First haircut

8/3/2015

My son has an appointment this Saturday for his first haircut. I found a place that specializes in kids and lets them pick out a dvd to watch during the haircut and they get to choose which chair they want to sit in (fire truck, police car, airplane, etc.) They also give you a keepsake certificate and a box to keep the locks from the first snip. I'm really hoping it goes well. I'm terrified he isn't going to cooperate even with the distractions.

First haircut

7/31/2015

I'm getting ready to take my 20 month old for his first haircut and this definitely shed some light on what I should do

First Hair Cut

7/22/2015

We are going to try our first hair cut soon, and this article was helpful. Thanks!

First hair cut

Sarah 7/11/2015

well we got my little girl's first hair cut and she did surprisingly well. i think what really worked was that it was just my family in the salon and the woman cutting my daughter's hair. she did really well with not a lot of people around.

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