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How to Handle Their First Haircut – Tips for Parents

2019 February 17

Taking your child to the hairdresser for the very first time might seem like a daunting experience, but with these top tips, it’ll be a smooth, enjoyable experience for both you and your child.

The first thing to remember is that there’s no set age as to when your child will need their first hair cut and that you won’t be about to lose their precious baby curls!

You only really need to cut your child’s hair if it’s starting to creep towards their eyes, if it’s irritating them in any way or if the fly-away sections of hair at the sides of their face start to look out of control.

If your child is ready for their first trim, remember these top tips:

  1. Show your child what it’s like to go to the hair salon – take them with you on your next appointment so that they can see what you have done. It will help to get them over any fear of the unknown.
  2. Super hero’s wear capes! Not all children like wearing the cape, but this little reminder can help to overcome that particular obstacle. If not, pack an extra top or a towel to help cover clothes.
  3. Work to your child’s schedule. Don’t book a hair cut during their regular nap time! Choose a time that’s otherwise unoccupied/unstructured.
  4. Choose a child-friendly hairdresser! Someone with the right attitude can make all the difference.
  5. Pack a distraction. Children don’t like to wait and become bored quickly. Bring along their favourite book, toy or snack.
  6. Try avoiding the use of the word ‘cut’ which can be a little scary for young children. Try something less intimidating like ‘style’ or ‘trim’.
  7. Allow your child to sit on your knee if they don’t want to sit alone. A little reassurance can go a long way.
  8. Relax! If you’re stressing out, your child will pick up on how you’re feeling and it’ll affect them too! Stay calm, it’ll be over before you know it.

If your child is a hair salon regular, what are your top tips for new parents?

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