Your child’s beginning years are filled with so many firsts, everything from first words and first steps to the first haircut. (And don’t they look so grown up after? Waaa!) Many of these firsts happen spontaneously, but your kid’s first haircut is one that you can (thankfully!) plan for and enjoy with the help of a few expert tips:
– First of all, toss out the word “cut” since it likely holds a negative connotation in your child’s world. From now on, refer to it as a “trim” or “style.”
– There’s no magical age for your child’s first hair trimming. You’ll know it’s time when hair is getting in your child’s eyes, is bothersome around their ears or neck, or when whispy flyaway hairs on the sides start looking like wings.
– Months or weeks before a trim is in order, take your child to the salon with you for your own or an older sibling’s hair trim. Let them observe the experience, learn what to expect, and anticipate their own turn someday.
– Allow your child to bring a favorite toy or book to hold in the seat to soothe them and occupy their hands.
– Whenever possible, book your appointment at a kids’ hair salon. These just for kids salons will be equipped with special chairs, toys, DVDs, and most importantly, stylists who enjoy working with kids to ensure the smoothest hair trimming experience.
– If there are no kids’ salon near you, be sure to ask the receptionist at the salon if any of the stylists work with children. Let’s face it—some people are good with kids, and some aren’t. A little bit of homework will go a long way.
– Schedule the appointment for a time of day that is best for your child. Naptime, snack time, and that fussy afternoon witching hour should be avoided at all costs.
– If your child has a difficult time sitting still, allow them to sit on your lap during the haircut.
– Bring a change of clothes with you just in case your child doesn’t want to wear the cape.
– Most importantly, keep yourself calm and relaxed. Kids look to parents constantly for emotional cues. If you are stressed and emotional, your child will pick up on it and follow suit. One more thing—don’t forget to take that all-important mom-and-me selfie afterward!