Last week my little guy turned one! His little baby hair was getting long in back with cute little curls and a little old man comb over going on the top. He was cute. Precious as only your child can be. But the front was starting to get a little on the scraggly side so it was time for a hair cut! Over the years I’ve learned some tricks to making the first hair cut go smoothly.
- Have hair be freshly washed and brushed.
This may seem super obvious but with my first child I thought I could just get her hair cut whenever it was convenient me without doing the proper prep work – whoops!
- Find a hair stylist that is good with kids
Maybe the stylist that cuts your hair is good with kids – great! If you have a family member that knows how to cut hair – even better! I’m extremely spoiled because my mom used to be a hair stylist so she has cut all my children’s hair. If you don’t know someone then you need to find someone who is patient, flexible and has worked with kids before.
- Bring someone with you
If you can bring someone else with you to act as a distraction or an extra set of hands. Its nice if you either sit or stand with your child as they will be more comfortable hanging out with mom vs with someone else or sitting by themselves.
- Bring Props or Bribes
The younger the child the more props or distractions you will need to use to get them to sit still. Try a new toy, sippy cup, pacifier, book, stuffed animal or favorite blankie.
- Be silly
If your child has lost interest in the props or your helper, be willing to get silly. Sing songs, blow raspberries, make fish faces or other silly faces for your child to encourage them to watch you instead of what the stylist is doing with their hair.
- Be willing to take breaks or stop all together
If your child is just not sitting still see if the stylist is willing to take a 5 minute break so your child can move around a bit before coming back to sit down. If your child is having a melt down, tantrum or scared its completely ok to stop and come back another day. A hair cut doesn’t need to be a stressful or scary experience for your child or you!
It took us two tries to get my little guy’s hair cut because he was so intrigued with what Grandma was doing with his hair!! He kept twisting around to see what she was up to. But in the end we prevailed with no tears and I think the end result was pretty darn cute!
Weigh in….what tips would you add to the list?