The time will come when your son’s long, flowing locks or your daughter’s hair-to-her-bum will have to get a little tidying up. And while it can be one of those decisions that you hmmm and haw over for ages, you will eventually have to take the leap and head to the salon.
However, while you might feel daunted by the thoughts of them losing their baby hair – they are more likely to be frightened by the man or woman waving the giant scissors very close to their head.
To make it an enjoyable, fun and less frightening experience, follow these tips:
Play salon at home
Kids love to play make-believe so, before you take your little one to the salon, have a few pretend sessions at home so that they become used to what is likely to happen. Sit them down on a chair, place a blanket or towel around them and pretend to cut their hair using your fingers at first and then a scissors.
Take them with you when you go
Another great way to get them used to the haircutting scene is to take them along with you when you are getting your hair done. Make sure you bring someone else along who can give you a hand, because getting a cut and making sure your little precious doesn’t run off with some hair dye can be quite difficult.
Do it at the right time
Make sure you schedule the appointment at a time that suits them rather than just you. So don’t book the appointment during their normal lunch or dinner time or when they usually have a nap. They are likely to be cranky, hungry and irritable and less likely to sit still and enjoy the moment.
Make it fun
Tell them the cape that they hairdresser puts around them is for superheroes and that the swirly chair helps them fly. Or ask the stylist if they can put your little one’s hair into a funny style that they’ll like or their favourite accessory. This way they will associate the salon with something fun.
Let the hairdresser do their job
Being interfering is not only annoying and frustrating it can also be counterproductive, so let your hairdresser do their job. Your toddler is likely to respond better if the stylist is seen to be in charge rather than you.
Let them watch something
If all else fails, give your child your phone and let them watch a movie or play a game – anything to distract them really.