Since his first birthday he has had to get a haircut about every 2 months–it grows so very fast. His first haircut was probably the easiest haircut, my sister cut it and he didn’t cry at all. After that it kinda all went down hill from there.
We chose to go to the Hair Cuttery this time, and had a wonderful experience. They are currently running a wonderful program called Share-A-Haircut. The Share-a-Haircut program was created by Hair Cuttery to give free haircuts to underprivileged community members, specifically kids in
need as they head back-to-school. Since then, they’ve expanded the program to touch people of all ages. This program has reached over 2 Million people! This wonderful program will be going on until the 15th of August. With over 900 locations in the country you are sure to find one near you.
Just as you do with anything else with a toddler–you prepare them for the big day. Read a book, watch a show, take them with you…seriously, whatever you think that will make the event easier. I also ask permission to get his haircut (obviously they could say no, but at least you are getting them involved in the decision). Also, make sure they stylist tells them when they are beginning!
I come prepared with an arsenal of activities for my little man. Before the stylist begins I get a show started on his iPad, open up a lollipop, and get him all set up for his cut. They will wrap a cape around the front, make sure and ask for one around the back as well. It will prevent hair from going all over! We always start with the scissors, the clippers scare him and it’s way easier to wait until the end to do that part. Usually the stylist lets him touch the clippers before she uses them so he knows it’s not going to hurt him. One last food for thought—wait until they are cooperating. Trying to cut a kids hair that is moving all around is not a good idea.
Sometimes the salon’s have baby powder to sprinkle on the kiddos so the loose hair comes off. I always just bring a little thing of it–it somehow gets all over them and we are usually out running errands. Praise your child and let them know how brave they were and what a great job they did while getting their haircut!