Surviving Your Child’s First Haircut
As parents, there are a lot of milestones that we look forward to in our kids’ lives. Even the simple things like getting a haircut may seem extra special, especially if it is the first. However, no matter how much we want it to go smoothly, kids may not cooperate most of the time. That is why, it is important to bring your kids to kid-friendly salons like Pigtails & Crewcuts where the people are used to taking care of kids’ hairstyles.
Just like how we, as adults, choose establishments based on the facilities, kids will also feel more comfortable if you take them to a salon with bright and well-lit interiors as well as interactive toys to keep them entertained. Pigtails & Crews can take care of that for you. With more than ten years of experience in the industry, you can be assured that they have the ability to cater to children’s hair styling needs.
They have 30 kiddie-theme salons all over the United States and what’s great about them is that they have your child’s safety in mind. The chairs have safety belts for security and they only use all-natural and organic products for hair and scalp treatment so there are no hazardous chemicals that can be inhaled inside the salon.
However, aside from the facilities and expertise of the salon staff, there are also things that you can do to prevent your child’s first haircut from becoming a real ordeal.
- Schedule an appointment for your child’s haircut. You can do it over the phone, but it would be better if you go to the salon so that you can check out the facilities yourself. You can also bring your child with you when you go to the salon so that she can see where she will have her hair. Hopefully, that can make her feel more comfortable and familiar when the schedule arrives. Having an appointment also minimizes the waiting time once you get to the salon. Kids can get easily bored and when they get tired of waiting, they may get grumpy and may not be in a good mood when it is already time for the haircut. The lesser the waiting time is, the better.
- Inform your child about what is going to happen and involve her in making decisions. Let her know why she needs to get her hair cut and provide scenarios to prepare her for the experience. Do not just walk into the salon without explaining to her why you are there in the first place. It can be traumatic for kids if they see the cutting tools without any idea about what’s going to happen. Also, it would be better to ask your child about what she wants her hair to look like. Is there a relative, friend, or even a celebrity whose hair she admires? Does she want to have bangs? Does she want to keep it long or short? These are just a few things that you might want to consider and discuss with her. The point of asking is to make her feel important and to make the haircut something that she can look forward to in the future as she can also make decisions about it.
- During the haircut, remember to relax too. Some parents tend to feel more nervous or overly emotional than their kids and that can be picked up by the kids right away. It is important for your child to see that you are calm and relaxed so that she will also feel the same.
- Kid-friendly salons usually have toys that children can play with to keep them occupied. They even have customized seats like race cars for children to be more interested. However, you can go the extra mile by bringing in your child’s favorite book or toy to keep your child happily distracted. You can also try talking to your child and singing songs together so that she will not get easily bored.
- Most importantly, do not use force as this can only lead to more squirming. If you restrict your child’s movement or scold her in front of other people, she might not want to go through the haircut even more. It can also have a long term effect which may result to her dreading salon trips in the future.
It may be a bit if a challenge, but kiddie salons like Pigtails & Crewcuts have staff that are professionally trained to deal with the most difficult clients: kids. Do your part as a parent, but also leave it in the hands of the experts to do the actual styling. After the successful cut, make sure that you commend your child for behaving well and give a treat like an ice cream or a toy.