It is time for your kid to get a new haircut or perhaps this is your little one’s first haircut. So, you may not be sure where you should take them. Or maybe the last time you brought your child to a hairdresser for a haircut, they were a crying disaster so you are thinking about what better ways you can do this. Well, hopefully there is a better way. You can make use of these few simple tips and experience a whole different session next time at the hairdresser and have the odds in your favour instead.
Take your beloved toddler to the hair salon a few days before the actual appointment. By doing this in advance, you show them what they have to expect so the time needed for your kid to adapt to the new environment is reduced and they are ready when they go for the real haircut session. So, definitely bring children to the hairdresser before hand and let them familiarize themselves with the environment, wander around the place for a bit, and watch some other kids get their haircuts. This way, the children trusts the hairdresser more easily.
Another good step you can take in advance is taking an extra shirt for your child because some children may hate the cape the hairdresser forces them to wear. So, in case, your beloved kid refuses to wear that, you can use the shirt that you conveniently brought from home. Everyone would be happy. Another solution to this issue is using their imagination. Most of the kids love superheroes and what do all of these superheroes have in common? Capes! So, to get your little kid interested, you may describe the hairdresser cape as a superhero cape.
Now, kids do much, much better when they actually are aware of what they should expect and there is nothing better than talking to your kids to persuade them. Explain to them why they need a haircut, reassure them and be very careful of what words you use. As an example, it would be best you avoided using the word “cut” when talking to small kids. Cut sounds quite scary to their ears as if they were going to be harmed by sharp and pointy objects. Instead, tell them they are going to get their hair trimmed or even better they are getting it styled.
Give your little one a quick run down of what is going to happen at the hairdresser. This is especially important when the child getting a haircut is a younger aged one and they are having their first ever haircut.
It is of utmost important that you make sure your little kid is comfortable with the sounds at the hair salon. You know those clippers sounds and buzzing noises can really scare you little one. While a good stylist should show your child what tools he is using themselves, you should also ask them if it was possible to do this in case they did not. A good hairdresser may also let children touch his stylist tools. This way, children will realise the tools are not all that scary so the fear should be minimized.
Another really good and effective method to reduce the fear of getting a haircut in children is to make up some funny names for the tools there. Tickle Machine, as an example, is a much better name for the buzzer. It makes it seem so much less menacing to your little child.
Find a Kid Friendly Hair Salon
Some hair salons specialize exclusively in children’s hair styles. Besides these salons, there are also some hairdressers that are still pretty kid friendly and have the proper equipment to handle young kids even tough they don’t necessarily specialize in kid’s haircuts. In case you don’t have any of these places in mind, we suggest you ask some close friends or find a children’s hairdresser near you online. It is really simple and you should not have any trouble in finding a good place. If you live in London, you have the option of coming to Visage hair salon. We take great care of your children and their hair. So, consider visiting us for a high quality haircut for your beloved children if you are in London.
Before you do anything, you have to call the hair salon and ask them if it is alright to bring a small child. While you are at it, you may also ask if it was possible to get a hair stylist who is comfortable with children. Most salons do this themselves even if you don’t ask but it’s best not to leave this up to chance. you want to ensure the hair stylist is a good fit.
Toddlers are known for a lot of noise and irritable. So, if the salon is more like a relaxing spa type one, it is mainly aimed towards adults, etc. then it would be best to stay far from it. The last thing you want is a bad tempered little child in a space where everyone is trying to relax and be away from their own kids. Seriously, there are much better options than these types of hair salons. With a small crying kid, you will most probably just stress everybody there, including yourself.
Know When to Cut
This highly depends on the child. In some cases, babies get their first ever haircut when they are only about a few months. Some other stay away from haircuts for a couple years. First of all, make sure you, as the parent, are ready for this. Once you chop them off, those baby curls back the same as before. So, keep in mind two important factors when thinking about when to bring your kid for a haircut. First, make up your mind before doing so, also know that the older the baby gets, the more they can control their head which means things get much easier.
We at Visage really like children and appreciate them. Because of their differences and depending on factors such as age and temperament, we offer an individual experience for each kid. Please feel free to stop by at Visage if you live in London.
We really look forward to welcoming you to Visage!