Nobody ever remembers their very 1st haircut. Your stories about how horrible you were or how you wiggle their how you sat perfect. How do you prepare a child for their 1st haircut so it can go smoothly for the child and the stylist.
A lot of it boils down to preparation. Has the child been to the salon before? Have the ever seen someone get their hair cut before? As a parent have you included your child in your getting haircut ?
There are a lot of things to consider when we prepared child for anything new. Sometimes we prepare them by telling him all about what's going to happen, sometimes we shown videos, and lastly we demonstrate to them once about to happen.
As a professional in the hair industry for the last 27 years most parents bring their kids in cold. They've never seen someone get there are good they never been to a salon before and they've never seen their parent get their hair cut. So they have no idea what's about to happen, let alone why.
My recommendation for children's 1st haircut is preparation, Bring them down to the salon so they're familiar with where they're going to be taken. Have them sit in the chair for a brief moment so they get a feel for what the chair looks like. Maybe do a pretend haircut so that they know that someone's going to be touching their hair with water and comb.
The first step for every haircut is comfort. You want to feel comfortable with your stylist and the salon. Your child will need to feel this as well. Imagine how you feel when you don't trust your environment. Now imagine how your little one feels.
So bring your child by the salon, have them see you get a haircut. If they know this is something you do it makes it easier to understand why they need to.
The second thing is the haircut. What should you get? Sometimes the easiest is a trim. Each child is different, if you can get them to sit still and follow directions for 30 minutes you can have almost any haircut.
Lastly try NOT TO BRIBE them. No relationship goes very well if you need to use a bribe.
Prepare your child
Select a reasonable haircut
If you're not sure what to b.c expect ask your stylist.
Age and time frame
0 to 3> 10 minutes of cooperation
4 to 7> 15 minutes of cooperation
8 to 12> 30 minutes of cooperation, If its their idea, if it's not good luck
13 to 18> 45 minutes of cooperation
19 to 25> 20 minutes of cooperation, they usually don't want to waste their time on a haircut
26 and up> how much time can you spare
I this is based on my experience for the last 27 years.
My 4 year old> 10 minutes then she changes her mind
My 2 year old> 20 minutes, she just sits there.
As my kids get older I'll see how they change. Do your best to make the first 3 haircuts as smooth as possible. It's not the end of the world if it doesn't go smooth, but the sooner they sit by themselves the easier it will be for you, their parent.
If the first haircut goes well the rest will be a breeze. Hope this was helpful.If you have a topic in mind let me know.
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