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Taking your child for their first hair cut – how to make the whole experience easier for everyone


How To Keep Your Kid Happy In
The Salon

How do I keep my child
happy in the Salon?

If you are asking this
question you are not alone!


Every parent (or caretaker) must conquer the
salon experience. 

Lets face it folks! Even the most well behaved
child will get fussy when bored, or worse, when they’re
scared! So take some tips form me. I’m not only a beautician
but a single Mom too!

First things

Let’s discuss what to do during the wait time.

If you’re on the ball you will not only
book an appointment in advance, but you will call 20 minutes
before your appointment to see if your hairstylist is on
schedule. This way you won’t waste “good behavior time”
before you even get a chance to get started.

If the appointment is for you I suggest
bringing an activity bag. 

count on the salon or stylist to provide toys or books.

Instead pack a bag with washable crayons
(you know why I say washable), coloring books, blank paper,
older toys like cars, action figures, dolls, or anything that
you can easily clean hair off of. Avoid stuffed animals or
things made of cloth for they are harder to clean hair off of.

Even if no one in your family is getting an
actual “haircut” there will always be hair floating around
somewhere. Even in the cleanest salon.

A word of

A hair is very sharp once cut. It can work it’s way into
your pores easier than a splinter.

If it goes unnoticed it will keep working
its way into the skin deeper and deeper. When this happens
it will almost always cause an infection.  
Infants can not tell you what is hurting them. So be more
careful with them in the salon. No stuffed animals or
blankets! Dress them in old clothing . Bring a change of
clothes to put them in after they get their hair cut.

Most hairdressers use the blow dryer or a
neck brush to get the hair off of people when they’re done.
This gets rid of minimal hair!

the neck with baby powder will dry the wet hair and
make it come off easier.

Another thing.

find it disgusting to use a public neck brush!

Instead buy a cheap powder brush from the
make up section at the store. The bigger the better. Also
buy a travel size bottle of baby powder. Most salons have
talcum powder which is geared towards adults. The younger
the child the more sensitive the skin so just bring your

One other
thing I highly recommend is to buy one of those lint
rollers that are made of that sticky fly paper stuff.

the lint roller on the dirty clothes to get off the resistant
hairs that can’t be shaken off. It not only keeps hair from
getting on other clothes in the wash , but it keeps the hair
out of your car. It will help get hair off of hard to clean
strollers and car seats too.

You don’t want to get in the car a
few days later and get poked with hair all over again!

I recommend
finding a walk in salon for children, or a barber shop for

There are no appointments necessary at these
establishments. You can call on your cell phone ahead of time to
see how long the wait is

might even be able to reserve a spot in line over the

you are stuck waiting in the lobby and forgot your
activity bag don’t sweat yet!

Try flipping through the hairstyle books.
Teach your child how to pick a hairstyle by showing them how to
find pictures that have hair similar to their own.

“This child has curly hair
like yours. This child has fine blonde hair like you do.”

Play a game with them. Tell them to think of
someone that they know. Ask them to find that person’s
hairstyle in the books. Then ask them to flip through the pages
and find a new style for that person.

Play the I- spy game or 20 questions.

Peek-a-Boo works great on infants. So does
picking them up and walking them around while showing them all
the colorful shampoo bottles.

A little imagination can go along ways



Now here is the
part you’ve been waiting for.

is a secret most of my customers want to know.

hard part is actually getting your child through the initial

First ask yourself why you think your child is fussy.

Do they need a nap?

Are they hungry?

Do they fear strangers.?

Is it the loud clippers or the sharp scissors.?

Are they

Maybe it’s your child’s first haircut.

If you can
get down to the main reason of the problem will be
simpler to solve.

For example:

I once had a little girl who was petrified
of me. She had beautiful long hair that was commented on
wherever she went. Her father insisted that she never cut it.
He jokingly told her that if she ever cut it she would never
be the same again. This was when he caught her with a pair of
scissors in her hand ready to experiment on her beautiful long

Somehow, someway, in her young imaginative mind, she
translated what her dad said, into, her hair would never grow
back, and that I would cut it all off. Now imagine what she
thought when her mom actually took her to the salon. Well I
suggested that Daddy bring her himself and get his own haircut
at he same time.

We talked with her about how long his hair
had gotten since I saw him last and how fast it grew back. We
joked and laughed and after that she was fine.

Boys are often afraid of clippers and
scissors. It’s best to warn them that the scissors are sharp
enough to cut so they should sit still.

tell them that their ear will get cut off. You don’t want to
traumatize them.

may tell them that if they don’t sit still the poor
hairdresser will probably cut her finger.

The haircut
may not look as good as it should.

Or that the whole
experience will take longer because they keep moving.

Little kids need to feel secure so it’s
good to describe a hair cut experience before they go through
it. Then point out the different steps other customers go
through while waiting for your child’s turn.

“Look Honey, that woman is
getting a shampoo it looks like it feels food. That man is
using the trimmers. They look like they tickle. That little
boy got a balloon. He must of sat very still. What a big

When the drape goes on your child expose
their hands. Place something in each hand like a toy. I would
put a comb in each hand and for some reason they would never
try to comb their hair with either of them.

When the clippers
turn on I would say:

“Wow these are noisy
huh? That’s because they have a motor in them like a car.
 also have a guard so they
can’t cut you.” 

Then I’d run the blade over my fingers to demonstrate.
Then I’d do it to the parents fingers. Last I’d ask the
child if they’d like to touch it. Then I’d tell them that
it might tickle so try not to wiggle while I moved it through
their hair. 

you’re a fast talker the haircut is over before you
know it.

If I haven’t made it
a point yet I will now!

just getting the hair off your child will make them feel

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