Taking your baby for his or her first haircut is an important milestone. You might be excited at the idea and saddened to see your baby grow up so fast. Baby’s first haircut also represents a few challenges as your child will probably feel nervous once they find themselves in a hair salon and have a stranger touch their hair.
Is Your Baby Ready For His Or Her First Haircut?
This really depends on how much hair your child has. Your baby will need his or her first haircut anytime between the ages of 8 and 24 months. It is definitely time to take your baby to a hair salon if hair is getting in his or her eyes. You should research baby and toddler haircuts to get a better idea of the style you want.
Find The Right Hair Salon
Some hair salons specialize in working with babies and children. You should find out more about different salons in your area and contact them to ask if they work with children. Baby’s first haircut will be a fun experience if you can find a stylist who is comfortable with children.
Prepare Your Baby
Your child needs to know what to expect prior to going to the hair salon. Take them with you to your own hair salon appointment, read them books on this topic and explain what a haircut is. Make sure your child understands that they will have to wear a cape and that getting a haircut is a fun experience. If your toddler has a favorite toy or a blankie, let them bring this familiar item to the hair salon.
Schedule The Appointment
Try picking a time where the hair salon won’t be too busy so the stylist has plenty of time to show the utensils they use and to explain what they are doing to your child. Avoid scheduling an appointment at a time where your child might be tired, hungry or cranky. Bring some snacks with you just in case! You might also want to bring an envelope to save a lock of your child’s hair as well as an oversized dress shirt in case your child refuses to wear the cape.
Have Fun And Relax
You might have mixed emotions about taking your baby to get his or her first haircut. Your child will definitely pick up on your nervousness and other negative emotions. Do your best to relax and make your child’s first haircut a fun experience. Take some pictures at the hair salon and tell your child about how happy and excited you are to take him or her to get a haircut.
Taking your child to a hair salon for the first time is a big step. This is something you need to prepare for. Take some time to talk to your child about getting his or her first haircut and don’t hesitate to visit the hair salon in advance so your child can meet the stylists and see what the place looks like.