- Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:00
New Year’s is the best time to get your kids into a new ‘do! Are you tired of your son’s buzz cut that reminds you of your classmate in pre-school, or your daughter’s one-length haircut like when you were five. If going to the stylist is a mission for you and your child, I’d like to make your life easier with a “little” advice from a hairstylist who’s been handling little haircuts for ten years.
Hunting for that perfect new hair place.
Scout nearby plazas or ask other parents where they take their children for haircuts. Ask the parents whose child is near in age to yours with similar hair texture and hair color. Try the child pickup line at school, football or soccer fields, and the playground. Most parents will be happy to share their child’s secret hair place. Also ask your personal haircare professional what is the youngest age hair he or she styles. If your child is younger than that age, maybe your hair guru can recommend another stylist in the salon that could do it. To be honest, children’s hair grows so fast that you can afford trying a couple of new places in a single month!
Prep before the appointment.
Arm yourself with snacks and drinks in case the little one gets hungry, or call ahead to the salon and see if they offer them for kids (some do!). Some salons will even play movies to keep your child’s attention. Avoid bringing them when they’re sleepy or just after waking up; it’s not likely going to be a success. Bring extra clothing, especially a shirt, as hair will slip through the cape. Sometimes kids are claustrophobic when it comes to putting a cape around their neck; you can ask for an extra cape for you so your baby won’t stress out. Oh! It’s helpful to bring a mini DVD player or any toys that usually keeps them busy or still. Try reading to them! I sometimes ask my “cute little clientele” to count every time they ask me if we’re almost done.
What hairstyle to pick.
Schedule a consultation with the potential hair place before deciding. This has two benefits: Consultation helps your child get used to the place without even doing the cut that day, and it also gives you an idea what type of personality your hairstylist has. Remember, consultation is key. A great consultation will give your little one a great new ‘do for the new year!