A distraught child getting a haircut is a situation guaranteed to stress out any adult. This reality can be avoided with simple steps taken by parents and the stylist.
We’ve all had some experience of seeing a red-faced kid, screaming at the top of their lungs with big fat tears rolling down their cheeks. And no, this is not unfolding at the aisle in a supermarket but at the barber’s (or hair salon).
Even a passer-by can empathise with the trauma that the toddler has to experience—just imagine the terror of going under gleaming scissors magnified ten-fold.
Worry no more, ear-drum splitting howls for a sharper look can be a thing of the past because we have some tips for you.
1) Trim instead of cut
Toddlers probably have associated the word “cut” with something that goes on in the kitchen. So, using that same word to introduce them to a place unknown to them, for now, may totally scare them senseless. I mean, gleaming utensils slowly inching their way to facial parts they just learned the name of? That would be their bête noir.
So, using the word “trim” is a safer bet as it would not have been associated with anything yet and it’s a new word for their vocabulary. And if it’s associated with fun things, the little one will probably enjoy it so much that they’d probably prompt you when a trip’s due.
2) Chose a good kid friendly stylist.
Find a barber or hair dresser that has lots of toys or other entertaining items. Also be sure that you keep visiting the same hair dresser. It’s quite important that your child builds a rapport with the person cutting their hair. Over time, they get comfortable and unstressed by the occasion. Refer to them by their given name when introducing the appointment. In time, you’ll be surprised when, by saying “We’re going to see Miss Chua and she’s going to trim your hair this afternoon” your child will hardly bat an eyelid.
Keep reading and find out more tips on how to keep your child calm while cutting hair!