Your child's first trip to the hairdresser

If you're not sure how your child will react to having his locks snipped, don't worry: a little preparation for the big day can ease your worries and ensure a fun, incident-free trip to the hair salon.

Choose the right salon

If you don't have a hair salon in your neighbourhood that caters for kids, call up your local salon and ask for a recommendation.

Arrange a visit

If your child is a toddler or pre-schooler, take him to the salon before his scheduled appointment and show him around. Introduce him to the stylist who will cut his hair, and let him watch her cut other children's hair. He'll be less fearful if he knows what to expect.

Prepare your child

Read a picture book about first haircuts to help your toddler get used to the idea of having his locks snipped. On the day, talk your toddler through the process. You may want to avoid using the word 'cut' in case he associates that word with danger or pain. Instead, tell him that he s going to get a fun new hairstyle or a 'trim'.

Bring supplies

Be sure to bring an extra T-shirt in case your toddler refuses to wear the cape.

Keep him still

A squirmy toddler and scissors do not pair well. If your child is moving around too much in the styling chair, have him sit on your lap instead.

Make sure to get lots of pictures of your child s first haircut and to save one of those first locks!

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