A baby’s first haircut is usually considered as a milestone by most parents. Sentimental ones even keep a lock of hair of their babies for souvenir purposes. Old wives’ tales also abound surrounding the baby’s first haircut like making sure that he can already speak before having his first haircut lest his speech will be delayed, or they should wait until the baby is a year old because the baby’s health will deteriorate if the baby’s hair is cut before then, or that it should be shaved so that it will grow thick and healthy, and so on.
But how should a parent prepare for a baby’s first haircut?
While some babies are born with thin, short, hair and in fact some are even bald, there are babies who are born with a full head of hair, that grow as fast and as thick that they would need a haircut before they even reach a year old.
In reality, there is no set or recommended age for a first hair cut especially since not all babies are the same. However, the more important thing is how to discern whether your baby needs a haircut already. Before you decide on this though, you may want to consider first some physical attributes your baby must possess or milestones he has reached so that it will be easier and safer to carry out the task.
Generally, if the baby can hold up his head, a haircut can be easily carried out. He may be squirmy, but at least, the person you will designate to hold your baby will not have to be troubled too much about supporting the head. It will just be a matter of controlling the baby’s head movement. Once this is met, you can now evaluate if your baby indeed needs a haircut.
How to know if baby already needs a haircut?
- His or her bangs start to reach the eye area and begin to block the baby’s vision. Believe it or not, some kids grow hair so quickly that they need their hair to be tied or cut a couple of months after they are born.
- The baby is uncomfortable already. Is your baby scratching his or her hairline of any area in her body that the hair touches?
- The hair is too thick it makes him so sweaty. If your baby starts sweating too much because of his hair then you may want to consider a haircut.
How to go about the baby’s first haircut
If you think you will just need to trim the bangs you might be better off doing it yourself. Yes you may not be a professional haircutter or stylist but at least your child will be more comfortable if it is you cutting his or her hair. He will be more comfortable in your own home too. Just make sure to use blunt-tipped scissors especially if your child is super squirmy.
- Just forgive yourself if you were not able to perfectly cut his or her hair.
- If however you want it done by a professional, you may want to ask your parent-friends where they bring their babies for a haircut, and what comments do they have about the service.
- You may also want to research on the internet, but of course, a recommendation from a fellow parent is so much better, especially if he or she could give you the name of a good salon technician who does her baby’s hair.
- Once you have two or three salons to choose from, call the salon in advance to double check if they still provide services for babies, if they have a minimum age (some have minimum age so it will be best to ask first), and that if you have to set an appointment or you can just walk in.
- For salons that also offer services to adults, always request that your child be attended to by the haircutter who is most experienced with babies. You may want to ask as well the best day and time to come in. It will be great if you could come in at a time where there are not too many customers so as not to agitate your baby.
- Ask as well if they have kid-friendly facilities – some specialized salons have special seats for babies, as well as specialized scissors and shavers meant for children. There are video players as well as toys and background music in some salons too, plus play area for kids waiting for their turn, so better ask.
- You should also not forget to ask about the rates so you could prepare.
- If your child has thick and long hair, you may also want to research on a hair style you would like your child to have.
- Others just ask for a one-length hair, others for an apple-cut. For boys, some would just request for a trim, a crew cut, or a shave. Do your homework and check out photos of baby or toddler hair cuts that you can choose from.
How to prepare your baby for his first hair cut
Infants relatively do not need psyching up as you will most likely be holding on to them the whole time. Toddlers and preschoolers are those that have to be prepped for this milestone. Here are some tips on how to prepare them:
- Bring them with you on your next salon appointment. It is important that your child gets to see that a salon technician will not hurt you with the sharp scissor or a razor. Some may get aversive over the sight of a scissor or the sound of the razor so you have to familiarize them with these things.
- You can read a book about a first haircut so that your kid will know what to expect. Alternatively, you can tell your child about your experience during a haircut, how you feel about it, as well as childhood stories you may have in relation to it.
- If the salon is relatively near your home, or in a mall where you will run an errand prior to the day of your child’s haircut appointment, show the place to your child. If there is a kid having a haircut, let him watch for a bit. Of course do not let him watch those that are crying and are fighting off the haircut.
- Watch internet videos on the first haircut so your child could see that there is nothing to be scared of.
- Have a Plan B. While you and your child will seem all ready for the first haircut, there is still a possibility that he or she might change his or her mind about it midstream. Should these happen make sure you’ve got something that could encourage him to go through the exercise, such as letting him watch his favorite cartoon in your mobile device, giving him a treat, letting him hold a favorite toy, or promising to do something that he likes.
If all else fails do not let the experience become traumatic for your child. If he or she pleads not to go through it anymore or for the procedure to stop, then just come back another day.