Your Child and the Hairdresser

A little boy and the hairdresser
Some parents experience a lot of drama and also the stylist has to prove his expertise while a lot of his patience is required at the same time. It is just a fact, most young children simply can not sit still for about half an hour while their hairs are being cut. They just do not have that patience yet, they need action and want to move and look around.
But still the hairs of your child have to be cut once in a while to shape it into a nice model and to keep it healthy. The hair of toddlers suffers a lot from getting in touch with almost anything. Sand from the sandbox, the children sometimes just go and roll on the floor, their dirty little hands, those little hands that start twirling little strands of hair when the child is getting tired, and the damage that is done while they sleep those many hours while turning and tossing about in their beds.
The first hair a baby has after birth will fall out in a while. This hair is very thin and shows hardly any structure yet. After about one year we start seeing "real" hairgrowth in which the structure and colour are becoming more apparent. Most commonly your child will already have the age of one when it gets a real trim for the first time in its life, giving it a distinct direction towards a model.
This first haircut will probably be nothing more than a few cuts to shorten the bangs and the hair at the nape of the neck, while shaping it into a certain hairstyle. There is not much volume in the hair yet. It is all still in a stage of development.
The visit to the hairdresser can be very exciting for a young child. Most of the times it will not take place in the secure environment of its own home and will be executed by an unknown person in which it understandably has no trust yet. A strange person who is holding sharp scissors in his hands and who has clippers that vibrate and make noise, and who will take away a part of this child. And if this isn´t enough, the child will be hidden under a cape, making it impossible to see himself, while not being allowed to move at the same time.
A routined hairdresser that specializes in children will be able to calm the child down and convince the child to sit still for a while, or uses specific means to achieve this goal, while at the same time his or her skilful hands move quickly over the hairs, no matter if the little head moves around a little bit. A skilful children´s hairdresser is patient and expresses calmness. The first time a child has a haircut, it will probably sit on its mother´s lap, which will add to a more relaxed feeling. If all goes well, the next time a haircut will take place efforts will be made to try letting the child take place in a special children´s chair, making it easier for the hairdresser to work.
Even if the hairdresser works as fast as is humanly possible, it might not be fast enough. This is the reason why several salons meet the demands of children by adding elements in their interior which make children feel at ease and distracted. Some salons even design a part of the shop entirely to the children´s needs, for instance a TV with VCR or DVD-player, a chalkboard, toys and special designed furniture, necesities for colouring, details on the walls and floors to which the hairdresser can draw their attention when a certain position of the head is required for a certain amount of time up to even especially designed chairs to help distract the child while being cut. Mom and dad get a nice cup of coffee and the children get lemonade and some candy.
Not all hairdressers, even the most experienced ones, have it in them to work with children. At salons where more than one hairdresser works, most of the time one or two are especially assigned to taking care of children´s hairdressing and making the visit of a child (and the parents) a pleasant experience. On arrival the child will be welcomed and escorted to the toys to make sure the child will enjoy the visit and thus be more relaxed.
Many cities nowadays have salons that only work with children. The hairdressers that work here are specialized in dealing with possible fears and anxieties children may have for having their hair cut, and these persons are often even better equipped in dealing with "persistent refusers". In some of these salons the child may choose a movie that will be played, so the child is cut almost unnoticed while watching the movie.
The child can sit in a chair of its choice, which can look like a racecar, a motor, a horse or other animal, a throne for a little princess, and if they want to they can watch the hairdresser working by holding a princesses mirror in their hands. They even can choose which cape they are going to wear. This cape can have several prints that are interesting for children.
Also the colours of the interior often are adapted to children. All this will be very stimulating for a child, with much more chance of a pleasant adventure. And when there is a positive connection between your toddler and the hairdresser, the child may not complain the next time a haircut is required, but instead be pleased to be able to visit this playground again. However, in spite of this all next time the attitude of your child can be totally different as well.
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