A PARENT'S GUIDE TO YOUR BOYS FIRST HAIRCUT
January 7, 2021
In some cultures and religions, a first haircut can be considered as a rite of passage, not always the case but it’s always an important milestone in their early lives. As parents this is a great moment for us to remember. Here is a guide to help make their first haircut experience more fun and memorable.
Some babies entered the world with a head full of thick beautiful locks, these are the little guys that you might want to have a visit to the barbers by the time they are one year old. Other little lads have much sparser hair and they might not need a haircut until their toddlerhood which is around two yeas old.
As a parent you might think that taking your child to have his first haircut at the barbers is the cutest thing ever. However, the little bloke might be feeling totally different about this new experience. He will be wrapped up in a cape, sitting on a big chair, unexpected spray on the head with water from a squirt bottle, music, chatter, unfamiliar sounds and smells. It can be a lot to take in and all these new things can upset your child in the barber shop.
That is why we suggest you do not make it a surprise trip, follow on for the best advise on giving them the heads-up before visiting the barbers for the first time.
1. Be a Role model
Before visiting the barber shop, talk to him about how, when and where he is going to have a haircut. Tell him what he will see at the barber shop, you can have a simple but fun role play at home with your child. Show him a cape like he is going to wear and what the scissors look like. Have some fun playing with a squirt bottle, and pretend to trim his hair with your fingers.
Taking him to a hair salon or a barber shop so that he can watch you have a haircut and be a role model is a great way to prepare him for his own first experience.
2. No Hungry Boys
Consider the the best time to visit the barber shop for your child. For most babies and toddlers we recommend the morning time after his meal. This way they have woken up fresh from their night time sleep and are with their full stomach. Making sure that they are not tired and hungry will help keep them comfortable and give them the best chance at a positive first experience.
3. His Big Day
Don’t forget his favourite books or a digital screen to help keep him occupied during his haircut. If he has difficulty settling you might want to sit him on your lap so that he is not alone and feels your support, after all those clippers can be pretty scary.
4. Talk to Our Barbers
Picking a cool style for your child’s very first hair styling can be an exciting time for parents. We encourage you to talk to our professional barbers for their opinions on choosing the best hair styles that will be achievable in your young man's hair. Always good to match to his features and compliment his fun-loving personality.
5. Zip Lock
Some parents like to keep their child's first lock of baby hair as a memento. If this is going to be you, don’t forget to bring your baby hair keep-safe and also a camera or phone to capture this precious moment of him at the barber shop for his very first time.