Tiny humans are weird about things. What we as adults would give our right arm for, they’ll thrash and scream about as if we’ve offered to immolate them. A trip to the hairdressers is one such ridiculous instance. Here’s how to make it less tortuous—for everyone.
This is probably in direct contravention of a cardinal parenting code, but dangling some small carrot in exchange for a less painful hairdressing experience is well worth it for plenty mums and dads. Don’t overspend, don’t feel bad, and don’t make it a huge deal. A pound store item usually does the trick just fine to seal the deal of cooperation.
Hand over the screen
Another rule-breaker—resorting to tech to solve your problems; but seriously, giving your kid something to zone in on and keep their lobster claws from flailing amongst the scissor blades should be praised as a totally safe, and good, thing. Assuage your guilt by choosing something educational—or not—it apparently doesn’t make much difference, anyway.
One more for your parenting black book—when all else fails, stuff a treat in their grubby little mitts. Preferably one that takes at least the length of a haircut to chew through.
It’s pricey, but sometimes a kids-exclusive hair salon can make all the difference for your young one’s perception of things. The barber chairs are usually designed like super-fun racing cars, animals, etc. and the stylists are well-versed in coaxing little beasties into submission. Win-win. Alternatively, if your lil’ tyke is especially anxious about the whole thing, have someone come to hit home to sort the ‘do in a comfortable, familiar setting.
Forget about it
Ultimately, if your kid’s hair doesn’t get cut, it’s no big deal. They aren’t due for a work interview for at least the next decade, and you can always make use of a tackle box of hair accessories to keep stray locks out of their face. If the hair is washed and combed—at least occasionally—and nobody’s sobbing, you’re doing good.