For the first few years, you’ve managed to trim your baby girl’s hair, but that’s just the thing: it’s not baby hair anymore. After all, your big girl is growing up, and it’s probably time for her first big girl haircut. While you might be excited about introducing your little lady to the salon which brings you endless amounts of joy, chances are she isn’t too enthusiastic. Surely you’ve been in a salon at one point when a child sat in a chair identical to yours, adorned with a cape that matched yours, and you felt your heart break when the child started to cry. At this point a million things were probably running through your head; maybe you considered what you would do if you were in that mom’s shoes, and you probably wondered what was so frightening. Truth be told, there are a million things that could terrify a child at their first big girl haircut – when’s the last time you were cool, calm, and collected when someone you didn’t know came walking towards your head with a big, sharp pair of scissors? In addition to the previously described situation, children’s brains aren’t fully developed, so seeing people sitting in chairs with the heads floating can be intimidating. Not to mention, those bright salon lights can stress anyone out.
Thinking about things from a child’s point of view, their fear can seem pretty rational, huh? However, this doesn’t mean you should take an oath to cut your child’s hair on the kitchen counter for the rest of your days. Instead, read the tips below to plan and prepare for the first big girl haircut!
Let Them Get Comfortable
You wouldn’t leave your little girl at a childcare center without visiting the location with her first, right? Although you’re not going to be leaving her in the stylist’s chair, you still want her to feel comfortable in the new and different environment. Bring her to the salon with you any chance you get. Whether you’re going for a cut and color, wash and blow dry, or just to pick up the products you’ve run low on, bring her in with you.
Don’t Make The Appointment On Time
There’s a saying in the fashion industry that goes “when you arrive on time you’re already late.” Some people are very punctual, but if you aren’t one of them, do all that you can to arrive at your daughter’s appointment 15 to 20 minutes early. This will give them time to look around and take everything in. Allow her to use the big girl’s room while you wait. Have a small snack and some chilled water for her to munch on – this will give her the impression that she’s at a place that’s safe enough to eat in, so she doesn’t need to be fearful.
Bring A Change Of Clothes
Don’t force your child to sport a cape, but don’t worry about them getting covered in hair either. Instead, bring a change of clothes. This way she can slip into a comfy hairless outfit post-cut. You could even offer for her to pick out her favorite outfit. Explain that she’s going to the salon to get pampered and that, if she’d like to, she can pick out a special outfit to wear to the salon.