The time has come to for the all-important first haircut! This can be a nerve-wracking time for a mother with uncertainty as to how to go about it.
There are two options: pick up the scissors and DIY, or take them to a kid’s hairdresser. Which one to choose, and why?
When the time is right
There is no specific moment or age for a baby's first haircut. You can simply observe your little one and decide when it seems to be the right time for a trim. Some babies have more hair than others, but despite this it's best to wait until they are at least six months old. There are no strict rules around their first haircut, so it's just a question of monitoring that their little locks don't bother them as they grow longer.
Are you ready to pick up the scissors? Here are some good old-fashioned tips for cutting your child's hair yourself:
- give their hair a good wash with a mild shampoo and untangle it using a comb
- sit them on a highchair and make sure they are nice and comfortable
- arrange something to keep them distracted, such as a toy, a story or a simple conversation
- use hairdresser's scissors and trim the ends, without taking too much off
With a bit of patience, and a few practice runs getting them in position and prepared for the cut it's relatively easy to do it yourself.
If you don't want the pressure of cutting it yourself, opt for the hairdresser. When you make the appointment, make sure you let them know that this will be your child's first haircut, and mention your child's age. Pick a salon that is child-friendly, you can find some with DVD players, toys and special chairs to keep your little one distracted. Nonetheless, be warned it is quite possible that they will cry and absolutely not want the hairdresser to cut their hair. In that case, don’t insist, but arrange to go back the following week on a day when things are calmer.