Hey Mommies! Haircuts with kids can be challenging. There can be squirming, crying, screaming, fear and so on.
Here are some tips to help make haircuts with kids a little smoother.
1- Use a Local Children’s Barber Shop
Many cities now have local children’s barber shops that specialize in cutting children’s hair. These shops are set up to be kid friendly with cool chairs to sit in and experienced, child friendly staff. While I have not personally used one of these, I have heard great things about them! And they do look very cool and kid friendly!
2- Let Your Child Check Out the Haircutting Equipment
Scissors or clippers near your child’s head can be frightening. Scissors are sharp and pointy. Clippers are noisy and just kind of scary looking when you don’t know what they are.
Showing your child the scissors or the clippers and explaining what you’re going to do can help ease some of the fear. Letting your child hold or feel the clippers on their hand can help them realize how it feels before you come at their head with it.
3- Explain and Show That Haircuts Do Not Hurt
If your child has a very sensitive head or long tangly hair, then haircuts might hurt some to them. So it’s good to be as gentle as can be. However, for the most part, haircuts really do not hurt or cause any harm. Starting off with a small section of hair and demonstrating the snipping with scissors or a quick trim with the clippers can show your child there’s nothing to worry about, and cutting hair is not painful.
4- Let Your Child Watch You Get a Haircut First
It can provide your child with some great reassurance to watch you get a haircut first. They can see the equipment used and that it doesn’t hurt. You can also model how you sit still and let the stylist do their work.
5- Give Your Child a Sucker
Now you have to be okay with your child having a sucker, but this can work very well, especially with younger children. The sucker distracts them and keeps them occupied during the haircut. It can help them sit still too. This is how we used to cut my sons hair when he was younger. It worked great! (We also used some organic suckers made with fruit juice to help eliminate all the sugar)
6- Let Them Watch TV or a Something on a Phone or Tablet
Again, you have to be okay with this, but a favorite TV show or video can be a great distraction for haircuts with kids. It also helps keep them still. This is what we do with my son now that he’s 3. It seems to work the best.
If haircuts with kids are challenging for you, I hope some of these strategies work for you! Let me know if there are any other things you’ve found to work well for your kiddos too!
By: Emily Bettis, MOT/L
Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author HeyMommies.com