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First Haircut Tips

Tips For First Haircut

Don’t tell your child he’ll be getting a “cut.” That sounds like a boo-boo. Instead, “say ‘Soon we’ll take you for a hair trim,’” Waltz suggests. (Call scissors “shears” to reduce the fear factor.)

Play “haircut” at home. Set your child on a chair in front of a mirror and pin a towel around his shoulders for added effect. Gently spritz his hair with water, explaining, “This is what the person at the salon might do to wet your hair.”

Time the trim right. Schedule it for soon after (but never right before) a nap or a meal. Download an episode of your child’s favorite TV show onto your smartphone so he can watch it for distraction. And pack a couple of non-sticky snacks, like crackers, in case he gets antsy mid-trim.

Ask the stylist to brush trimmed locks out of your child’s sight. “You’d be surprised how many times children shout ‘Ouch!’ if they can see their hair falling!” laughs Waltz.

For girls, bring along a fun barrette or other accessory and ask the stylist to incorporate it into the new ‘do to up the wow factor.

For boys, have the stylist add a streak of colored paint (it will wash out easily afterward).