Book your appointment between mealtime and naptime so your child isn’t hungry or cranky. Call ahead to make sure the barber will be on time. Don’t hesitate to reschedule if your child seems cranky that day. The first haircut is a significant event, it’s important to make it a positive experience.
Educate your Child
Talk to your child about what they are seeing in the shop, point out the cape they will be wearing and what the scissors and clippers do. Avoid using the word “cut,” which may scare your child; use “snip” or “trim” instead. No one like surprises, so have your child watch you get a haircut or visit the barber before the big day.
Pick the Right Shop and Barber
Choose a barbershop that understands how to deal with children. Kid themed barbershops have videos and books to keep small children entertained. Some even do the first trim for free; others include a photo and certificate as part of a first-haircut.
Be Prepared for the Shop
Let your child bring a small toy. This will help him/her stay calm and keep their hands occupied. You might also hide a treat in your pocket for after the haircut. Before the barber begins, swing the chair away from the mirror so your child doesn’t fixate on the clippers/scissors. If they refuse to wear a cape, put one on first and show them how it looks.
Get Psyched about the Haircut
If you’re apprehensive or anxious, your child will pick up on it and be more likely to cry during his or her haircut. Talk to them about how much fun it will be. When they see that you’re looking forward to the haircut they will follow your lead.