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FEAR OF HAIRCUTS
A Few of Tips
It comes at no surprise that younger children may have a fear of haircutting. Strangers touching one's head, waving a pair of sharp scissors about is not exactly something to look forward to.
Generally, boys appear to exhibit this fear more than girls. Again, quite natural given girls are conditioned at a young age to have their hair brushed and accessorised.
As parents or carers, a simple activity such as haircut, can turn into a nightmare.
At Kidz Kutz, we empathise with your frustration and hope to help and guide you through this process.
Here are some proven tips that we have seen work successfully to make the haircut a more enjoyable experience, or if not, at least get hair out of eyes to start with.
Ensure child is not tired, not hungry and not sick.
Time is of the essence. Make sure hair is prepped for cutting right away. Wash and brush out tangles prior to cut.
Do not worry about mess. Cape or no cape, if child is sitting in seat and distracted-distraction is one of the best strategies-then let the cut begin.
Pre-empting your child with talk of haircut or asking if they want a haircut is a big 'no-no'. Focus on the positives instead, such as 'Do you want to sit in the jeep or the fire engine and watch 'Peppa Pig'?'
Familarising your child to Kidz Kutz salon to begin with may help him/her settle for a cut down the track.
We welcome visits-'a poke around'-and during quiet periods, children are welcome to have a ride on our specialty chairs, watch a bit of TV, and say a big 'hello' to our operators without getting their haircuts.
An add-on to tip 5 is to create positive associations with the salon. Get a ballon on the 1st visit, get a lolli on the 2nd etc. This type of 'rewarding' exercise will reinforce that the salon is a 'fun' place rather than a 'scary' one. Some say it is bribery, but most say 'whatever works', 'so be it'!
Above all else, the 4 'Ps' seem to work - Preparation, Patience, Persistence and Praise. If it doesn't work at first, try again. Repetition breeds exposure and familarity. Prepare yourself mentally not to get frustrated or display stress in front of child. Have the upper hand by providing positive feedback and firm guidance. Small steps taken by child should be praised, and be prepared to stop even if the initial cut is less than ideal.