My 3 year old son WILL NOT let us cut his hair.

Marti - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old Cyrus will not let us get his hair cut. He reacts like it's torture. No amount of bribing, persuading helps. Even tried to watch another little boy get hair cut, daddy get hair cut, papa get hair cut, nothing works. Will just scream bloody murder every time. He sat still on his 2nd hair cut, but hasn't since. I don't know what to do. Any advice? Thank you!

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Dagmara - posted on 01/14/2009

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I know it might sound irresponsible but what is the point of cutting his hair anyway? I do it only because my mum pesters me about it but my son would look as lovely in long hair as in his shabby longish hair. So just maybe you should give up. My son is also for no tricks or bribes, especially if it concerns food. If yours scared shit so why scare him more? for the society?

Amandah - posted on 01/15/2009

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maybe get him to play with a comb and let him brush his own hair to get comfortable with things touching his hair. use your fingers and pretend their sissors and pretend to cut his hair. Have fun with him like that for a bit, then try. Let him sit in a special chair or something. my son was like that to, now he lets me cut his hair.

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Maria - posted on 05/01/2013

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My son did the same exact thing 2 haircuts and no more his bangs are to his nose lol n down past his shoulders wont sit in a chair to get a hair cut has watched n nothing. Did u get any helpful advise? ?

Karla - posted on 12/20/2012

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Hi, Marti Lovell I have the same problem with my 3 year old. tried everything and nothing seems to work. i dont know what to do.. and his little brother is now doing the same because his learning from him. i need help too :( i take him in and my sister and i hold his body and head and forced him at times but i think that makes it worst so not doing that anymore. i hope he grows out of it soon. because so far NOTHING has done the trick.
HELP if you know of something that help for you.

Marti - posted on 01/14/2009

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Thank you!  It's awful sometimes....I feel like I have to restrain him just to do ANYTHING sometimes....from pull up changes (giving me fits to potty train too!)  to eating dinner......he doesn't fall for bribes or tricks....he's a smart little booger!  Pretty much always aware of what's going on...way too much for just a 3 year old!

Laurel - posted on 01/13/2009

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I use clippers instead of scissors and just buzz him, mostly because it is easier and faster. I get a couple of those dumdum lollipops, put one in each hand and try to make it as fast as possible. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but at least he doesn't put his hands in the way. The candy is a treat and he gets kinda fascinated by them. The sad part is that he is a generally docile kid. I have a 14 mos old that is getting kinda shaggy and just wiping his nose or changing his diaper requires extreme upper body strength. He is one kid that won't fall for any tricks so you have my sympathy.

Marti - posted on 01/13/2009

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Thanks for all the tips mommas!  But I've tried ALL those things you've listed and NONE of them work.  He sees scissors or even mention cutting his hair and he has a complete meltdown.  Even took him to the barber shop to watch them cut other ppl's hair and he wouldn't even go in or go near the window.  I've even given him toys that resemble scissors and we pretend to cut momma's hair and his, but when the time comes to actually cut, he FREAKS out.  We've had to hold him down basically and shave his head...I HATE doing that.  He looks like a holocaust baby or something.  It's awful.  Thanks so much for the support!  I really appreciate it!  XOXOXOXO

Megan - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son had the same issue--he would scream and cry and throw himself on the floor. Since he has short hair I decided to buy a wahl clippers set from target and do it myself. He hated it the first 2 times that I cut it, but now he is slowly getting better and is less afraid. My husband hugs him while I do it, which makes it easier for me--he isn't so squirmy.  Good luck!

Dagmara - posted on 01/13/2009

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The same was for my Max but I did something similar like Jessica, I put him in front of TV with a new interesting long Disney film and sprayed his hair which he normally loves, makes him laugh, but this time he hated it. Then I said that I'm not spraying him any longer and started to cut his hair at the back. He was so engrossed in the movie that he let me cut all his hair without moaning. We also have a nice local hairstylist with a special chair for children which is much higher - that for the hairstylist herself - and has a big steering wheel - that for my son ;)

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2009

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Sounds like my Ramon! My overstepping in laws decided to cut his hair with scissors while he was sleeping. One word for the job the did...BUTCHERED! So of course I was left to clean up the mess. It was so bad I had to bring out the clippers and sit on him to cut his hair. (which now he looks like hes enlisting in the marines) We have a local place called Cartoon Cuts that specializes in doing childrens hair. They have TVs and video games. Its really a fun place for kids. Now if your like me and think paying $15 bucks for a 3yr olds hair cut is insane try putting on his favorite movie and tell him your gonna play barbershop. Give him a dollar and tell him he needs to pay you and youll give him a haircut. It worked for me the last time I cut his hair but this time he wasnt having it. I guess waking up to someone cutting your hair will do that to you!! Good luck!

Chantal - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi there. I had the same problem with my 3yr old boy. His first and last hair cut was when he was a year old! Anyway, last week I made an appointment at the hair salon and then prepared him for it 3 days in advance- told him that there's nothing to be scared of and how cool it would be to gel his own hair (let him choose his own special 'big boy' hair gel). When it was time for the cut we faced him away from the mirror so that he couldnt see the scissors- i think thats what he was scared of. He sulked through the whole haircut but got excited when we turned him to face the mirror so he could put the gel in by himself. Another trick is to buy him some blue hair spray (it washes out easily) and tell him he's only allowed to use it once he's had his hair cut! Hope that helps- good luck :)

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