How do you get a 2 year old to sit still for a haircut? He would runa nd scream evrytime the shaver is turned on. He needs a hair cut. I keep telling his dad to give up and wait, but he is so wanting to cut his hair

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Cheryl- Chris - posted on 03/22/2009

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If you are daring =) and have a pretty good arm (or your husband does) invest in a pair of clippers. When it is time for our boys to get their haircuts, my husband turns on the clippers and hands the clippers to which ever boy is sitting in the high chair. The boys also "get to help" by getting to run the clippers through their own hair. Any time that the boys start moving, my husband lets them play with the hair clippers until they are settled.

If you can cut his hair yourself, you will save so much money~ and seeing that he is a boy, it doesn't matter that much if you "butcher it"!!!!! Now, that is not to say that you don't want your child's hair to look good- if it ends up looking like a lawn mower was used, yeah, I would take him to a salon or barbershop.

(Bribery does not work in our family =)

Molly - posted on 03/19/2009

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we just trimed my ds's hair yesterday. we put him in the bath and used scissors. no muss no fuss.

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Shannon - posted on 03/22/2009

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I strap my son in his highchair or booster seat and use clippers. I also use bribery, such as a lollipop. When he was younger I had Dad feed him pudding while I did it, I've had him fingerpaint or color while I do it. I also tickle his tummy with the clippers and let him use them first. He can't really do harm if I'm going to do his whole head on one setting.

Good Luck!

Sue - posted on 03/22/2009

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I find the best way to get my 2 yr old son's hair cut is for him to sit on my knee and the gown is placed over both of us - if he doesn't want the gown on then I don't push it and just change clothes when we get home. It is quite a scary experience for the littlies. I also found that he behaves better when I take him and not my husband. Sit him on your knee and read a book or just make it really interesting by pointing and saying 'Wow, look what the hairdressers doing, isn't it fun!!' I think the scissor approach is best also, no nasty noises... good luck

Emma - posted on 03/21/2009

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getting a child introduced 2 new settings is hard work u will want your child 2 b relaxed n them 2 c it as fun n not scary experiance. the best way 2 do this i feel is by doing it bit by bit eg get him 2 imagine cutting teddy or famliys hair /books r also gud and u can get loads of gud 1 from local liberys aswell.u cud even get him 2 do teddys hair whilst he having his done ?.hope all goes well let me know how got on.

Antoinette - posted on 03/20/2009

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I also forgot to mention we do not cut his hair...we take him to a hairdressers/barber and get it done. He has had 3 hair cuts and is due for a forth. We also get the same hairdresser each time because she knows him and he is fimilar with her.

Antoinette - posted on 03/20/2009

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Well what works for my son...he is 21 months old...is if he sits in my lap or his father's lap, also give him a distrction object. In our case a sqirt bottle with some water in it. He sits and within 20 mins complete hair cut done. No cuts , no screaming, all in all very pleasent and most of all my son is happy! Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Emily - posted on 03/20/2009

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My son had the same problem.. and his mop grew so fast that heed needed 5 hair cuts (no joke) before 2 years old. Every time was horrible and hard.. we tried everything from letting him sit on bathroom counter and drawing on mirror with crayon or dry erase marker and trying to distract him. Finally my mom got sick of the mop and brought him to Cookie Cutters. I was amazed he normally fights and screams and crys through each hair cut but there they put them right at ease. They know it is a fun place to be and enjoy watching the other kids and movies and bubbles. Normally I do not want to pay that much for a hair cut when it is just for a 2 year old... but the ease and pleastness of it all really did make it worth it. He loved the whole experience!!

Maisie - posted on 03/19/2009

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Walmart actually sells clippers that arent clippers, they look like an attatchment for clippers that you run through their hair like a comb and it cuts the hair. But if that doesn't work....bribery always does!

Amanda - posted on 03/19/2009

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My son gets a dum dum sucker when he gets his haircut. It gets a little hair on it but he sits still. The girl that cuts his hair also lets him touch the clippers and check them out so he can see that they are not scary and she lets him have the water bottle which he squirts in his own face!! LOL :)

Shae - posted on 03/19/2009

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This is tricky. I am a hairstylist and I can tell you that there are a few options. Some parents are really determined to get a short clipper cut and they will hold their children down and the person cutting will move as quickly as possible. This does not make it easy on the child or the stylist or everyone else in the salon for that matter.

What I would do for younger kids is just do a cut with the scissors, or just taking the trimmers around the edges.

Another thing that might work is telling him that the clippers buzz like a bee and it's gonna tickle him. Then say buzz buzz and laugh. Make it really fun. Sometimes I give them a comb and they usually want the water bottle and I tell them to try and get me wet in the mirror. So they spray at the mirror while I get as many cuts in as possible. Ask lots of questions. Point where you want him to look. Some moms bring a special treat they can eat while they are getting their hair cut. This usually gets hair on it though. Hope some of this helps. Good Luck!

Oh and some days are better than others. Sometimes the first haircut is great and they just sit and watch and then the second one they scream like crazy. and just because he is scared or cried the first time doesn't mean he will the next time. Try to pick a day that he is in a good mood, and the time of day when he is most happy. It also helps to go to a place that is specifically for kids, they have really fun stuff and cut animal chairs and stuff. Sometimes they have tv's and you can bring in a favorite video for him to watch or at least calm down. If you can get their a little early so he can get comfortable in the salon. And take a comb and comb his hair often at home so he gets use to how it feels. Like once a day or something.

Katie - posted on 03/19/2009

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My daughter was the same way. I found bribary works the best. Offer your son his favorite treat (cookies, crackers, juice, whatever). But he only gets the treat if he sits in the chair, if he gets down, take the treat away. This worked really well for my daughter.

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