can you give me advice on how to explain to my son that barbers are friendly and that they will not harm kids. he's two yrs old and he is afraid of cutting his hair. this is not the first time we will cut his hair. we always had problems everytime we will go to a kids salon. my son will start to cry even with lots of toys around him. help!

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Ada - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hello Joyce

I had the same problem with my son. It was horrible everytime I had to take him to the hair salon. I use to take him to different stylist when one day this great guy told me to take as often as possible to have his haircut, so is I started to take him once a week with the same person even though he was only cutting bits of his hair. In a matter of a month my son was sitting very relax, he was happy to see him and must important he trusted him. Believe me it works I have told many of my friends and it work for them too. Good luck and I hope that it work for you too.

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2009

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First couple times were hard for us. Lucky for us I am the one to do his hair. I cut my husbands hair then I did our sons. After telling him that I am going to tickle his hair he finally stopped fighting. Now he asks me 'mommy no hurt, tickle, no hurt' . I tell him no I am not going to hurt you just tickle your hair. Hang in there and good luck.

Erica - posted on 02/24/2009

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Your problem is more common than you think. Maybe have a haircut when he has his or let him watch you get your hair cut first by the same hairdresser he will have.

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Ann - posted on 03/01/2009

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My son doesn't really like anyone at this age. His pediatrician said that it is very normal for kids this age to be resistant to people they don't know. They usually grow out of it around 3. I actually cut my son's hair and my husbands hair. Trust me, i am not a barber. I just use clippers on their whole head(way easier to deal with). We have two chairs side by side and i cut my husbands hair and I let my son "help" with his clippers (my husbands mustache trimmer that has a guard on it so it actually doesn't cut, it just makes the sound). Then it is my sons turn and he tries to do it himelf (with his clippers). I did notice that his main problem is the little hairs that get all over the place. He HATES them. I cover him in baby powder before i start and the hair seems to just fall off.I also do it again after i am done to get all the excess off. I learned this trick the first time I did take him to a salon. As a side note, baby powder also works great to get all the sand off your child after you have gone to the beach or the park.

Joyce - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Ada:

Hello Joyce
I had the same problem with my son. It was horrible everytime I had to take him to the hair salon. I use to take him to different stylist when one day this great guy told me to take as often as possible to have his haircut, so is I started to take him once a week with the same person even though he was only cutting bits of his hair. In a matter of a month my son was sitting very relax, he was happy to see him and must important he trusted him. Believe me it works I have told many of my friends and it work for them too. Good luck and I hope that it work for you too.


i think im going to try this one.. maybe he'll get used to it and then sooner he'll get over with the haircut thingy... thanks ada!

Joyce - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My son had the same problem the first couple of times-he goes to a kids salon and absolutely refused to sit in the fancy chairs they had, or play with the toys-he would scream bloody murder every time. It may not be the best solution in the world, but our trick is bribery. We take his favorite DVD (the salon has little players at every station and they don't mind using our cartoons), hold him, and let him have his favorite sucker while the stylist cuts his hair. Works like a charm.


i hope my son is like that too... but he ignores everything we give to him... im getting worried...

Sondra - posted on 02/26/2009

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Like Stephanie, we take our almost 3-year old to a place that's for kids. The stations for the little ones look like a taxi and a fire engine. They can watch DVDs while they get their haircut and there are video games to play while they wait. The staff are great with kids and parents can stand next to the kids to reassure them. I think it probably feels less scary since the whole place is decorated in bright colors and they cater specifically to little kids.

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My son is 26mo. and had his hair cut a few times without issues. What we do is Daddy goes w/him and gets his hair cut first w/my son in his lap. Then they do my son's. He's been totally cool with it, maybe because he sees daddy do it first.

Leslie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hey! Luckily this is one thing my son is not scared of...getting a hair cut. He's had one since 5 months old..every 6-8 wks now. Here's some things that helped us:

1. He went with Daddy and watch him get his hair cut first

2. He sat (until he was about 18 months) on my lap while his hair was cut

3. He loved the sound of the clippers..so they ran them and sat them on the table, eventually they use those instead of the scissors..at least on the bottom part.

4. LOLLIPOPS!!!! He goes to Great Clips and they give him one while he is cutting his hair. It gets messy at times, but it keeps him focused on something else. Now, 2 yrs old, he associates lolipops with haircut.

5. Get a person that is KID FRIENDLY! There are several at the Great Clips that I wouldn't dare try again...they didn't have patience.

Good luck :) (and I love his hair now!!! cute)

Erica - posted on 02/25/2009

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hey luckily i dont have this prblm, i have to cut my husbands hair, and so our son would sit in his lap the first few time, and then when we decided he needed a haircut i put him in my lap, let him look at the snippers, and play with it some,  then told him exactly what i was doing and that he had to sit still in mommys lap, mind u the sit still part didnt happen very well but he laughed b/c we made it into a game, if u have take him somewhere see if they will let him look at the stuff and get familier with it and then let him sit in ur lap

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son had the same problem the first couple of times-he goes to a kids salon and absolutely refused to sit in the fancy chairs they had, or play with the toys-he would scream bloody murder every time. It may not be the best solution in the world, but our trick is bribery. We take his favorite DVD (the salon has little players at every station and they don't mind using our cartoons), hold him, and let him have his favorite sucker while the stylist cuts his hair. Works like a charm.

Joyce - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

First couple times were hard for us. Lucky for us I am the one to do his hair. I cut my husbands hair then I did our sons. After telling him that I am going to tickle his hair he finally stopped fighting. Now he asks me 'mommy no hurt, tickle, no hurt' . I tell him no I am not going to hurt you just tickle your hair. Hang in there and good luck.


i wish i know how to cut hairs. but i don't. im going to try the tickle part. i think that's a nice one, telling him that the barbers are going to tickle his hair. thanks michelle!!!

Joyce - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Erica:



Your problem is more common than you think. Maybe have a haircut when he has his or let him watch you get your hair cut first by the same hairdresser he will have.





thanks so much!!! very helpful tip. im going to try this. and will give you feedback. thanks so much!

Joyce - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Pamela:



hey how are you, that is really funny. My son doesnt have that problem because his dad is a barber who actually makes home visits, where are you from






 





you're very lucky! :) im from the philippines.

Joyce - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Catherine:



My 3 year finally stopped screaming and running to the door.  We had to have our other childrens hair cut first and then i had to sit with her.  It took a couple of times but I think the difference was watching her siblings getting theirs cut.  If you don't have any older children, try asking a friend or maybe a cousin to go with you and he can watch them first.





  thanks catherine! you gave me an idea. i will try that one. i'll ask one of my nephew to come with us to the kids salon.. i'll give you feedback on what happen. thanks so much!

Pamela - posted on 02/24/2009

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hey how are you, that is really funny. My son doesnt have that problem because his dad is a barber who actually makes home visits, where are you from



 

Catherine - posted on 02/24/2009

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My 3 year finally stopped screaming and running to the door.  We had to have our other childrens hair cut first and then i had to sit with her.  It took a couple of times but I think the difference was watching her siblings getting theirs cut.  If you don't have any older children, try asking a friend or maybe a cousin to go with you and he can watch them first.

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