Today I gave Rainbow her first real haircut.
Rainbow was born with a full head of dark thick hair. I was told it would probably fall out, but it never did. When she was 6 months old I cut bangs to keep her hair out of her eyes and later regretted it and let them grow out.
Her hair has grown to a point where it is down past her bum. My hair is that long, and I don’t mind it, but I’m not three. She was sitting on it, and more importantly constantly forgetting to pull it around to the front when going potty (aka dangling it in the toilet — eeww gross!). So it was definitely time for a trim. We’ve talked about it for a couple of weeks now, and though I worried she would be upset at getting her haircut, she was all for it. Excited even!
Today my husband asked me to give his hair a trim. Rainbow watched excitedly and asked if she could be up next. I figured if I could cut my husbands hair, I could cut hers. Why pay for a trip to the hairdressers? I was SO wrong.
I tossed Rainbow in the bathtub first, so her hair would be clean and wet. I wanted to take some photos of her long, pre-cut, hair, but I couldn’t find the darn camera. Since everyone was getting fussy I figured to hell with the photos and just went ahead with the haircut. By the time she was ready to sit down and get her hair cut Rocket was in the highchair demanding lunch and my husband was trying to hurry up and get out the door to his afternoon shift at work. In short, chaos, and I’m perched in the centre of our wee kitchen trying to give a haircut. Trying to give a haircut to a three year old who can not sit still. She wasn’t dancing around or anything, but she kept moving her head, and her hair cut ended up being not so straight and a bit shorter than I originally intended.
I was pretty bummed out, but decided to let it go for the moment and served everyone lunch. I was eagerly waiting for Rainbow’s hair to dry so I could see how bad it looked. End result – not terrible, but not great either.
Then things got dramatic and traumatic. We finished up lunch and Rainbow took a good look in the mirror and saw just how short her new haircut was and she started freaking out. She told me in no uncertain terms that she had just wanted a trim. That she just wanted her hair so it wasn’t under her bum. That she wanted long hair and she wanted it back RIGHT NOW.
|Rainbow approved pre-haircut naptime set-up.|
My mom stopped by this evening, took one look at the mess I made of my daughters hair, and said that she’d be coming by on her day off to pick her up and take her to the hair salon. So now I am trying to explain to Rainbow that she is going to get another haircut, but it will just be a little trim and her hair won’t get any shorter. She’s not so crazy about the idea.
I was dreading bedtime this eve, but thankfully it went ok. She asked me to set up the “just-like-hair” cloth for her to hold onto, and then went right to sleep. Whew.
So how do you guys make out on haircuts? Do it at home or pay someone? How do your kids take it?