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?
Emily B says
Yikes! I have been wondering about haircuts. My daughter's only three months, but like yours she was born with loads of hair. My mum always cut my hair as a tot (okay, up until I was 18) and I was always cool with it. Maybe she was super skilled – or maybe she just developed her stylist skills over 18 years!
Canadian Coupon Mom says
I did hair cuts all around on the weekend and yes very hard with small children. My son always moves and well sometimes it doesn't look great but its abit easier to fix.. My daughter 3 1/2 got her first trim. Yikes that was a challenge
I took all three kids to a kiddie salon for their first hair cuts. My hair dresser has done trims for the kids as well. I've done the boys' hair at home a couple of times (as in, I took clippers to their heads and buzzed away), but I really do prefer the finished look of the professional job done with scissors!Belly and A have only had 2 haircuts each, and they loved the experience both times. E hair grows fast and thick, so he's had a few more. He is not a fan, but seems to do a little better when I do it.
The Trophy Wife says
I'm so lucky that my mom and my best friend are both amazing stylists. I wanted to let you know that I have given you 'The Versatile Blogger Award'! Check out the details here: http://obsessionsottw.blogspot.com/2011/05/versat…
Wow, that is one head of hair; what a cutie! How time flies. 🙂 My DD was a thumb sucker; couldn't break her of it completely until she was about 7 (she's 9 now) when the Dentist threatened to put a prong type appliance in her mouth to prevent her from sucking her thumb. Of course the threat was enough. It seemed her blanky made it easier for her to suck her thumb, kind of a security thing. One day when she was ready, she threw out her blanky and hasn't sucked her thumb since. Even though she was almost 7 it did not negatively permanently affect her teeth btw so you have some time. :)As for haircuts, I have had both but I find the salon to be such a waste of money for trims that literally take 10 minutes. I usually cut the girls hair, even when I cut the girls hair into a bob from long hair. I find it easy but with my son I refuse because he's soooo picky about his hair. He has the type of hair that shows every cut so that doesn't help. He's 12 and is lovin that Beiber-do right now, although he mentioned last night that he might be ready to get a faux-hawk again. Hallelujah! I could tell him until I'm blue in the face but when his teacher threatened to chase after him with a pair of scissors yesterday, it sunk in that it was time for a hair cut. Overall the kids are great about it but it usually takes a little coaxing over a couple weeks before they decide a trim is a good idea. I give them their time, afterall it's their hair and at 12, 10 & 9 I think they are old enough to have some say…unless it's hanging in their eyes all the time (I hate that); they either pin it or I cut it. I have cut my husbands hair, and my ex-husbands (when we were still married), but they all get the same style because, well, I'm not a stylist. Hehehe! I actually hate cutting hair, unless it's a quick trim. I remember one time when my ex kept bugging me to cut his hair, and I was sick of it, I purposely cut it super short. He knew better than to complain or I'd never cut it again but he would salute me every time he'd walk by me like I was his Leiftenant. At least it was good for a laugh. 😉