Tips for Parents: When your child is nervous about getting a haircut

Getting a haircut at the barbers can be a daunting task for some kids, especially if they’re not used to it or if they’ve had a bad experience in the past. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to make the experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your nervous child for a haircut:

  1. Start by talking to your child about why they’re nervous. What are their specific fears? Once you know what they’re worried about, you can start to address those concerns.
  2. Choose a reputable salon or barber shop that specializes in working with children. The staff should be patient and understanding, and they should be able to make your child feel comfortable.
  3. Let your child bring a favorite toy or book to keep them occupied during the haircut. This will help them to focus on something else and not be so anxious about the haircut.
  4. If your child is really nervous, you should let the barber know about this. Some barbers will be able to make accommodations for your child like recommending a quieter period in the shop to have a calmer atmosphere.
  5. Praise your child throughout the haircut. Let them know how good they’re doing and how proud you are of them. This will help to boost their confidence and make them feel more relaxed.
  6. If your child starts to get upset, take a break. There’s no need to force them to finish the haircut if they’re not comfortable. You can always come back another day.

With a little preparation, you can help your nervous child to have a positive experience at the salon or barber shop. Just remember to be patient, understanding, and supportive, and your child will eventually come to see that haircuts aren’t so scary after all.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Let your child watch you get your hair cut. This will help them to see that it’s not a big deal and that it’s something that everyone does.
  • Read books or watch videos about haircuts with your child. This can help to desensitize them to the idea and make it seem less scary.
  • Play games or do activities that help to relax your child before the haircut. This will help them to feel more calm and less anxious.
  • Be positive and upbeat about the haircut. Your child will pick up on your attitude, so make sure that you’re setting a positive example.

Here are some things to never do:

  • Don’t shame or belittle your child. If your child doesn’t like their haircut, it’s important to remember that it’s not their fault. They may have been scared or uncomfortable during the haircut, or they may simply not like the style. Shaming or belittling your child will only make them feel worse and more insecure.
  • Don’t compare your child to other children. It’s also important not to compare your child to other children who have different haircuts. This will only make your child feel like they’re not good enough, and it will make them more likely to avoid getting haircuts in the future.
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep. If your child is upset about their haircut, you may be tempted to make promises to them, such as “We’ll go to a different barber next time” or “We’ll go to the toy shop when you’re done.” However, it’s important to be realistic about your promises. If you know that you’re not going to keep them, it’s better not to make them in the first place.
  • Don’t take it personally. It’s important to remember that your child’s reaction to their haircut is not a reflection of you or your parenting skills. It’s simply a reaction to a new and unfamiliar experience. Try to stay calm and patient, and help your child to feel comfortable and safe.

With a little effort, you can help your nervous child to overcome their fear of haircuts and have a positive experience.

One response to “Tips for Parents: When your child is nervous about getting a haircut”

  1. Michael says:

    This is absolutely brilliant advice. Our son was used to be very never until we started going to The Wellington Barber 🧇