Working in a salon means you’ve probably experienced the trauma that often occurs when a child experiences a first haircut. The parents walk in all excited, and the child may be two or three years old depending on how quickly their hair grows, and the minute you sit the kid in your chair the tears start and a not so well planned escape begins to take place.
Everyone is talking or yelling, and you’re just wondering how on earth you’re supposed to give a decent haircut when the client won’t sit still. While there’s no magic trick you can use to erase fear from a small child who sees someone coming at them with scissors, there are a few salon supplies you can purchase to try and ease the fears of a first haircut.
Invest in Fun Beauty Salon Equipment
One way to ease fears is to invest in a fun child’s salon chair. Kids love to pretend they’re driving, so a chair with a moveable steering wheel or some buttons they can push will make the experience of a haircut less frightening. Unless you run a children’s salon, you won’t want to fill the cutting floor with eclectic children’s chairs so choose one that’s gender neutral and appealing to both boys and girls.
You may also want to have a portable DVD player attached to a mirror. This way you can distract a child with a fun movie while cutting their hair. Bright cutting capes and wildly coloured scissors and razor sets make hair cutting equipment seem less sterile and more fun. All of these contribute to easing the fears of a child and showing them that getting a haircut is neither scary nor painful.
Supply Some Goodies for After the Haircut
Kids love being rewarded for good behaviour. Purchase a simple treasure box that you can fill with candy and small toys to give the kids after a haircut. Some stylists find that providing a small lollipop during the haircut is also a great way to distract a child and keep them from squirming right out of the salon chair. It’s a good idea to keep the treasure chest in plain view so that the kids know there’s something fun after the haircut.
In some situations you will have a screaming child on your hands, and no matter how many tricks you have up your sleeve the child will still be terrified until they’re walking out of your salon. However, with a little bit of thought and preparation, you can make most first haircuts a fun, growing up experience for both the child and the parents.