5 tips to survive junior’s first haircut

Ease your tot’s first haircut jitters, plus, wise up to the best kid-friendly hair salons!

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08 Jun 2017

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Organising your child’s first haircut can be a daunting task for most parents, especially if you know your kiddo can’t sit still for more than five seconds! Most tots are also afraid of scissors, especially when the sharp object is near their face. As they are always being not to handle dangerous item, you can’t really blame them for being scared of a pair of cutters. If they don’t start crying when they spy the instrument, they might protest at having to sit still for more than a minute.


So that this process is as painless as possible, try these strategies…


1.      Time it right It won’t work if you try to get your mini-me to sit still in the chair right before his naptime or when he is irritable as you’ll simply end up with a whiny and clingy kid. Make sure to plan your schedule properly, so that it does not overlap with his naptime.


2.      Role-play at home Playing hairdresser at home with toy scissors can help prepare your cherub for the actual haircut. This way, he’ll know what to expect and won’t be too shocked when the hairstylist whips out his scissors at the salon.

 

3.      Don’t try to restrict him Using force to keep your little one still might cause him to struggle even more. If your hairstylist allows, remove him from the chair and let him move around freely for a while before putting him back in the chair.

 

4.      Bring snacks Having his favourite snack on hand can help to distract and pacify him during his haircut. But make sure not to bring anything sticky, like a lollipop, in case hair gets stuck in it!

 

5.      Bring extra clothes This one will be useful for afterwards. Junior won’t like having prickly strands of hair down his neck and back, so a change of clothes will prevent him from getting cranky.

 

Consider bringing him to a child-friendly salon, which usually offers kidcentric décor, videos, as well as experienced stylists who know how to handle restless bodies and baby-fine hair.

Scroll through the photo gallery to check out our recommendations!

 

Main photo: iStock

Scissors Paper Stone
Scissors Paper Stone
08 Jun 2017

Scissors Paper Stone

Scissors Paper Stone has offers mini-patrons games and movies on iPads while experts snip their hair. Enter your kiddo’s details in their system and he’ll enjoy free membership, which entitles him to a free eighth haircut, as well as cool benefits such as birthday vouchers, free balloons and sweets after every trim. You’ll even be able to view and download photos of all your kiddo’s styling sessions! (Photo: Scissors Paper Stone)
Location: Forum The Shopping Mall (#02-18, 583 Orchard Road), Suntec City (#03-359A, 3 Temasek Boulevard) and I12 Katong (#03-36A, 112 East Coast Road), 9853-9458
Opening hours: The I12 Katong and Suntec City branches are open daily, from 10.30am to 8.30pm while the Forum The Shopping Mall branch opens on weekdays, 10.30am to 7pm.
Price: $24 per haircut, membership is free! 

Curly & Spike
Curly & Spike
08 Jun 2017

Curly & Spike

Besides trims, services at this chic and groovy salon range from mani and pedis, to even makeovers for your mini-me. It was opened by Philomena and Andrew Cannon-Brookes, who faced problems getting their kids to stay still for haircuts. If it is bubba’s first haircut, Curly & Spike will give you an e-certificate with your child’s picture, as well as a lock of their hair as a memento. (Photo: Curly & Spike)
Location: #02-14 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, 6733-9298.
Opening hours: Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6.30pm.
Price: $30 for girls and $27 for boys. Trimming of the fringe costs $12.

Poika & Tytar
Poika & Tytar
08 Jun 2017

Poika & Tytar

With brick walls and retro-looking miniature vehicles that double as seats for your little one, this salon has a charming, olde world feel. Bubba will have a blast pretending to drive in his little car or plane while the hairstylist works on his hair. The rustic brick walls also serve as an appealing backdrop if you want to snap a picture of your tyke after his haircut. Another bonus point is its location. Since it’s located next to PasarBella, you can enjoy grab some groceries and enjoy a meal after your cutie’s haircut. (Photo: Poika & Tytar)
Location: #01-03B The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, 6466-3369.
Opening hours: Open from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 7pm.
Price: $22

BabySpa
BabySpa
08 Jun 2017

BabySpa

Although better-known for their water-training baby classes, BabySpa also offers haircuts for little ones. Well-trained staff will snip away while your peewee watches Barney on the screen. They offer home visits, too, if you prefer that munchkin gets his first haircut in the comfort of your own home! (Photo: BabySpa)
Location: Various locations including #03-30 Plaza Singapura, 6238-6003, and #4R-81 Nex, 6634-2536.
Opening hours: Open daily, 11am to 8pm.
Price: $18 for in-house cut.

One Cut Above Kids
One Cut Above Kids
08 Jun 2017

One Cut Above Kids

Filled with vibrant colours and interesting murals, this kid’s oriented salon has a team of experienced stylists working with littlies, so you can rest assured that your kiddo will be in safe hands. (Photo: One Cut Above)
Location: #02-06 Katong V, 30 East Coast Road, 6348-1136.
Opening hours: Open daily, 10am to 7.30pm.
Price: $24

LittleRedDot
LittleRedDot
08 Jun 2017

LittleRedDot

While LittleRedDot is not a specialty salon for kids, it has a play corner with books and toys to keep junior engaged. It also boasts 22 years’ experience. As it has a walk-in only policy, keep your fingers crossed that there is no queue! (Photo: LittleRedDot)
Location: #02-35/36 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, 6737-9925.
Opening hours: Open daily from 10.30am to 6.30pm.
Price: $18.90 for a kid’s haircut. Special price of $12.90 for baby’s first haircut (valid only on weekdays).

EC House Express Cut
EC House Express Cut
08 Jun 2017

EC House Express Cut

If you’d rather not pay top dollar for junior’s first trim, EC House charges a standard rate regardless of age, and all their stylists are trained to cut kid’s hair. To make the experience more fun and memorable, nine outlets feature children’s stations. So, instead of a plain and boring black chair, your little angel will sit in a toy car and watch cartoons from the screen in front of him while his hair is being trimmed. (Photo: EC House Express Cut)
Location: Various locations including #B2-49A Bedok Mall, 6339-5611, and #04-11 Westgate, 6339-5677.
Opening hours: Depends on the location.
Price: $12

Kids ‘n’ Me
Kids ‘n’ Me
08 Jun 2017

Kids ‘n’ Me

To avoid scaring junior, Kids ‘n’ Me stylists trim hair with regular scissors instead of the metal ones most hair salons use. If you need a cut, just hop into the seat next to your mini-me as they style adult hair, too! (Photo: Kids ‘n’ Me)
LOCATION: #01-16 United Square Shopping Mall, 9698-4704.
OPENING HOURS: Open daily, 11am to 8pm.
PRICE: Prices start from $24.

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