8 Tips If Your Toddler Hates Haircuts

toddler crying outside of hair salon

My toddler hates getting haircuts.

No one wants to have long hair that is constantly in their face. That is why the majority of the population gets haircuts on a regular basis. From the time that you are a toddler, you will be getting haircuts. It is important that your toddler gets their cut regularly, so they won’t be tempted to cut it on their own. Although, haircuts can be pretty stressful for toddlers. So, here are a few tips that can make your child’s haircuts less overwhelming.

1. Explain What Will Happen

The first thing that you should do before even sitting down in the hair salon, is to explain to your child what will happen. It is crucial that they know what is going on so they will know what to expect. Toddlers can understand a lot more than most people give them credit for. Instead of just taking them into the shop and pushing them into the chair, take time to tell them what will happen. Explain to them that they need to sit very still and that it will not last long. Toddlers tend to have a lot of questions. So, make sure you are taking the time to answer any questions, regardless of how silly they may be. This will make your child feel more secure while they are getting their hair fixed.

2. Don’t Use Force

When the time comes to cut your toddler’s hair, the last thing that you want to do is force them. Toddlers are very good at reading emotions. They can also be very strong-willed, which is why you should never try to force anything. You should just tell them matter-of-factly that this is what they will be doing. The more emotional or forceful you get with your child, the less they will want to do it. Of course, you know the best way to communicate with your child. However, you decide to talk to them, make sure that they don’t feel like they are feeling forced. If they feel forced as a child, they might have a bad association with haircuts and avoid them when they get older.

3. If They Use a Pacifier, Use It

While having a pacifier isn’t the best thing for a toddler. If they still use one, you should be sure to bring it. Even if they don’t use it that often, you should bring it when they go to get their haircut. It is like a security blanket for them. You should not be embarrassed to bring a pacifier into the salon. If it can keep your toddler, then no one is going to say anything about it. Even if someone does have a smart remark about your toddler using a pacifier, just ignore it. The hairdresser will thank you for bringing something that keeps your child calm. If they don’t use a pacifier, you may consider bringing their favorite stuffed animal or blanket.

4. Have a Distraction

Having distractions will be your best friend when it comes to getting a haircut. If you have to wait, you will want to have a diversion so they are well behaved. This could be some coloring books or some of their favorite toys. You will also want them to be distracted while they are getting their haircuts. However, they can’t play with toys while they are getting their haircut. You could let them watch movies on your phone or something else. Anything that can make them sit still during the haircut. This will ensure that they are getting the best haircut possible and it can be done as quickly as possible.

5. Bring Reinforcements

If you have other children, you might want to bring them with you when you get your toddler’s hair cut. Having other children there can be a great distraction. Plus, most toddlers want to be like their older siblings. So, if they see that their siblings can sit through a haircut, then they will feel like they can do the same thing. If you only have one child, then you might want to bring your toddler’s father or grandparent. Having another person with you can make things easier for a lot of different reasons. They can help in case your child needs to be held or needs someone else to talk to. Having another person will also make it seem like it is a bigger deal so your toddler will want to behave better.

6. Take Breaks

Depending on where you go to get your child’s hair cut, it will determine how long it will take. How long the haircut will take also depend on how much hair your child has. If you have a daughter who has long and curly hair, it will take much longer than if you have a boy who just needs a buzz cut. It is essential that you know what to expect and you are ready to take breaks if they are required. Some children do better with breaks, while others would rather sit down and get it over with as soon as they can.

7. Have a Change of Clothes

Haircuts can make you itchy and uncomfortable. That is the number one reason that you should bring a change of clothes. If you offered your child a treat after they get their haircut, then you will want them to be comfortable. As a toddler’s parent, you are probably used to carrying a change of clothes. So, make sure you are doing the same thing when they get their haircut. This is one of the easiest to ensure that your toddler is comfortable.

8. Make Your Toddler’s First Haircut a Breeze

Everything is dramatic for a toddler. So, you shouldn’t expect a haircut to be any different. The best thing that you can do, is to make sure that you and your child are prepared. Keep in mind, that the first time that they get their hair cut will be the worst. As time goes on, haircuts will get more comfortable and your toddler might even start enjoying them.