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Do u think a hairdresser will be able to cut my 18mnth year olds hair?

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robin3 Wed 04-May-05 15:08:32

I've done it so far but it's really really hard to get him to sit still. Are hairdressers good at this?

Newbarnsleygirl Wed 04-May-05 15:09:03

Yeah they should do. I take my 18 month old.

KateandtheGirls Wed 04-May-05 15:10:58

Especially if you go to a hairdressers that specialises in children's haircuts. They're used to it.

robin3 Wed 04-May-05 15:11:32

What do they do...handcuff them in?

Newbarnsleygirl Wed 04-May-05 15:12:18

DD sits on my knee, the hairdresser bribes her with some sweets and thats it.

robin3 Wed 04-May-05 15:13:03


meysey Wed 04-May-05 19:44:23

have had a fab haircut for my 14 month old after a bad hacking job myself. she coped with very wiggle

where do you live? I can recommend somewhere in north london

Janh Wed 04-May-05 19:46:46

Depends completely on both the hairdresser and the child but worth a try. Watch the ears though and don't even think about clippers yet! Can you get a recommendation from someone with a child around the same age?

Magscat Wed 04-May-05 19:55:06

I sympathise. My ds was 3.5 before I took him to the hairdressers because he was too scared before that. I made a pig's ear of his hair so many times but eventually managed to coax him very gently (standing outside and watching, then going in the shop, then sitting on me in the chair - 3 separate stages) and I bribed him with new magazine as a treat.

Sorry -anxiety isn't the problem for you is it - point is, the hairdresser was great. It was an Asian barber's and well used to kids. He was very, very patient and very adept at moving his scissors out of the way when ds jerked or ducked the wrong way. They also had lollipops for treats afterwards and huge mirrors so ds was quite fascinated by watching himself in the mirror. Might help to go when they are least busy and can afford the time to be patient.

If that doesn't work, what about a mobile hairdresser that comes to you ? - there's usually some inthe yellow pages.

Good luck

Seona1973 Wed 04-May-05 19:56:02

I just took my dd to my usual hairdresser (I did check first that they cut small childrens hair first though). She had her first haircut at around 6 months as she was born with a lot of hair and has now had about 5 trims (is 18 months now). She has sat on my knee for each of them - they did try having her in the chair herself for the last one but she was having none of

franch Wed 04-May-05 20:02:51

I recommend sitting your DS on your knee - DD ended up in A&E after her first haircut as the harness that the hairdresser strapped her into wasn't attached to the chair. Or a hairdresser that comes to you, as others have said. MarsLady recommended a fabulous lady to me and DD had a very happy experience last time, at about 13 months.

Nemo1977 Wed 04-May-05 20:09:45

yes i used to take ds from about 8mths to hairdressers. they sit them on ur knee and literally take 5mins. I clip my ds hair now only cos it used to cost £6 a go and ds has to have his cut every 2/3wks

Janh Wed 04-May-05 20:22:41

We have a hairdresser that comes to us but DS2 when tiny used to scream the place down - hence my comment on depending on h/d and child - she just used to plough on regardless and he still has all his ears but it wasn't a pleasant experience for any of us! (DS1 was no trouble at all.)

Shazzler Wed 04-May-05 20:22:58

Yes. My ds had to have his cut at 5 months and he has been going to the barbers ever since and sits as good as gold.

sandy25 Thu 05-May-05 07:10:48

i used to give my boys a bowl with some hundreds and thousands in it and get them to pick them up one at a time with the end of one finger, kept them still for ages...

starsq Thu 05-May-05 16:21:32

I took my daughter at 12months and she cried so much but i think it was more the fact that hairdresser cutting her fringe got hair into her eyes so I cleared it however she is scared of scissors now....I have to try and do the fringe myslef and let rest grow out at back as went recenlty as she is 20 months and she came home with wanky fringe,,,,i dont think hair dressers are trained to cut hair perfectly but if i was one id be scared of hurting the poor child bcos its so dangerous..........hard work

Janh Thu 05-May-05 16:47:39

wanky fringe, starsq? (snork)

Reminds me of peccarollover (is that what she's called now?) putting semen in her daughter's hair once - that was a classic thread!

(She meant serum...)

Munchkinola Thu 05-May-05 16:52:15

The hairdresser comes to my dd's nursery every 6 weeks and she was fine. She's 15 months and sat very sweetly on a stool in the middle of the room while other children watched. I think the familiar environment helped and that she saw others have it done. Having said that we are due the next trim in a weeks time so it could all go pear shaped.....

robin3 Thu 05-May-05 16:59:03

Munch...that's so sweet. DS will do anything the other kids do at nursery so that would be ideal but they don't have such wonderful services at our nursery.

Franch...that's awful....poor baby and poor you!

Will try this weekend....probably should have taken him earlier to get him used to it.

Munchkinola Thu 05-May-05 17:10:10

She's a mobile hairdresser who does 2 hours there every 6 weeks. Charges a couple of quid for a fringe and about a fiver for a full trim. She's on to a winner if you ask me.

Maybe you could suggest it to them?

geogteach Thu 05-May-05 18:14:43

There's a place near us that specialises in kids hair, toys, videos, lollipops the works, if you're near Surrey I can thoroughly recomend.

ven95 Thu 05-May-05 19:31:33

First time posting, so please work with me
I'm also typing on an Italian keyboard and finding it a bit fiddly
We live in Italy, in a small village about 120km from Rome. My daughter is 23 months old and a proper handful
I have had several disasters with Italian hairdressers since living here so was dreading having her hair cut. The first cut was done here by my 8 year old son's barber on the spur of the moment, and how he didn't manage to cut off an ear I've no idea. So I was really dreading having to have it done again. We came back to the UK 2 weeks ago for my step daughters wedding in Manchester. I took Alexandra to the "Daisy and Tom" children's hair salon on Deansgate. What a pleasure it was! She was sat in a high chair and strapped in, as usual. The then put on a video of her choice and let her choose a toy to hold. Suddenly, the hell fire breathing demon that I had wheeled into the salon, became putty in the hands of the best childrens hair dresser I have ever encountered. Short and sweet, she was quick and accurate, and before I knew what Bob the builder was doing next,we were finished and I was £11 lighter. Would I pay it again? Every week if necessary, although I think the travel costs would be a bit steep.

Munchkinola Thu 05-May-05 19:36:40

Great first post - welcome to the addictive world of mumsnet

Hulababy Thu 05-May-05 20:21:49

DD has been going to the hairdressers from just before 18 months, so yes - they should accept her. We just take her to a normal hairdressers - no child specialists or anything. The hairdressers always make a big fuss of her - DD adores the hairdressers and would spend ages just watching everything going on around her all day. This last time we took her to DH's hairdressers for first time and they even blow dried her hair to make it flick out - boy, was she one happy little girl

Hulababy Thu 05-May-05 20:23:10

DD always just sits on the chair herself - as she didn't like the idea of sitting on my knee, even when she first went. Most hairdressers will have some form of child seat to raise them up..

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