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haircuts for babies - DIY or salon?

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silvermum Sat 19-Jul-08 12:54:04

My DS (nearly one year old) is blessed with a thick thatch of hair which has already been cut twice and to my eye now needs cutting again.
The first time my hairdresser snipped it for free (he was only a few weeks old shock and it was all falling out in patches and looked very silly)
The second time i took him to a different hairdresser and it cost me £14 hmm though she did a great job.
But I do feel £14 every couple of months is ridiculously expensive when he's only a baby and i'm not sure i want to let myself in for another 16 years of £14 every few months on hair cuts...
On the other hand i don't really fancy my own crimping skills.
What do others do?

Graciefer Sat 19-Jul-08 13:02:49

DH husband does DS2's who is 10 months old.

He has incredibly fast growing hair the naturally stands up into a mohawk, he has had 4 haircuts already, first one done by a hairdresser, after that DH thought he could do better and he does.

It is mega easy with DS2's hair though, just a grade 6 clipper all over and it naturally styles itself.

Long may that last I say, as it is nice to have a male in the house with some hair on his head, as DH and DS1 are both shaved back to the wood!

crokky Sat 19-Jul-08 13:03:20

I get my 2 yo done for a fiver - walk past hairdressers & see if the want to do a quick dry cut on standby appointment

Graciefer Sat 19-Jul-08 13:04:41

not sure why I typed both DH and husband there grin

posieflump Sat 19-Jul-08 13:05:03

we get a mobile hairdresser that charges a fiver and it's all done at home so no problem

silvermum Sat 19-Jul-08 13:07:46

a fiver sounds much more reasonable than £14!

Jbck Sat 19-Jul-08 13:09:13

My salon does it in varying degrees, babies to 3 £3, up to 6 £5 type thing, much better when all they need is a wee trim & tidy up. I'd try a mobile one to see how to do it yourself & then do every second one if you think you can manage.

Seona1973 Sat 19-Jul-08 13:41:49

we do ds's (21 months) ourselves with dh's clippers - we have always done his hair and he has never been to the hairdresser. He sits in an ikea highchair (doesnt use it for meals now so we use it for hairdressing instead!!) with some sweets and lets us get on with it. DD (4.8years) goes to the hairdressers and it has never cost more than £5. £14 is pretty steep for a child haircut especially for a boy who probably has very little hair.

silvermum Sat 19-Jul-08 17:33:28

that's what i thought Seona £14 every other month would be way too much for us to be spending.she did spend a while on it and did it very carefully as if he were an adult but it was all a bit of a farce, with him jiggling about and me trying to stop him grabbing the scissors etc! may have a go myself...grin - i mean, it will grow out pretty fast [hmmm]!

Bloody hell silvermum, I got both ny DSs hair cut for £14 and thought that was a bit on the steep side. Find a different hairdresser.smile

LittleMoosh Sat 19-Jul-08 18:36:09

My ds has just turned 19 months. He was born with loads of hair. I have only cut it once when he was about 11 months old (and made a right botch up). I now only cut his fringe every few weeks. His hair is now past his shoulders with the side bits a bit shorter but he really suits it and everyone says so. I think I'll get it cut in another few months but really dreading it as my oldest son was a real pain at the hairdressers, always kicking and screaming and I have visions of little one being the same. Don't want someone to start cutting then him go mad half way through, he'll look really daft with half a hair cut.

cupcake78 Sat 19-Jul-08 19:09:11

My ds has had two hair cuts already and he is not even 10mths yet. 1st one was a DIY job, wasn't great but it did for a while. 2nd was a hair dresser cost £4. £14 is alot of money even for a mans hair cut. DH used to get his done for a fiver!

Wezzle Sat 19-Jul-08 19:27:45

DS is 10 months and had his first haircut a couple of weeks ago.

Just bought a pair of clippers and did it myself.

Looks great.

silvermum Sun 20-Jul-08 20:14:15

£14 just goes to show how ridiculous prices are in London [hmmm]...everything's soooo expensive here.
am going to pop in to every hairdresser i pass round us and see where i can get it for less.
might try myself next time but we have a big family party coming up and don't want him to look too silly for that!

slinkiemalinki Mon 21-Jul-08 17:14:18

I live in west London - they charge £14 at Trotters here - the one time I took my DD they hacked at her hair for that price! Now I have my mum's mobile do her for a fiver, and she is brilliant, but my folks live 2 hrs away and #2 is imminent... I'd happily pay £14 for a good cut though.

LittleB Mon 21-Jul-08 20:47:28

I do dd myself, always have done, she's 3.2 and I'll do it myself for a couple more years! but she does just have a simple fringe and I take the tips off the ends as we're trying to grow it at the mo'.

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