Haircuts with the boys have been a rollercoaster – sometimes okay, sometimes terrible, but mostly something we absolutely DREAD. We’ve had decent experiences, but the terrible has weighed out the decent. They typically go to a barbershop here in our city and have a specific person that cuts their hair who is GREAT with kids. They sit in the little airplane and she tries to get it over quickly. Sometimes the experience isn’t too bad, other times it’s horrendous. Depends on the day?
Here’s the thing though – when one starts to get upset it’s pretty much over for the both of them. They pick up on each others reactions, so if the first person to get the haircut starts to cry, it’s pretty much downhill from there. We bring lollipops, snacks, anything we can do to
bribe comfort them. On top of that, since we go to a very popular shop, we have to schedule it in advance and it takes a lot of planning and feels like a project. We end up putting it off for a long time because we dread it so much.
The worst experience was when we decided to try a walk-in place just to get it over with and to avoid having to work out entire schedules around. HUGE MISTAKE! The girl that was assigned to cut Micah’s hair looked miserable. She also cut herself! She had bandages ready and said, “oh, not a big deal – this happens a lot..” WHAT?! Micah’s haircut was atrocious and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. My husband was livid. Lesson learned – never again. Here is the proof:
After that, we immediately called our normal hair person and scheduled an appointment so she could fix it. Even she was surprised at how terrible and uneven it was. Micah did REALLY well at that appointment. Could the solution be taking them to get haircuts separately? After that whole ordeal, we were kind of traumatized and decided to try to avoid it as long as possible. But could we avoid it forever? Not really.
Plus, here’s the other thing – my JoJo seemed to be the worst when he went to get his haircut. He would let out a scream that could break glass the entire time, practically hyperventilating and screaming so loud I was convinced my ear drums would burst. It was awful. For all of us. What parent wants to see their child that upset? But we would go, deal with it, leave shaken and say “Never again, never again..” but…
Time passed. Soon, it was “that” time again. Haircut time. NOOOOOOOOO.
This time my husband suggested he give the boys a haircut.
Husband: Yeah, get me some clippers and I can do it.
Me: Ummmm….again, what? Do you even know how?
Husband: I used to do my brother’s hair when we were young.
Me: *Not fully convinced but desperate to avoid the barbershop* Okay…
And so, we purchased a $20 Wahls set from Target (before the spending freeze) and got everything ready. We put JoJo in the highchair, gave him a lollipop and turned on the clippers. We let him touch them, we put it on and made it seem like it was a cool toy. “Jojo, LOOK! How cool! Listen to how it sounds!” We put on his favorite television show and did the deed. Guess what?
He was fine. Perfectly. Fine. He didn’t shed ONE tear. And the hubster didn’t do a bad job! Here is what the end result was:
Not too bad for my husband’s first time?! After that, we contemplated if we wanted to cut Micah’s hair. He has a different kind of hair texture and has hair that is finer and we didn’t want to buzz cut him. We let two days pass and then decided…ahh, what the heck? We felt a bit overconfident. We shouldn’t have.
We discovered a barber or stylist is more suitable for Micah’s hair. It didn’t come out disastrous, but it wasn’t as good either.
Verdict: We will cut Josiah’s hair at home. We will take Micah to shop [unless we get desperate or lazy].
The current status of my babies below -content and not caring at all what their hair looks like.
Benefits of cutting at home:
- Money saving.
- Pinterest and YouTube offer tons of tutorials and tips.
- FREE. FREE. FREE. Did I mention FREE? Yeah, this is the same as money saving.
- The little ones may be more comfortable in their home environment, making them less stressed out.
- Doesn’t require schedules or planning as much.
- Hairstylists are professionals.
- Hairstylists can scissor cut (something we aren’t comfortable with) and can create specific hairstyles you might want for your toddler.
You decide! I can say I was happy we tried because it worked for at least one. Share your experiences. I’m interested to hear about what everyone’s experience has been like.