Ah, your child’sfirst soft silken locks are a joy to behold and a delight to touch. Cutting off such precious tresses may seem almost criminal and any proud parent is sure to feel, at best, a little wistful about kissing them goodbye. But when that handsome crop of hair becomes so luxuriant it dangles over your child’s eyes, drags into the mashed potato and gets tangled into impossible knots that take hours to comb out, the time has surely come to go under the chop.
Never mind any reluctance on behalf of the parent. Children may also have an aversion to the thought of anyone tampering with their crowning glory. Then there’s all that business of having to sit still, swathed in a movement-restricting gown, while prickly little hairs are showered down into their collar making them itch.
As a child, celebrity stylist John Frieda well remembers battles with his father over having his hair cut. “I always wanted to grow my hair longer and my father always wanted to cut it short,” he says. “It was a constant battle between us and inevitably he always won.” Now it’s his turn to assume the fatherly role. “I’ve found that girls are more able to see the fun side of it,” he says. “My daughter certainly likes it when her hair looks pretty and styled. Boys find it more difficult to sit still for too long. A distraction can work miracles in the chair. I find the best thing is to sit them in front of their favourite DVD, or bribe them with a little treat afterwards.”
Getting into the swing of going to the hairdresser is also an important part of your child’s development. “It’s all part of learning to be neat and tidy, an important discipline for life,” says John.
This article previously appeared in Junior magazine as a print article