Children’s hair salons are popping up all over the country. Many have fun chairs, movies and video games to keep children occupied. Here are five ways to make sure that you and your child have a great experience.
“Do what you did last time.”
In the event that you are a regular customer, I will know if your son prefers scissors only or a number four clipper cut. If you are visiting me for the second or third time, I may not remember your special requests. Help me out by reinforcing what you liked about the last cut; otherwise, I will simply follow the existing pattern.
Every Child Deserves to Leave Feeling Great
I love it when a client tells someone else’s child that their hair looks amazing. You instantly see kids glow. We have to remember that not all children receive unsolicited, positive feedback and a few simply words of kindness can make a huge difference in self-worth.
Kids also internalize their parent’s thoughts about the cut. I have actually seen little ones shrink when a parent becomes overly picky about a style, verbalizes displeasure with a bit of attitude and/or says something along the lines of “it’s awful.”
It is true that stylists make mistakes or misunderstand a request. It’s best to highlight what you like about the cut and what you’d like to see “taken to the next level,” “redesigned” and/or modified. You can also request that another stylist take a look at the cut. Remember, whatever the issue, its hair. It will grow back.
Give Me Space: It’s a Work in Progress
I appreciate your interest in the cut, but I need to move around your child. When you stand behind me to watch what is happening, you are crowding my space. If you are interested in what I’m doing, ask questions! I’m more than happy to talk about how I’m cutting and my thoughts on the style.
You may not be able to see what I’m envisioning until the end of the cut. Have faith. I had a client who wanted to use the bathroom mid-way through a cut. When he and his mom came back, she had a few concerns about the style. Like making a cake, the initial work may seem a bit messy, but the end result is exactly what you expect.
Please Put Down the Phone
Granted your child is watching movie or playing a game, but too many parents check out on us. There are times when your four year old is trying to communicate with you about the movie – or to let you know that she is a little scared. Be there for her – physically and emotionally.
“Do You Think You’ll Go Back to School?”
Receiving this question is a pet peeve for many stylists. We did go to school to become licensed hair stylists. In Illinois, we take 1,500 hours of theory and practical instruction, pass written and technical exams, and a state licensing exam. We are professionals who care about your child and their haircut, please treat us as such.