A Guide For Surviving Your Baby’s First Haircut
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Every baby born into the world is born with hair of different characteristics. Some babies may have bushy hair when they are born, while others may be bald. Some parents who experience this condition may also experience anxiety. The reason why children have different hair types is due to genetics and the position of the head in the womb. For these two reasons, sometimes babies are born bald, and sometimes they can have bushy hair.
Some mothers whose babies have bushy hair may want to take precautions against their children’s hair getting into their eyes or sweating the head area. That’s why they look for an answer to the question of when to have a haircut for babies. In fact, this is a matter entirely up to the wishes of the parents. Unless you have an urgent reason to cut your baby’s hair, there is no need to rush.
When to Cut Your Babies Hair?
There is no common time when it comes to the first haircut for babies. For this, an average of 6 months to 2 years can be considered at a time. Since some children have bushy hair, haircuts can be done earlier. Sometimes, parents may also choose to grow their children’s hair. Let’s touch on some helpful tips that it’s time for haircuts for babies:
- If the length of your baby’s hair bothers him and he is constantly trying to push the strands of hair that fall in front of his eyes with his hand
- If you spend a long time or have difficulty combing or styling your child’s hair
- If your baby’s growing hair does not grow equally in all parts of his head and there is inequality, it can be said that it is time to cut.
But about the time of haircuts for babies, there are also some expert opinions. Even if babies’ hair grows in a shapeless way, it is recommended to wait for the healthiest moment to decide on the cutting time, as hair loss can be seen in the first 6 months, and also early haircut may cause coldness.
How to Cut Baby's Hair with Scissors?
First of all, the materials required for the cutting process are prepared. Let’s list these materials as follows:
- A clean towel
- A cloak or apron-style cloak
- Spray bottle
- Highchair or any seat for your baby to sit on
- An envelope to store your child’s first strand of hair
- Your baby’s favorite toy or pacifier
Identify a time when you and your baby are happy. Your child must be ready for this process before haircuts are made for babies. A well-rested changed, and fed baby is a fun-ready baby. However, it is also very important that you have finished your daily routine, relaxed, and fully concentrated on your child. In the meantime, you can relax your child even more by singing and displaying cheerful attitudes before starting the cutting process.
Here are the step-by-step steps to start the cutting process:
- Lightly moisten your baby’s hair with a spray bottle.
- Gently straighten your hair with a brush or comb.
- Cut the sections you will cut at a slight angle, holding them between your two fingers.
- While cutting, protect your baby’s ear as much as possible with your hands.
- If you want to keep your child’s first hair, you can save the first strand you cut by putting it in an envelope.
- After the haircutting process is finished, always put the scissors in a place where your baby cannot reach them.
- After the cut, gently wash your baby so that the hair strands do not stick to your baby’s skin.
- Photographing this particular time you spent with him will also remain a good memory.
Taking Your Baby to the Salon for the First Haircut
If you want a professional hand to cut your child’s hair, you can take him to an expert hairdresser. The place you choose should be a colorful and hygienic place for children, where the babies’ hair has been cut before. The hairdresser will help you with your baby’s haircut. You can also tell what kind of hairstyle you want for your baby before cutting, or you can leave this process to the skill of the cutting specialist. Meanwhile, your baby’s first haircut adventure may take longer than you think. Because he may need time to get used to an environment, he will enter for the first time.
Your baby may be frightened by seeing such an environment for the first time or thinking of the hairdresser as a stranger. When you realize this fear and stress in her, you can take a break from the cutting process and comfort her with a favorite toy, songs to sing, or snacks she likes to eat. Afterward, the cutting process can be continued. However, you may want to keep these pictures you have taken in an album by photographing the cute situations of your child while they are in the hairdresser’s chair.
If you want the shooting job to be easier, you can ask someone in the living room to take your photos while taking care of your baby. If your child’s restlessness continues, you can finish the procedure without forcing him and make another appointment for another day.
Does Babies' Hair Get Thicker When Scratched?
There are unproven statements in society that shaving children’s hair makes them thicker. Some parents who hear these discourses in daily life may shave their children’s hair for this reason. Babies’ hair characteristics begin to form in the mother’s womb, and the hair structure may not grow immediately after birth.
Families who see this may sometimes cause anxiety and choose to shave their baby’s hair. Although they think that hair follicles can grow quickly with this process, the experts explain that hair removal is the simultaneous growth of hair of different lengths. However, since the new hair will be dark in color, parents think that their baby’s hair is thicker.
Healthy Hair and Scalp in Babies
Bathing babies several times a week is considered sufficient for their health and body hygiene. For their hair health, they do not need to be washed every day. At the same time, the choice of shampoo during washing is also very important. Mild shampoos that do not contain chemicals and additives and are fragrance-free should be preferred. Sometimes, scales can also be seen on the scalp of babies. To remove these scales, you can follow this situation by gently brushing your child’s hair with a soft brush.
There is no need to rush and worry about haircuts for babies. When you decide on your first haircut, you can make it a fun experience for both your baby and yourself with a bit of preparation. Thus, your baby’s first haircut will remain an unforgettable memory.
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