Cosmetology EDU moment
By Jennifer Ballard
Let’s talk about kids and haircuts. Sometimes grooming our children is a tough challenge for hairdressers and parents alike.
First you want to take the time to work with a child to get to know their comfort level. Keep in mind that they may be afraid of the cape that you pin on them, or frightened by the clippers and scissors that you are using.
Sometimes you may get a parent who wants to help hold the child's head. Explain to the parent that this can be a more traumatic experience for the child and will make it more difficult for you to work.
Make this experience as fun as possible:
1) Have the parents sit in the waiting room. As hard as it may seem, it is sometimes the best option. Children tend to be a little bit better when Moms or Dads aren't standing right near them and even out of sight.
2) Make it quick. You need to be able to move swiftly because they don't sit still for very long.
3) Tell the child what you are doing, even if they are too young to understand. This can be a learning experience for them as well.
4) Show them all of the tools that you will be using and show them that they don't hurt. My favorite is to tell the little kids that my thinning shears are my alligator scissors; after a few visits they’ll start to come in and ask for the alligator scissors!
5) Keep a small toy nearby. Giving them something to hold onto helps to keep them occupied. You can ask them to help in the process by giving them the spray water bottle to hold.
6) If the parent approves, you can also give them a lollipop during the haircut. Yes they get a little sticky...but they sit very still and they concentrate on that lollipop.
It is really about you taking the time out of your day to make them feel comfortable. Always remember that your young clients grow up to become the junior prom, homecoming dances and weddings that you take care of. Your services can become a family experience and there is nothing more gratifying then to be asked to do a child's first haircut!
J. Ballard has been working in beauty enhancement for 17 years and teaching cosmetology at Ridley-Lowell’s Beauty school in Binghamton since January 2015. She has worked at mostly higher-end private salons. Her favorite thing to do is to help her clients and students step out of the box, leading them to do something that they never thought they could do before. "Hair is an accessory, it's meant to be played with!" For more information about Ridley-Lowell’s Cosmetology program, call 1-877-606-5325 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.