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KID'S HAIRCUT CERTIFICATION COURSE

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

 

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Recommend that the parents bring the child at a time of day that they usually have play time, it is always best to avoid attempting getting the haircut immediately before or after nap time or bedtime when the child is tired and more irritable. 

Boys should have their first haircut experience before the age of 2 years old, we recommend between 12-18 months. At a younger age kids are more open to new experiences and learning new things. Once they reach the age of 2 new experiences can be more frightening. 

Greet the child, introduce yourself to the child by name and learn their's. Ask them to give you five, all kids like to slap five. This familiar act will help you relate to the child.

Recommend that the parents bring the child to the barbershop/salon prior to the visit that they are going to get their haircut, you may also have them watch their parent, sibling or someone else they know get their haircut first, helping them get familiar with the establishment and the haircut experience.

Allow the parent or guardian to put the jacket on the child and secure them into the seat, it's better to have someone familiar do it instead of the stylist who is still a stranger.

Secure the adjustable safety strap to the chair.

Apply the neck strip and close the collar of the jacket to keep hair off of the child. Wash the cape regularly, HANG DRY ONLY.

When choosing the tablet's programming for the child try to find age appropriate shows and games to hold the child's attention. For children under 18 months movies and shows containing familiar characters may be best while the older children may find the games more entertaining. Ask the parent or child what characters, shows or games they prefer. The tablet programming is especially important in keeping the child content for the duration of the haircut.

Allow the child to see and touch the clipper or comb. Children are curious by nature. Showing the clipper or comb to the child helps them
understand what it is, and that it does not hurt.

Speak in “Baby Talk”, studies have shown that babies and toddlers respond better to short, simple sentences coupled with higher pitch    
and exaggerated pronunciation.

Use positive reinforcement, telling the child “good job”, “you’re doing great”, ect. helps the child stay positive throughout the haircut.

Keep it Brief- All stylist/barbers want to give the best haircut possible, however children have a short attention span. Most of the time it is best to try to get the haircut done in a quick manner (12-15 min) so the child can leave having had a comfortable experience. For the first few haircuts recommend keeping the haircuts simple and as the child grows and gets more familiar with the establishment and haircut process they will be more able to sit still for more detailed haircuts. 

Save the Back For Last- On a boys haircut edging around the ears and the neck area can be the
most uncomfortable and sensitive part of a haircut. Saving it until the
end delays any discomfort the child may feel.

After the haircut is finished, clean off the child, remove the tray and have the parent safely remove the child.

Offer a Reward For Doing Well. Offering a lollipop, sticker or small toy
to the child after the haircut will make the experience more enjoyable
and memorable for the child, helping to build a relationship that will last
for years to come.  

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