The time will come when their long, flowing locks will have to get a little tidying up.


And while it can be a decision you mull over, you will eventually have to take the leap and head to the salon.


However, while it may be daunting, it doesn't have to be as scary as you think it will.


To make it an enjoyable, fun and less frightening experience, follow these tips:


Play salon at home

Kids love to play make-believe so, before you take your little one to the salon, have a few pretend sessions at home so that they become used to what is likely to happen.


Sit them  down on a chair, place a blanket or towel around them and pretend to cut their hair, using your fingers at first and then a scissors.


Take them with you when you go

Another great way to get them used to the haircutting scene is to take them along with you when you are getting your hair done.


Make sure you bring someone else along who can give you a hand, because getting a cut and making sure your little one doesn’t run off with some hair dye can be quite difficult. 


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Do it at the right time

Make sure you schedule the appointment at a time that suits them rather than just you.


So don’t book the appointment during their normal meal times or when they usually have a nap.


They are likely to be cranky, hungry and irritable and less likely to sit still.


Make it fun

Tell them the cape that they hairdresser puts around them is for superheroes and that the swirly chair helps them fly.


Or ask the stylist if they can put your little one’s hair into a funny style that they’ll like.


This way they will associate the salon with something fun.


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Let the hairdresser do their job  

Being interfering is not only annoying and frustrating, it can also be counterproductive, so let your hairdresser do their job.


Your toddler is likely to respond better if the stylist is seen to be in charge rather than you.


Let them watch something

If all else fails, give your child your phone and let them watch a movie or play a game – anything to distract them really. 


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