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Baby’s First Haircut

In the 25 years I’ve owned my children’s hair salons, I’ve had thousands of parents bring their children in for the First Haircut.

I guess you could call me The First Haircut Expert! Since it’s such a momentous event, and often fraught with all kinds of emotions (good and bad), I’ve put together a list of my tried and true tips to help you prepare for the big day.

Tips for Making Your Child’s First Haircut Fun & Easy!

When to Cut

I have seen babies as young as two months come in for their first haircut, while others don’t visit the salon until they are 2 years old. Keep in mind that every child is different and there is no certain age at which they need that first cut. Here are some signs it’s time for your baby’s first haircut:

  • When hair starts to get in your baby’s eyes or is bothersome on his or her neck
  • When “fly-a-ways” on the sides start to look like wings
  • When people start saying that your son is such a cute little girl!

Preparing for the First Haircut

A haircut is a new experience for your child, so you should prepare yourself for any tears or fears that might arise. In fact, I’ve noticed over the years that sometimes it’s the parents who are more scared than their children! Follow these tips to assure and avoid the scaries!

  • Bring your child with you to your own haircut appointment to show them what to expect; or bring them to the salon where they will be going to a few days before the actual haircut.
  • Bring a extra shirt in case they don’t want to wear the cape. (Sometimes it helps to remind little boys that super heroes wear capes!)
  • Pick a time that is good for your child; not nap time, snack time, or that cranky hour inbetween.
  • If you are not going to a kid’s salon, ask which stylist is the best for working with children. Many stylists don’t like to work with kids and book the appointment with that person.
  • If you’re not going to a kids salon, bring a book, a favorite toy, or a lollipop. Boredom is sure to bring out the worst in both of you! At my salons, children can sit in race car styling chairs and watch a video of their choice. We supply lollipops, balloons, we even will blow bubbles or sing songs to keep your child happily distracted.

During the First Haircut

Even the most prepared children can get the “first haircut jitters” when the time comes. Here’s my advice on having a fuss-free and positive salon experience:

  • Do not use the word “cut,” which may be scary for some kids. Say “trim” or “style.”
  • Use nicknames like “wind machine” for the blow dryer or “Mr. Tickle” for the buzzer so they’re less afraid of the noise.
  • Remember to relax! If you are nervous or overly emotional, your child will pick up on it right away. As I mentioned earlier, a baby’s first haircut is often harder for the parents than it is for the child!
  • If your baby is having a hard time sitting in the styling chair or fussing let him or her sit on your lap during the haircut. Don’t worry, we won’t make you climb in the race-car chair!
  • Remember to save the first lock of hair for your Baby Book! Your child’s hair will probably change in color or texture as he or she gets older. In my salons, we commemorate the occasion with a personalized “First Haircut Certificate” complete with a snippet of the child’s hair!

The more fun you can make the trip to the salon, the better! Follow my tips for your child’s first haircut, second haircut, their third haircut, and so on until getting a haircut is simply a breeze for all of you!

What You Need to Know About Your Kid’s First Haircut

Being a parent to a curly kid is hard work.

Aside from all the things you do to keep them healthy and happy foremost, you also try to keep them looking their very best, even when they insist on taking mud baths and wearing their food. Although it never lasts long, you still put a lot of TLC into washing, combing, and styling those little curls! But what about trims? What’s the right age for the first haircut exactly? Well, it’s a little trickier than just throwing out a number. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider about this special milestone.

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The time to cut depends on the hair

While it would be nice if there were a set magical time frame of when to cut the hair, it is simply based on the hair of the child. If the heartburn during the pregnancy produced a baby born with long, luscious curls, they will need a cut sooner than a balder baby. It is best to just pay attention to the hair’s growth rate and overall health of locks to determine when to get that first cut.

Time it with their birthday!

Many parents choose to do the first haircut to celebrate turning one. While doing it with the first birthday is a great way to celebrate this special milestone, it will certainly still depend on the child. If your little one has a lot of curls and they are long, a cut should be fine. However, if they have shorter hair, cutting it too soon might be, well…completely unnecessary! It will depend on the state of your child’s hair for the most part.

Take their gender into account…or don’t!


While you may want to take your son in for a trim early on, you might want your daughter to have her first cut later in life. Since we do tend to associate longer hair with femininity, girls usually get their first haircut later than little boys. Of course there’s nothing wrong with a close-cropped baby girl or a Rapunzel-esque baby boy! They’re too busy figuring out motor skills and growing teeth to have much of an opinion on it, so this is really up to how traditional you’d like to be yourself. As long as they’re happy, healthy, and their grandparents aren’t fussing at you too much, they’ll be cute no matter what! Remember, we look at all our commenters’ profile pics, and we know you’re out there making adorable babies. So don’t stress.

Start small!

That first time getting a haircut can be an emotional time for parents! Seeing their baby so grown up can get the waterworks going for sure. For many, it symbolizes the end of the baby years and the transition into being a big kid. Since this event will already be quite emotional, don’t make it worse by cutting too much hair all at once. The first cut should be more of a trim for those parents who are in their feelings about it. If you want to take off more later on for a keepsake of your baby’s curls, go ahead and extend the date of their first hair cut. Then make that one a mild trim, and take that baby book lock of hair on the second cut they get.

Know that there really is no “right” time

Parents worry about everything, “how to do XYZ best,” and “when is the best time for it” anyway. However, with this aspect of parenting, there really is no right or wrong time. You just do it when you feel your child’s hair needs it. Many parents choose to cut those baby curls to see if it will speed up the change from baby texture to their truer texture, and while this is one way to do it, it will put an end to those soft baby curls. If you aren’t quite ready to part with those cute wisps, don’t cut! If you are ready for their hair to move beyond baby and into big boy or big girl curls, get ready for those shears (and some tears)!

Curlies, have you already taken this step with your kids? Let us know when you knew it was time in the comments!

Read next: My Baby’s Hair is Dry, Brittle and Frizzy. Help!

Was your baby born with a full head of gorgeous locks? Are you wondering when it might be time to cut it? Or maybe your baby was born with a smooth head — then you might be wondering if that time will ever come.

Many parents see their child’s hair as the Holy Grail. Which means not just anyone can touch it! Those locks are like soft strands of gold.

However, there comes a time when your baby needs to take a step into the toddler world, and get a “grown-up” haircut.

You may be dreading that day, or looking forward to it. Whatever your situation, we’re here to guide you through it. Baby’s first haircut needs a little preparation, so we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

When Is the Right Time?

There is no right or wrong time. Some babies have lots of hair that grows at an insane rate. They might be ready for a cut as early as eight months, or even sooner.

Other kids may not be ready until they are well into their toddler years. And that’s fine. In fact, it’s one thing less to think about for Mom!

It comes down to the parent’s preference as well. Some parents prefer “baby locks,” while others like a more trimmed look.

Just keep in mind that once the baby hair is gone, it most likely won’t grow out the same. After the first cut, fine hair could grow thicker. And those cute baby curls you just had cut off may not grow back.

Make Sure Your Child Is Ready

Your baby or toddler most likely won’t like a surprise cut.

Think about what actually goes into a haircut. Your little one has to sit still in a chair, wear a plastic cape, and have a stranger touching their hair. I personally recall feeling terrified, let alone my poor toddler!

Try to prepare your child as much as possible. With a toddler, talk with them about it and explain how and why we get our hair cut. An even better idea would be to bring your child to watch you get a haircut — be a role model!

You might want to avoid using the word “cut.” Toddlers may get scared by the meaning of it. Instead, you can use the words “snip” or “trim.”

Plan and Prepare

Keeping your child distracted and entertained might just make the first haircut a little easier. Bring along his or her favorite toy. Maybe even a coloring book would help.

Make sure your child is not hungry or tired. My little ones would be the worst case of “hangry” when they hadn’t eaten. And a tired child is more likely to throw a tantrum — that’s the last thing we need!

It’s best to plan a morning appointment. At this time of the day, your baby will be fresh from a full night’s rest.

It’s also a good idea to bring another person along to help. Either both parents can go or take a friend, someone your child feels safe with.

Be Ready

Depending on how your kiddie reacts to the haircut, you may have to sit in the chair with them in your lap.

Keep the Mood Light

If you are feeling a bit worried, your child is sure to be feeling your vibes. This can make them also feel scared and unsafe.

Stay positive! Get yourself and your child psyched for the haircut — keep talking to them, telling him or her how much fun it will be. And how nice they will look afterward!

Find the Right Place

If you choose a salon for your baby’s first haircut, it is crucial to find the right one. This could make or break the experience, and the future haircuts to come.

Make sure the salon is child-friendly (1). Your toddler may let out a scream or two, and you definitely don’t want any judgmental looks. Maybe talk to other moms in your area to find out which place is best.

Many child-friendly salons will have first-cut packages that include before and after photos. Some might even do the haircut for free. Other salons will have books and videos to entertain your child.

Can I Cut My Child’s Hair?

The first cut, or snip, doesn’t have to be that big of a deal. Emotionally it is, of course, but the cut itself doesn’t have to be all that fancy. Maybe your little one just needs a quick trim, or easy bangs, which you can do at home.

Before you cut your child’s hair, here are a few things you’ll need:

  • A chair, preferably high.
  • A comb and a brush.
  • Hair clips.
  • Spray bottle with water.
  • Two towels.
  • Barber shears, these are sharper and more precise for a quick cut.

1. Set up the Salon

Find the best location for your at-home salon. Many parents prefer to do the cut in front of the TV, to keep their little one entertained (and hopefully as still as possible). Or give them a toy to keep their hands busy.

Put a towel or newspaper on the floor where you’ll be working. Use a high chair for your child — this will make it easier for you, and your back!

2. Get Your Tot Ready

Once your little one is in the chair, place a towel around their shoulders and use a hair clip to secure it. If your toddler sees the towel as a deal-breaker, put on an old T-shirt instead.

Use the spray bottle to wet or dampen your child’s hair. You could also wash and shampoo their hair before, but I think it’s better to bathe them afterward. Then it’s even easier to get all the loose hair off their body.

3. Start with Small Snips

Comb the hair and focus on small sections at a time, smoothing down the hair first, so it is straight.

Use two fingers to hold on to the hair you’re going to cut, similar to a hairdresser. Slide your fingers through the hair, moving it away from baby’s head. When you reach the desired length, carefully cut right underneath, always keeping your fingers between the scissors and your baby.

Keep going — take small sections and trim. Take care to note how much hair you’re cutting off, so it ends up all the same length.

4. Be Prepared for Another Round

It might not be a one-time thing. I had to do a few touches the next day when I first cut my daughter’s hair. And that’s totally fine — we’re moms, not stylists (2).

Take Care

Be mindful of the scissors you use, especially if they are barber shears, as these are extremely sharp. If your child is old enough to understand, keep reminding them to sit still, and tell them where you’re going to cut next.

When you’re not holding the scissors, place them in a safe location, out of your child’s reach.

Be Inspired

Now that we know what we need to prepare our child for the first cut, we need some inspiration. What style should you choose? It’s a hard question to answer.

Let’s take a look at some trendy toddler haircuts:

1. Classic Bob

A bob is always a popular choice for any toddler princess. They are easy to deal with and stay put throughout the day.

You can do this yourself, but it might be a good idea to get help from a professional. Take a look at this stylish bob:

2. Fairy Pixie

Another very popular choice for little girls is a pixie cut. Pixie cuts are very short and pretty, and something unique for a little one.

It can be styled in many cute ways, with bows and clips. The style is easy to work with and doesn’t require much attention, other than a quick comb. No more fighting the tangles!

Another plus is that your daughter won’t be aggravated by her hair constantly getting in her eyes.

Check out this fairy:

3. Rocking the Bangs

I’m sure every mom has considered cutting bangs on her daughter at some point. And why not? They are super stylish and always on trend.

Bangs are also very easy to do at home. Just take a look at this sweetie:

4. Long and Layered

If you, like me, love your girl’s long locks, you might be resistant to cutting it. But long, unkempt hair can start to look thin and dull.

A way to give new life to your daughter’s hair, without cutting too much, is layers. Layers will provide new depth and dimension to the hair. Subtle changes can make a huge difference!

5. Sleek and Handsome

An excellent place to start for any boy’s hair is something short and sleek. You can’t go wrong with this.

It doesn’t require much maintenance, and your little guy is sure to look preschool-ready. Just check out this little man:

6. Clean Edges

Let your little man’s personality shine. Keep the edges clean and let the top stay as rowdy as he is.

This adorable little guy has a to-die-for cut:

7. Long Locks

It’s not only girls who can rock long hair! If your boy can, leave it!

You can always cut a little side bang to keep the hair out of his eyes. Like this handsome man:

8. Side Swept Sleek

This might be a significant change. But shaving off almost all the hair at the bottom, leaving the top long and swept to one side can transform a little guy.

A style like this requires some help, depending on your boy’s hair type. It might need a little styling gel for special occasions. Take a look at this rock star:

The Final Cut

The first haircut is a milestone in your child’s life. Whether it happens at eight months or three years, it’s a moment to remember.

Choose a haircut that suits your fun-loving toddler’s personality. Don’t limit yourself to what everyone else is doing. Look around and take inspiration.

And whatever you do — don’t forget to keep a lock of that precious baby hair. You can put it in a scrapbook, a trinket box, or a locket. That’s a keepsake moms always treasure.

A little mom-to-mom advice? Start with small snips. Then you can cut more if you like.e.

Baby’s First Haircut

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You might think your child’s first trip to the salon is the cutest ever, but she won’t see it that way. To her, being wrapped in a plastic cape, squirted with water, and attacked with sharp scissors by a stranger is just plain scary. “This is a peak time for stranger anxiety, and haircutting salons have lots of unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells that can upset your child,” says Kori Levos Skidmore, PhD, a child psychologist in Oak Park, Illinois. But getting those little bangs trimmed doesn’t have to be hair-raising — as long as you plan it properly.

Know When to Go

If your baby entered the world with luscious locks, she could be ready for a haircut as early as 8 months. But if she was a baldy, she may not need one until she’s 2. There’s no right or wrong time to go. It comes down to this: Do you want to preserve her baby look, or do you think she’s ready for a big-kid ‘do? “Keep in mind that once you cut off those curls, they may not grow back,” says Christine Burger, founder of Noodle and Boo, a hair-care product line for babies and children. On the other hand, trimming superfine baby hair often makes it look thicker.

Give a Heads-Up

Toddlers don’t like surprises, so have your child watch you get a haircut or visit his barber before the big day. “Talk to him about what he’s seeing — point out the cape he’ll be wearing and what the scissors do,” says Jane Loyd, owner of A Cut Above, a salon for children in Covington, Louisiana. Avoid using the word “cut,” which may scare your child — use “snip” or “trim” instead. Let him play with a squirt bottle in the tub at home, and pretend to trim his bangs with your fingers. And read books about the subject: We like Henry’s First Haircut, by Dan Yaccarino, and No Haircut Today! by Elivia Savadier.

Pick the Right Place

Choose a salon that knows how to deal with squirmy clients. Many kids’ hair places have videos and books to keep little kids entertained. Some even do the first trim for free (others include a photo and certificate as part of a first-haircut package). If there isn’t a children’s barber in your town, ask your stylist to recommend someone who’s especially good with kids.

Be Prepared

Let your child bring a lovey and a small toy. These will help him stay calm and keep his hands occupied. You might also hide a treat in your purse for afterward. Before the barber begins, swing the chair away from the mirror so your child doesn’t fixate on the scissors. If he refuses to wear a cape, put one on and show him how it looks. If he won’t sit still, you may need to plop him down on your lap for the duration. But make sure a friend (or someone else at the salon) is there to take pics.

Get Psyched

If you’re apprehensive, your child will pick up on it and be more likely to cry during her haircut. “Talk to her about how much fun it will be,” says Joanna Meiseles, founder of the Snip-its Hair Salon for Children chain. “Let her know how great she’ll look after getting a trim. When she sees that you’re looking forward to it, she will too.”

Plan Carefully

Book your appointment between mealtime and naptime so your child isn’t hungry or cranky. Call ahead to make sure the stylist is running on time. And don’t hesitate to reschedule if your child seems out of sorts that day. “The first haircut sets the stage for years to come,” says Loyd. “It’s important to make it a positive experience.”

  • By Mimi Greenwood Knight

Parents Magazine

Baby Boy had his head shaved when he was two months old and then we just let it grow….he had the cutest little soft curls and I didn’t have the heart to chop them off. Luckily the hubs wasn’t opposed to the long hair and so I trimmed it here and there myself …until yesterday. He’s now two and his hair was getting to be a holy mess and so yesterday after work, I decided on an impromptu trip to the salon.

I took him to the same spot that we took Little Monkey to for her first cut and I was so happy to see the same lady there! She’s way better than anyone else I’ve had there since. Unlike with Little Monkey, I did nothing to prep Baby Boy. I simply asked him ” Want your hair cut” to which he replied “Yes” and off we went!

As I was crossing the street I quickly googled “boys haircuts” and found the generic shaved sides and mini mowhawk look which I showed the hairdresser and that was really it. Baby Boy did not all. We were all quite shocked. He sat on my lap and I was draped in the usual salon sheet while he had a towel on his shoulders. She worked her magic pointing out the street cars and making it rain (water spray) and gave him a lollipop which he guarded with all his might. Fifteen minutes and we were done!

He looks like a new a kid and I can’t stop staring at him. Quite the drastic change eh? I can’t wait to style it and let it grow again. I wonder if the curls will return?

You’re a dad, and you’re also sometimes a barber. For the first few weeks, months, or years of your son’s life, you did the haircutting at home. But now, or sometime soon, you realize that the little guy is ready to sit in a real barber’s chair. Maybe you’ve got a special occasion coming up. Maybe, at age four, he’s acquired a sense of style. Or maybe his mom says you’ve given him one too many bowl cuts.

Whenever the day comes, the first trip to the barber can be stressful. For him, sure, but also for you. Will there by crying and screaming? Will he think this stranger with scissors is trying to murder him? Will you get talked into giving him a mohawk that you later regret? Probably not, but you don’t know. So this is for all the dads: how to get your son a haircut that he enjoys, and that you and his mom actually like.

Don’t Rush It

First things first, there’s no rule that your kid has to have a professional haircut. At least not yet. Plus, at home you can cut his hair on your own schedule.

“You have all the time in the world,” says Van Capizzano, a dad and the founder of Boston’s Tribe Barber—an adult shop, for the record. “You can do it while they’re having a bath in the sink. You can do it in their room, when they’re comfortable with things they like around them.”

Odds are that when your son’s home haircut isn’t looking cute anymore, or when a special occasion demands it, you’ll know the time has come.

Choose the Right Shop

You don’t have to go to a kiddie barbershop, but there are many reasons you may want to. Here’s one: price.

“I charge $50 for a haircut,” says Capizzano, “and people ask me if I have a kids’ price, and I say no.”

Maybe that’s why more and more kid-centric shops have sprung up in neighborhoods popular with parents. Often, they’re attached to book or toy stores. They charge kid prices. Some will even cut dad’s hair, too.

“We have a ‘Daddy and Me’ package,” says Eda Bilir Messner, owner of Edamama, a kids’ barbershop in Brooklyn. “It’s two separate haircuts, discounted. Plus, it is a bonding experience for dads to do something like that with their sons.”

Settle on a Style

Okay, so you’ve got your barber. What directions are you going to give him or her? You’d be surprised how many people go in without a plan.

“If dad wants short and mom wants long, we’re like, ‘Why don’t you guys take a little break for five minutes and talk about it,’” says Bilir Messner.

Think about the goal. Are you just trying to get it out of his eyes? Or is he carrying the ring pillow at your sister’s wedding? If you can’t decide, here’s an easy way out: style your hair as you like it, and say, “Give him something like dad.”

Pick Your Time of Day

You know your son, and you know the hours when he’s likely to be cranky, hungry, or generally uncooperative.

At Edamama, some of the clients are babies. With them, and even into the toddler years, morning is best.

“In the morning, they’re rested and they’ve had breakfast,” says Bilir Messner. “Their tolerance is much higher.”

Sit in the Chair with Him

Make the haircut something that you do together, and you’re apt to have it easier.

“I remember going to the barbershop with my dad, even getting the occasional trim, and really enjoying the time,” says Jessica Candia, a hairstylist at Brooklyn’s Persons of Interest. “Talk to your son about why you get your hair cut, and ask if he’d be interested in coming along.”

Even once he’s interested, he may feel jittery. But he doesn’t have to go it alone.

“The best trick, especially for a first-time haircut,” says Capizzano, “is you bring a change of clothes, you sit in the chair, he sits on your lap.”

Then, if he fidgets, you can help the barber by maneuvering or turning your kid. Also, you’re right there to reassure him. You’ll get a little hair in your face, but, just like you’re telling him, that’s no big deal.

Distract, Distract, Distract

Every kid is different. “Some kids just sit and take it all in,” says Bilir Messner. “But some kids don’t like a stranger spraying water on them.”

Distraction is key. If you’re at an adult shop, bring his favorite snack, stuffed animal, or blanket. Or maybe this is a rare moment to give him unfettered access to your phone.

Ask for a Scissor Cut

“If you want to buzz their head, good luck” says Capizzano. “Clippers freak out kids all the way up to three or four.”

Consequently, in kid-friendly shops you’ll find mostly scissor cuts—although “kid versions” of the barbershop buzzer exist. They’re just less buzzy.

But think of it this way: if you’re taking your son to the barber because you want something more than you can do at home, why not aim for better than a buzz cut? Get something shaggy, stylish and all-scissor. He’ll be the coolest kid on the block.

Breathe Easy, You Can Fix Anything

If the look doesn’t turn out cool… well, you tried. And that’s what pomade is for.

“You still have products to work with,” says Capizzano. “If you’re going to do a family photo and it’s a little messy around the ears, just put product in it and smooth it down.”

Be Emotionally Prepared

Final advice: prepare emotionally. No, not him. You.

“A haircut instantly changes young kids a bit,” says Bilir Messner. “They instantly look a little older. They’re not that little munchkin with the wispy hair anymore—so it can be bittersweet.”

That’s called a rite of passage. And yes, he’s getting older. But the good news is, you and he have many mornings like this ahead of you. Mornings to start the day early, sit around talking, and clean it up around the ears.

At what age should you get your baby’s hair cut?

We’ve all seen the stories with babies born with HUGE amounts of hair: actress Jacqueline Jossa recently shared a gorgeous pic of her daughter Ella at 5 weeks with full-on locks. And we wondered if it wouldn’t be too long before she’d need a trip to the salon!


But the question of when you should take your baby to get their first hair cut is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string.

Because of course all babies are different: one of the mums in our team says all her little ones were born with full heads of hair so they went for the chop after a few months, while another says her little girl only needed her first haircut aged 6 – and even then, the hairdresser took off millimetres.

And of course, if you like the super-long-haired look, you might not want too many trims at all even if your child does have a lot of hair.

Part of whether they’ll get a cut, of course, could depend on if you think they’ll sit still at the hairdressers – especially if they’re very young.

Laura H told us that when she took her little boy to get his done “it was torture! He doesn’t like his head being touched? Felt sorry for the guy: my son was putting his fingers through his holes in his top!”

Perhaps with this in mind, some of you decided to do the job yourself. Kim P says her son was 2 when he got his first cut: “I did it myself whilst he watched YouTube,” she says. Good distraction tactics, Kim!

Others, though, found going to the salon has become a bit of a thing – in a good way: “My daughter was about 5/6 months and my son was about 16 months,” Karen G tells us.

“They were never bothered: they always just sat there looking in the mirror. They are 2.5 years old now and love going. They get really excited to see our hairdresser.”

And of course, even if your child’s hair does grow, you – or they – might decide they still don’t want it cut.

Amy E reveals: “My daughter is 7 and has never had a hair cut (slight trim of the ends) and it is nicely under her bum. Her choice to have it that long.”

What do you think?

When did you take your little one for their first haircut? Did they enjoy it? Perhaps you do it yourself? Tell us over on Facebook or in the comments below.


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When do you give your child their first hair cut?

Blogger Maria Tumolo of The Tiger Tales blog takes a brief look at the hair-cutting rituals of different cultures

I tried various techniques to make my daughter’s hair regime has stress-free as possible. At one point my husband and I discussed cutting her hair. I explained it’s different for girls, when it came to hair cutting. Then I began to wonder, was actually different for girls? Were there cultural hair cutting rituals for girls in other countries? I did a quick online search and was surprised to find that there were hair cutting rituals for girls. However, some hair cutting rituals were not gender specific. It’s not always different for girls when it comes to hair cutting.

Here’s what I’ve found on the subject of hair cutting rituals in different cultures:

African American Boys – 1 ‘There is an African American tradition of performing the first haircut on or around the child’s first birthday. However, cutting prior to the age of two may result in a more coarse texture and tighter curl.’

African Caribbean Boys- ‘Within the African Caribbean community this is performed once the child begins to speak clearly or after the child reaches two. This is usually done in a barbershop or carried out by the parent.’ We actually cut our son’s hair when he was 1 1/2 years, when he began to say “Dada.

Chinese- 2 ‘the baby often receives its first haircut at the start of its first month or the its first ‘full moon’ Traditionally, for the past decades the baby’s head was shaved except at the top of the crown to remove the hair they considered was grown in the womb. The cut hair was then tied with red string and saved as a keepsake. However, centuries ago they didn’t cut hair, including boys’ hair, up to the age of 10 years old. This ‘full moon’ celebration coincides with the end of the new mum’s confinement period, and both mother and baby are formally introduced to the extended family and friends. For many of them, this will be the first time they are meeting the new baby and the baby’s name is revealed then.’

Eileen from the blog ET Speaks From Home and I exchanged a few tweets and she told me that Chinese boys and girls get their first haircut, then and egg white is a applied to the hair. The family also give out cake and cook red eggs.

Hindu – 3A mundan or tonsuring is an important ceremony for Hindus. It is also known as chaula or choodakarana. Muslims too shave or trim the baby’s hair and some Sikhs perform the kesi dahi ceremony. This is done by putting curd in the hair of the newborn baby boy. Among Hindus, the mundan is performed during the first or third year of a child’s life. In some regions, the mundan is done only for the male child. However, in most families girls have a mundan too. The child is freshly shaven to signify freedom from the past and moving into the future. It is also said that the shaving of the hair stimulates proper growth of the brain and nerves, and that the sikha, a tuft at the crown of the head, protects the memory.’

Maliku (Minicoy Island) – 4 ‘At the twentieth day from birth, Maliku babies’ heads are shaven and the hair is weighed against gold or silver, which is given to the poor. The ceremony is called boabeylun.’

Native American- 5 ‘For many Native Americans having long hair is a symbol of tribal religious traditions which teach that hair is only to be cut when one is in mourning for the death of a close relative. However, it is said that Among the Chiricahua, for example, the family holds a cradleboard ceremony soon after birth of a child. 6. When a child begins to walk, dressed in new moccasins, he or she follows a trail of pollen leading east to symbolize a long and successful life. In the spring, Apaches ceremonially cut the child’s hair to encourage health and vitality. The hair cutting is done by the medicine man’

Tibet- 7 ‘its known as the hair-changing ritual to announce the sexual maturity of girls. It’s said to be practiced in rural southeast Amdo, Qinghai Provence, China.’

There must be many more hair-cutting traditions out there. Do you have this in your culture? Please share your story and the belief behind the tradition.

As for my daughter, in the end I only trimmed her ends.

Maria only trimmed daughter Valentina’s ends

Son Angelo gets the big chop

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When Cozy Friedman opened her first hair salon for children in New York City, she didn’t have kids of her own yet (now she has two). But once business started booming, she realized that a child’s first snip is a really big deal.

“It’s typical to see a mom cry or get choked up after a first haircut, especially with a boy,” she says. “They come in rough-and-tumble with straggly hair, but they leave looking so much older. It can be pretty emotional.”

Now a children’s hairstyling pro and founder of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids in NYC, Friedman has a treasure chest of tips and tricks to make baby’s first haircut an easy and fun milestone.

Brush up on her advice below for the best first cut ever — and don’t forget to save a lock for the baby book!

Morgan enjoys a lollipop during her first haircut. Kate Bennis

Before You Go

Be thoughtful when you book.

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First things first: Choose a salon and a stylist that you know will be good with children.

“You don’t want your child in the chair of someone who doesn’t want to cut a child’s hair,” Friedman explains. “If you’re going to a salon that’s not a kids’ salon, ask for someone who is good when working with kids.”

And it sounds obvious but it happens: Avoid scheduling your kid’s haircut during nap time (because we all know how that will go). If possible, bring her into the salon a day or two before the appointment so she can watch the process and get excited about it.

Avoid using the word “cut.”

Words matter. For starters, Friedman advises against using the word “cut” at all when talking to him about what’s in store.

“‘Cut’ is always scary and negative for kids,” she says. “‘Trim’ or ‘style’ is better, or something like ‘we’re going to do your hair.'”

Remember trims keep hair looking healthy.

Friedman says your child is probably ready for his first trim when you start to notice “wings” of hair sticking away from his head, long locks covering her eyes, or strands that get sticky with sweat because they’re growing down the back of his neck. But if you’re feeling a little sentimental, the stylist doesn’t need to do anything drastic.

“When you get a first haircut, it can be something that just cleans it up around the edges to make it neater,” Friedman says.

“I love her curls, but it was just getting mullet-y,” Joujie’s mom, Marie, said. “It seemed like it was time.” Kate Bennis

At the Salon

Come prepared.

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So, the big moment has finally arrived … and your little one is not excited about having a strange person running her fingers through his hair. Just like at the doctor’s office, books, dolls, and lollipops can work wonders when trying to distract a cranky kid.

Many child-friendly salons will have toys and treats on-hand, but it doesn’t hurt to come with a small bag of favorites. If you’re not sure what to bring, try Friedman’s go-to: bubbles. “They keep kids busy for a while,” she jokes.

Keep your kid comfy.

If the stylist attempts to dress your child with a cape and your kid is not having it, scrap it. Instead, focus on keeping her relaxed — but it helps to have a change of clothes so she’s not wearing hair snippets out of the salon.

“Just come in with a spare T-shirt to put on after,” Friedman explains. The stylist can brush away loose hair beforehand and your child will feel fresh and clean.

If your child is nervous, ask if you can hold him.

Sometimes not even your son’s favorite toy can keep him from going into meltdown mode. Worst comes to worst, ask if you can hold him until the cut is over. Friedman says this is sometimes even more helpful for the stylist: “We love when a kid sits on their parent’s lap; sometimes it means we have more control.”

Rafi’s mom, Naomi, holds him to keep him calm during his first haircut. Kate Bennis

After the Appointment

Seek out kid-friendly products.

Congratulations — you survived your child’s first haircut! Now you’re probably already thinking about how to maintain your kid’s healthier strands.

“You want to use products that are paraben- or sulfate-free,” Friedman says. “A lot of people use their own stuff — whatever’s in the shower — but I wouldn’t recommend it.” Try these picks instead:

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Baby’s first haircut is an exciting milestone- your little man’s personality is shining through and it’s safe to say that your baby is growing up. But don’t marry him off just yet, you still have a couple more decades before you need to worry about that. It’s important that your little one’s first haircut is something memorable and fun, but most importantly, that it reflects your baby’s personality. With that being said, here are 19 super cute baby’s first haircut styles:

Baby Boy’s First Haircut Ideas

1. Schoolhouse Rock

Want your baby boy’s first haircut to be stylish? If your cutie likes more edgy looks, try tapering his hair and styling the crown up into some spikes. This too-cool-for-school style will have your little man looking like a rock star which will surely have all of the staff at the daycare talking.

2. Baby Boy’s First Hair Design

Here’s another tapered cut that’s perfect for baby’s first haircut. The sides have been cut short while the crown is left fairly long and has been tousled. The best part of this haircut is the cute design that has been cut into the sides. Not only does this give the look more personality, but it allows you to keep that playfulness without compromising his overall look.

3. Gentle Baby Haircut

“Lock up your daughter” is right! This little man is sporting a tapered cut with a distinctive part- perfect for babies who like to show off that classy, gentleman side.

4. Baby’s First Quiff Cut

This little cutie is rocking a cute little quiff-inspired style that has been tousled for a carefree look, which is perfect for a spunky social butterfly. If you’re not looking to cut off all of the hair when you give the baby his first haircut, maybe on your baby’s first birthday, this style is a great choice.

5. Baby Boy’s Tapered Cut

This little man is rocking a tapered style that frames the face. This is another style to consider if you don’t want to cut the hair too short for baby’s first haircut. With such an innocent look, your baby boy will surely get all of the attention.

Baby Boy? Try These Hairstyles

6. Curly Top

This cutie pie is rocking his curly high top fade. If your baby has curly hair, you can give your baby this simple short first haircut. The perimeter has been faded and a design has been cut out to give the style some fun edginess. If your little man is a live-wire with a whole lot of personality, then this funky haircut might be the perfect choice for him.

7. African-American Baby’s First Curly Taper

This is another style that you can do if your little baby has curly hair. Tapers are easy to achieve for baby’s first haircut because it takes about half the time to cut the hair. The distinctive part gives this style some structure and finesse, while his natural curls give off a playful, more laid-back vibe.

8. Baby’s First Mohawk

If you don’t want to cut your little man’s hair too low just yet, you could trim the hair and give him a funky little Mohawk as his first haircut. Not only will this save on time, but it will give him a cute alternate style until you’re more comfortable with cutting more hair off.

Baby Girl? Try These Styles

9. Baby’s Little Trim First Haircut

Another simple yet elegant first haircut for your baby. This cutie is rocking a short haircut that has been cut with scissors rather than hair clippers. If your little man isn’t ready for clippers yet for his first haircut, there’s no need to force him. A lot of toddlers don’t like clippers, but that doesn’t mean that baby’s first haircut will be a fail. Have the barber style a cut for him just using scissors this way you can give your baby a new look without having to worry about traumatizing him (or yourself).

10. Faded Mohawk for Afro-American Baby’s

This last baby boy first haircut is a Mohawk that has been faded around the edges. If you want your baby’s first haircut to be a stylish, memorable one, then this might be a great option for you.

You’ll love this adorable video.

There are many different ways to style your little one’s hair for his first haircut and the key to finding the perfect one is to stay true to your child’s personality. Get a haircut that suits him and his style and have fun with it! Remember, you can only have baby’s first haircut once!

Little Girl Hairstyles for Your Princess

Baby Girl First Haircuts

1. Short Side Swept Messy Hair

This effortless Side Swept Messy Hair gives your baby girl the “I-woke-up-like-this” look. You don’t necessarily have to give her a neat look to make her look presentable. She is cute nonetheless. Besides, if you have a busy day, you can simply leave her hair as it is.

2. Short Kinky Hair With a Bow Headband

If your baby girl has short kinky hair, a simple, cute bow headband would be just enough to add to her doll-like appearance. As a baby first haircut, you can wait for some time until her kinky hair grows a little longer.

3. Cropped Hair with Silky Ribbon

One of the cutestfirst haircuts for your baby girl, this is going to break hearts! It is absolutely cherubic and will let your baby girl enjoy herself without any hair bugging her face. This haircut surely gets extra brownie points for being one of the easiest haircuts to pull off.

4. Cute Low Pigtails

This is one of the best baby first haircut styles. Cute Low Pigtails is a very sporty hairstyle for your goofball. It is adorable and extremely effortless to manage. This will make her look very playful and girly at the same time. This haircut works best with the uneven length of hair growth for your girl.

5. Short Bob with Fringe

When your little girl has silky smooth hair, you can style it in any which way you want. This little girl short bob with fringe is a fairly simple and pretty hairstyle to pull off. With this charming bob, she will become the little star of the town in no time. Plus, who knows? Your little princess might find her signature haircut in this one.

6. Cute High Pigtails

Pigtails will always give a bubbly sweetness to your baby girl. High Pigtails are absolutely adorbs and will prevent any extra hair from bothering her eyes. She will love the look and probably want to wear it every day. Besides, little girls and pigtails have been best friends since the beginning of time.

7. Side Swept Bob

Another bubbly baby girl’s first haircut is a Side Swept Bob. This is one of the best and hassle-free hairdos in short hair you can try for your girl. This is a really cool haircut to opt for if she has short hair. This will give her a playful and make her look a hundred times more adorable.

8. Adorable Loop Pigtails

A funky hairstyle for your little baby girl. These little High Loop Pigtails are pretty simple and offbeat as well. This charming hairdo can also be worn on a daily basis. The fact that it is so easy to style will make it her favorite in no time!

9. Short Bob With a Big Bowed Hairband

This is a no-fuss look and the big bowed headband instantly gives your baby girl a chic look. The short bob is a really effortless baby first haircut and can be sported on a daily basis. This is also a great haircut for your kid to make a fashion statement.

Which one is your favorite baby’s first haircut? We’ll love to hear in the comment!

20 Сute Baby Boy Haircuts

The first years of child’s life are very special, and we certainly want to capture every important moment on camera. Parents, especially mothers, are particularly obsessed with the look of their kid, and baby boy haircut is an extremely important element of this look. Whether it is the snipping of a few strands during his first haircut or a heavily designed style for his first day of school, your child’s haircut will always be remembered.

Baby Boy Haircuts

The cutest today’s little boys’ haircuts are copies of adults’ cuts. Yes, Mohawks, undercuts, shaved designs, comb overs, quiffs – they look incredibly fun on baby boys! Check out the 20 pictures of cute little boys haircuts in our gallery below to find the best fit for your charming child.

#1: Cool Medium Haircut For Little Boys

Kids hair is so soft and tender – it’s often a pity to chop it off, especially when it has such a beautiful wavy texture. This medium length haircut styled as a preppy style is just too cute to be ordinary. Such baby boy haircut will give him a look that is trendy and still appropriate for his age.

#2: Punk Rock Tot

If your kid is already a bit of a rebel, give him a haircut to match. Pairing a long side bang with shaved sides is an instantly edgy touch. Slick it down, spike it up, the possibilities for this look are endless.

#3: Must-Have Mohawk

Is there anything cuter than a smart little boy in a bowtie with a Mohawk? While this cut may seem a cliché on someone older, on this kid it looks like an adorable on trend baby boy haircut style.

#4: Super Spidey Senses

It’s no secret that little boys love (and want to be) a super hero. Ask his barber to make his dream come true with a fun shaved spider web design. While it is a great look for young ones with black hair, it could work well on a variety of different hair colors and textures as long as the cut is closely cropped or features an undercut.

#5: Short Young Boys Haircut with Shaved Waves

As stated previously, many different hair types can rock etched designs. This look combines a disconnected undershave and a shaved wave pattern for one cool-looking haircut.

#6: Cute and Confident Quiff for Baby Boys

This kid is a star, and he knows it. If your standout son owns any room that he enters, make sure that his baby boy haircut makes a similar statement. Flipped bangs and an edgy design should do the trick.

#7: Precious and Parted Young Boys’ Hairstyle

If you are in search of a good look for a church service, family dinners or special events you can’t go wrong with a classy comb over. Haircuts for little boys with sleek styling are always sophisticated and appropriate for any occasion.

#8: Modern Mullet

We all know the saying about mullets: business in the front, party in the back. What was once looked at as unfashionable has now become super popular with a modern touch of side undercuts. Such toddler boy haircuts are perfect for the wild child in your family.

#9: Rocking Racing Stripes

If you ever get into a barbershop quarrel with your little man about his new haircut, try meeting in the middle—literally. Try the following baby boy haircut – tie the long and short sides together with a fun striped detail.

#10: Playground Popular Boys’ Haircut

Help your child rule the playground with a super cool look that will make him the king of the slides and swings. Elevate an edgy fauxhawk with a fun zig-zag design.

#11: Sweet Spiky Hairstyle For Baby Boys

If you are worried about committing you child to a full-on Mohawk, try a long bang that can be styled in different ways. Use gel to spike it when you want a fun weekend look, or smooth it down for special occasions.

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#12: Wild Wavy Long Top Short Sides Style

Let your son’s natural hair texture shine with a baby boy haircut that allows his soft curls to flow freely. Add some shape by closely clipped sides for a style that is full of personality just like he is.

#13: Baby Means Business

A skin fade is a great way to ensure that your child’s haircut lasts and you don’t have to worry about taking more trips to the barber than necessary. The best part is that you can still leave the top long to experiment with fun styles like this sleek look.

#14: Rocking and Retro

The slick-back hairstyle was extremely popular in the 50s (especially thanks to Elvis) and this style is a classy nod to that era. Make it more current by incorporating fun shaved details for a bit of modern rock and roll edge.

#15: Petit and Professional

It’s never too early to get your kid started on his ideal career path. If you want him to play the part he must look the part, which is why this haircut for baby boy is just the thing you need.

#16: Crazy and Curled

Your number one son will want to strike a pose and show off his unique haircut. Just because you have a slick style does not mean that it does not need volume. As this look shows, you can have both for an adorable moment.

#17: Super Sonic Style

Never get in between a little boy and his favorite video game. If your son loves Sonic the Hedgehog, give him a haircut to complement it. It’s one of the best-selling video games of all time which means that little boy hairstyles like this one are sure to be a hit.

#18: Nice and Natural

No need for gimmicks and distractions. Make your son’s natural curls the focal point of the baby boy haircut style. It’s an easy and effortless look.

#19: Cute and Cuddly

When your child is this young, you may want to wait until his first birthday to give him a haircut to make sure that you allow time for his true texture to shine through. Scissors instead of clippers will ensure that you maintain the softness of the curls.

#20: Classic and Comfortable

An angelic style just for your little angel; whether you are headed to school, dinner or a playdate, it is an appropriately winning style.

The baby boy haircut that you choose for your son will stick with him forever in early moments you’ll capture on the camera. Make sure that the style you select for him suits his personality and remains youthful and fun.

15 Stylish Toddler Boy Haircuts for Little Gents

If the simple buzzcut or mop-top isn’t quite cutting it for your toddler, look no further! Today, there are many on-trend and easy to maintain styles that will let your little man’s personality shine. You might want a low-maintenance look that’s still cool enough to make him stand out. Alternatively, he might want a fresh style that’s similar to his favorite characters, friends, or family members. Whatever his hair type, length or style, there’s a stylish toddler boy haircut that you’ll both love.

RELATED: 50 Cute Little Boy Haircuts

1. Crew Cut

The crew cut is a simple and classic look that’s easy to style. Just like the adult version of the cut, the sides are cut short with longer hair left on top. If your boy has naturally thick hair, you won’t need to add any product to make it look good. The hair will have natural volume and get that cute tousled finish on its own. A crew cut is also a great option when your little one wants to have a matching haircut with his dad or big brother, as it suits all ages.

2. Disconnected Cut

The disconnected cut is a unique hairstyle for toddler boys. There’s a big contrast between the short sides and extra long top. As a result, it gets the best of both worlds – manageable length with a cool fringe effect. The style works well on both straight and curly hair, as well as thick and thin hair types. It’s ideal if you like to dress your boy in fashion-forward outfits as it’s eye-catching and on-trend.

3. Faux Hawk Cut

Looking for an edgy cut for your toddler? Try the faux hawk. The cut has a rebellious attitude and is perfect if your child loves to be the center of attention. To create the look, the sides are buzzed short by the barber – rather than shaved down entirely as in an adult mohawk. A central section of hair is then left slightly longer, and pomade or gel is used to create the spiky faux hawk effect. The cut is a favorite with lots of toddler boys because it’s grown-up and cool.

4. Afro

Let your little man’s natural curls fly free with an Afro hairstyle. It’s a cute and classic look that’s also versatile. You can shave the sides into a taper fade or even include fun designs based on your child’s personality and style. While kids’ hair is generally softer and smoother than adult hair, Afro textures can dry out. So to keep his curls looking healthy and defined, make sure you use moisturizing hair oils regularly.

5. Bold Fade

A fresh look for your toddler is the bold fade. Trendy and stylish, the hairstyle has an athletic feel. As it’s so short, it’s very low maintenance and easy to style. That makes it perfect for an active boy who doesn’t like sitting still. It’s also great for busy mums and dads who are short on time. You can have a barber create this look and then maintain the short sides at home with a regular shaver.

6. Fringe Hairstyle

The fringe hairstyle is a modern take on the ’80s mushroom cut. However, there are some key differences – it’s much shorter and more layered to give the cut some dimension. For those reasons, it’s an excellent cut for a boy with fine, straight hair. The fringe cut is also versatile as you can add some product to give it extra texture and attitude.

7. Baby Bun

While man buns were once considered a hipster hairstyle, they’re now very mainstream. Even toddlers are rocking the style! A tiny topknot is a great way to manage your little guy’s long locks when you’re short on time. It goes with every clothing style – from edgy to preppy – and suits all hair types. For a cool Viking-inspired look, have the barber buzz the sides short and leave the center section extra long to create the baby bun.

8. Mini Mohawk

Like the faux hawk, the mini mohawk is a favorite with little boys. It’s a simple and fun cut that’s a mix between the faux hawk and a quiff. If you’d prefer to keep your son’s hair short – or if you have to for school or nursery – the mini mohawk is a great way to add a touch of individuality. It’s a quick and easy style that you can easily copy at home. Create the center spikes with a little pomade or gel, shape the hair into points with your fingers, and you’re done!

9. Natural Curly Hair

It can be challenging to style your boy’s mop of curls. As a result, it’s easier to leave them natural and untamed. However, there are some crucial curl care tips to know. Firstly, curly hair needs more regular trims than straight hair as the ends can dry out and break more easily. It also tangles quickly, so a shorter style can work well if you want your boy’s ringlets to stay neat. Next, use your fingers or a comb instead of a brush to prevent frizziness. And finally, use moisturizing hair oils or conditioner regularly to keep curls healthy and defined.

10. Pompadour

A favorite with child models and performers, the pompadour is an attention-grabbing style! The look is deliberately windswept with lots of drama and direction. As a result, it requires naturally thick hair to create. Even then, you will need to use a product to get your son’s hair to form the classic backcombed peaks of a true pompadour. While it takes some work, the pompadour is a hairstyle your little man will love showing off.

11. Quiff

Another adult hairstyle that looks just as good on toddlers is the quiff. It’s perfect for little boys who usually wear their hair short but want to look smart for a special occasion, like a wedding or birthday. It looks best on straight hair with the short back and sides cut. It also pairs well with a fade. Use a little gel or pomade in the front section and form the hair into a quiff. Meanwhile, comb the sides flat. Doing so keeps the look neat and tidy.

12. Side Part

The side part suits every face shape and has a retro vibe. Popular in the ’50s and ’60s, it’s a polished way to style your toddler’s hair. It works best if he has a naturally deep side part. Using a fine-toothed comb and pomade or gel, smooth the hair across from one side to the other. The cut is ideal for boys with naturally straight and fine hair, as these hair types have minimal frizz and volume.

13. Spiky Hair

Boys with thick hair have lots of styling options. One is the spiky look. Similar to the faux hawk and pompadour, it’s a haircut that will turn heads. Many cartoon characters have this style, making it a favorite with lots of toddler boys. Kids with a playful and sporty personality will also love the look. Use strong-hold gel to create the spikes and set in place with a blowdryer, if you can get your little one to stay still long enough!

14. Hard Part

A hard part – also known as a razor part – involves shaving a clean line on the hair parting using a trimmer or shaver. It adds an extra dynamic element to any style, like a fade or undercut. If you want to give your toddler boy’s short hairstyle some attitude, try the hard part. It looks great when combined with a deep side part.

15. Layered Medium Length Hair

Medium length hair is very versatile. You can style your son’s locks slicked back, parted or even braided. A straightforward option is layered medium length hair. Having layers put in is a great way to cut down on styling time as the barber will create texture and movement with the cut. Layers work well on all hair types, including both straight and curly.


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