It seems just a moment ago (and somehow also forever ago) that you little baby came into the world. But whether they were bald, covered in lanugo, or sporting a fabulous do from the start, everyone needs to have their first hair cut eventually.

For parents, this first haircut is usually exciting — especially if it’s taken a couple years for baby’s hair to finally come in. But your toddler likely isn’t feeling the rosy anticipation — they’re usually nervous. To make matters worse, a bad first haircut experience can set you up for what feels like a lifetime of battles over haircare. Here are few tips to help ensure your child feels confident and comfortable throughout the process.

Watch Mum or Dad Go First.

Toddlers thrive on routine and expectations. One of the driving stress factors during first haircuts is that many young children have never been to a salon before nor watched someone get a trim. One of the easiest ways to help your child feel good about their first haircut is to make going to the salon normal.

Schedule a haircut for mom, dad, and any older siblings about a week apart. Bring your toddler along each time. Let them watch as your stylist works, and be sure to introduce them to the person who will be cutting their hair. By the time it’s their turn, they’ll feel like a haircut pro and be ready to try it themselves!

Choose Your Words Wisely.

For your average toddler, the word “cut” means tears and a bandaid. They’ve never had their hair trimmed before, so they may not understand that cutting hair is very different from cutting a finger. We recommend using less frightening terminology. You can say it’s time for a hair styling, hair trim, hair transformation, or any other turn of phrase that suits you.

Set Your Child Up For Success.

When it’s time for your child’s first haircut, a high end salon may not be at the top of your list — but it should be. While other discount salons need to get through as many customers as possible as quickly as they can, the master stylists at luxury salons, like Cactus Club Salon & Spa, are never in a rush. We take the necessary time to ensure your child is feeling happy and at ease.

The Cactus Club Salon & Spa is kept well lit, pristinely clean, and smelling fresh — so you won’t need to worry about a nasty smell or flickery light triggering a toddler meltdown. Finally, we have experienced stylists who specialize in children and first hair cuts. A gentle hand, soothing explanation at every step in the process, and cheerful smile help your child to enjoy this new experience.

At Cactus Club Salon & Spa, we understand the magic that can come with getting just the right hair cut from a master stylist. For many people, having their hair washed and cut is a soothing act of self-care. But others feel anxious and unhappy about needing a haircut even into adulthood. It’s our belief that every child deserves a fantastic first haircut that will set them up to love their hair for life — call us today.