S is 3 years old; until now, her hair cuts have been done by me, after a shower. The word that would best describe S’s hairstyle would be “bodged.” But she’s small, and her hair is short and always messy – so it doesn’t really notice!
Just recently I realised her hair was getting longer, and I thought now might be the time to take her to a professional rather than tackle it again myself. I asked around and my sister recommended someone who lives around the corner from where I grew up. I contacted her and we arranged an appointment, and this Wednesday S and I went on an adventure.
A while back the people at E-Outdoor had sent S a smart new backpack, and we decided this was the perfect time to try it out. You can see from the photo, it has clever pen holders on the side. What you can’t see from the photo, is that the front pocket of the backpack contains a drawing pad. An absolute win for a little girl who spends huge amounts of time drawing!
We caught the bus out of town, which involved going past two Barons – so we were quickly onto a winner! When we arrived, Sue let us in and we could hear her dog barking. Another win; S loves dogs!
When I asked friends about child-friendly hairdressers, one friend (an ex-hairdresser) told me that hairdressers generally aren’t really “child-friendly” – they just put up with your child moving about. I didn’t want someone who would tut at S and make her feel like she was a nuisance, so had decided a salon was a bad idea. Sue has a hairdressing chair in her kitchen, and even a proper box to pop in the chair so as to make a toddler the right height for hair cutting shenanigans.
Sue began by showing S her special hairdressing gown, which had a picture of a dog having his hair cut. Then she let S choose which colour comb she used, and then she showed her the scissors she was going to use, and showed how they had a blunt end and didn’t hurt her hands when she put them against her skin. This sort of thing hadn’t even occurred to me, but I think it really put S at ease.
S sat fairly still while she had her hair cut, and Sue was very patient with her when she kept wriggling about. Half way through her hair cut, it was decided that perhaps Ted needed a hair cut too. Sue held him while S combed his hair… but Ted kept jumping about and wouldn’t stay still for S to comb his hair. S was in fits of giggles at this!
After S’s haircut was finished, Auntie Af had a trim too. S got to help brush her hair, which was fun.
Once the hair brushing was out of the way though, it got a bit boring. De Af was haivng her hair cut; Mummy was talking to Sue; S was fed up. Enter the backpack doodle pad!
S sat intently drawing in her doodle pad while De Af and I both had a trim, and then there was just time to say a quick hello to the dog before getting back on the bus!
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get a photo of S standing still when you want one, so the actual haircut itself is hard to show. However, the main reason for this trip was not to sort out a terrible hair situation, so much as for S to get used to going to the hairdresser and having her hair cut properly. That there was a bus journey and a dog (and that Sue gave her Minion bubbles as we left) were all just added bonuses!