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.

first haircut

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!

Ted hair cut

After S’s haircut was finished, Auntie Af had a trim too. S got to help brush her hair, which was fun.

De Af haircut

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!

LittleLife Doodle Daysack

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!

toddler first haircut

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!

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Candace · 18/07/2015 at 13:38

She looks very grown up with her new haircut. Probably something touching want to think about your little baby though. Wish there was someone are great with kids when my daughter was little. She had long hair because of all the issues we had

    Vicky Charles · 18/07/2015 at 20:58

    Oh bless her! I really didn’t want to take her somewhere where she would have to be held still or something; much better that she thinks of a haircut as a treat and great fun!

april · 18/07/2015 at 14:24

She looks adorable :)

    Vicky Charles · 18/07/2015 at 20:56

    Ah thanks! She enjoyed her haircut.

Kim Carberry · 18/07/2015 at 21:28

Aww! Bless her….Adorable! She looks so much like you x

    Vicky Charles · 19/07/2015 at 11:33

    ah thanks! Lots of people have said that recently!

Lucy at occupation:(m)other · 18/07/2015 at 21:52

What a gorgeous post! First haircut can be a scary thing but it sounds as though it was such a lovely adventure. The picture of your little girl drawing is just so beautiful!
We’re lucky there’s a fab hairdressers near us that are specifically for children. I took my boy this week (for his second ever cut). He loved sitting in the chair that’s shaped like a pretend car…and watching peppa pig on the mini screens. Oh and a sticker and a box of raisins completed the experience for him. But forget all that and I imagine if the person doing it isn’t thoughtful or careful it can still be pretty rubbish.
Thank you for hosting #weekendbloghop

    Vicky Charles · 19/07/2015 at 11:33

    Oh, Lucy that sounds like such a fun place to go! What a brilliant idea for a business!

Sharon Powell · 19/07/2015 at 12:41

Aww what a lovely hairdresser Sue is. I’m glad it was a good experience for S as it will help her to continue going. The rucksack is a great idea, it would be fab for Harry x

    Vicky Charles · 19/07/2015 at 22:13

    Thanks, I love the rucksack it’s so clever and I can see it coming in really useful!

Melody · 19/07/2015 at 21:52

Aaah she looks lovely. :) xx

    Vicky Charles · 19/07/2015 at 22:06

    ah thanks! She had a great day.

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