Trimming your baby's hair for the first time
Your baby’s hair has already grown quite a bit and you feel a trim is on the cards! Or is it too early? We answer all your questions on the subject…
When is the right time?
It all depends on how much hair your baby has but, generally speaking, do not cut your baby’s hair before its first birthday. Up until the age of six months, the “first hairs” grow and then fall out, following a drop in hormones that’s completely normal after birth. So, unless your baby has a really annoying tuft of hair, wait until your child’s first birthday.
Does cutting your child’s hair weaken it?
No, but it does not strengthen the regrowth either. However, it does allow you to rebalance the hair growth. It is also an opportunity for you to keep the hair out of your child’s face, ears and off the nape of the neck, where it particularly tends to stick.
Can you do it yourself?
Yes, as long as you are just doing a few touch-ups. Sit your baby in a highchair so it does not move. Get your hands on a pair of round-ended scissors (used for cutting children’s nails) and explain to your baby what you are going to do.
Do you cut your baby’s hair dry or damp?
It is best to cut your baby’s hair dry to avoid any nasty surprises (it will seem longer when damp). Start at the nape of the neck because that is the area where the hair grows most quickly. Hold the locks in the air and between your fingers (as shown in the photo) for maximum safety.
When should you go to the salon?
Between six months and a year, if you are not comfortable carrying out a few touch-ups. Otherwise, go when your baby needs its first “proper” haircut. To make this first encounter a little easier, feel free to seek advice from your hairdresser on the best time to come into the salon. Not going during peak hours is a wise idea: it is best for your child to go to the hairdressers when there are fewer people around to limit the noise created by the hairdryers or the potent smells of hair colouring treatments.
Now your baby is well-styled, it is your turn! Why not enjoy a postpartum treatment to pamper your locks?
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