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The First Haircut for Baby: It Really Had to Happen!

Our baby had some shaggy hair before his first trim!

Our toddler had some shaggy hair before his first trim.

Ooh, was I ever in denial that our baby needed a haircut! I loved playing with Devi’s soft mullet curls, and thought his long bangs looked stylish and fashion-forward. “No way our little guy needs a haircut,” I scoffed. “I mean, he’s ONLY fourteen months old!”

(Note: Devi is now 22 months old, but I just found these photos and decided this story needed to be told. Just like that first haircut… better late than never!)

Ooh, those sweet, soft curls at the back of his head...

Ooh, those sweet, soft curls at the back of his head…

Finally, my husband (the fashion director of our parenting team) mussed Devi’s hair as shown in the photo below, and declared, “Just LOOK at this mop. It’s a mess! We need to clean it up.”

Are you too distracted by my overgrown hair to stop me from eating a tissue?

Are you too distracted by my overgrown hair to stop me from eating a tissue?

I subsequently spent the next bunch of days asking people and searching online about HOW exactly to cut the hair of a squirmy-as-heck little cutie. Maybe some people will find this article doing that same search! The consensus seemed to be that a haircut around the age of one year was a good thing, and one could either do it at home, or ask a barber.

What do you mean I need a haircut?

What do you mean I need a haircut?

We opted for the barber route, and I’m glad we did. We bopped down to the local hair cuttery where Colin gets his own mane coiffed and asked the burly barber whether he’d give an infant his first haircut. He beamed and declared, “Yes! I’ll do the baby’s haircut now. Put him here!” He plopped a wooden board across one chair’s arm and placed Devi on top, tying a black cape around him. Colin crouched on the hairy floor below to steady the sweetie. Devi gaped at the camera in confusion.

This is a funny outfit, Mommy.

This is a funny outfit, Mommy.

The barber was a pro. He snipped and snooped deftly and with speed, knowing there were only minutes to work before the meltdown occurred. Kindly, the barber piled all the blond curls into a mound on a paper towel, barking, “Take these home and keep them.” They are now awkwardly sitting on our TV stand until we figure out where, exactly, one stores old baby hair.

A little sideburn snip snip.

A little sideburn snip snip.

What a difference that haircut made! Devi became even more dapper than this proud mommy could imagine, and was elected president of his daycare class. Just joking — but he sure does look good!

Umm, what's he doing with my hair?

Umm, what’s he doing with my hair?

In sum, if you’re on the fence about getting your child his or her first professional haircut, go for it! I’m glad we did. Now what do we do with this pile of snipped baby curls???

The "After" picture: Face covered in dinner, but hair nice and neat!

The “After” picture: Face covered in dinner, but hair nice and neat.

What have been YOUR experiences with first haircuts? Do share!

 

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David Marshall

Monday 21st of September 2015

Hehe, I love that final photo :)

Lillie

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Me too! Messy little guy.

Sandy

Saturday 19th of September 2015

Take a good photo of Devi when he was younger and glue the hair on the photo. My mother did that for my brother and me and we had the photos for along time. I think my brother has the photos since I cannot find them Sandy

Lillie

Saturday 19th of September 2015

What a cute idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

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