Styling school hairstyles is a whole different profession
Hairdressers who give haircuts to kids are under appreciated and underpaid. I admit it publicly, that I do not give this part of the hair business its due. I rarely write about kids hair, mostly because I didn’t take on kids as my clientele. It requires different skills, mind set and last but not least, lots of patience, to get these little moving targets styled quickly and quietly to every ones satisfaction.
But if you’re finding it a little bit more difficult to get that hairdresser appointment in the past couple of weeks for your kids, its because it’s the busiest time of year at these hair salons. Back to school and hairstyles are synonymous.
I know many of you who read my articles have kids of your own to be concerned about so when I spotted this piece from the The Charlotte Observer, I just had to pass it along. It really does have some good school hairstyles tips.
Best Tip Advice: Leave your child and hair stylist alone if you want the job done right. Young kids act up and move around much more if a parent is standing by. Older kids feel especially doted over and controlled. Every styles I know GREATLY prefers you out of the surrounding area and may not know how to tell you this in a polite way.
It’s also excellent for them to bond with a hairdresser and create their own relationship with them. They won’t mind getting their next haircut if they have an experience that isn’t a “push and pull” type of memory.
It is well worth the read, especially for those moms out their who are trying to get the brood off to school without spending a bloody fortune.
School Hairstyles Tips
AMBER VEVERKA AVERVERKA@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM
Experts’ tips help take the snags out of children’s hair care, for both parents and youngsters Here are suggestions for taming younger kids’ hair: As small children head to the classroom, they’re jamming hair salons and barber shops, accompanied by their parents.
‘It’s our busiest time of the year,’ said Amy Marszalek, co-owner of Doolittle’s, a children’s hair salon in south Charlotte. ‘We’re swamped.’
As parents try to tame the tangles of summer play or send their children to school with a new hairstyle hair-care experts have advice on caring for kids’ hair — and how to teach the kids to do the same.
Earlier this month at the Supercuts on Providence Road, Elizabeth Holtz clutched her stuffed Dalmatian dog and grinned into the mirror.
Snip, snip, snip went the scissors through the strawberry blond strands.
It was the 5-year-old’s first haircut. She was unflappable.
It was mom who was having a hard time.
‘Oh!’ said Cameron Blake Holtz as Supercuts hair stylist Angie Ayers cut Elizabeth’s to-the-waist ponytail. (Was it the hair salon lights or did her eyes suddenly tear up?)
The dramatic change wasn’t a rash decision. It had been months in the making. Elizabeth wanted to follow her mom’s example and donate her hair to Locks of Love, a group that makes wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss.
And it was time for another reason: Elizabeth is entering kindergarten and her long hair ‘is a little much to manage,’ Blake Holtz said.
The first haircut
When it’s time for a child’s first professional haircut, there are ways to make it easier on everyone.
Talk it up at home, said Patsy Cannon, general manager of Supercuts of Charlotte. ‘Have a parent or sibling get their hair cut at the same time,’ she said. ‘And give them something to hold.’
Some salons, such as Doolittle’s, cater to the youngest kids by stocking toys in the waiting area and providing salon chairs that are shaped like cars.
Damian Johnson, owner of No Grease! Barber College in east Charlotte, suggests that parents stand back a little and let the hairdresser take over.
‘We tell the parents to let them be with us,’ he said. ‘Go take a seat, read a magazine, let us kind of introduce them into boyhood. (Mom’s) baby is now going into another stage.’
All experts interviewed said it’s a good idea to take the child to the same hairdresser each time, so a bond can develop.
As with adults, how often kids should have their hair cut depends on the hairstyle. In Charlotte, kids’ cuts tend to range from about $10 to $20.
Generally a short cut and bangs will start looking ragged after about six weeks, several hairdressers said. Longer, unlayered hair needs to be trimmed less frequently, about every eight to 12 weeks, depending on rate of growth and split ends. Some stylists offer free bang trims.
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