Tips For a Successful Haircut

  • Book Ahead. Due to the popularity of our hairdressing service it is always better to call ahead and book your appointment, either by phone 0131 2251242, or by popping into the shop. Appointments are every 30 minutes.
  • Arrive Early. Please arrive in good time to ensure you don’t miss your appointment. This also gives your child time to settle in.
  • Avoid the word ‘cut’. Some children are frightened by the word ‘cut’, tell them instead that they are coming for a ‘trim’ or a ‘snip’ as it’s less scary.
  • Get used to the environment. It’s a good idea if you can pop into Treehouse Childrenswear before your appointment and let your child meet the hairdressers, have a play, sit in the car chair and get used to the environment.
  • Talk it up. Always talk about the haircut beforehand, in simple terms, about what’s going to happen and get them excited about it. Perhaps you could play hairdressers at home. The key is to build excitement around the haircut and not anxiety.
  • Bring an extra t-shirt. Kids often associate being itchy and uncomfortable with a haircut. We provide super hero capes to avoid little hairs getting on their skin, but we would never make a child wear one if they don’t want to. In this instance we would advise that you bring an extra t-shirt/top to get those tiny itchy hairs away from their skin. This can make a world of difference for the child’s haircut experience!
  • No-one is getting their ear cut off! Never tell your child that their ear will get cut off if they don’t sit still.Instead, ask them to sit still to ensure that the haircut looks good, or let them know that they will be helping the hairdresser. The hairdressers are well used to children moving around, but any help you can offer to keep them still and calm does make a difference. Our hairdressers will never put any child at risk and if a child is moving too much then we would suggest re-arranging another time.
  • Timing is key. Prior to the hairdressing appointment ask yourself: do they need a nap? Are they hungry? Do they fear strangers? You know when the best time is for your child, so please arrange a suitable appointment time.
  • Create a distraction. Often with small children, a distraction is necessary to get them through their haircut. We have a range of popular DVDs, but if you would like to take along a favourite please do so. Any other favourite toys, books, soothers and snacks all help as distractions too.
  • Relax. If you are tense, then your child will be too. Never force a child to have their hair cut as it will only create fear. We will not charge you if a haircut does not take place. It will happen one day, as it’s a work in progress to help them relax into the environment. Remember that we are here to help.