In a previous post, I talked about how to choose the perfect salon for your child’s natural hair. And in another post, I listed 10 different types of hair professionals and how to choose the right one based on your hair needs. So now that we’ve gotten some knowledge on salons and hair professionals, and after visiting about 3 salons before choosing the best child friendly hair professional, it is now time to prepare your daughter for her first real salon visit!
Regardless of the personality trait of your child, it is important for the both of you to be prepared before going to the salon, so that you can both have a more favorable and enjoyable experience. Below, I have listed 6 easy preparations to help prepare your Afro Kid for her first salon visit.
2. Prep your child’s hair in advance so that her first salon visit can be shortened. You can prep her hair by washing, deep conditioning, combing, detangling and stretching the hair so that the hair is ready to be styled. You can gradually add each process to future visits as she gets comfortable sitting still for long periods of time.
|Hair which is stretched is easier to work with|
4. Choose a quick and easy, but fun hairstyle so that her first salon visit doesn’t take forever! A complicated and time consuming hairstyle can be frustrating to you and the hairstylist, especially if the child is tender headed, can’t sit still for more than 10 minutes at a time or falls asleep while she gets her hair done. Also, if you have a child that likes to whine and complain, it would be best to keep it simple at this point.
|All Done 🙂|
First time experiences aren’t always smooth sailing, so your child might need a few more visits to be comfortable with the routine, so don’t get frustrated if the first visit didn’t go according to plans. Keep Trying. And if things still doesn’t work out, you might need to wait until your child grows older to be comfortable getting her hair done outside. In the meantime, simply put her hair in quick and easy styles such as as buns, chunky cornrows and twists. You can also have a family member who is close to the child help out.