For some children, having a haircut can be an upsetting experience. If a child has sensory issues, is on the Autistic Spectrum, or just has a phobia of the hairdressers, then it can be very frightening for them, and very stressful for you.
First of all, please be assured it is a remarkably common problem. We see it every day and please believe us when we say we are used to seeing children who become upset, and yes, in some cases, even hysterical.
At Fidgets we don’t have a one solution fits all
Every child and every family is unique and therefore every solution needs to be bespoke to them. We have worked very successfully with many children over the years to help them overcome their fears and make the experience of having a haircut more bearable, and even in some cases, now enjoyable. However we are realistic about the timescales for this process and it can take many visits before a child is even ready to sit in the car/chair
Applying restraint is an approach we prefer to avoid where possible – you may get a haircut achieved by whipping off the hair as quick as possible the first time round, but this approach is not enabling your little one the opportunity to build trust with their stylist.
Here in Fidgets we much prefer a gentler, slower approach, with our free “Get To Know Me” appointment;
Upon arrival your little one will be greeted by our friendly stylist’s with a quick hello and then they will be left with yourself to get a feel for the salon environment and possibly watch other children having their haircut. Feel free to let them sit in a car, use our iPad’s, play with our toys all without us actually doing a haircut – then when its time to go, enjoy a lollipop form our lollipop tree to take home as a treat. We don’t charge for this 10 – 15 minute appointment, it’s all part of our service, however we do ask parents to book this in advance, as we do get extremely busy in the salon. There is no limit as to how many times you can book this free 10 – 15 minute “GET TO KNOW ME APPOINTMENT”
Then only when you feel comfortable that your child is ready to let one of our stylists touch their hair should you book in for a paying appointment. this is where our “BUILDING TRUST APPOINTMENT” is recommended. This is a 20 minute appointment slot, please ask staff for details about these appointment options.
If you think your child would settle better in a room on their own, we have our very own sensory room filled with calming lights and squishy textured toys. We offer “SENSORY SUNDAY APPOINTMENTS” with exclusive use of the whole salon and sensory room once a month. This type of appointment can be booked for 30 minutes and 60 minutes, don’t hesitate to contact the salon for information.
Honestly when it comes to kids haircuts – whether it be cutting outside or cutting on the floor we’ve seen it all and done it all!