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My Kid Hates Getting a Haircut. How Can I Keep Him Calm?

Learn how you can soothe your child's nerves during salon visits.

By Andra Chantim
Illustration of man trying to give child in truck a haircutPeter Oumanski

“My son won’t sit still at the salon. He screams the whole time he’s getting a haircut.”

Erika Lombard, via e-mail

Cozy Friedman, the owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, in New York City, says that little ones most often lose their cool when they get their hair sprayed with water, put on a constricting cape, or see their reflection in the big salon mirror. So ask the stylist to spritz the comb (not your child’s head), bring along an oversize T-shirt from home to use in lieu of the high-necked robe, and have your kid face away from the mirror. Distraction is key, too, says Hailey Arthur, the owner of Pigtails & Crewcuts, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Play a video on your iPad, or read a book aloud until the snipping is done.

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