Mop head

A lady sat down in my chair and told me to “do something with this mop.” Then she got quiet, in that uncomfortable way. It turns out that growing up, her father had always called her “mop head.” He had recently passed away, and she realized she would never hear it again.

I assured her that if she didn’t cut her hair, then inevitably someone would call her that again, but it wouldn’t be the same.

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ringlets no more

A dad brought his 4-year old son in for his first “real” haircut. He’d been trimmed at home, but he still had his beautiful baby ringlets. Dad was ready for him to look “more like a boy,” so he wanted quite a bit of length taken off. After discussing it, Dad said to go ahead and make it a full mohawk: skin on the sides, and enough length taken off the top so that it would stand up on its own. I asked him several times if he was sure, and reminded him that those ringlets would not come back. He was sure, and of course the boy was totally into it. And just for funsies, let’s put in some colored gel to make the mohawk blue and super spiky.

As I was shaving the boy’s head, I asked if Mom knew he was getting a haircut. Apparently she knew he was getting it cut, but not this haircut. I asked the dad to not blame me when Mom flipped out from him cutting off all of her baby’s beautiful hair. The dad just chuckled.

Although I never did hear from the mom, so I still wonder how the new ‘do went over at home.

the sleeper

A dad brought his 2 & 1/2 year old son in for a haircut. I could see the boy was sleepy, as his eyes were drooping and once in a while his head would flop. I started using the clippers on him, but he wasn’t listening to us telling him that he needed to keep his head up. We noticed that he had actually fallen asleep. He slept right on through the clippers buzzing against his head, and his dad had to come physically hold his head up so I could finish the cut with scissors. We stopped worrying about waking him up, because this boy was out. He was drooling, and at one point he even snored. Dad was struggling to keep the boy’s head up while I cut his hair, and we had a choreographed dance to do it. In fact, I had to stop several times because I was laughing so hard. Dad even managed to get his phone out and take some pictures. The boy kept on sleeping through the whole thing. The only time he briefly woke up was when I finished the cut and Dad lifted him out of the chair. But he snuggled up and went right back to sleep.

My coworkers congratulated me on actually putting a child to sleep (which I’d never had happen before), but credit lies with the boy’s older brothers who played with him so much that he just couldn’t stay awake anymore.

Scooby-Doo pajamas

There is no perfect way to time the haircut of a toddler. Before a nap, after a nap, random times – there’s just no telling when the child will be agreeable. One parent tried a new approach: during the nap. The child was awake, but only just so. He was still in his Scooby-Doo pajamas even.

However, the kid was not having it. He didn’t scream, but he did that fussy, half cry that very sleepy children do. He also did lots of wriggling and hiding. At one point, one of my coworkers came over to help hold him still. That’s when the dad decided the haircut was “good enough” and stopped it. The cut was far from perfect, but not bad for a wiggling 2 year old.

The next day, apparently the child was in a better mood, so the dad decided to try again. He was still wiggly (because he is still a 2-year old), but he wasn’t in his pjs at least, so I got to give him a better haircut. Sometimes it takes multiple tries to get it right.

yellow hair

As I brought a man up to the register to pay after his haircut, his blonde 4-year old son saw my rainbow hair and just stood there, mouth agape. His father said “Do you like her hair? Is that how you want yours?” The son just nodded, still motionless and speechless.

“He was actually just telling me on the way over here that he is sick of his yellow hair and he wants it to be rainbow.”

I bent down next to him and said “I was sick of my yellow hair too!” I don’t think he knew that it was possible to actually have rainbow hair, because even as his father carried him out the door, the boy still stared at me, wide-eyed and speechless. I’m pretty sure I blew that kid’s mind, simply by existing.

use your words

A very young child was supposed to get his hair cut, but he was crying, screaming, squirming, and generally being an 18-month old. Though he was sitting on his father’s lap, he was being very physical. He was actively kicking me, grabbing my hand and scissors as I tried to cut his hair (which is why I didn’t use my sharpest blades), and still screaming. I even pointed out to the father, who – again – was sitting in the chair with his son, that the baby was being very difficult, and were he any bigger, I would actually be getting hurt.

The father continued holding the child just enough that he wouldn’t fall off and said “Hey Mister, you’re forgetting your manners.” He made no attempt to restrain the child, even though there was threat of physical harm to both me and the baby. The child kicked and screamed during the entire haircut, which was definitely not my best work because of all the aforementioned wriggling. Eventually the father gave in and decided that I couldn’t do more than I already had. (Or maybe it was just taking too long.) He still never tried to restrain the child, nor stop him any more than reminding the baby about his manners. Also, he never apologized for making his son sit through a haircut even though it was clearly naptime and / or the child was too young.  He only joked that “he’s only acting like this because his mom is here.” His mom, incidentally, was waiting in the lobby, several feet away and out of sight of the child.

 

After they left, several of my coworkers and their clients expressed amazement, relief, etc. that the screaming child was finally gone. (My coworkers were just glad they didn’t have to deal with him.)