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Give Your Baby A Haircut In Three Easy Steps

Want to tame that baby barnet? Get clued up first

Those wispy locks might look adorable now, but it won’t be long before they become wild. If you decide to brave the scissors and cut your baby’s hair for the first time, swot up first.

The kit

Use a small pair of clean household scissors if you don’t have hairdressing scissors. ‘Hold sections of hair between your fingers – this forms a barrier between the blades and your baby’s head,’ says Lisa Lemon, senior stylist at children’s hairdressers Trotters in Chelsea. To keep itchy hair at bay, place a towel around his neck. Do the cut after a bath, or use a water spray. Let him play with the spray first, so it doesn’t seem scary.

The seat

If your child’s under two, the highchair is a great place for a home cut, positioned in front of CBeebies. Equip him with a snack and a couple of toys. Before you start, make sure he’s not hungry or tired. And remember to explain what you’re going to do and how great it’s going to look.

The method

Start by trimming around the ears, which is the most difficult bit, as your baby will be less fidgety at the beginning. ‘Then do the fringe and around the nape. Offer him a book, as it’s easier to cut the back if he’s looking down,’ says Lisa. When it’s done, give him praise and a small treat, so he’ll look forward to his next trim.


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