Close

Working With Kiddie Clientele: Distraction, Distraction, Distraction

Alison Alhamed | February 11, 2016 | 2:25 PM
Haircuts can be scary--the number-one rule is distraction, distraction, distraction. (photo credit: Alison Alhamed)
Photo By Alison Alhamed

Watching your client go from haircuts perched on a parent’s knee to seeing them off to college can be rewarding and heartwarming. But it also takes a whole lot of patience when working with children—and knowing the number-one rule: distraction, distraction, distraction.
MODERN spent time at KidSnips salon in Arlington Heights, Illinois, to learn more about catering to the kids and polled our @modernsalon Instagram followers to learn their favorite tips.

@tiffanyraelene: I’ve found kids are a lot more into it and chill if they know me. Then we are just hanging out and doing what we do and they are just a part of it. I also have a stash of chocolate that they know they only get when finished.

@kyleandrewprofessional: I always have a hair swatch from my hair ex- tensions services! Most kids love the bright-colored hair and the softness; it usually keeps kids pretty happy and their hands out of the way.

@mrs_s_wilson: Bubbles are my favorite distraction. Mom or dad can blow them while I’m snipping away!

@mlilip: I always tell the kids, “Let’s just give you a trim.” They don’t know what that word is. To kids, cut equals boo-boo—especially when you’re coming at them with scissors.

@emilyjeankathleen: Youtube favorite theme songs or openings of favorite shows on repeat. If I need to do the nape, I ask mom or dad to hold the iPad down near their toes.

@updosnz: If you’re using clippers, turn them on and let them hold them. Then the kids know it’s noth- ing to be afraid of. And try to have dad having a haircut at the same time.

@kidscutsandwaves: Show the children what tools you are using and explain what you are doing. I like to say things like, “Let’s do your hair.” I often tell my littles that we are going to play, and I try to make each expe- rience as fun as possible!

@mirandasharp: I used to work for Cookie Cutters. The chairs were little cars and we had TVs at each station with PBS Kids and Netflix. The reward was a balloon and sucker!

 

Originally posted on Modern Salon.

More from News

NAHA
NAHA

2019 NAHA Finalists: Texture

Lauren Salapatek | December 4, 2018

The NAHA texture category demonstrates texture skills with designs that complement the individuality of diverse hair textures. Hair texture may be natural or chemically treated, but entries must display wearable, cutting-edge textured hair styles.

NAHA
NAHA

2019 NAHA Finalists: Salon Team

Lauren Salapatek | December 4, 2018

The NAHA Salon Team category showcases a team's diversity, versatility, creativity and expertise in hair styling. Salon teams must consist of at least two members and be employed at the same salon to be eligible.

NAHA
NAHA

2019 NAHA Finalists: Student

Lauren Salapatek | December 3, 2018

Collections in the NAHA Student category display creativity, versatility and expertise in hair styling. Students must be enrolled in school or performing required hours in a salon and NOT be a licensed cosmetologist as of the entry deadline.

NAHA
NAHA

2019 NAHA Finalists: Men

Lauren Salapatek | December 3, 2018

Men's styling is an integral part of the professional beauty industry. Entrants for this NAHA category submitted three images displaying their best men's hair styling work.

NAHA
NAHA

2019 NAHA Finalists: Master Hairstylist

Lauren Salapatek | December 3, 2018

The Master Stylist category is designed to allow the biggest names in the industry to compete with one another. Entrants are top platform artists, educators, artistic directors and previous Hairstylists of the Year who submit five images of a collection exemplifying best work.

Load More