Help your kid avoid the embarrassment of a bad haircut that ruins her first weeks at school. Get her to the hairdresser now!
Before you head to the salon, make sure you've talked to your child about the kind of hairstyle she wants -- and the kind of hairstyle she's allowed to get. Together, you can thumb through kids' catalogs and magazines for ideas.
Choose a simple, care-free style that suits your child's activity level. Young kids should definitely have "wash and go" styles. Make sure long-haired girls brush regularly to keep knots and tangles at bay. Invest in more hair ties and clips than you need, as those little things have an amazing way of disappearing (perhaps they're with the socks that don't have pairs?).
Choose a salon and hairdresser experienced in cutting children's hair. Think about the mental scars so many of us bear from that one bad haircut we received as a child? A hairdresser who is used to wielding scissors around a fidgety kid is a must. And if the haircut does go wrong, don't feel shy about asking the stylist for a "repair."
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