Baby H has always had long hair. While she lost some of the thickness after a few months and didn’t have much going on in terms of bangs, the hair on the back of her head kept getting longer and longer! Her baby mullet became quite the spectacle! When we walked into one of Baby H’s swim lessons a couple of months ago, I heard one mom whisper to her husband, “Look at that baby’s hair.” Baby H easily had the longest hair in class!
And while the mullet was quite fun: we’ve been able to put her hair in pigtails and it was somewhat exciting to see just how long her hair would go, there were some negatives for a young baby having so much hair. She was constantly getting knots, especially as she likes laying on her back and wiggling her head back and forth. The Velcro from her bibs was always getting caught in her hair. Because the hair on top/in front wasn’t as full or long (hence the mullet), she generally looked very unkempt.
At around 10 months, I decided it was finally time to bite the bullet and cut her hair.
As I searched out the kids’ salons near my house, I realized that they were a little pricey. Yes, the commemorative certificate, photo and little baggy for the lock of hair was nice, but at around $20-$25 + tip, I wasn’t sure about making the investment at this point. I thought maybe the salon I went to would have a better deal on a kid’s haircut. But no, same price minus the “commemorative” elements of a first haircut.
So I decided to separate my wants and needs. I wanted the experience, photo, and a lock of hair for her baby book. But I didn’t need a professional for me to make this happen. She also didn’t need a particular style that comes from a professional haircut. Since the hair in front is not very long, she didn’t need that cut. All she needed was a trim in the back and she would be mullet-less.
Finally I determined that what we needed in this situation was a good old fashioned DIY home haircut!
I, of course, think hair stylists are amazing and I could never in a million years imagine doing their jobs. I should never in most circumstances be trusted with a pair of scissors near anyone’s hair, let along my child’s. But just this one time, taking it into my own hands (literally) and saving myself the money made the most sense.
After Mr. H and I decided to just go for it, we only had a chance to take some (poor quality) iPhone pictures before and after.
Here is Baby H at 10 months with her fabulous, fabulous baby mullet! To do the haircut, Mr. H had her sitting in his lap with her facing him (for the photos I’m holding her). I made a ponytail out of her hair with my hand and snipped across. After I was done, I snipped off a little bit more to even it out.
And here she is after! While the cut is very far from perfect, it served its purpose. Her hair is much easier to manage and we can actually put bibs on her without a Velcro disaster. And, I got exactly what I felt I needed from the situation: the experience with Baby H, a photo, and a lock of hair for her baby book.
And while I can’t wait for her first salon cut (where they will probably be secretly judging me for the sub-par job I’ve done), saying that I gave Baby H her very first haircut is a pretty fun memory!
Have you ever given your LO a haircut?