Hair Cuts – Small Steps Amazing Achievements

Like his parents, Ethan was born with hair.

Nanny would style it for him… 
…and he had a lovely mass of curls on the top of his head that I didn’t want to loose for a while. 
Ethan’s hair grew quickly so for the first year of his life we did lots of home hair cuts, which always didn’t turn out very well.
It wasn’t long before Ethan’s hair got long enough that people would ask me how old my little girl was!
It was at that point I knew it was time to get the help of a professional so we booked him in for his first official hair cut. 
It went as well as can be expected and we would return for Ethan’s trim every ten weeks. This proved to be too long and Ethan now has his hair cut every five weeks. When I found out I was expecting a boy it never occurred to me that we would be visiting a hairdressers so frequently. 
Unfortunately Ethan started to cry when he was having his hair cut. He also started to cry when we arrived at the hairdressers and even tried to bolt before going in. 
It took a while, but we finally worked out that Ethan didn’t like the feeling of the cut hair falling on his arms. Knowing that Ethan is hypo sensitive (under-sensitive) it never occurred to us that he could also be hypersensitive in certain areas, but I now know this is possible. 
So now when Ethan has his hair cut we make sure we cover his arms with our hands, he sits on our laps to help keep him still. This has made it a positive experience for him and he now doesn’t cry as soon as he sees the hairdressers. 
A very small step but one amazing achievement! 

12 thoughts on “Hair Cuts – Small Steps Amazing Achievements”

  1. My little man had crazy thick hair just like Ethan when he was born – people used to think I had intentionally had it cut into a little mohawk! He had his first hair cut at 6mo and has had it cut every 6 weeks or so since! Thankfully he’s never been bothered and sits beautifully! (Unlike his little sister!)

  2. sabrina montagnoli

    I could have written this post except for the happy ending! Last time in Italy thankfully they had a tv & turned on some cartoons to distract him. Be needs one now & I keep putting it off!

  3. Such cute photos! We have had a nightmare taking our Ethan to the hairdressers, right up until the end of last year he would scream and cry but stick with it and they get there eventually. Well done Ethan!

  4. Very cute hair. Ours have all been pretty much bald until a year, so never been much of an issue! Well done figuring out what the stresser was, these little things can make all the difference.

  5. Ethan looks so cute. I am afraid I am all in favour of long hair….but OH got fed up with the girl comments. J was nearly three before he got a proper cut! And we still have to bribe him with a lolly!

  6. Your opening line made me chuckle!Such lovely photos.We have the same problem with Mini-it takes 3 people to cut her hair-the hairdresser, Papa to hold her on his lap, and me to hold her arms while Peppa Pig is playing on the tablet!

  7. Dawn, MummyWifeWoman

    Love the pictures! and well done Ethan for being so great getting your hair cut. I know this is a huge achievment. Bruiser doesnt like his hair falling onto his arms or legs face etc either, id always thought that he thinks hes dirty but its nover occured to me that maybe he could hypersensitive!! We’ve discovered that counting the cars and buses that go past the hairdressers window distracts him enough for them the finish.

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