With little C being of Persian descent, he was blessed with a thick head of … blonde curls. So I didn’t want anyone cutting or shaving our pesar tala‘s (golden boy) hair until my baby’s first haircut was absolutely necessary.
You see for a mum, deciding to cut your child’s hair for the first time is a really big deal. There’s just something about those little sprouts of hair that feels special.
Persian boys get their first haircut — a complete shave — during their first year. However when my better half, H, suggested shaving C’s hair, I gave him a very hard stare. It’s taken me quite some time to pluck up the courage to take Cyrus for his first haircut. A whole year to be exact.
“It’s only hair,” H would say. “I can do it at home, we don’t need to take him to the salon.”
Muslim babies get their first haircut a mere seven days after being born. The hair is shaved to show that he is cleansed and ready to begin life as a Muslim. The hair is weighed and its value donated to a charity. If the hair doesn’t amount to much, families can simply make a small donation.
But the idea of seeing little C without his luscious curly blonde locks was too much to bear and I shuddered at the thought of H tracing around a bowl to cut his fringe.
No, it was time for a trip to the salon … but just for a quick trim to keep his hair out of his eyes. Here are my snippets which helped keep little C calm during his first hairdressing appointment.
1. Choose a salon carefully for baby’s first haircut
We’d heard rave reports from friends about Pikku Hair Salon in Gosforth High Street, Newcastle, so we decided to give it a go. Booking was really easy online. You can choose everything – even your stylist – before you arrive.
Pikku is a bright, vibrant salon in the heart of Gosforth and caters for first haircuts, birthday parties and other special occasions. There’s also a fantastic clothes store below the salon which has some bright, exclusive designs for children up to five years old.
2. Be prepared
On arrival, as it was fairly quiet, little C got to pick his favourite car to sit in and choose which film he wanted to watch on his iPad dashboard to help him stay calm and keep his hands busy. Times have really changed since new mum over 40 was young!
3. Keep calm
After being wrapped in a plastic cape and squirted with water, hairdresser Zoe began to snip his locks. Despite the unfamiliar surroundings, sights and sounds, little C wasn’t phased by anything because H and I were there cooing over him. He was far too busy driving his car and making ‘brum-brum’ noises while watching Disney’s Cars.
4. Keep them entertained
I was keen to preserve little C’s baby look. I was so conscious that if we cut off his curls, they might not grow back. Therefore he was having JUST a trim. He didn’t squirm a bit throughout the haircut. This is probably down to the fact that THIS salon knows exactly how to keep kids entertained! The car’s steering wheel certainly kept little hands busy and out of the way of sharp scissors.
He wasn’t too keen on the cape. That came off half way through his haircut, but he was having fun, the cape was just getting in the way.
5. Gift to take home
As part of his package, little C got a special certificate to mark his special day. He also got two little bags of golden locks, a green balloon and some bubbles. It was a really positive experience and one I’d definitely recommend to other parents with small children. The cost was £13.50.