Start with a simple cut to get him in the groove of receiving haircuts. Some people come in with a 10 month old and want a bald fade. He still has soft spots on his skull, i prefer to start with a clean up for the first cut or first couple of cuts.
Keep it simple starting off.. it will speed up the haircut process, which will make it less of an un-enjoyable experience.
Little kids move a lot, the hair growing across the front-line of his head will usually be the last area of hair to mature.
If he does move a lot, I recommend not lining across the front until he is able to start sitting still. You don't wanna begin pushing that hair back, this early in life just to make your baby look neat.
Techniques that often prove effective -
Bribes| Rewards after haircut. During the haircut, you want to have things to catch his attention, keep his attention, distract him from whats going on with the haircut process...
Practice at home- sit them in a seat, drape them with a towel and pull out a pair of your home clippers. Utilize the bribe system from earlier, turn on clippers and allow them to become familiar with the sound of them, the vibrations. celebrate afterwards with the rewards as if he actually got a cut.
Wave Length: The optimal length of your hair, for your waves to express themselves.
I get a lot of youth and adults asking about waves. There are a lot of factors that go into the wave hairstyle.
· Wave length
· Clean hair/scalp
· Product use
The biggest factor is in your genes. Some of us will never have waves, don’t blame the barber… blame your parents.
For those who do grow waves, I would have to say that maintaining your “Wave Length” is a top priority.
Your neighbors waves might pop more at a shorter length, where as you might need to leave a little more length for your waves to show. Some guys can get one haircut a month, come back to the barber with an afro, get that cut off and have a head full of waves again. The more you can keep your hair around that length, the higher chance of success with waves.
Keeping your hair/scalp clean will allow your hair to grow healthy. Use a quality shampoo and conditioner, followed up with a quality daily moisturizing product more in the lotion/cream consistency. I recommend that you stay away from wave grease/waxes/pomades because they can leave a heavy coating on your hair/scalp & often take several washes to remove.
Start with a softer bristle brush for shorter hair on up to a meduim for longer wave lengths… you probaby won’t need a hard bristled brush unless you’re way past due for a haircut.
1. Brush/comb hair while dry to release dirt, dry scalp, oils, and dandruff from scalp.
2. While hair is still dry, place a quarter size amount of shampoo in hand and work it into hair/scalp.
The cleaning agent in shampoo is called a Surfactant.
Surfactant molecules have a Hydrophilic (head) end, which is attracted to water, and a Hydrophobic (tail) end, which is repelled by water but is attracted to oils.
The surfactant helps separate the oil molecules so they are no longer attracted to each other. The surfactant also acts as a bridge between the oils and the water molecules so that the dirty sebum can be washed away with the water.
3. Wet your hands, then proceed to rub the water from your hands into your hair/scalp. This will probably not produce any lather but the process of cleansing your hair/scalp has begun. Now rinse this first shampoo out.
4. Place a nickel size amount of shampoo in hand and work into hair/scalp. Now rinse this shampoo out.
5. Place a dime size amount of shampoo into hand and work into hair/scalp. now rinse this shampoo out.
As the hair is cleansed you gradually need less and less shampoo to work up a good lather. Be sure to rinse your hair well.
6. Pour a quarter size of conditioner in your hand and work into hair/scalp. Leave it in while you shower, or for at least five minutes. Rinse out with cool to lukewarm water.
-Andrew L Davis III