When it comes to styling kids, the most important thing is understanding where they come from. It’s even more crucial than with an adult, because you never know what’s going on with them in life or especially at school; whether they’re trying to fit in with their mates, or they feel self-conscious about how they look.
Until around the age of 5 or 6, most parents will dictate the kind of style their child will have, and after this age they are more able to express their individuality. And they will always go for the complete opposite of what their Dads or Brothers have! Kids can be quite particular about their hairstyles – but their parents can be even more so! Ultimately though, it’s the kid that has to be happy with the final result.
You’ve got to look at individual personality and what they’re into. Some crave originality, whilst some just want a low-maintenance style. I love the creativity that kids’ hair allows – you can be much less conservative, but you have to be mindful of school rules too. Gone are the 90’s trends of having patterns and logos shaved into boys’ hair! For most kids, their hairstyle is their first way of expressing their personality outside of uniform.
No kid wants to come in after school and talk about school! I chat to them about their likes and dislikes, their video games, what sports they play – anything that interests them. It makes them more comfortable and helps them look forward to coming back for their next cut. I’m amazed at how much a child’s attitude to having their hair cut can change over a short space of time too – the first few times they come, it can be hard to get them to sit and relax, but now I have kids that tell me they look forward to getting their hair cut, and actually ask their parents when they can come back!