Angela Chee: I had been putting off cutting my son's hair. He's only 11 months, but it was time. The cute shaggy rocker look only lasted so long. His bangs were covering his eyes and every time he woke up from a nap he ended up with a knotted mohawk.
I thought about going to a children's salon, where they put your baby in a chair that looks like a toy, blow bubbles, and do who knows what to keep them happy during the cut ... some even give out a Baby's First Haircut certificate. But I don't think I was ready for such a formal haircut. His hair is so soft and natural I didn't want to cut it all off yet. I just wanted to give him a trim so he could see.
It seemed easy enough. I put him in his high chair with newspaper underneath. I had scissors, a comb, a spray water bottle ready. I put him in front of the mirror to distract him and had my husband blow bubbles and video tape it.
I was ready. So I started with the bangs. I wet them down, combed them, then snip snip across the forehead. OK one cut down. I even lifted the hair up in between my fingers like the professionals and layered it a bit. Then I cut this one little curly tendril he had on the side and saved it. He started to squirm and fuss so I figured that was enough. Haircut over. He looked great. Like a little gentlemen. Then his hair dried. Oops! He has a bowl cut. What did I do??
My husband says he looks fine and he does -- when I push his bangs over. I'm trying not to, but I find myself obsessed with combing his hair to the side so he doesn't look like Jim Carrey in "Dumb and Dumber." I could try to fix it, but I think it will look worse. So I'll just have to wait until it grows out a bit and maybe next time I'll go to the salon instead.
|Angela Chee is a television host, voice-over artist and creator of TheZenMom.com as a resource for other moms because motherhood isn't always so zen. She is a first time mom.|