I was reading acidicice’s post today about babyice’s first proper haircut and I was instantly transported back in time about 17 years!
The knucklehead’s first professional haircut! I forget the date, I can’t even remember the time of year, and there are no photos since this was pre-cellphone and 35mm film was too expensive to use willy-nilly…
Anyhoodle. I phoned the salon from work the day before to make the appointment. I felt it was a ridiculous expenditure for a three year old considering I didn’t even take myself to salons, but I had the money and I wanted to do it.
This was a regular salon, it didn’t specialise in kids or anything and it was a far cry from the clued up kiddies’ salons you can go to nowadays! When we arrived for the knucklehead’s appointment and they called a hairstylist to tell her she’d be cutting his hair I could see by her face this was the last thing she was in the mood for! But she was a pro and she would handle this- her determination was obvious!
We went through to her station and the knucklehead was put onto a raised cushion in the chair and draped with a colourful sheet that fastened around his neck. The stylist spritzed his hair to dampen it and tried making small talk with the two of us as I anticipated having to help her deal with a squirming screaming Damien, and to both our surprise he fell asleep in the chair! It wasn’t 5 minutes and he was out like a light! I had to hold his head up for the hairdresser to finish her job!
It didn’t take long, and when I went to pay I actually got a discount because it was so easy!
I didn’t take him back to a salon or a barber again until he was in his teens, ‘coz I started cutting his hair myself. I think I would have taken him regularly had I had the money and had I known he’d be that good every time!