December 21, 2011

The Haircut.

Well, I think I'm finally ready to talk about it. As I mentioned, Manny got his 2nd haircut a couple of weeks ago. I can't remember when exactly...I've tried to block this whole experience out of my memory.

I was nervous to get a haircut at some random place, so I thought the next best thing would be to go to one of those kid salons. Surely you can't go wrong there, right? FALSE.
It all started out wrong, and I should have followed my instincts and ran for the door. To begin with, she wanted to put him in a Bumbo so he'd be high enough. Well guess what - Manny doesn't exactly fit in a Bumbo anymore, and hasn't sat in one in ages. He was less than thrilled when we tried to squeeze his little legs in those slots, but he obliged. However, when she immediately started spraying his hair with a water bottle & it got in his eyes? It was all over, my friends. Anytime she'd touch his head, he'd start batting at her hands. Not good when someone has scissors. 
She kept saying she had never seen a kid throw a fit like this for "just a haircut", so of course I was so nervous and embarrassed. Don't get me wrong - Manny throws plenty of fits - but I felt like we'd set him up for failure here. He is very hard headed and once he's worked up, it takes a bit for him to wind down. I told her to just stop but she said she'd already cut too much, so she had to finish it up. So I asked if I could try to calm him down for a bit before she continued cutting his hair. She was less than thrilled, but agreed to let me do so. I'd barely gotten him relaxed when all the sudden she's swooping in with the clippers buzzing...it scared both of us! She said she wouldn't be able to finish with scissors so had to use the clippers. And let me tell you, when I saw the chunks of hair start dropping, so did my stomach. I reminded her I just wanted it trimmed, but it was too late at that point. She was just ready to finish up and get us out the door. It was traumatic, but we both survived.  
And here he is after the dreaded cut. It's much shorter than you can tell in this picture. The back is especially where it's buzzed. You know, there's a bowl cut, a fade, a flat top...you name it. But Manny? What he got...let's just say I like to call this The Lice Style. You know, that cut they give the kids in grade school when they fail the dreaded pencil test.
Fortunately, Patrick is able to spike his hair up cute. I haven't quite figured out how to do it yet and make it look decent, but we're working on it. This picture was taken the day after his haircut, and as you can tell from the expression on his face, he was less than pleased with the cut too. I think it's safe to say we won't be returning to that "kid-friendly" salon. 

In the meantime, I'll be here washing Manny's hair with Mane 'N Tail in hopes of getting some of his sweet baby locks back. That stuff works, right?

27 comments:

  1. Awww, Poor Manny! That does sound rough. Why work at a kids salon if you aren't patient with kids..? Makes no sense to me!

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  2. His hair is really cute! I'm sorry the salon lady was so awful, I hope you didn't tip her much!!

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  3. Oh my gosh, how awful!!! I hope you didn't tip her at all! You'd thinks he would be well accustomed to kids crying. Well, his hair looks adorable spiked up like that...but I definitely wouldn't go back there either!

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  4. Ohhh, gracious--this just makes me cringe! Poor, sweet little Manny! That is miserable. And poor Mama, too! So glad that awful experience is over :)

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  5. yeah those kid friendly salons are the worst! they butchered noahs hair one time and yeah he didn't care about anything there anyway. i feel your pain! noah is just now starting to be okay with them but we've been through 9-10 haircuts and it was awful everytime. I think his haircut looks GREAT though. i wouldn't be able to tell it was a bad experience. so cute!

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  6. Oh my gosh! His expression at the salon is priceless! And I love you even more for snapping a photo versus consoling him! I would do the same! In a few years, you will look back and just laugh!

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  7. Wow - I can't believe how she acted about the whole situation!! I would have been furious! Definitely sounds like she is not a good fit for a KIDS salon??? And Cannon threw a fit too at his first haircut place just like that, but luckily his big sis jumped in the seat instead and showed him it was ok and he was fine afterwards. Maybe next time wherever you get his haircut if you have a friend or family member with a kid that could go first and show Manny that its fun, that could possibly help him relax?

    If you never told the story about how bad the experience was, you would never know - he looks precious with the spikey hair - love it!

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  8. Um. I dont think she remember she was working in a kids salon. I have always wanted one here in Texarkana though! His hair does look cute. I have never been able to get Jake's hair to spike right either. I like the last pic though. Looks like he is telling her off!

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  9. I am a hair dresser and girls like this are either first starting out or never really done alot of kids haircuts. She should have been more than happy to aloow you to calm him down. She also should have never took clippers to an upset kid's hair. The outcome would never be good. Atleast his haircut is presentable. I have seen a girl send a kid and his mom out and it be gapped in places. I called that mom the next day to fix it. Better luck next time!

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  10. He's still such a doll! (And, that is all why I still cut my boys hair...tho, I really don't know what I'm doing, either.) :)

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  11. I don't like it when my head gets sprayed with cold water either. And I totally would of freaked out with the clippers. Now I am nervous for my son's first haircut that he is past due for.

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  12. I would have lost it on that girl!! Sheesh! Well, despite the trauma, I think his hair looks just adorable, especially all spiked up like that!

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  13. He looks precious! But I'm sure that's traumatizing to you and him! I hope the next time is much more easy on Manny and Mommy :)

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  14. It came out well! JDaniel has been this upset about haircuts too.

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  15. New follower! Very cute haircut! I have a 22 month old daughter and she will be needing her first haircut pretty soon!
    ~Kristin

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  16. Oh Sarah,

    I am beyond livid reading this post. That crazy woman! I am so sorry that both you and Manny were subjected to that! She doesn't belong in the service industry period, let alone a children's salon!

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  17. You would think that a kid salon would know how to cut a kid's hair! What on earth was that lady thinking?! I thought of you yesterday because Cooper had his third haircut and they have gotten progressively worse each time. The first time he was a perfect angel, the second time, he was pretty bad and I held him the whole time. And yesterday, well Lee took him, and he was horrible! Lee had to hold him, and two of the other girls in the salon held a phone playing Barney and some toys. It didn't work very well, but luckily our hair girl is good and he has a great cut. BUT, I think it traumatized both Cooper and Lee! Luckily for Manny, he is such a handsome guy, the haircut doesn't look that bad!

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  18. sounds rough. we're putting off the first cut as long as possible, but Manny is rocking the faux hawk with his customary style (:

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  19. What a bad experience!! But he looks cute!

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  20. Bless his heart! What a disaster! He's still just as cute as can be though :)

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  21. awww, I know for a fact this is exactly how our "Professional haircut" would go, so for now, we're sticking with the insanely long, messy hair. :) So cute though!!

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  22. Oh no :( Sorry you had such a bad experience. The good news is he is still a baby stud with those spikes!! We just got Carter's haircut today and he got to sit in a Thomas the train seat. I love the kid places around us but there are two salons that have horrendous reviews- basically the exact same story from multiple people about the hairdresser being rude and butchering the kids hair. Maybe check out another place next time? That woman should be fired.

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  23. Poor Manny!!! I would have lost it on that girl!!

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  24. ok, this is so aweful and I feel so bad for your little boy! I'm so thankful to have a friend cut my boy's hair, and even if he might not get it 100% right, we've never had any (knock on wood) tramas to speak of. Hopefully he's not scarred for life now :(

    I do love his spikey look though-- very cute!

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  25. Poor thing! I couldn't even begin to imagine something like that! And that lady should be trained on how to work with children before she works at a "kid friendly" barber shop. Goodness. It did turn out cute though all spiked up!

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  26. My daughter got her first haircut a few weeks ago and she cried the entire time. The hairdresser was very good with my daughter and tried to distract her while she cut. I didn't think my little girl would cry so much at just a haircut, but she hated it. We went to a salon called "snip it's" that specializes in child haircuts. I'll take her there for her next haircut because at least there I know they are trained to work with children.

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