Here are 3 important steps I learned from our experience to help prep your daughter for her first salon visit:
1. Encourage good hair self esteem - I learned early on not to use value-judgement statements when styling and discussing Nia's hair and my own. We don't use phrases like, "good hair" or "nappy." All hair is "good hair," and we've emphasized this with books as well such as I Love My Hair. Uka and I are in unison in the language we use to talk about hair as well as reiterating that beauty starts from within. And if anyone tries to start that labeling talk within earshot of Nia we shut it down!
Another note on timing: after speaking with a my own stylists over the years I decided 5 years old was a good age for a first visit based on Nia's maturity and hair health. There really was no need for her to have a trim prior to 5 based on account of her hair growth, texture and maintenance leading up to then. Just know your kid and do your research! Nia was very brave and while a few tears were shed, they were nothing like what I'm used to seeing when she has her hair braided. When her appointment was finished she assured me that she'd like to return. Once a quarter is a good trim schedule for now, and we're coming up on that soon!
Thank you Simply Erinn's for such a pleasant experience - I remember my salon visits as a child, and I know these early positive memories for major milestones set the tone for adulthood.
Do you remember your first salon experience? Was it positive?
P.S. A certain someone may have had leaky eyes upon seeing Nia's transformation! It was as though Nia went from 5 years old to 15 years old in one fell swoop, and it was a lot to process.