Another obligatory post for the most-awaited time of any baby’s life- THE FIRST HAIRCUT.
There’s a saying that you can only have the haircut done to your baby once he turns one and my mother-in-law made sure I knew that. I am not sure why we had to hold it off for a year but I guess there’s nothing to lose if I wait it out. After all, I was enjoying how my boy carried his long hair like a pro!
Good thing I had no work on the day of my little one’s first birthday so we decided to go for it last Monday at Cuts 4 Tots in Eastwood.
I’ve seen that kiddie salon for a long while now and I was always intrigued by how they manage to do a haircut for babies and toddlers. Imagine those in their terrible twos or simply the kind of babies who cant stay put no matter what, in short, think a handful of Marcelitos.
Kidding aside, I was there to experience it myself.
I got a few recommendations from friends about Cuts for Tots so I was confident about bringing my boy there. But first… we had to stuff Marcelo’s tummy primarily to get him in a good mood.
This is my boy asking (through his eyes, haha) for his staple drink before we headed out.
You can see how he seems very relaxed at this point with his lovey lampin.
And then off to Cibo for lunch. That’s where we met my mom… who never wants to miss out on any important event such as “the first haircut”.
We went to the salon right after and my burrito got prepped up right away. I was asked what kind of haircut I wanted and I just uttered, “‘yung mukhang binata na!” Good thing I didn’t regret my choice… of words. Haha dont get me wrong, I’m not in a hurry! Haha I guess i was too scared to try the mohawk or any other risky style for that matter.
Anyway, he sat on this super cute toy car-turned-chair and started rocking it! He was calm and looked like he’s enjoying! I was thinking to myself… “Thank God. I think this will be breeze!”
Lo and behold, as soon as it came to his senses, he started crying. My poor little boy had to go through several attempts just to finish the cut! I think despite the kid-friendly colors all around, the yours and all sorts of distraction in the place, he got overwhelmed by the “unfamiliar”- the place, most faces were all new to him.
Since we were the only ones in the salon, the two female assistants tried helping us by turning on the small TV, making funny noises and giving him almost all kinds of toys. Name it, they did it. A common denominator? Everything failed and he kept crying and just begged for comfort in our arms.
So the strategy was to get him out for a good 5 minutes for some quiet time with me or his yaya just to calm him down and then the kuya comes in to work his magic. Good thing he was quick and careful and my baby love went out of the salon without a scratch. Well, just a swollen pair of eyes.
Poor little thing.
About the haircut? Personally, I think it suits Marcelo. He now looks more like a boy! And he feels a lot more comfortable now with less sweating!
We stayed there for a while as he was curiously rummaging through the shelves with books and stuffed toys. He was giving us some toys to keep, of course we had to secretly put them back. ;)
I think I’m gonna try the real barbers next time and will make sure his dad comes with him and gets a cut as well.
We availed of their “First Haircut Certificate” and this was the “After” photo. You can tell he had a bit of hard time with the whole thing ‘cos his eyes are swollen! He looked like a Chinito!