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#1 Lallalla

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:32 AM

Am I completely mad to be considering taking a 5 year old and two 3 year olds to the hairdresser with me on Saturday?

It’s for half a head of foils so I’ll be there at least a couple of hours. Though I am at least not getting it cut.

At this point my alternatives are to leave my hair as it is over Christmas new year (it has been 12 weeks, my hair grows fast, I have some serious regrowth) or to pay for a babysitter which seriously blows out the cost of having it done (was going to get my sister to watch them but she can’t now).

#2 RichardParker

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:34 AM

Yes.  There are ones that come to your home - that might be easier.

#3 reachforthestars

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:35 AM

I'd be looking at a mobile hairdresser too.

#4 seayork2002

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:36 AM

Mobile all the way

Edited by seayork2002, 12 December 2019 - 10:37 AM.

#5 Yippee-Ki-Yay

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:40 AM


I would be devastated if my once in a blue moon trip to the hairdresser to escape my daily life included hours of three small kids in an echoing and enclosed space. Please either find someone to come to you or get a baby sitter. A salon is not a place for little kids and would frustrate the hairdressers, I am certain.

#6 Fluffy Potatoes

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:41 AM

That doesn’t sound like my idea of fun.

#7 too tired to care

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:41 AM

I think you know the answer or you would not be asking.

Yes you are completely mad. I would not do it unless they can concentrate and be glued to a iPad/ screen for the 2 hours it will take.

You will not be able to assist them or take them for a walk or deal with squabbles etc. They will be stuck inside the hairdressers bored and frustrated and you will not be able to control or help them as you will be stuck int he chair. You are likely to be setting them up to fail.

Also when I go to a hairdressers to get my hair done I want to relax and not deal with kids, mine or others. Given the ages of your kids it is likely that they will cause stress and angst for everyone else there and this is not really fair, especially at this time of year.

Best option would be to see if you can get a friend to babysit for the 3 hours.

#8 born.a.girl

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:45 AM

Ye gods. I wouldn't take one.

My BIL said to my sister one day 'why can't you get your hair done during the week?'.  This, despite knowing their toddler was a full on, five minutes in the pram was too long, type of kid.

#9 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:45 AM

I think expecting kids to be cool, calm and collected in that setting for a considerable time frame is crazy.

So I am in team pay for a babysitter or embrace the regrowth!!

#10 SummerStar

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:47 AM

Yep, crazy! I don't even have small kids now and use a mobile hairdresser to avoid having to sit in one for hours myself.

It will be annoying for you to have to chase them and annoying for everyone else in the salon if they get fidgety and bored.

#11 Mooples

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:47 AM

I could easily take my 4 year old, give him my iPad and a bunch of snacks and he would fine. My almost 2 year old, no freaking way. So I guess it depends on the kid but for me getting my hair done is a treat so I’d pay the extra for a sitter to enjoy it.

#12 a letter to Elise.

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:47 AM

No way. If you have unusually well behaved kids, maybe you could get away with a hair cut. But foils? Not a chance

#13 JBH

Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:49 AM

Two relevant questions - will you be able to relax and enjoy your haircut? This is not so crucial, because your primary purpose it to leave with nice hair. Then, will other people in the salon be able to relax and enjoy their haircuts. This is important, and differs depending on the children. This is not the time to be anti-screen and give the children a small pile of sticks and half and apple and tell them to amuse themselves. This is one device each with headphones and a movie time, and then only if they have the patience to sit still and concentrate. For mine, it’s also the time to say an ice cream afterwards for being still and mostly quiet - I like a bribe, uh I mean positive consequence, that can be mimed from a distance to remind them of the incentive.

#14 eachschoolholidays

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:08 AM

No way! Completely unfair to everyone else in the salon.

#15 ineedmorecoffee

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:20 AM

If it was mid week maybe you could chance it with bribes for good behaviour, but on a Saturday when the salon will most likely be at it's busiest - hell to the no.

Sounds like a complete sh*t show waiting to happen, sorry op.

#16 Freddie'sMum

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:25 AM

No.  Please don't take your 3 small children to the hairdresser.  When our kids were that young, me going to the hairdresser- by myself - was the biggest treat around.

Do you have anyone who can look after the kids and you go by yourself?

#17 got my tinsel on

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:26 AM

This is a workplace, not a play centre/day care.

There are chemicals, sharps, hot tools.

It is not fair on the staff or other customers - just don't.

#18 TheGreenSheep

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:29 AM

I’m one of those women who don’t enjoy the hairdresser. Sitting for 2+ hours doing foils and a cut is tedious for me. I have things to do, people to see, is my mantra, so I struggle to sit.

I personally would struggle with another clients 3 kids in the mix as well. Some places are really small and noisy and there is stuff everywhere. Who watched them when your eyes are shut at the basin? Let alone the rest of the time?

It’s a no from me.

#19 Paddlepop

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:34 AM

Can you leave them with their dad? That would seem like the cheapest easiest option to me. (I have no idea if you're a single or partnered parent or if they have an involved dad or a deadbeat dad.)

Don't take them. What if one of them needs a wee right when the chemicals are meant to be washed out? What would you do?

Salons can be super stinky places. Would the children even be able to put up with the chemical smells in it?

Get a babysitter.

#20 Bono25

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:38 AM

I would consider one, but only because he would take over the broom and help sweep up hair, but not more than one and not for that length of time.

#21 123Tree

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:40 AM

It isn’t fun but when my kids were little I took them. Six months between cuts and no one to watch them. I was desperate as I felt dreadful about how I looked. I say depends on the kids. I used to take the iPad.

I also got my hair cut at a kids hairdresser with a play area. Think all the other clients sat in toy cars and watched screens during their cut. Worst hair cut of my life.

Thing is though because I was a cut only I could leave if things got really bad. You won’t have that option.

#22 Bam1

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:44 AM

My youngest 3 are primary school age and I wouldnt D of taking them to a hairdressers. Its a workplace and although there is some leeway - 3 young ones are not going to end well.

Arrange the appointment when you have babysitting or give  your DH the opportunity to mind his children.

#23 Ellie bean

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:48 AM

I think for the future you need to find a home hairdresser that’s kid friendly, you could easily bring them to my husband’s home salon because it’s set up for kids (he does stuff like cut the kids’ hair while the mum’s colour is setting too).
A normal salon, sorry no way. I get that it sucks but there’s no way that is gonna work.

#24 PoolsideMasterchef

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:51 AM

Can you bribe them with ipads etc?   My neighbour could have done that no worries, her kids werent little hellraisers like mine!

I agree mobile hairdresser too :p

#25 little lion

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:53 AM

I go to the hairdresser to get away from my children. I’d be cranky to see three of someone else’s kids there. Not sure how they’d actually fit in the salon either? Saturday is usually a busy day with no empty chairs.

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