Kids are just starting to learn how to like their haircuts, and the results could have a lasting effect on their lives.
The article “What Makes a Child Like Your Haircut?” explains that it’s about the hairstyle, not just the color.
“Children’s preferences for the hairstyles we teach them are much more important than the colors they get to choose from,” says Dr. Jennifer Keesmaat, director of the Center for Childhood Obesity at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“Children have a very specific palette of colors, which make it much harder for parents to tailor a particular haircut to their child.”
For instance, if your child loves bright colors like yellow and green, but they like reds and blues, your child might get a red haircut.
But a child who loves white hair or a darker red color might get reds instead.
That could have serious consequences for a child’s personality, Keesmasat says.
The article also talks about the effects of diet, age and physical activity on how a child will like their haircut.
Kids who get more exercise or get more physical activity in their lives will have a greater affinity for a hairstyle than a child that has just gotten the haircut.
For example, a toddler who has just had a haircut might be more inclined to like a darker haircut than a toddler that just had an old haircut.
“Children are constantly learning about hairstyles, and as they learn to appreciate the different tones and colors, they’ll begin to get more interested in the hairstylist,” Keesmsaat says, “and that’s the key to all of this.”
It’s also important to look beyond color and style.
It’s important to think about how your child will respond to each haircut.
A black hairstyle could make him want to take off the hat for a while, but he might respond with more enthusiasm and interest in the next haircut.
If your child is interested in going to the gym more often, then you can work with your child to make it fun.
And if you want to make a haircut that will be more of a trend for the rest of the family, you can go ahead and ask your child if they want to have it professionally done.
“If you have an interest in hairstyles and you think it will help the child to grow into their hair, then that’s something you can be open to,” Kersmasat suggests.