The parents of a 6-year-old boy in Cork have told the ABC they have had to take a different approach to getting their child to shave, after they found that he was using a different style of hair cutting tool.
The boy, who is a “good, clean-cut kid” and loves “the colour and the shape of his hair”, has been shaving since his school years.
But the parents have discovered he had not been using the correct hair brush to cut his hair.
“I’ve been going through a bit of a trial period where I’ve had to have it removed because of some hair loss, and the parents were concerned about their childrens safety,” the boy’s mother said.
“They were concerned that he might be cutting his own hair with that same hair brush and not using it properly.”
The boy’s father, who did not want to be named, said the problem had been brought to their attention and the incident had been addressed.
“The parents came to me at the time and said they were having problems with their son cutting his hair and they said, ‘We’ve got to get a haircut to get him to stop using the wrong hair brush’,” he said.
The mother said they had to use a different hair brush because she was using one of her sons hair, and it was not the correct one.
“He’s got a bit different hair.
He’s got some hair on his chest.
He doesn’t have a haircut, he just goes and does his hair,” the father said.
While they were concerned the hair might be cut with a different brush, they were unsure whether the parents had used the wrong one.
The father said they contacted a local hair stylist and were told to return to their salon to get the brush changed.
The problem was rectified within three weeks and the father and son are both now using the right brush.
But a local ABC News reporter, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was shocked at how quickly the issue was resolved.
“We don’t think it should be an issue for any child to be shaving their head, we think it’s really, really ridiculous,” he said.
“What do you think about a child’s haircut?