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How Can I Convince My Son To Get A Haircut? He Doesn't Want To Go To The Barber's Shop.

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lakeesha Hennessy Williams Profile
The answer really depends on how old your son is. If he's a toddler, he may be a lot easier to convince than a moody teenager!

My son doesn't want a haircut
I'm sorry to say this, but personally I'd be tempted to whisk him off to the barber, sit him down in the chair, and instruct the barber as to how you want his hair cut.

I'm the kind of mom who doesn't believe in giving her kids more freedom than they can handle.

I see so many parents pleading with their kids to do basic things (like getting a haircut) and I just find it embarrassing to witness!
Since when did they become the ones who call all the shots?

If your kid hasn't hit puberty yet, then you've still got time to show him who's in the driver's seat.

You can 'trick' your son into getting a haircut by telling him that girls won't be interested in him with long hair, or that insects like making their nests in long hair (that's the one I used).

My teenage song has long hair! What can I do?

If your son has already hit the 'terrible teens', then it's likely that no amount of reasoning is going to change his mind.

At this point, instead of taking it personally and turning it into a conflict, try to get involved in his opinion? Why don't you suggest flipping through some 'cool' magazines to pick out a hairstyle he'll approve of?

Whatever you decide, I'd urge you to be firm and stick to your principles.

As a Christian, I would strongly object to my son walking around with long hair, and I know that (because of his upbringing) he wouldn't want to anyway.
Brigitta J. Vetter Profile
Now, you forgot to mention, how long his hair actually is - presently!

However, it is definitely longer than you wish - otherwise you would not have asked this question. You also do not mention how old your son is.

If he is more than 14, you should not insist, since he is almost grown-up and orients himself on chummies from school or from the gang.

Most likely, the other guys from his clique wear a similar hairstyle, and he just wants "to belong".
Besides this, his personality is developing, so we can assume some 'protest thinking' is behind all this.

You should just turn a blind eye to all to this and stop nagging - I guarantee you, he will grow out of this phase. Fashions change, and one day he'll pay that visit to the hairdresser all by himself.

If your son is much younger than 14, you may have to negotiate with him. Show him subtly, how boys with long hair suffer from prejudices and can easily turn into outcasts.

In all cases, don't push him too hard.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Who's the parent here anyway that you have to ask?
If he's 16 or under, take him to the barber and tell the barber how to cut it - end of story.

Now if he's older, you can always use negotiation:
Want to drive the car? Get a haircut.
Want that Guitar Hero III game? Get a haircut.

If he's 18 or older, you've may have lost the battle, though you could remind him who pays his tuition bill.
David P Hobart Profile
David P Hobart answered
Bribery is good.
Make him an offer he truly can't refuse!

If this fails, sit him on a chair and cut his hair yourself. This will persuade him that going to a professional is the best option.
Kelly Hill Profile
Kelly Hill answered
I wouldn't push too hard on this one...

As a hairstylist I know it doesn't always work...it seems to be a trend with teenage boys.

This trend is working its way out, however teens don't always know this yet.. Boys aren't exactly looking at fashion magazines.

Anything goes these days, but the look for guys is becoming a bit more structured. If he insists on keeping his long locks and you don't want to argue with him anymore, simply say, 'fine - you can keep it on the longer side as long as you get the ends trimmed to keep the shape and lose the split ends'.

Make sure he uses some conditioner (especially on the ends).

A guy without a haircut can look unkept and shaggy and will eventually start looking more feminine the longer it grows.

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