Jul 182021
Books to Snip Away Haircut Meltdowns!
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Most toddlers are scared when they are taken to the hairdresser for a haircut. They cry their lungs out and make the job impossible. When one of our members asked for some books to deal with this issue, we got some interesting recommendations and and some pretend play ideas!

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut (highly recommended by everyone who has this book!) [There are other helpful books in this series by the same author WHEN YOUR LION NEEDS A BATH and When Your Elephant Has The Sniffles]

Busy Hairdresser (this is one of the push, pull, slide BUSY BOOKS by Campbell that are perfect for toddler first experiences). It has been a great help to Divya. Quoting her:

Busy Hairdresser helped us big time… now Darwin voluntarily says we will go for kirich kirich (haircut – sound of hair cutting with scissors) with tickle machine (hair trimmer)

Khushboo recommends both books as well!

Daksh happily reading his hairdresser books!

This llama had a bowl cut! Every time when we tried to give Daksh a haircut he would have a huge meltdown… there would be lots of tears, forcefully holding him and trying to play his favorite poems to get the cut done. Thanks to this lovely group and Ashruti Khera I got some amazing book recommendations – ‘Busy Hairdresser‘ and ‘When your llama needs a haircut‘ to get Daksh used to the idea of haircuts. Also Amardeep’s idea of using child friendly scissors for doing pretend play of cutting hair worked wonders for us. Today morning Daksh had his new haircut and it seemed like a piece of cake as compared to the previous times!


Florence Frizzball

Maxwell the Monkey Barber

Wally Does Not Want a Haircut

Even Monsters Need Haircuts

This Monster Needs a Haircut (kindle edition)

My Haircut Sticker Book (Charlie and Lola) 

#kbcmember Ashruti Khera said,

“Hairdresser and When Your Llama Needs a Haircut. Also the Shampoodle book. We read them over and over again”

Amardeep shared some helpful inputs:

We had these Melissa and Doug child safe scissors that we mainly used for playdough. We set up a barber shop at home, and had my son pretend cut my hair, his dad’s hair, his doll’s hair, playdough hair. As he has grown up, I’ve allowed him to spray my hair with serum, comb it etc. This has made the entire act enjoyable for him, and removed the fear.

Asha added,

If your child is into playdough (under supervision) there is a set that has a hairdresser and you get to cut the hair. I remember the tv ad and the fact that my child wanted that set only to cut the curly hair! I got her to do something similar with the breakfast set we already had – phew!


Books on not wanting to brush/comb/shampoo hair:

Don’t You Dare Brush My Hair by Rosie Greening is a very fun book about a little girl who just doesn’t allow anyone to brush her hair till……. It’s a super fun book that Asha and many others have thanks to the Scholastic Sale. Scholastic India this book and many other fun books which can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

Braids! by award winning author Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Dave Whamond

This is one story that is familiar around most households! Who likes to get their hair braided? Not Ashley for sure. So what happens when Ashley actually get her hair braided? The repetition in the text and in the events that follow will surely become catch phrases around the house! Do not miss the cat and dog in the illustrations which are hair-raising for sure!

Scholastic India this book and many other interesting books by Robert Munsch which can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

The Hair Washing Zorba: 1 (Storyscapes Book) for 2- 6 yos who are not fond of getting their hair washed!
Hugh Shampoo – another book for shampoo dramas!
The Girl with the Birds Nest Hair (Bloomsbury Paperbacks). What happens when you refuse to brush your hair – a nightmare!

Many thanks to Amardeep, Khushboo and Ashruti for sharing their recommendations/reviews, Divya and Aarini for helping us curate this post.

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