Lena’s first haircut!


As it’s now been over a year and a half (!) since Lena last had an at-home trim, I thought it might be a good idea to get her hair cut while we were still here in Virginia.  (This is what she looked like after her last hair trim.)  I wanted to get it cut to her shoulders, but Elliott vetoed that!  Anyone else have a husband and/or dad who loves long hair on his girl(s)?

Anyway, I took Lena to a little shop that just opened near my parents’ house.  I didn’t tell Lena too much about it beforehand, and I was worried that she’d freak out when someone else cut off her hair or would act out to the brushing/combing.  She hates it when I brush her hair!  (Mom tip: brush and fix your daughter’s hair while she’s eating breakfast.  She’ll be sitting still for at least three minutes.)



Thankfully, she did really well, and mostly sat in awed silence.  I was so glad for that.  I don’t know how I would have handled a meltdown in the middle of the beauty parlor.  Everything must have been so new and amazing, and the haircut probably felt relatively relaxing.  She particularly enjoyed the finale…


… and now is totally into hair dryers!


The hairdresser took me very seriously and only cut off about an inch.  I thought “an inch” would be “oops, two inches!”  But it wasn’t, which I guess says good things about Great Clips, but means Lena’s hair is still long.  Oh well, I guess winter is coming.


She looked so purty.  Off to get a frozen yogurt treat with her Grampa Garber!

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11 Responses to Lena’s first haircut!

  1. Phi October 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    So cute!!! :)

  2. Autumn October 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Such a big girl! Wish I could’ve been there

    • Becca October 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      We missed you All. The. Time.

  3. Bethany October 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    I love your tip for combing and fixing a squirmy toddler’s hair. I’ve been wondering how you manage to get Lena to sit still long enough to braid her hair. I usually try to fix Hannah’s right before we’re about to do something she really wants to do, like go to the park. That usually gives me just enough leverage to get her to sit still for the thirty seconds I need to pull her hair into a ponytail–“We can go the park right after Mama fixes your hair…” We had someone come to the house to cut her hair once but that was a total disaster, so she hasn’t had a haircut in over a year either!

    • Becca October 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Maybe going to a new place would help? Maybe it would awe Hannah into silence? I don’t know… hair-doing is a struggle for me. Try the while-eating strategy. It’s the only one that works for me. It means that — as always — you can’t eat your breakfast then until everyone else is done (le sigh), but it’s worth it to have hair out of Lena’s face for the rest of the day! Also, try detangling spray to help get knots out easily.

      • Bethany October 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

        I will definitely have to give that a try. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Becca Arthur October 4, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    Tell Lena I got my hair cut today, too! I went wild and got more than one inch cut off!! (not too wild, though) :)

    • Becca October 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Cutting an inch and buying teal sweaters… what are we gonna do with you?!

  5. Kim October 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Men who like long hair on their wives/daughters should have to fix their hair! lol

    • Becca October 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Laughed out loud at this and then read it to Elliott. GREAT idea!


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