Baby’s First Haircut – When’s the Right Time?



Cozy Friedman, kids hair authority and founder of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids salons in New York City, knows that whether it’s full of laughs or full of tears, a baby’s first haircut is a milestone that has significance for parents around the world. Her salons in New York City host many first haircut “ceremonies” every year, and the number one question she gets asked by new parents is: “When should I bring my baby in for the first haircut?” Here are some of Cozy’s tips on when to get your baby’s first haircut!

When to Cut Your Baby's Hair?

There is no universally “right” age for a baby’s first haircut. “We have done a first haircut for a child as young as 10 days old and many who are 3 years old or older,” says Cozy. It usually depends on a number of factors, from the type of hair the baby is born with, to the parents’ feelings about “babyhood,” to style ideas and cultural tradition. But if you’re wondering when to schedule this momentous “first” for your baby, here are some tips:

Baby is ready for the first haircut when:

  • The hair starts to get in his/her eyes
  • The hair is so long that you have to shampoo after every meal
  • The hair is bothering him or her, especially on hot days
  • The “flyaways” on the sides start to look like wings
  • People start confusing your boy for a girl!

The hair that your baby is born with is often a different texture than the new hair that is growing in. Sometimes the birth hair is even curly and the new hair is straight. But at some point, it’s going to have to come off because as it gets longer, it can get damaged and even develop split ends!

No matter whether you trim your tot’s hair at home or make a family outing out of it, the first haircut is a wonderful milestone that adds to the joy of raising children.

For more tips from Cozy and to learn more about her, Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, her book Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair or So Cozy Hair Care Line for Kids please visit

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