Frequently Asked Questions Q1- Why Shave? A- It is said that shaving the hair of the head provides the baby with strength and opens up the pores of the skin which is beneficial to the eye-sight, the hearing and the sense of smell. Logically, when the infant is born, their hair and head are covered with some blood and liquid from the mother's womb. It would not be totally cleaned by simply washing and shampooing the hair and head. Some of the liquid gets dried up and stick to the baby's scalp and the hair. This can activate the reproduction of bacterium. This can only be removed by shaving the baby's hair. Once its bald, you will see some white colored layer (like a dried egg white) stick on the scalp. You need to clean this using baby oil and cotton bud. Moreover, after the first head shave, the hair grows better and looks healthier. Parents need to be alert to ensure the baby's first haircut is safe and hygienic. At ShaveBabyHair, we provide the the most hygienic and safest service at a very reasonable cost. Q2 - Do you razor shave the baby's hair? A- Yes, I do. Q3 - How do you ensure the head shave is done hygenically? A- I always use a "new" razor and a professional grade clipper. Both of them are disinfected first before they are used on your baby. Throughout the shaving process, natural antiseptics and an organic baby shampoo are used to keep it comfortable as well as safe for the baby. Q4 - How long does it take to shave a baby's hair?. A- This depends on the baby. If the baby is well fed and is peacefully sleeping then I can finish within an hour otherwise it can take upto 1.5 to 2 hours max. Q5 - Do you really weigh the hair of the baby? A- Yes, in order to assist the parents in calculating the amount due as sadaqah equivalent to the baby`s hair in silver we do have a scale that enables us to weigh the hair of the baby. Q6- Why do you leave some portion of the hair infront? A- This is because that is the hairline. Those hair will automatically fall off. Some people use a mixture of flour and water to rub it off but you don`t really need to. If I shave off that hair, next time they will grow stronger and will make the forehead of the baby appear smaller. While shaving the head I give my recommendations of where the hairline should start, however, I respect the wishes of the parents and I let them have the final say. Q7 - When coming for an appointment, what do I need to do or bring with me? A - Please do the following before you come to the appointment: 1- Feed the baby. 2- Make sure s/he is not wearing any fancy clothes or clothes that are white in color. 3- Bring two face cloths and ofcourse .... don't forget the baby !
More FAQs Q8 - Why does my newborn have hair on his shoulders and ears? A- This thin, soft hair is called lanugo and is common. All foetuses grow it in the womb. It usually disappears by 36 to 40 weeks gestation, which explains why babies born early are especially likely to have it. This usually rubs away in time. As your baby begins to move around, the hair will gradually disappear. It is normal for this hair to remain for 4 or 5 months and is especially noticeable on dark haired babies.
Q9- How often should I shampoo my baby's hair? A- Do not over wash your baby's hair as it can dry the scalp. Wash your baby's hair no more than every other day, using a gentle baby shampoo. Infact, Shampooing can be done on an 'as needed basis' and does not have to be done every day.
Q9- My baby hates getting his hair washed, any tips? A- Some babies dislike getting their hair washed because it means getting water in their eyes. The most important thing is not to make hair washing a battle. The following tips may help to make it easier: - Try to find out what your child doesn't like about hair washing.
- Remember, you don't have to wash your child's hair every day. Leaving it for a few days may help your child forget they don't like it.
- To avoid water in the eyes, lean them backwards over a bowl of water or use a shower cap/visor. Click here to see what it looks like.
Q10- Why does my baby have a bald patch at the back of her head? A- As your baby spends a lot of time on her back in the first six months, a lot of friction from the floor or mattress can cause this sort of bald patch on the head. Since parents have been advised to lay babies on their backs to reduce the risk of cot death, this has become more noticeable. However, it is not a problem. The hair growth depends on the sleeping position of the infant. When the baby is sleeping, you have to rotate it evenly. Then the hair will grow evenly. If not, it will grow in patches, eg if the baby is always lying flat, the back hair will grow later than the other patches. The rotating of sleeping position also helps in shaping the baby's head. Once your baby becomes more active and is able to roll and crawl, the pressure and friction on the back of the head will not be so great and the bald patch will gradually disappear.