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April 27, 2017 06:45:15
Children have their hair cut at home by a mobile hairdresser.
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Sameera Bhana (centre) with hairdressers who visit homes of families with special needs children. Getting a haircut is a simple task for many, but for children with special needs it can be traumatic.The sound of hair driers, laying back in a basin and the act of putting on a cape can be an ordeal for some children.Jolly Locks is a mobile hairdressing service that visits homes to offer haircuts in a familiar space for children with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities. (ABC News: Norman Hermant)
Haircuts often take place in different areas of the house to help the child feel settled before having their trim.”Some children are active and move around the house so we move them around the house if need be,” Ms Bhana said.”We’ve set up little picnics before to also help the little one settle as we try and be flexible.”Being in their home makes it a lot easier for the family and the child as they’re in their safe environment.”Ms Bhana said one of the hairdressers in the team had a child with autism which had helped the team have a better understanding of how to work with the children.Parents need haircuts tooMany parents who have children with special needs find it difficult to have their own hair cut.”We offer parents the opportunity to have their hair cut at home too,” Ms Bhana said.”For the parents it becomes very stress-free as they can have the children on their lap if need be or even on the floor.”Despite only starting the service last month, Ms Bhana said the need for it was there.”We’re fielding calls from other states seeing if there is local hairdressers near them, the community is really embracing it.” (Supplied: Jolly Locks)
Manager Sameera Bhana said the idea came about after speaking to a few families who had spoken about the difficulty of getting both their hair and their child’s hair cut.”I wanted to make the whole process easier, especially for children on the autism spectrum,” she said.”Being a mum with little boys that are very active I even know how that can be really challenging at times.”Learning about each childEach family is spoken to before the appointment to learn more about the child having their hair cut.”We find out if the child likes to be communicated with or doesn’t like to communicate with them,” Ms Bhana told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Rebecca Levingston.”Each child is different and we work with the parents to fully understand the child’s needs.”
Parents can sit with their children during their haircut.