The Look Awards 2016 The 2016 Look Awards held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow, 15/5/16. Hair Stylist of the year Charlie Taylor (Photo by Kirsty Anderson/Herald & Times) - KA
The Look Awards 2016
The 2016 Look Awards held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow,
Hair Stylist of the year Charlie Taylor
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson/Herald & Times) – KA


Hair Stylist of the year Charlie Taylor has joined the YMB team – and is giving her tips on some of the best styles and how to get them.

Mum of three Charlie has led the way in hair design for three decades – and has salons in Scotland but travels the world inspiring other stylists and raising the bar when it comes to quality and standards.

Charlie, who still works on her salons’ floors, says that the joy of cutting and styling gives her a buzz 30 years on. She still loves her job.
Let her inspire you with her ideas and how to execute them. And even if you don’t want to try this at home… her styles are gorgeous to look at.
This month she talks CHILDREN…

 A First haircutChildren grow so fast, and those few ultra-fine wisps of angel hair grow with them, to the point where you realise, yes, she needs a haircut. Timing is hugely variable, with some babies needing a trim at six months, while others quite happily going without for a couple of years. Basically, there is no right or wrong time – as with so much else, you’ll need to decide based on looks and practical necessity.

It’s another milestone in your child’s young life, so how can you make sure it’s one that will pass happily, without undue trauma to her, you or your chosen stylist?

First, there’s no reason a haircut should be any more difficult than any other first-time event for your child. Yes, haircutting carscissors are sharp, but every experienced stylist knows how to avoid a potentially misplaced snip. Having said that, catch your child at the wrong moment and the appointment could turn into a full-on scream-a-thon that tests the endurance of all present to the max.

For that reason, choose somewhere that is family friendly and caters for children of all ages; most will. Or ask your own hairdresser at your next appointment if she or anyone else in the salon is happy cutting toddlers’ hair. I love cutting generations of families, from great grans to latest edition and I’m not the only hairdresser who does. We’ve even installed in a bright yellow car hairdressing chair in our Perth salon especially for youngsters.

When booking an appointment, choose your time wisely. Book just before his usual mealtime and you will be sure to have a hungry and cranky child that refuses to co-operate with you or the stylist. Ditto for an appointment scheduled at around the usual afternoon nap time.

At the salon and beforehand, try to be as relaxed as possible. Children pick up on adults’ worries, so if you are tense and fearful, chances are he will be, too. And don’t expect perfection. You are looking to keep your child’s hair out of her eyes, or to stop it making her so hot she wakes up every morning soaked with sweat.

Once in the chair, the main problems will arise from the child’s short attention span. She will probably be fascinated by what’s going on at first, but few toddlers have the patience to sit perfectly still for the 20 minutes or so it takes to cut their hair, so you will need some kind of strategy. 

Distraction is a good place to start. Does your child love being read to? If so, a few favourite books could do the trick. Or perhaps, you could play a video on an iPad or phone. Bribery is a good fall back. I’ve had mothers reward their children with slices of mandarin or smarties for every few minutes the child tolerates the process. Promises of some sort of treat in return for sitting still for a while work wonders, though youngsters’ ability to put up with present discomforts for the promise of some future reward is limited.

In the end, you might strike lucky, and have a youngster so interested in the process that she can’t wait to repeat it, and a stylist who looks forward to the next time.

And don’t forget to preserve the memory – take a photo, keep a lock of hair.