Last night Alan got his hair cut. We've been going to the same kid friendly hair salon for more years than I care to remember. Even though Alan is taller than most of the hair stylists, they just smile and say "come on in!"
The last 3-4 visits have been HELL. There is really no other word to describe them. Alan gets in the car willingly enough and even gets out of the car at the hair salon fine. He goes inside and starts stalling but still nothing major. He has to use the restroom and agonize over which video to watch (but he always selects Shrek) and then he even sits in the chair and gets the cape on with only a yell or two. And then all hell breaks loose.
He stands up and sits down so often and so fast that the poor Ali has to cut his hair a swipe at a time. We've tried holding him in the chair. We've brought his iPad but he wants nothing to do with it. Last night I even tried sitting on him and he threw me on the floor (so much for deep pressure). I've tried bribing him with his favorite Skittles (they were also thrown on the floor) and last night I even brought a copy of his current favorite video (hoping he would pick that instead of Shrek) but no luck. Sometimes Ali cuts a swipe or two while he is sitting on the floor, but then he stands up. He moves incredibly fast. Of course, when he is getting ready for school he moves incredibly slow but that is another story. He is so strong he was tipping over the chair! I actually thought the darn things were anchored but apparently not.
I am guessing it is a sensory thing, but it never used to bother him. It is only the last few haircuts that have been a problem. Of course as soon as it is finished he's fine. I'm covered with hair, shaky and exhausted but he just sits on a bench eating his sucker while I pay. Sigh.
DH suggested that next time we try to cut his hair at home (I already do Joe's and DH's). Who knows how that will turn out? Ali actually does a fantastic job. It is a darn good hair cut -- except for the experience!