Patriot’s First Haircut at Mandarin Barber

When Peter’s mom told me she still had a lock of the first platinum blonde hair cut from his tiny baby head, I thought, “Ew. Why?” Fast forward a few months later and the thought of snipping Patriot’s brown hair for the first time had me instantly craving a little souvenir from his precious baby days which seem to be going by more and more quickly. GIVE ME THAT BABY’S HAIR.

No matter how hard we try to tame it, Patriot’s hair is just as wild as his personality. I love it to bits, but it was starting to grow into his eyes and since a baby man bun didn’t suit him, it was time for a little trim.

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

The Before

To make this first haircut experience even more special and memorable, I convinced Peter to let me splurge and have Patriot’s first haircut at the gorgeous Mandarin Barber.

First Haircut at Mandarin Barber

The Mandarin Barber opened in 1963 and still has many of the original furnishings inside. It’s the perfect gentleman’s salon and they happen to offer a special Baby’s First Haircut package for my tiny gentleman.

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

We arrived first thing in the morning and Patriot got settled into the chair. He seemed happy and comfy at first, but he did not want to sit still and was very confused by the man coming at his face with a comb and scissors. It wasn’t long before he ended up in my lap instead.

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

Very skeptical

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

Even then he was so curious and hard to keep still until we offered him a nice little biscuit as breakfast. He lasted through most of the haircut before he got too restless and demanded we speed things up.

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

That barber is one brave and patient man! He trimmed all around Patriot’s head but we asked him to leave his curly top locks which I love so much.

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

If you’re looking to have your baby’s first haircut in Hong Kong, it’s worth a visit to the Mandarin Barber. I’m glad we made a mini-celebration out of the event. With Patriot growing so quickly, I want to hold on to as many of these precious moments as I can! In the end, I had lots of fun, Patriot had a new do, and we have a wonderful keepsake to remember the occasion– a framed lock of hair with the barber’s name in a Chinese calligraphy chop.

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts! Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

As for Patriot’s second haircut? Watch this space to see the work of the Pristine Barber coming soon 😉

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

Thank you to my wonderful friend, Maria Miracle for capturing the memories from the Mandarin Barber!

Celebrating baby's first haircut at Mandarin Barber at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The barber offers a special package for first haircuts!

The After