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Every month starting April 1, 2016 we're giving away a $25 Beaners gift card to one lucky winner. Just share your photos taken at any Beaners location for a chance to win. To enter, share a photo on on Facebook (@Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons), Instagram (@BeanersFunCuts) or Twitter (@BeanersFunCuts) and tag us to be entered.  Winners will be chosen at random. 



Beaners Guide to Ear Piercing

 
Our customers often ask us "What age does Beaners pierces babies or children’s ears?"

The answer is: it’s up to you but there are pros and cons to piercing babies’ ears or waiting until they are older. 


Piercing Ears While They Are A Baby

There are lots of advantages to piercing babies’ ears while they are little:

PROS:

  • Babies do not play with their ears, so there is less chance of infection as they won’t be touching them. 
  • They can’t shake their head so less chance of issues/mistakes when being pierced. 
  • Most babies can be nursed or given a bottle after the piercing and the crying is over. 
  • They will not remember the discomfort. 

CONS:

  • Their ears might be too small for piercing depending on the size of the lobes or position. The technician will assess whether the ear lobes are big enough for piercing. 

Ear Piercing for Toddlers and Children

PROS:

  • They can make the decision to have their ears pierced on their own.
  • Their ears are larger so gaging where to place the earrings can be easier. 

CONS:

  • They can shake their head or jump causing misplacement of earring or incorrect angle of stud. 
  • They seem more reluctant to get their ears pierced.
  • You may end up holding them to get the second one done as some children won’t sit after the first ear. (We don’t recommend doing them at the same time as we have seen some really unideal situations with placement- when the guns go off at slightly different times or the child jumps after the first one, putting the second one way off- it is safer to do one at a time- two different people can never go at exactly the same time). 
  • They may play with the earrings causing infection.

Almost Pain Free Piercings

EMLA cream is an over-the-counter product that numbs the ear lobe, making ear piercing a lot more pleasant than when we were kids. No prescription is needed, but you have to ask for it from your pharmacist and read about any possible adverse side effects. When placed on the ears at least 30 minutes prior, it makes piercing nearly painless.

Our new pressure technology guns are made without springs, cutting out all the loud scary noise of the spring release. There is less pain as the earrings are placed in the ear with a steady, gradual pressure. Healing is quicker as the ear experiences less trauma with this process.

 

Quality and After Care Matters

Many children have allergies to different metals, such as nickel. It is very important to use hypoallergenic earrings, ear piercing antiseptic (not hydrogen peroxide, which dries the piercing out and doesn’t allow it to heal correctly) and regular cleaning with turning one full turn to ensure the stud is not becoming crusty or healing in place. Once the ears are fully healed it is fun to put costume jewelry in for events or day time use but it is very important to always put non irritating sleeping studs/ hoops back in at night to avoid infection. All ears can be sensitive to different metals so it might take a little trial and error to find out what earring composition is best for your child’s ears. 

 

Health Considerations

Of course, if your child is unwell or you have concerns about their health or infection, it is best to consult your doctor before getting their ears pierced. 

Is your toddler or child ready to get their ears pierced?

Sometimes waiting is best, ask yourself:

  • Have they been asking for their ear pierced consistently without wavering? 
  • Do they understand the aftercare, that they need to clean them daily?
  • Have you explained that they can’t change them for 6 weeks after being pierced? 
  • Are they old enough to understand their hands are full of bacteria that can cause infection and they cannot touch or play with them? 
  • Are they old enough to have the talk that it will hurt for a few seconds when pierced (like a needle) but its fast and when it’s over it’s well worth it? 
  • They must get two piercings. They cannot stop after just one. 

When they are ready, then we can help make their wished come true with a little up-front help from you!


Choosing The Right Place for Ear Piercing

When looking for a place that pierces babies’ and children’s ears, consider whether they are experienced with children and if the atmosphere is conducive to a  pleasant experience.  A good ear piercing technician is patient, friendly and knows how to handle small children.

Are you wondering where to take your baby or child to get their ears pierced? All our Beaners Fun Cuts locations offer ear piercing for babies, toddlers and older children and teens. We have locations in Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Newmarket Ontario. 

Book your child’s ear piercing appointment today here!




Our Online Booking System Just Got Better!

Booking your appointments just got even easier! We have a new online booking system that you can access at the top of our website by clicking “Client Log-In”.

Our new system will save you time by:
  • Saving all your information so you don’t have to re-enter it each time
  • Allowing you to book multiple appointments at one time
  • View current and past appointments
  • Cancel or reschedule your appointments
  • Sign up for our newsletter updates and offers
  • Receive appointment reminders and confirmations
  • New text message option

Check it out today!

*Standard text message rates apply.



Original Sprout at Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids



Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids is proud to carry Original Sprout's all natural line of vegan hair and body products. Original Sprout products are 100% vegan, dairy, soy and gluten free. Safe for babies, children and grown-ups. Even royalty like Prince George love Original Sprout. 


Original Sprout’s “Free & Clean” formulas keep harsh chemicals, hormone disruptors and other common offenders off your kids and out of the environment. Soothing organic botanicals work wonders on your active child’s hair, keeping it healthy, easy-to-manage and tangle-free.

Here are just some of the Original Sprout products we carry at select Beaners Fun Cuts locations:

  • Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Natural Curl Calmer Leave-In Conditioner
  • Miracle Detangler
  • Natural Hair Gel
  • Natural Styling Balm
  • Protein Hair Mist
  • Tahitian Hair Oil
  • Finishing Mist
  • Scrumptious Baby Cream
  • Face and Body Suncreen (2016 The Beauty Shortlist Winner)

For more information on Original Sprout products and ingredients, visit Original Sprout’s website!

Looking for Original Sprout products in Canada? Original Sprout products are available in Canada at select Beaners Fun Cuts locations. 




What To Do If You Suspect Head Lice


It’s happened. You received the dreaded “letter” or e-mail from school reporting a lice incident.  

Before you panic, remember:

1. It’s more common than you think, and
2. It’s completely treatable. 
 
Here are some tips what to look for and ways to rid your child from lice. 

What to Look For:
  • Lice symptoms: child is scratching head, complains of itching or tickling.
  • Lice: adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed (2 – 3 mm).
  • Nymphs: baby lice, grayish or tan coloured.
  • Nits: lice eggs, attached like glue to hair shaft near scalp, tear drop shaped.


Where to Look:
  • Check the scalp along the hair line at the base of the neck and behind ears.
  • For better visibility, wet the hair and use adequate lighting and a fine tooth comb.
Elimination:
  • A pesticide-free product is available at Beaners Fun Cuts For Kids salons.
  • Make sure you check all family members, including yourself!
  • Don’t ignore an itchy head.
Prevention:
  • Remind your child not to share brushes, combs, hats, helmets or scarves with classmates.
  • Use a natural preventative product sprayed on your child’s hair for extra protection.
  • Consider stocking up in-case of emergency with a lice cleansing kit.
If you do find lice, it’s important to immediately remove lice with a lice comb and treat the scalp with a lice treatment to avoid infestation.




How To Donate Your Hair

 

 

Need For Hair Donations

Beaners Fun Cuts is pleased to assist customers wanting to donate their hair.

For some people, including children, hair loss can be a real challenge and there are many conditions that can cause hair loss. A change in appearance can impact an individual’s self-confidence and we feel privileged to service customers wanting to help others through donation.

Did you know it takes on average 10 – 12 ponytails and $1,000

to make one hair prosthesis?


How To Donate Your Hair

 To best assist you, there are some general guidelines that will make the process easier:

  • It is best to call in the appointment and mention the hair donation. Our staff will ask clarifying questions and will want to determine if you need assistance with forwarding your donated hair to an organization or if you are wanting us to coordinate.
  • For donation, the hair must be clean and dry and be at least 12” in length (curly hair needs to stretch flat to 12”).
  • Hair that is bleached or permed cannot be donated. Hair that is slightly coloured may be donated.
  • When you arrive at Beaners, hair will be gathered into a pony tail and cut above the rubber band. Unfortunately, hair collected off the ground is unable to be donated.

 

Where To Donate Hair

If you want Beaners to donate the hair on your behalf, we will donate the hair to Canadian-based A Child’s Voice Foundation, Angel Hair For Kids.

Angel Hair For Kids relies on hair and monetary donations to make custom hair replacements that look like a child’s natural hair for kids who have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia or other medical illnesses.


How Can We Thank You?

Following your donation, we’d like to acknowledge and recognize you for making a positive impact on someone else by providing a certificate of appreciation.

We’d also love to inspire others by capturing the moment and have a picture taken to share on social media if consented.