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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!




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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. 




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.





Choosing The Right Products For Your Child's Hair


As a parent, you want hair care products that are both gentle and safe for your children.

Finding products with quality ingredients and less harsh chemicals and toxins is important, especially when these products are applied to little people.

Beaners has developed it’s own line of specially formulated products that are paraben and phthalate free.

 
Gentle Enough For Baby

Lower pH “no tear” shampoos such as Beaner’s Not 1 Tear

are perfect for smaller children that accidentally get shampoo in their eyes.

If gentle is what you are looking for, Beaners also carries Original Sprout, a vegan, all natural, premium hair and body care line for all ages, babies and up. Their Baby Wash and Baby Cream are some of our all-time favourites.

 
If your baby has cradle cap, Beaners has a specially designed treatment in Renu 1. Its highly concentrated formula will target and help clear up this common condition by helping to loosen and lift away the scales and keep the scalp clean and free of oily build-up.

Damage Control

Over time, kids hair can get damaged from regular swimming, blow drying or over-use of styling products. Beaners 1 More Lap

is a clarifying shampoo, designed to strip and remove all types of build up from the hair such as chlorine, wax, 2 in 1 products, styling products and environmental pollutants. It leaves hair clean, shiny and full of bounce.

For some extra TLC, try a deeper conditioner like Beaners In 2 Deep conditioning treatment to bring the hair back to life.

 

 

 

Taming The Tangles

A good quality conditioner is your best friend when trying to tame those tangles. Beaners 2 Twisted is a lightweight daily conditioner that will not cause build up and kids love it’s scent.  

After the bath, try spraying in a leave-in detangler such as Beaners best-selling 2 Knotty detangler for all ages! Spray on wet or dry hair and let sit for a minute or two before combing. It can be used 3-4 times per day to protect hair from tangles, fly-aways and UVB. 

 

Tip: Curly hair? Try Original Sprout’s Curl Calmer

for soft and defined curls.

 

 

For A Look That Stays Put

Sometimes a hairdo needs a little help to stay put. Beaners has several styling products to choose from depending on the level of staying power you need:

Keep It Fun:

Beaners 3 Stars sparkle gel

is full of glitz and glitter! It comes in a kaleidoscope of colors and dries clear on the hair. You can use this product to add dazzle to any hair style or use it to smooth down fly-aways or breakage in ponytails. It’s great for controlling growing bangs, so there is no need for clips or barrettes.  

Texture And Shape: Beaners Texture 3’s highly concentrated pomade is specifically designed to add character and funk to any style hair. Hard working, but never hard to the touch.  

Be Firm: If you are looking for a 100% natural and vegan product with serious staying power, Original Sprout’s Natural Styling Balm keeps barrettes, braids, up-dos, spiky and textured looks in place. Never crunchy or sticky.... always clean.

Mom’s love Original Sprout’s Protective Protein Mist, with organic extracts, nourishing oils & plant proteins to help strengthen & repair their hair, leaving their locks silky & smooth.

 

Ideal for the entire family, Original Sprout’s Face & Body Sunscreen is natural, vegan and non-greasy. It is excellent for sensitive or dry skin and does not include ingredients that cause chemical burns.

 Be Kind Not Cruel

 Beaners is proud to carry their line of cruelty-free products that are not just safe and gentle on little people, but also not tested on animals.

Check out the full line of Beaners specially formulated products here or at any of our locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Helpful Hints for Handling the Back-to-School Hair Headache

‘Hawks, Headbands, and Highlights Oh My!

It seems like the back to school rush starts earlier each year. As soon as you’ve put away the summer camp gear, its time to buy school supplies, plan lunches and shop for fall clothes.

You often don’t think about back to school haircuts until its too late. Not to worry, we’ve assembled some tips and tricks to make your kids’ back to school hair routine easier.  With some hairstyle planning you can make sure it’s not a fight each morning.

Start With Healthy Hair
As with everything kid-related, the best hair starts with a good diet. There’s no need to reach for supplements, just ensure your kids are getting a good helping of fats, proteins and vitamin C. All three help ensure strong, healthy hair.

Summer swimming and sunning takes a toll on everyone’s hair, regardless of how healthy your diet. Starting a conditioning and deep-conditioning routine will help re-moisturize and keep hair healthy. A good leave-in and detangling product after washes will also help make busy mornings a breeze.

Finally, cutting off those broken and split ends from all that summer damage will help when brushing hair out on those crazy school mornings.

Pick a Cut with a Plan
Getting the summer damage trimmed off is a great time to choose a new style. Choosing a back to school style that is easy to maintain begins with a style that best suits each hair-texture. Fine, straight hair works well for the precision of blunt cuts, while fine hair with a wave will work better with layers. Thicker straight hair also holds layers well. Thick and wavy hair can benefit from length and weight, to help prevent the dreaded poufy-ness. For hair done in a hurry, shorter bobs, blunt cuts and boys cuts that are designed to look messy are good options.

Let Personalities Shine Through
The best way to ensure that every day is a good hair day is to let each child’s personality pick the cut. Reminding impatient long hair lovers that they will have to brush and tie their hair each morning might make them embrace a bob. Letting your little rockstar start the year with a faux hawk might just help them rock into class each day. Styling tools and products designed with kids in mind can help make each morning fun. Glitter gel and fun hair accessories are inexpensive solutions.

There are lots of fun, temporary ways for your child to express their style. If you ever had to wait for a perm to grow out, you know crimping, washable neon stripes or clip-ins are a better way to go.

Have a budding braid-addict? Ask your stylist to show you a few simple styles, and don’t forget there are many instructional videos available on the Internet. Just make sure you pre-screen for your own peace of mind. No one wants to start the morning attempting a triple-crown-princess-waterfall-extravaganza!

Get a Jump Start
To ensure not just the hair, but also the back to school prep goes smoothly, try to schedule new haircuts a couple weeks before school starting. This will help your child adjust to the new look or make changes if needed. Get kids in the routine of brushing their hair each night and each morning, and practice styles ahead of time.

Like everything else when it comes to kids, its always best to be armed with a plan. Here’s hoping you can banish bad hair days for back to school!