Barber Causes Controversy After Cutting 1-Week Old Baby’s Hair


A Harlem barber has been criticised for cutting a 1-week old baby’s hair. The barber put up a video on instagram sharing his experience cutting the infants hair. He apparently told the mother that children’s hair is not customarily cut until the child can talk but the mother insisted that it was her religion after which he agreed to cut the child’s hair.

Her. Can you cut my son’s hair ?
Me. You’re not supposed to cut your child’s hair until your child can talk.
Her. But it’s my religion !
Me.if it’s your religion I got to respect that . No problem ! Wow shout out to the youngest baby, kid whatever you want to call it that I ever cut in my whole life ! He is only 1 week old ! Today was different !

Check out the video:

He received a wide range of comments criticising both the barber and the mother:


@sjlivingest225 No shade to the barber (but could you have used scissor trim method instead of the clippers) , but my question is really to the mother. Does the religon say cut the baby hair at 1 week old, or to cut the baby hair. And to top it off what happened to staying in the house with the baby for six weeks. Your still open and the baby is to exposed. If this was a must by your religon standards why not do it yourself at home ijs.

@myasiiiaxo This is bs….just becuz its her religion means nothin u couldn’t have said no …that baby skull doesnt even look fully developed …. If u felt it was wrong u shouldnt have did it…. Poor baby

@breezybabe79 What bout the soft spot this is crazy so when the hair grow back then what my son was 4 when he got his first hair cut and he still jumped poor Lil baby

@envymetoo Somebody need to tag the mom’s dumb ass so I can blast her. She just as wrong as the barber.

There are certainly some religions and customs around the world in which the infant’s hair is cut off shortly after birth but usually it would be done in the home by a parent using scissors.

After the video went viral the barber posted another video defending his actions stating that he did it because the mother said that it was her religion and he had to respect it.

But many are still not happy with his explanation saying that he shouldn’t have sacrificed his morals for a few dollars.

It’s difficult to take a side in this discussion because there really isn’t a solid rule on when a child’s hair should be cut. Most rules are simply cultural in truth. But what do you think? Was the barber wrong for following the mothers wishes despite his initial misgivings?

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I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Ariel Smith

    That baby was only 1 week?! Oh f**k!!! I could tell that baby was way too young but I didn’t know that young!

  2. Aneitha ML Knight

    Shocking!! Much too soon, the baby has just been born still adapting to the outside world including its new fragile body. To be putting that harsh equipment towards it smh!! Foolish & absurd

  3. E Marks Laine

    So sad and it’s hurting the baby. .because I know that when I get a edge up sometime it hurts. .I couldn’t even watch it anymore and the had the nerve to video it..smh .#stupidbarberandmom

  4. Angel Mathews

    What about the soft spot??!!!!! Why??? Just stupid!!!!! Dear Lord, please watch over this baby with the very very very stupid mother.

  5. Kami O Richardson

    Dumb girl why would she do something like that and then bring religion it that has nothing to do with cutting the baby head she dont desrve to be a mother

  6. Angela Washington

    The barber should know better even if the stupid young teen mom didn’t! I blame him most of all bc he’s the professional!

  7. Jai Brinson

    The mother needs parenting classes or something poor baby I hope he didn’t injure his soft spot

  8. Jacci B. Hearn

    She shouldn’t even have him out of the house and around people! My grandmother would have given us a well whooped ass!

    1. Annaette Tifre

      Jajajajaj that’s right! At a week old my baby was with me at home not receiving any kinds of visits no, no, no! Have to respect the 40 day rule when you just fave birth!

  9. Michelle Nesbeth

    A baby’s immune system doesnt even kick in until 6 months. They could’ve given the baby a raging infection.

  10. Monice White

    I had a coworker from Bangladesh and when her grandson was about 2-3 months they shaved his head not for religious purposes but so his hair can grow back stronger and healthier idk it’s seems legit. I’m sure he wasn’t a happy camper but he is 2 years old now with full head of hair.

    1. Corenna Khieu

      I fully agree different culture do different things. I had a friend from Cambodia shave her daughter’s hair when the baby was a new born for the same reasons. I didn’t fully understand it but I didn’t put them down about it. Since then I have met more people who shave their baby’s hair from different cultures for the same reason.

  11. Vonique Bowleg

    Wow! I cannot comment on how foolish this is. What was this mother thinking? I often pray for young children and adults who go to barbers because there’s no telling how well the barber’s instrument was cleaned. A new born’s system is far too delicate to toy with.

  12. Quia Leone

    Hasn’t even developed a hair line but she’s wanna cut it. Sounds selfish to me. You’re embarrassed of your child’s hair smh ‍♂️

    1. Tamika Sivels

      It is due to her culture’s customs that it was done. I, personally, wouldn’t have it done but if this is the culture she’s grown up with then it is what it is. I think since it was the custom that maybe they should’ve done it while the baby was asleep and still and used scissors carefully.

    2. Phalonda Hayes

      I have to agree with it seems she’s embarrassed by his hair. Poor baby just a little little fella and he looks absolutely terrified! I have a son and never could’ve done this ish!!

    3. Shawana Wright

      Didn’t have much hair to be embarrassed of .. Just because you don’t understand it and wouldn’t do it, don’t make her wrong or right ..

    4. Alta Smith

      Maybe on another issue. But not when it’s obviously a dumb thing to do. Have you ever washed the scalp of a baby? That top part is so tender, you don’t even wanna lather the shampoo too hard. It’s too undeveloped for clippers. How could a mother not agree? That’s madness.

  13. Quadriyyah Haywood

    Okay help me out did she say it’s her religion . Okay this is the first for me I’ve never, ever heard of a so called religion of get a small baby hair cut. No disrespect but child please . He’s good because I would’ve never done it that’s game .

    1. Corenna Khieu

      I had a friend who was born in Asian and they shave their new born babies hair off. I didn’t understand it but everyone was like don’t you guys do that? I said no and they all looked shocked like I was crazy. Different cultures do different things.

    2. Alexandra Hicks

      Yes a lot of religions and cultures have the newborns hair removed. It’s done with scissors or a razor very careful by the father or men in the family.

    3. Leyla Olatoundji

      Mine was shaved when i had 7 dayz i muslim and it s like that for the baptism i m a doctor today so please chill

    4. Keundrea Felton

      Once you stand before a Holy God religion he hates and is meaningless to God. All of the different beliefs and culture is meaningless come judgment day! None of that matters; its selfishness and foolish to place harmful things on a new born baby head as tender as it is, just because something you believe! The baby traumatized because traditions! Traditions are of No Effect! Pointless to God as well! This is something some people stuck in and the kids has to suffer! None of that matters to GOD! Either believe Jesus died for Sins not traditions, or close the book and perish due to unbelief! Sins has been covered by Christ, and the only voice God wants to hear is His Son, the only Spirit God wants to see is His Son, and the only one that can cleanse Sins after we confess and Repent is His Son Jesus!

      Cultures can do what they please but they labor in Vain! Its doing pointless work and has absolutely no power!

      The devil has power of darkness and can make anyone think something is powerful; listening to the wrong voice and allowing Satan to plant seeds of Deceit in you!

      They who practice this will pay for what they sow! You reap what you sow! You traumatize and harm this child, a curveball will happen in your life that will do the same to you! Forcing a child to undergo this foolishness! Even abusive parents will some day pay for their actions, usually in their health at old age! You will reap it but none of that is ever caught on camera! ????

    5. Keundrea Felton

      It appointed Once for man to die in the body, then comes judgement.

      No where in that scripture it says due to your culture or religion, nor beliefs!

      One true and Living God, and worshipping other God’s will be condemned! Along with other Sins only Jesus can cleanse!

      Jesus said He is the way, the truth, the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him!

      You try to enter Heaven in Vain trying to come in any other way! I guarantee you will not see it

    6. Edna Chirwa Simwinga

      Amen! What matters indeed is salvation in the Lord. But there’s NOTHING traumatizing about cutting a little baby’s hair. Remember waiting to cut the baby’s hair is also a tradition… western tradition. There’s NOTHING christian about western traditions. Just because that’s what you have been brought up to think or behave doesn’t make it any better or Christian. You can’t go around insulting other people’s practices and expect them to accept our Christ. Christianity is about love and don’t see any love the negative comments. PLEASE AMERICANS OUT THERE YOUR CULTURE OR PRACTICES ARE NOT THE BEST (OR THE WORST) WAY OF LIFE. So please don’t try to impose it/them on other people. For those Christians out there remember our faith started in a Jewish culture and they practiced within not outside the culture. And Christians around the world practice their faith within their cultures not outside. But that’s besides the point. The question is whether the baby was harmed/traumatized or not. If you think so, let me tell you that your judgment has been tainted by your culture. If you want talk about traumatizing babies let’s talk about circumcision not hair cutting.

    7. Edna Chirwa Simwinga

      If people want to preach the gospel remember that Christianity is a faith of love and grace not judgement of things you don’t understand

  14. Malika John

    FROM THE ARTICLE

    His convo with the mom:

    “Her. Can you cut my son’s hair ?
    Him: You’re not supposed to cut your child’s hair until your child can talk.
    Her: But it’s my religion !
    Him: if it’s your religion I got to respect that . No problem ! Wow shout out to the youngest baby, kid whatever you want to call it that I ever cut in my whole life ! He is only 1 week old ! Today was different !”

    Maybe scissors should been used. Otherwise no issues with this.

  15. Takiyah Harris

    She came in and told the barber it was for religious reasons.. They’re are a lot of religions around the that does the same thing ( however with scissors at home)

  16. Ashley Blue

    so anybody can just say it’s my religion and like a dummy you do it? just admit you’ll do anything for money. baby could’ve been fresh out the womb you’ll still line that baby up. no morals

  17. LaRon McCloud

    My grandad was a barber and when my mom was born 66yrs ago he cut her hair with trimmers and she alright her came in full long and healthy, when I had my first child 22yrs ago my mom insisted I cut her hair but hell NO she’s a girl !!! Her hair is long and healthy now as well so idk how to take this one

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