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?

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.

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. Priscilla Washington

    Some of these young women today are just dumb and it’s disturbing. She probably got this from some other dummy on social media. And based on the way barber is explaining himself, it’s pretty clear something is wrong with him too.

  2. Deirdra Smith

    This happems all the time. Its apart of the Muslim religion. And some won’t agree. But i dont think it was done for approval, i believe it was done because this is their beliefs.. & for the record this baby is perfectly healthy.

    1. Michelle Cronkleton

      Im a hairdresser for 33 years and was asked to do this as well.it is part of a certain religion or belief system and i saw nothing wrong with shaving the baby head.i used a clipper guard over my clip to protect the baby head and was very gentle.the baby was not harmed .the mother and grandmother were very happy and the baby will never know any different.i see nothing wrong with it.each has their own priorities and practice your own beliefs.

    2. Jamila Kelly

      Nika Guyton soooooooo basically you know nothing because you are not Muslim and do not know everything about the belief system? ^^; That’s like me saying I’ve been to the Vatican and have Catholic friends so i know a lot about Catholicism no. no i don’t and not all people practice the same things in the same religion.

    3. Kaysha Kaysh Kay

      Wow some of u people are ignorant wearing a gown doesnt make u muslim at all praying her 5 prayers will make her muslim keeping away from certain things that are haram will keep her in the fold of islam. Her lack of hijab is not a reason to question her religion The prophet Muhammad pbuh didnt talk about covering for the first 23 yrs if im correct so its not the be all and end all . And yes its sunnah for the childs hair to be cut as its not he hair of this world its from the womb.

    4. Lashonda Armstrong

      If she Muslim then it’s apart of an aqiqah!!!! Lots of African, Chinese and Hindu people do….. just because your ignorant asses never seen it or heard of it…doesn’t make it wrong/ false.

    5. Toccara Daniel Wilson

      Safiya Ah,Elizabeth le sorry but it is apart of the Muslim culture you just may not be following but I looked it up before opening my mouth, many of you should do the same. I wonder how many of yall claiming Christianity but still fornication amongst other sins. Yet you have the nerve to call her out for her clothing?!

    6. Nika Guyton

      Kamikaze Kelly I’m not Muslim at all but I respect their culture. It is not a Muslim belief system to cut a 7 day old babies head. As I said people will say anything is for religious and as we all know it can be false. However it could be a culture reason why someone would do this. A culture belief and a religious belief are two different things. And yes I have read the Koran and studied it. As I say again culture is NOT religion.

    7. Wendy Gales

      Did you see how poor little baby was crying? His little scalp was to tender and soft my God he was only 1 wk old!????

    8. Tete Jeanjacques

      This is the dumbest excuse I ever heard , right let’s blame religion for bad parenting that baby could barley hold his head up if you really watched the video ????????????????

    9. Aisha Malik

      My dad is Muslim, I was raised as Muslim and I chose not to practice. However I have seen this done. He did it to my first nephew who is now 21 years old. I thought it was stupid, and I didn’t understand it, however…. this is nothing new. Muslims do this. I am sure other religions do this as well. Just because it’s not a part of our culture here …does not make it false.

    10. Kim Immy Merritt

      Ah you do realize that alot of hair that most black women buy comes from those countries where you shave ya head for religious reasons…so all you weave queens hush. Idk why ppl so quick to judge someone but be the first ones to holla ‘djm’! hypocrites! Smh

    11. Nikki Charles

      It is a part of their religion. However, Muslims don’t cut the child hair this early. And if anyone says they do that is a lie. The child is older than a newborn

  3. Laila Montana

    This is part of her religion. Let’s not be ignorant or verbally abusive towards the lady just because you don’t understand something. Research and educate yourselves on how others live…

  4. Shana Kaci Love

    Ok so i doubt if it hurt the baby…i guarantee the baby would rather have their haurcut then you letting the dr. take him to get circumcised a couple days after birth…ohh the tourture of that.

  5. Dawn Clifton

    Exactly….even if it was for her culture…the barber should’ve said no….I’m sure she has scissors at home!! What is wrong with ppl!!!

  6. Sheri Morris

    Wtf is wrong with the barber in the mama best need to be charged to the fullest anybody in their wrong damn my nose you don’t do this to no infant

  7. Donna Coles

    Him coming out and defending that mess only made him look worst to me.
    You know it wrong but you still gonna do it and video tape it and post that s**t.
    Shame on you Sir !
    You could have and should have respectfully declined.

  8. Adrienne Blanford

    If it’s a religion belief why didn’t the father or someone in the family cut it. I wouldn’t had did it. What would of happen if he cut the baby or snapped his neck He or both would Hv been in trouble not worth the money

    1. Edna Chirwa Simwinga

      We do that in Southern Africa for cultural reasons nothing to do with texture. We all have kinky texture and it grows even kinkier after the first hair cut. But its done at home

    2. Vanity Rivera

      Tiffany Phoenix Rising Washington but that literally doesn’t matter. Like… someone can practice their culture here. You can’t say “this is america, be like me.” Like if her baby got sick then she would have to face those consequences. But from reading other people’s comments it seems as though this is something that is normally done without putting kids in direct danger.

  9. Edna Chirwa Simwinga

    I’m really amazed at the negative reaction but I guess people are judging based on their culture and beliefs. I’m Southern African and we have a traditional belief about cutting new born very early in the baby’s life … maybe a month or two. (I personally don’t believe in it). But its done at home plus traditionally the baby is kept home for 3 months. But again I believe in scientific evidence and personal preference. A lot of these comments are not even based on any scientific evidence. So if no one is harmed let people choose what works for them and their families. Yes, doing it at home with new and disinfected pairs of shear would be preferable. The bottom line is that its the mother’s choice nor matter how many comments are given.

    1. Tammie Faulkner Taylor

      It’s amazing.
      All this talking about his soft spots, but if they REALLY knew anything about them, they’d know that unless it’s something being pushed into them, something going across them won’t hurt them.
      And the baby should be a year old and off this other “rules” are not from a medical PROFESSIONAL, just some old wives tales.

  10. Britt Knee

    I’ve never seen any bs like this!!! Smh. He should have turned that idiot mother away!

  11. La'Kisha Washington

    Neither one of them realise the baby could possibly sustain permanent brain damage from the vibrations of the clippers. There’s a soft spot that doesn’t close until 18-24 months, and a really sensitive spot in the lower lobe of the head that could cause death if it’s pressure there. smh… people can be so damn stupid.

    1. Tammie Faulkner Taylor

      How do babies survive brain surgery?
      And if no one is digging into his fontanels, what do they have to do with a haircut?
      I’ll trust DOCTORS on this subject.

    2. Sheron Brathwaite

      Ummm shaking baby syndrome and clippers are a bit different. One involves violently shaking a baby. The other low grade vibrations.

      No comparison what so ever.

    3. Danielle Triche

      Violently shaking a baby or low grade vibrations…either way, a ONE WEEK OLD BABY should NOT experience either! The germs alone could harm that poor child!

    4. Queita Bug

      This is a old religious belief. Where was the Western world while they were practicing this thousands of years ago? The baby is fine.

    5. Nika Guyton

      oh es. the baby brains I don’t see how they just interpret things their ways. I was told they shave the baby head at 2-4 months with a razor thing not clippers and not at 7 days old. As I always say people misinterpret things all the time. Trying to be apart a culture and lack the knowledge. smh

  12. Tebogo T Molotsi

    I don’t understand why is the barber blamed. The baby’s mother should know better. Why would you risk a baby’s health by taking him to a public place to be cut with a machine that cut half the world of grown ups

  13. Margaret Marie Frank

    The barber shop can have rules on what age they cut children hair ok. The shop my son goes to doesn’t cut kids hair if their under 1 yr old ok.. Babies head has a soft spot let that heal up 1st. They say at the shop

  14. Candace Maxwell

    Per Muslim religion shaving the child’s head then anointing the child’s head with saffron is done. Then it is prescribed to give in charity gold or silver equal in weight to the hair. This does not have to be done by actually weighing the hair; if it is too difficult to do that, it is sufficient to estimate the weight and give paper currency equivalent to the price of that amount of gold or silver.

    1. Candace Maxwell

      Claudine Adams While some Muslim women do not perceive the hijab to be obligatory to their faith, other Muslim women wear the hijab as a means of visibly expressing their Muslim identity. Some Muslim women choose to appropriate this stereotype and wear the hijab to declare their Islamic identity and provide witness of their faith. For the second question as newborn baby or the first week of life it is customary.

  15. Meloney Camille

    Am I the only one who is concerned about the baby soft spot at the top of they head that is very sensitive?? That’s all I could think about

  16. Monica Halbert

    He could have easily said “That’s your religion, not mine” all he cared about was making some $, I mean really, how much was the haircut that he could not have said no??? Should have told her to get that baby in the damn house! I still want to know what the father have to say.

  17. Alphia Sauer

    It’s really not a big deal . It’s just hair it will grow back . What I dont get is all the insults , It is not that serious. We want to support the black community but then some say she needs some form of abuse or cursed out . smh I dont get it .

    1. Andy Cortez

      Honest to god holy s**t everyone is popping hemorrhoids left right and centre coz she took her baby to a barber but no one bats an eye when a majority of peoples opt to circumcise new born baby boys ???????? which in my opinion id say is worse than getting a f**king haircut……was it the best idea? id say probably not but the child is fine, has no one ever seen a baby cry before?

    2. Alphia Sauer

      A post on facebook is not support . Saying what you feel about the mom or the barber is just a rant . The support that we all need to say to our selves what can I do to help my circle of the world . That is what support is .

  18. Marcus Long

    Hell naw. No amount of money will make me cut a child’s hair before he’s 2 yrs old.

  19. Yketha Grant

    that is crazy… he cudd have really hurt that babe… Shame on him for not declining! SMDH!

  20. Brenda McNair

    Today people are just making up ish to their own mindset what religion is Ths please I need to know smdh

  21. Cynthia Graham

    Why would it be the barber’s fault. This is purely bad and dangerous parenting. The blame starts and stops with the mother.

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