have them identify what you are using in their hair
have them face a tall mirror so they can watch what you are doing. Remember one day they will have to do it on their own so it is never too early to start learning.
give them something fun to do; puzzle, a book, a toy, a game on a device – something that will keep them mostly still
make up a mantra for when they get tired or upset; it’s okay…we’ll have yay…have them say it with you, stay positive
make up a signal when something hurts so they can throw out a hand sign instead of yelling or crying
don’t forget the kisses and hugs! take a break to give them a kiss
create a “all done” word..boom! bam! whomp! yipee! okie dokie all done!
thank them for such a fun time
encourage them to thank you for all your hard work too!
When all else Fails
if all else fails, turn on the tube. no shame in having the kid entertainment experts take the reins. TV is great for really difficult days or long sessions. I recommend figuring out which program is their favorite and either getting a dvd of it, recording it or finding it on netflix.