How to Cut Boys’ Hair Like a Pro

Remember how I promised to show you how I give my boys’ haircuts…and then just at the moment I had my long-haired boys all lined up for haircuts and pictures…my camera batteries died? While we’re waiting for my boys’ hair to grow back for the photo op, Cheryl from Moms in Need of Mercy offered to guest post on this subject for us! And she got her PROFESSIONAL cosmetologist to help us out!   
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When thinking about giving your son a haircut, do you:
a) shudder at the thought of what it might look like if you did it yourself,
b) reach for your scissors with a glint in your eye,
c) reach for your phone to make an appointment for him,
d) wish you knew more of what you were doing, so you weren’t just “winging” it (come to think of it, he kind of looks like he has wings when you’re done)

Haircuts, even for boys, are expensive. As often as their hair grows, this adds up to some serious cash. But if you know how to cut your son’s hair at home, and you know how to do it right, both of you will be pleased. He’ll be pleased at the result, and you’ll be pleased with how much you’re saving by doing it yourself.

If you’ve ever wanted professional lessons on how to cut his hair by yourself, my friend Liz–a licensed cosmetologist–agreed to show me (and you) the tricks of the trade. Normally, these lessons would cost you a partial cosmetology school tuition, but we are bringing them to you free! Now go pour yourself an ice water on me, and let’s get to work!

As you can see from the above picture, cutting hair successfully is all about the angles. To begin, you may want to start with the neckline. (Liz thought that beginners may want to start at the top. This way, you can set the top length as your guide and blend down from it, rather than having to cut everything again if it doesn’t blend properly when you get to the top last).

But let’s say you start at the neckline. Working on the back of the head, starting from the area of the top of the ear down, use your water bottle ($1 at the Dollar Store/Walmart/Target) to spray the hair down and cut at a 45-degree angle, slanting toward the neckline. You will hold the hair according to this angle and cut along your fingers, as you can see in these pictures.

Once you have worked your way across the back of the head, you can use your scissors to carefully go straight across to form the base of the neckline. As you can see Liz demonstrating, you want to make sure to hold the hair down firmly so you cut it evenly.
Liz says if you are right or left-eye dominant, it could make your haircut slant. So when you finish the neckline, get eye level with it and check that it does not slant. If it does, correct it!

Once the back area is finished, you can move up to the sides. You will continue with the 45-degree angle.

 

Do you notice all the different lengths in this closeup? You don’t want that. When you are making a cut, you will want to have a few hairs from the last cut you made included in the section you are currently cutting. These hairs will serve as your guide, and you will cut the hair to match the length of the previous cut (which should be the shortest hairs).
When you come to the ear, you will tuck the ear by folding it down gently, and then cut around the ear as if you were tracing the pattern of the ear.
Once you have completed the sides and worked back around the head in that section, you can move up toward the top. You will now pull the hair out at a 90-degree angle (the mathematicians among us may argue that this is actually 180-degrees) and cut it straight off of the head.

Just as your child’s patience has about reached its limit, you will reach the top. Reassure him that you’re almost done and you’ll give him a reward for sitting so nicely (or not so nicely!) when you’re finished. Take the hair from the center of the top of the head, lift it up, and cut it straight across. If the very front of the forehead looks too choppy when you’re done, you can point-cut it. This is where you will use the point of your scissors to cut small points in the hairline (you don’t want it to look like candy-corn) :)

                                

If your son has cowlicks at the top of their head (mine do), you can leave the hair longer here to compensate. The extra weight will help prevent it from sticking straight up. To accomplish this, you will want to angle the hair slightly toward the front.

Now you’re just about done! The only thing left is to check the cut to make sure it’s even. You should be able to run your fingers through the hair, pull up various sections, and have the lengths line up evenly (angling in places, but with no long hairs jutting out). It should be well blended. Correct any mistakes you find, and try again in another 3-4 weeks, depending on how quickly your son’s hair grows!

Click here to see how to give a clipper cut as well as how to properly use clippers to help take out some of the bulk in a standard haircut.
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Comments

  1. Christine M (France) says

    13 years ago I decided to save this haircut money and I bought a clipper : my son is now 17 and still uses it (the same : hum, good quality product) : maybe I should count how much (in money, but also in time !) we have saved in 13 years… He likes his hair very very short… I don’t know if I would have managed his haircuts only with scissors… but it looks really fabulous ! Maybe after training, training… I don’t know !
    I love your blog ! Thank you very much for sharing…

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  2. says

    I haven’t been brave enough to try a “real” hair cut (we just buzz with the clippers), but you make it seem simple. :) Thanks for a great tutorial!

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    HAIRCUT DVD Reply:

    Buzzcuts are by far the easiest haircuts to do. Just get a #2 Wahl brand guard and go against the grain and you are all done!!

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  3. Jessica says

    I have a flowbee too for my hubby & boys..Makes it much easier & faster on me & the haircut comes our great each time!

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  4. Rebekah says

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I’ve been cutting my little boys hair since he was born, honestly having no idea what I’m doing but I’m getting used to it and now we use the clippers on him and that’s pretty easy. I guess I’m more of the wing it kind’ve person. Hey maybe you could have someone teach us how to cut girls hair also! I try but not sure I’m getting it very even. She has really thick hair.

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  5. Courtney says

    I used to cut my sons’ hair this way when they were little. Getting them to sit still long enough was a challenge. Now that they’re bigger, I just buzz ’em with the clippers every few weeks – much easier!

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  6. Hezzielee says

    Can’t wait to read how to clipper cut- that’s how we do it and I’m sure I could use a lesson! My son is getting a little fashion/style conscious and wants more than a buzz all over in one length. I’ll definately be checking back tomorrow!

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  7. sammie says

    Thanks for sharing this advice. When my husband is out of the military, I now know how to cut his hair if he ever decides to grow it out. For now, buzzing him works best!

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  8. Danielle says

    Yeah I have a knack for cutting hair. People tell me I should have gone to cosmetology school. It wasn’t the “coolest” thing to do in school so I passed (vo-tech people were looked down upon a lot).

    So, now I cut my children’s hair and hubby’s as well w/ease. I never liked the buzzed look on kids, but that’s just my preference. Luckily neither does hubby!

    Flowbee… our neighbor growing up used that. A dr’s wife no less! I guess everyone likes to save money.

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  9. says

    I’ve been cutting my children’s hair since they were little…sometimes it looks pretty good, sometimes passable and sometimes I wonder if I should ‘cave in’ and go to a professional. I find my son’s hair that is wavy is the most forgiving. My youngest son’s hair is not at all forgiving so I’ll try these techniques out. My oldest son & my husband? I don’t touch their hair any more :)

    What about girl’s hair? My daughter wants some long layers (she has very fine, straight hair – not sure if it would look good on her or not). Any suggestions?

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    Danielle Reply:

    Best thing w/fine hair is to do a hairstyle no longer than shoulder length. My girl, has fine hair too, and I keep it at a bob length.

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  10. Lois says

    I always cut my husband’s hair, my daughter’s (it was the dickens to get even, it was so fine) and my son’s. I hate clippers. Hubby wanted me to clip the back of his neck, and being the submissive wife that I am, I obliged. Blood gushed out all over the place. He calmly pointed out that I didn’t have to press so hard with the clippers. I refuse to “do necks” now. I cut everyone’s hair but my own for over 10 years. Now that we moved near a base and can get the $7 hair cuts, son and hubby go there now, and my daughter and I spring for salon cuts a few times a year. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  11. Crystal says

    this was great , i don’t think i would try it i have been known for using the clippers and messing up our oldest has lost his hair due to my mess up’s atleast 5x i am no longer allowed to touch his LONG hair he is 7 1/2 but he can pull the long hair look off

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  12. says

    I cut all the boys’ hair in my family – even the big boys! :) It’s much cheaper, especially since their hair grows so fast.

    Oh, I’m having a giveaway on my blog this week. I think it might be something you’d be interested in.

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  13. Katie says

    Oh I so want to cut my boys hair, and all my girl needs most of the time is a bang trim, but the thought of it scares the tar out of me. I am a little picky about the way they look, and I am just not confident in myself with scissors in my hand. But maybe I will attempt it sometime, I can always take them someplace to fix it after I butcher it… Right….?

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  14. Lisa says

    I started cutting my first son’s hair when he was little – and have been doing it every since, I figured I could practice while he was still small enough and no one would notice my mistakes. So now I do both sons and my husband and I trim and layer my daughters hair too, it’s fun!

    For the boys I have found that clipping the back and the then cutting the hair on top with scissors – blending it all in of course – is the easiest. There are a ton of clipper tutorials online, so that was a huge help when I started using the clippers. The girl who cuts my hair gave me an older pair of her hair-dressing scissors and I have to say, they are sooo much easier to use than just ones you buy at the store, like a knife through butter. If you are serious about cutting hair at home, I would highly recommend them!

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  15. Brittany says

    This is so helpful! I cut both boys’ and my husband’s hair. Most of the time it looks okay, but these tips definitely have the potential to push it into “good haircut” territory! :)

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  16. says

    I totally needed this post! I did a similar post on my site, but I had to refer to a YouTube video demo! My poor little man has endured many hack jobs. I’m determined to learn to do it myself though. I can’t imagine having to take him somewhere and PAY for a haircut every month! Thanks for the well put instructions :)

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  17. says

    This is great and I’m going to try it today. I usually just use clippers and buzz my sons hair, but lately he’s been wanting it a bit longer, so I’ll give it a try. If I make a mess, I’ll just pull out the clippers and go back to the buzz! LOL

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  18. says

    thanks for this post! a few months ago, i bought an instruction book that shows how to cut layers all over the head–it’s basically the same method you demonstrated but without the 45 degree angle around the bottom. haircuts for my twin boys are turning out great, but i wanted to give them a cut that was layered but longer on top, and this is spot on. i would make the first cut at the top/crown to establish the length guide, then work down the back to the neckline, then the sides, then finish the top.

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  19. says

    Thanks so much! I cut my 21 month old little guy’s hair today for the first time. Dad usually does it and he’s not that great at it either. He thinks he’s a pro, though lol. The problem is my little guy has such fine hair so it lays perfetly flat and you see every mistake. I think I did pretty good for no one helping me except Elmo and an orange Tootsie Pop. ;) This was the first time he’s ever had a sucker. Amazingly he didn’t even get 1/2 finished. I will keep trying this and I’m sure it’s all about practice practice practice. Thanks again.

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  20. Julie B. says

    Thank you so much!! I just found your tutorial and blog via a Google search on ‘how to cut boys’ hair’. I am bookmarking it for reference. I’d heard about the cutting it at an angle, but not where to stop and start–this is fantastically helpful. Now if I can get my 2 yr. old to sit still enough to try it…the lollipop idea in the previous comment might help!

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  21. says

    Thanks!! We are missionaries in Central America and my husband needed a haircut! For first try it worked out OK! Drew your little picture onto a sticky note and he held on to it while I chopped away!! Thankfully it was a *fun* marriage moment and he’s a good sport!! Will have to post some pictures on our blog! Was so thankful to find this here today! Looking forward to poking around and seeing what other treasures you have here! In Him!

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  22. Angela says

    The diagram is a big help! I’ve been cutting my two boys hair for a few years but I since I’m not sure what I’m doing it takes forever and they get really tired of it. This will help me cut more confidently and quickly, and I too will try the sucker idea.
    The very first cut I gave I cut my son’s ear- I felt so bad but he hardly noticed. I’m so glad I didn’t give up, I haven’t cut anyone since!

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  23. says

    I somehow found this post when I started browsing through your blog. I have been cutting my son’s hair for almost a year, but with this diagram it looked REALLY good. Thankfully he’s only 4 so he doesn’t care too much yet. I figure by the time he cares I’ll have the blending aspect of hair cutting figured out!

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  24. Aileen says

    Thanks for this! I take my son for a ‘regular boy cut’ and every time they nearly give him a military cut. This time there are bald patches from where he got scared of the clippers and moved. :( I have been wishing I could just do it my self, and here this is! Thanks! Now, the question is “Where do I find a really good pair of haircut scissors?” :)

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    KingMom Reply:

    I found my scissors at Sally Beauty Supply (a kit for $10). Sorry this reply is so late, hopefully you’ve already managed to find some:)
    I also noticed there are haircutting scissors at Target. I think it is key to use them for nothing other than hair, and to clean them after using (maybe with rubbing alchohol?).
    I got so excited after reading this tutorial, since I wanted to brush up my technique. My DS is 3.5 yrs old and I cut his hair.

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  25. siobhan says

    easier said than done w. my 2yr old HA!! found this website earlier && did haircut as so by it (just finished) but took a good hour && 1/2 LOL only my sons 2nd haircut tho so shouldnt have expected any diff.. but came out VERY WELL overall!!! thankyouuu :o)

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  26. says

    I just wanted to say that I skimmed this article and the pics and tried it out on my 12 yr old son (home sick) because it was so long and HAD TO GO. It turned out great! Thanks so much for this! I’m going to try it out on the other kids when they get home from school.

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  27. Jodi says

    I wanted to thank you for your pics. Money is tight and we can’t afford to take our kids in for haircuts. I can trim my daughters no problem since it is long and one length but I was kinda scared of my sons (it doesn’t help that he is only 2 and squirmy). Since it was over his ears and into his eyes I went for it and I must admit it turned out pretty good if I say so my self. Thank you for the pictures and the confidence, I know I will get better each time.

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  28. Andi says

    I used your tips to cut my two boys hair a few months ago and it turned out so well that I had to search out your post now that they are shaggy again. Hubby cut their hair once and before that my oldest went to the barber. Thank you so much! It really is a lot simpler than I imagined once I understood how to hold the hair out from the scalp. Your diagram is tops. I won’t pay for another cut again.

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  29. Leonor says

    Hi there I have two boys that I always cut their hairs with the clippers and their dad let his hair grow out and they want that look too. So now with the holidays and all, I want a clean cut and the growing out process is just taking for ever.
    Its spiked out everywhere and its driving me crazy, so my question is, Is there some way to cut this so its not spiked out everywhere and it grows out more smoothly it so, Help plz.
    sincerely
    me

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  30. Leslie says

    I work at a children’s salon, and trust me, it’s not easy to cut kids hair. I also have 2 small children with massive amounts of hair, and I know it would be a tad expensive to keep up with it on a monthly basis. That being said, we go to school for this (and school is not cheap), we are trained professionals taught to give you the best haircut for you, or your child. For my benefit (I’d like to keep my job), and the economies, go to a salon. It’s fun for your child (most of them) and it takes a load off you.

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  31. says

    Oh my gosh! I did it! I just successfully cut all 3 of my boys’ hairs and they look decent! I’ve tried so many times before and just never quite got it right. That little hand drawing with angles was just what I needed to make it all click in my head. Thank you! You just saved me HUNDREDS of dollars. Thousands, probably.

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  32. katw says

    I cut my sins curly hair (he’s about to turn 2) and I just snip all over till it looks decent. Thanks for the pics and the angles….now if I could get him to sit still long enough……

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  33. says

    I have been saving these instructions on Pinterest for quite some time and finally worked up the courage to cut my son’s hair. I followed this and it came out great!!! Much better than I thought I’d be able to do at home! Thank you so much! Now the only time I’ll be bringing him to get it cut professionally is before I get his pictures taken. I figure I’ll just get better and better each time I cut it too! :)

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  34. Jessica says

    Thanks for such a great tute!!! I’m gearing up to give my boys Back to School cuts and this will be very helpful!

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  35. says

    My 14 months old boy hair is starting to look like Beethoven. His hair rate of growth as baby has been very slow compared to others I have seen. I’ve have never done this and would love to try and see how I do. It sure beats bringing him to the a stylist for obvious reasons. Here’s too nothing.

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  36. Sam T says

    As a lisenced hairstylist of 10 years i would also like to remind people your not “wasting” money in a salon. Your also helping another family out we get paid minimum wage and try to support our families as well. i have 2 boys with handicaps and of i had no hair to cut my kids would probably go hungry. Just remind yourselves your helping another human being. Thank you.

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  37. Kathy says

    I have 4 boys and have cut their hair since the day they were born (or more exactly when they finally got hair). I have also cut my husband’s since we were married. I would love someone to give me a check of all the money we have saved over the years (my oldest is 30 now). You too, can get the hang of it.

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  38. norah says

    I highly suggest u not cut Ur child’s hair I am a cosmetologist and nothin is worse than parents bring there kids in to get there hair fix cause their parents tried to cut it sorry but I highly disagree wig this

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  39. Fazirah1234 says

    I loved how you did them step-bystep and i really helped me alot when i had to cut my older brothers hair.
    thanks

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    Fazirah1234 Reply:

    BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN UR PARENTS CAN’T AFFORD TO GIVE YOU A HAIR CUT??????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

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  40. Danielle says

    I usually use clippers on both my little men, but been so busy that I keep putting it off. Well, then it turns out my youngest has adorable curly hair. So, I don’t want it to be kept so short now.

    I followed these steps since his hair was turning into a blonde fro. I can’t say it looks perfect, but this was the first time I ever cut hair with scissors, and I think it looks pretty darn good.

    I bet a couple more times, I will be able to do this pretty well. I don’t even think anyone will notice I did it instead of a salon. Practice makes perfect :)

    I disagree with Norah though, it is your child, and if you want to save money figuring out how to cut their hair yourself, knock yourself out. What is the worst that could happen?? Having to pay someone to fix it like originally planned? No biggie. Plus, little boy’s hair grows back fast. Either way, not a big deal.

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  41. says

    As a licensed cosmetologist I would also like to say something. Cosmetologists go through school and pay thousands of dollars to do so. I understand times are hard right now but as said by another poster this could take away money from cosmetologists that are trying to make a living also. It takes almost a year to learn what we do. Your post may help some people, but no one is going to get a perfect haircut their first, second or third time. I guess if that is the case the usual cosmetologist that cut hair can fix it…

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    Megan Reply:

    Life is not a fashion show for most little boys. I don’t think that you
    are going to lose that many clients to this post. Some people need to
    make their dollar stretch and if they can save 10-20 bucks on a kids
    hair cut and are adventurous enough to give it a shot, then more power
    to them. There are still plenty of men and women who will come to your
    salon and give you business I’m sure. And if your slots aren’t filled up
    with children’s haircuts, then you would have more space for adult clients
    who’s haircuts cost a lot more. So in the long run you might make out
    better! Just a thought! haha.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Soooo no one can cut hair but a licensed cosmetologist? I have cut both my son and my husband’s hair for over 8 years to save money. And I’ve started cutting our 2nd son’s as well. At an avg of $15/cut every 6 weeks x 3 = $390 we’re saving. I’d say that’s worth it.
    I’d say the same that you’ll have more time for the expensive cuts and treatment. Oh wait, did I forget to mention I also color my own hair? Oops.
    Sorry, you’re audacity to suggest ppl shouldn’t cut their own hair to save money bc you will “lose” money rubbed me the wrong way.

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    Andrea Reply:

    your*

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    kristi Reply:

    Desiree, I think you are not allowed to cut someone else’s hair and charge for the service without a license. Otherwise, you can cut hair all day long. Thank you for the great tips!

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    Christina Reply:

    What you are saying maybe true but at the same time they go through school for as long as a year as you put it, then why is it that I have yet to find a hair dresser that can cut both of my sons hair without screwing it or getting the cut right?

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    Marie Reply:

    That is like me telling people they shouldn’t manage their own finances because I’m an accountant and that would take money away from me. And I spent much longer than a year obtaining my degree.

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    Bensonsippe Reply:

    I have 4 boys and pay a fortune only to always left disappointed. I have been cutting my kids hair for the last few times and yes, it’s not perfect but it looks just as good and I didn’t have to pay for it. I honestly don’t think a year of practice does my dollars any justice and I rather safe the money and spend it on food. I agree, just because I grow my own veggies should not make the farmer upset. This is so helpful!!! Thank you for posting!!!

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    Amber Reply:

    Desiree, first of all I have to give you credit for commenting. Thank you for standing up for hairdressers! I am also licensed as a cosmetologist, but to hear all the negative comments from a lot of stay at home or single mothers, yes I understand and get that it is or can be expensive to get your children’s hair cut or your own colored, but think about what you are saying? She was not ripping apart your job, yet you can rip apart a cosmetologist? Or group all hairdresser into a category of women who don’t know how to cut hair, or at least your child’s? I don’t know what you do for a living, but for myself I strive to do what I love! I love to make people happy and make people feel better about themselves–by listening and giving them what they need it want, I love my job, it’s not easy, because some people will never be satisfied but for the most part when you leave my chair almost every single person is smiling. I work hard as a hair dresser to have very little. I am by no means rich, I know America is hurting, I feel like my prices are reasonable it’s $10 a hc for 10yrs old and under with a woman’s hc being only $24 with a wash cut and style. I know that with what I have to charge for the elaborate color I get done to my self if I were not a cosmetologist I could not afford, however I know I would never try to do it with a box or do it to myself, I did go to school spending thousands on my education just like people do for any job. But as a hairdresser you do need to charge for your time and your services along with the product (which those prices in theirself have sky rocketed!) I have never cut my own hair without messing up and did not attempt to cut hair before I was licensed, I feel like this tutorial is a better one to follow, but do I think you can look at these pictures and do a good haircut, espressially on a wiggling child? Probably not, at least not the first or even the 10th time.. I do think it is best to go to a professional. And I would say that about anything. Just because I can google or YouTube a tutorial for fixing something on my car do I do it? No because I know it will not turn out. Please do not slash me for standing up for what I have a passion for. I hope this can help you if you must cut your child’s hair, but I urge you to just ask around.. There’s a huge chance someone you work with knows an excellent hairdresser who won’t charge an arm and a leg that she loves :)

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    CLL Reply:

    There are things that should always be left to a professional-like surgery, and then there are things that anyone should try to do on their own at least one time- like cutting hair or fixing something on their car. There are thousands of things any regular person can learn to do to help their family live frugally- which I think is part of this blogger’s passion. Why pay the guy who changes your oil to put in a new air filter, which literally slides out and the new one slides in? While you’re at it, find out how easy it is to change your own oil. Some cars it is a breeze- other it might be worth the $20 to have someone else do it. My dad replaced transmissions and more on our cars growing up using a handy little book called a Chilton’s manual. It is like the blueprint to your make/model and has thousands of dollars worth of labor savings if you are willing to put the elbow grease in yourself. My point is, hair is just hair. I have cut my husband’s for nine years, every 2-3 weeks. The savings is huge and not just the money- time, gas, effort. I have two sons who have never been to anyone else to have a haircut. Again spending time and money, as well as screaming fits, have all been avoided. I have been there before when my friends husband brings home a three year old who didn’t want a haircut that day- the result is hideous and the cost is $20 and a major headache. If you don’t like the post, move on. How to cut hair is hardly a CIA secret.

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    CLL Reply:

    BTW- for anyone wanting to scissor cut (not just clipper cut) hair- I totally recommend stopping at the local beauty supply store for a pair of hair scissors. They don’t have to be fancy but they still run about $10, but it is the only way to go. Paper scissors tend to push the hair forward as they close which is frustrating and you might give up before realizing how easy it can be! Don’t worry, beauty supply sells to us regular folk, just like Auto Zone. :)

    Joslyn Reply:

    People do what they have to do, granted. Saving money is important. I will say that, as a cosmetologist, I have yet to have a friend, relative, bf, husband etc, that would not prefer me doing their hair regardless if they were doing it themselves, or having their budget savy whomever do it. That goes for cuts and colors. There is skill involved and sadly not all professionals have that, in any line of work. I have no problem with clients doing their own hair, just expect to pay when you want it fixed if its even fixable. when my daughter entered middle school, i allowed her to go to one of my fellow stylists, she though it was a very special experience, a sign of growing up; now she, like many of my clients, don’t want anyone else touching their hair. I am sorry so many of you have had bad experiences, but it happens, in any profession.

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  42. Mumoftwo says

    I live on the bread line and that means so do my children. Even they need their hair cutting, so Thank you for your tips, With or with out them I would not have been able to take the kids to a cosmetologist. It just means my kids feel perhaps a little less silly with mum’s tender loving haircut! From some one already on the bread line; dont sweat the small stuff!

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  43. Melissa says

    hi there, thank you for this post. I cut my son’s hair. He is going to be 10 months old in few days time. I think it was a pretty good cut:) I am so thankful that I save some money for this as I am now a homemaker and every penny counts. Thank you!!

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  44. Cherea says

    Hello, This tutorial has helped me a lot. My son is 2 1/2 yrs old and he does not like anyone touching his hair, except for me. I have learned a little bit from this and now I dont have to here him scream at a stranger. I am able to do it.

    Thank you,
    Cherea

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  45. Amy says

    Desiree-
    I’m sorry, I just have to comment on your post. There are a few things that bother me about what you said…1)So just because YOU paid money to become a cosmetologist means that everyone should have to use your services? 2)I wouldn’t bring my son to a salon no matter what – but now I have a better idea of how to do it. 3) You assume that all cosmetologist are good at their jobs. I brought my daughter to get her hair cut into a bob and it got butchered. Then I took her somewhere else and they didn’t fix it. So I had to do it myself. And I’m certainly not trained in the fine art of cutting hair. But I did a better job than those two.

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    adri Reply:

    Thats whay happens when you take your children for a cheap haircit… you get what you pay for.

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  46. Michelle says

    Thank you so much for the tips! I have four boys so taking them for professional haircuts once a month is an expense I’m just not willing to pay.

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  47. Rachel says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have been cutting my 3 year olds son’s hair for over 6 months now because I can no longer stand the hair dressers around here. Most of them cringe when they see children come to their shops, then charge a crazy amount of money for a simple hair cut. I think if there’s something you can do yourself, why pay someone else to do it for you?
    Plus some of these chicks should go back to school, b/c I can still do a better job then them with no schooling and these tips!

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  48. Laura N says

    I’ve been cutting my husband’s and 8 chldren’s hair for years (well, the baby doesn’t need a haircut yet). This might help me do a more consistent job. Can you imagine how much money I’d be spending on haircuts?! I’d rather buy food, Desiree. Also, when my oldest son decided he didn’t want me to buzz him anymore I took him somewhere first just to watch what they did. She messed up his hair but it gave me confidence that I could atleast do a better job than her (fortunately his hair grows really fast!). I’ve gotten really good at it now.

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  49. Ashley says

    That is ridiculous that someone gets upset about someone trying to save a little money and cut their children’s hair… I cut my whole familie’s hair and it saves us so much money in the long run and we would not have it any other way. So Thank you for the post.

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  50. Monique says

    Thank you for this post, I’ve been cutting my kids hair for a couple of years now, I have 5 kids so you can imagine how much I use to pay for hair cuts at the salon. Desiree you must very young to leave such a comment. I too have taken my kids to the salon where I had to come home and fix my kids hair afterwards, cause someone who was licensed couldn’t do the job right the first time. Why waste my time, money and gas when I could just do it myself.

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  51. Aminah says

    I used to take my boys all the time to get their hair done as well as my own. After my divorce, being laid off from a very good paying job, and absolutely no assistance from the boys’ father… I had to find a ways to make the value of a dollar stretch. For me, the cost of a haircut at a salon can cost almost 40+ for just the boys and well over 100+ for me. That could be food or gas in the car… I have now been cutting their hair and get compliments all the time about how they look. I also have been coloring, highlighting and cutting my own hair with the same results. I am not an expert and I don’t want anyone to feel I am costing them their jobs… I just find that a professional haircut is not as important right now as paying rent or feeding the family. When things get better financially, I would be more than happy to pay for these services now and then as a treat to myself and the boys.

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  52. LonaM says

    I am a teacher of cosmetology! I have view many “homemade” techniques of haircutting for children. Boys haircuts are more difficult than a little girl’s bob. I must say that this is the first tutorial that is actually correct. With the help of the cosmetologist, she shows the exact correct steps and angles. I believe that if a parent is educated in the correct method, why not! Just DO NOT open your home as a salon and charge money, it is against the regulatory commission law, and could result in a fine for you! Only licensed, and properly regulated shops are allowed to post prices, and advertise, you could end up in a lot of trouble if you do. There is also the issue of infection control. Go to your local beauty supply store and purchase the correct disinfectants, and follow the directions (they are very strong), you do not want to pass lice or bacteria among family members. Good luck, save money, just do it the right way! Another note: I have taught many students who did not finish the program, and it used to upset me that they were out there cutting and coloring hair, but then I thought, at least they were doing it correctly. The home haircare market has been around forever, colors, perms, relaxers, scissors, clippers can all be purchased at Wal-Mart, grocery stores, etc…people are going to experiment.

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    CLL Reply:

    Nice comment! Thanks for the open mind and the extra tips!

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  53. Heather says

    Thank you so much! I have three boys and it is normal to spend 100.00 bucks getting hair cuts a month! I live in the middle of nowhere and it’s an hour drive to get anywhere, so between gas, time and money often my biys look a little strangely ! I take more pride in my kids looking nice than I do for myself and being able to clean up their cut until I can make it to the hair dresser without chopping it up is nice. Things have been a little tight and with your post I was able to send my son to school today not looking like a homeless boy! God bless you and helping others with the knowledge you’ve learned in your trade. What your doing us no different than some attorneys giving free legal advice or doctors helping in free clinics , there are many people who give back to others and share knowledge they learned in collage, what makes beauty collage any different than law school???! Thanks again!
    The Castro’s

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  54. Anna says

    I’d just like to comment that haircutting used to be a common skill and barbers were just for people that didn’t have a wife to cut it for them or had the money to pay for the convenience. There are more clients today then hairdressers will ever lose.

    Business is not a charity. If you’re losing clients you can’t blame people for doing something themselves any more than you can blame your competitors. A college degree is not guaranteed income; you still have to work at your profession. You have to make your business viable and find a way to be competitive. Homemakers cutting their kids hair are the least of the things threatening your income; you have rising small business costs, immigrants that work cheaper than you can, and not to mention tons of other newly graduated cosmetologists who are willing to work harder than you. If you give work hard at your craft and give good haircuts, people will flock to you and pay for privilege. But if you sit around and blame other people and market forces for your loss of income then you’re doomed to fail.

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  55. Dustin A says

    I understand the cosmetologist idea of it will take money from them. Unfortunately for the folks complaining on here they are not near where I am or I would bring my son to them as apparently they can handle a screaming 18 month old and come out with a good hair cut… The last time we paid a cosmetologist to cut his hair it came out looking like poop, cost $30 and I had to go home and fix it myself. So before you go complaining think of all the less than good folks out there cutting hair on a degree that was gave to them for money and not for talent and how they treat small kids. If you expect everyone to come in and pay $30 for a $6 hair cut then think again. Again I own my own business and know if I marked up my goods as much as some cosmetologist I would be ran out of business. Fortunately we have found an old barber that has been in the business forever that can cut his hair, don’t know how much longer he’ll be around but thank God for a decent barber with a decent price $10 plus a tip.

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  56. Deb says

    About 30 years ago the hairstylist I was dating taught me to cut my 10 year old son’s hair because as a single mom of 3 I couldn’t afford the salon price and repairing it at home anyway. I cut all of my children’s hair until they left home or they wanted a special cut I didn’t feel qualified to do when I did take them to a salon which usually meant I had to repair it in some way at home. When my husband and I got married 27 years ago, he wanted me to start cutting his hair. I was apprehensive but did it because he had just graduated, he had an interview and we didn’t have the money for a salon cut. Now 27 years later, my husband will not go anywhere else. He loves the convenience and the fact that I know his head so well I can cut his hair in about 30 minutes. I have to go to a salon for my haircuts because I can’t cut my own hair, believe me I have tried. I found a lady in a small town near me that does a good job and doesn’t charge me an arm and a leg. Before this I went to a salon in a larger town and paid a hefty price but I got tired of the shop being open sporadically, no return calls to my messages requesting a call back for an appointment, and the stylist being gone on trips with a constant new boyfriend more than she was in the shop so getting in to get a cut was almost a miracle. No she wasn’t 20, she was in her 40’s. She was good, but not good enough for the aggravation.

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    Deb Reply:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I groom my Lhasa Apso also. I can’t afford the grooming fees around here and he is happy letting me groom him. People always ask who grooms him because his cut is good. No I am not a professional and I don’t groom anyone else’s dog and don’t care to either.

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  57. Jennifer says

    I am a cosmetologist and have been practicing for 17 yrs… I try to help my clients if they want to do home cuts color etc…Times are hard I get it but my comment really goes to the replys clumping all hairdressers as bad .. keep looking there are great hairdressers out there!!!!!!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Oh yea and when they mess up they do seek out the help of a licensed
    professional!! just saying ;)

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  58. Jessicaaxui says

    Cosmetologist are also people with struggles just like the rest of you. Maybe she made a generalized statement and apparently it offends you that someone would stick up for others in their career field, but maybe you would think it was offensive if someone made something you studied and worked at every day seem easy and trivial. Also I think those comments were snide and bitter. I work hard and listen to what clients want, even for children, but you are right, I don’t want to cut your children’s hair. Especially your sons’. It is a pain and not worth the little money made. When I do, I do a good job but by all means, cut your own children’s hair!! I’m all about saving a buck and I don’t try to talk my clients into expensive services or lecture them about home hair color. I do find though, the pickiest clients are the ones least willing to spend the money on a professional. I don’t doubt that some of you have had bad customer service, but whether you cut hair at home or not, don’t lump all cosmetologist into a category of rude, uncaring, or unskilled. And like the others said, we’ll see you when it needs fixed.

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    Jessicaaxui Reply:

    And I would like to know how you “mark up” a service. Most cosmetologists get paid by commission and it is a percentage of what the cost is to the client. But it must be hard for us to figure out that business kind of stuff with all the gum chewing and boyfriend-running-around-with.

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    Dana Reply:

    Not all stylist are paid commission. Some rent a space within
    a salon, and they set their own prices and use their choice of
    hair color and products.

    I have two boys of my own, and I am a stylist. I adore children. I would rather spend
    a whole day, however, teaching a mother how to cut her child’s hair
    than cutting his hair myself. Most won’t stay still. They are impatient. And they don’t like to wear a cutting cape! Including my own!!

    When children start to care, take them to a stylist.

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  59. Laura says

    While everyone is welcome to share their opinion on the subject of cut boys’ hair, I would appreciate that if you’re going to do it on my blog, you simply…be nice.

    I offered this post to help families save money and feel confident as they cut their boys’ hair. There is nothing wrong with saving money by doing this yourself. I guarantee that we are not putting consmetologists out of business. Nor are we saying that the service they provide is unworthy in any way. They do a great job.

    If the comments continue to come in an a negative manner, I will turn them off and delete all comments left by people who feels that they must be snotty. I don’t let my children act this way, and I won’t allow this behavior on my blog, either.

    With that, I am going to go give my boys’ their monthly hair cuts. Then next month, I will go get my hair cut professionally by a cosmetologist. :)

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  60. Rachel says

    I paid thousands of dollars to go to cosmetology school. I did not make a career out of it, I decided to start a family. Look, this is not the first tutorial online showing a hair cut. I don’t see what all this commenting is about… What I mean is, doing hair cuts on our children at home is just like cooking a meal at home instead of going to a restaurant..It does not mean this tutorial meant never eat at a restaurant again..lol. I hope everyone on here takes care, and do what makes you happy

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    Christina Reply:

    This comment makes sense. My son is 15 months old. I see know reason why I should have to pay to get his hair cut. I don’t see how at $15 hair cut is going to put anyone out of business, especially when I pay a couple of hundred to have colour and a cut. It’s just a little boys’ haircut!!

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    Christina Reply:

    no reason, not “know reasonn”
    :)

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  61. Christina A says

    Thanks! My one yr old gets upset when other people he doesn’t know touches him so it helps that I can use these techniques at home rather than watching him have a meltdown at a salon. Don’t get me wrong, I would definitely pay a professional to do it later down the track but not at this age.

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  62. hilda says

    thank you very much for the tips, I have a son w autism and he won’t let anyone touch him but me, I’ve tried going to salons and they don’t want nor have the patience to do it, much less to do it right. I know next time, I’ll do a better job because of this tutorial. God bless.

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  63. Sarah says

    This is just silly. Your never going to make bank on children’s haircuts unless your The Duggar’s family hairdresser. That being said, thank you for posting this tutorial, my son is almost 2 and he is painfully shy. Haircuts at the salon are torturous for everyone involved so I’d like to start doing them myself. This was very helpful!

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  64. Leslie says

    I wish I had found something like this years ago. I’ve been seriously thinking of giving my 3 boys haircuts, but haven’t made it past trimming around the ears, neck and bangs between cuts. Thanks for sharing this!

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  65. Lindy says

    Thanks so much. Here in South Africa, I’ve cut all my children’s and my own hair at home for years now, we’ve had to, there has seldom been any extra money for spending on a hairdresser. The girls cuts are easy but as my son has grown-up I have felt I have really messed up and dread haircutting time. This article and little diagram is by far the best I’ve seen on cutting boys hair. It just makes so much sense to me. We tried it today and both my son and I were very happy with the result. I’m going to enlarge your little diagram and keep it! You’ve helped a lot of people, and I thank you.

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  66. Laura says

    Thank you for this informative post. I’ve been cutting hair for my husband and our four children for 15 plus years. I’m still learning new things everyday, especially when the teens start wanting a trendy style. For a long time my boys just loved getting a haircut and having me comb and hold their hair to cut, they said it was so relaxing! Sweet moments I would not trade! A tip for others: when my kids were wiggly toddlers/preschoolers I’d put on a video they liked while I cut and it helped pass the time and keep them more still. They usually got a little treat when they were done as a reward. We’ve had a few bad cuts for my older daughter especially (layers!) but we look back now and laugh at the memory of the uncooperative child and the strong willed mom who was GOING-TO-FINISH-THIS-HAIRCUT! …wonder where my kids get the strong will? ;)

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  67. says

    I better stop cooking at home…. wouldn’t want to take money away from all the chefs and wait staff! Lol!!! Great post, I’ve just started cutting my boys’ hair and it’s nice to have a tutorial :)

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  68. Lindsey says

    I am so glad I found this post. My son is 2 and I cut his hair for the first time a couple of weeks ago and the problem I have is that it is really thin and hard to blend. Any suggestions? Or ideas?

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  69. CC says

    This is great! I see no reason to pay for what I can do in 10 minutes while my 18 month old stands at the bathroom sink and brushes his teeth! No tears, he looks good, saves me time, money and stress.

    I spend my money getting my OWN hair cut.

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  70. Sarah says

    My family was very poor growing up, so my mom was the only one who went to the stylist and cut the family’s hair. She taught me how to cut hair and started having me cut hers when I was seven or eight. My dad and one of my brother’s have curly hair, and my other brother always wanted a buzz cut so I never needed to know how to cut straight hair until recently. My brother no longer wants his hair buzzed, and now your post will help me a lot. And if I have any boys with straight hair. I cut my own hair, or have my mom or my aunt cut it. I’ve only been to a stylist once. She did a good job, but I feel more comfortable with someone I know. My sister has always been the one who wants to experiment with her hair, so I’ve had to learn all kinds of cuts with her. She’s been to a stylist once too, but likes having people she knows cut her hair too. I only cut my family’s hair, and never charge. Someday when money’s not so tight I might go back and experiment with few styles I’m too chicken to try on my hair now.

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  71. Tamra says

    Thanks for the post. It has been most helpful. LOL! I love that you don’t allow your children to use bad manners.

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  72. Carol says

    Thanks for the tips! I think the whole cosmetology discussion is too funny. It really takes someone a whole year to learn what you show in two simple pencil drawings? :) I’ve been cutting my hair and others’ hair for almost 50 years, and my tiny grandsons are far happier with nana doing their hair than a hairdresser. This has been going on since the beginning of time, now we have to consider the feelings of a cosmetologist? To be honest, there’s enough heads of hair in this world to keep moms, nanas and the hairdressers busy infinitum. What a hoot!

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  73. says

    I am the proud daughter of a hairdresser and proud mother of a 4 year old son.
    Mothers: Lay off trashing all hairdressers! Cutting hair on wiggly little ones is difficult and as mothers who are cutting your own child’s hair you KNOW first hand that some days are better than others!
    Hairdressers: Consider how much you are charging for basic cuts and how uncooperative some little ones are before you dare be pretentious to parents for cutting their own children’s hair. Common sense says everyone should do what works best for them. My own mother will cut my son’s hair for free, but I cut it myself just as often because I have the luxury of being with him when he is most relaxed and still… whenever that happens and his hair is too long I take advantage of it!
    Parents: Independent hairdressers & barbers are more likely to charge the least for your young child’s simple cuts. Many that I know will give you a $3 kid cut if you are already having your own or your teenager’s hair cut – just ask!
    From experience: As said before, cough up the $10 for hair scissors if you are cutting hair at home and only use it for hair. Fabric shears work second best.

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  74. Jennifer says

    Hello,
    I love your illustration as well. You have simplified the mysterious and made it accessible to us all. My son was very happy with his haircut; no tears, no money spent, and in the comfort of home. Thank you!!!!

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  75. christy says

    I just wanted to say I really enjoyed to how to clips. I am the Mother of four kids 3 of which are boys. I have cut my husbands and childrens hair for a while now . I even sometimes try to cut my bangs Ha Ha . That’s how it turns out sometime. In all seriousness , maybe some of the comments were a little harsh. I have to cut my family’s hair . Times are hard. In doing this it allows me of the occasional luxery of going to my hairdresser { who I think is great } to get some of the more expensive thing done to my hair , color , perms, ect…. I am always thankful when someone that has knowledge in an area of interest is willing to share tips . It is a blessing to people like myself, and if you go to church you understand the principle of giving and receving.

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  76. Kim says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! My son squirms so much and has ended his one and only cut crying his eyes out. Plus around here to find a kid-friendly salon it costs double just to put up with the hassle.
    At least now I’ll have a better idea for the next time I’ve gathered enough courage to tackle him. ;)

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  77. Jamie says

    Thank you for this tutorial. I have two boys (13 and 6) and have been cutting their hair for years. I have only tried clipping with scissors one time, but I am planning to try again in just a few minutes on my 6 yr old. Thanks!!!

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  78. Shylo says

    LOVE THE DRAWING!
    And gonna try it out on my sons head but i still do take them to the hair cutters to but when it comes to dinners and special events i will but not all the time need to save some money so this is a good idea Remember ladys hair does grow back so both sides take a breather and enjoy life stay positive. xoxo times are hard but lets just enjoy life.

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  79. Rebecca says

    Great tutorial! I tried cutting my son’s hair prior to seeing this and completely messed it up. I followed this and was able to fix it! Now it looks amazing!!

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  80. Abigail says

    Laura,

    I really appreciate this tutorial as I have a very fidgety 5 year old son with autism, and we’ve had several bad haircut experiences in the past. I’ve cut his hair using clippers the last 2 or 3 times but I lost the clippers and had to use scissors. Your tutorial was a godsend. While I’m sure a professional could’ve done a better job, it wouldn’t have been worth the screaming and wiggling and putting the poor hairdresser through hell just to get him to look presentable. So thank you!

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  81. JWB says

    Laura, Thanks so much for the hand drawing, and the pictures. They all really helped me getting my sons hair cut to look as it should.
    I appreciate the time it took to post, and show us all who want to do it ourselves – how to.
    Thanks.

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  82. Edi says

    Hi there! I just wanna say a HUGE thank you for this tutorial! We’re a homeschooling family of 7 all living on one salary, so as with most of us ~ every single cent counts!!! I hate that my boys feel humiliatied by their shaggy mops just because we can’t stetch the money any further than it is already! As for all the professional ladies who’ve commented ~ please know you’re HUGELY appreciated and there’s nothing nicer than being pampered in a salon by a professional who really knows what they’re doing! We HomeBodies know our homespun efforts don’t come close, but sometimes in life you just have to cut your garment to fit your cloth! Here’s wishing you all a Blessed Festive Season, with lots of love from South Africa xxxxxxx

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  83. Melissa says

    Thank you so much for your post. This is just what I have been looking for. My friend is a licensed cosmetologist who has cut my boys hair for the past 6 years. She has been happy to give me tips on doing it at home but this post really helps to refresh it as I am doing it. I am terrible at making the apt. therefore my kids go way too long in between and they begin to look like little rug rats! I am sure she will have to fix some of my attempts from time to time but she is just fine with that. I recently quit my job to stay home with my 3 boys and every little bit of savings helps me to continue to do that!

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  84. Laura says

    Wives & mothers have been cutting hair for hundreds of years without licenses and passing it down to the younger women. It’s not a new concept because of the economy. I loved the tutorial, thank you!

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  85. Vicky says

    Thanks for that helpful demo!!
    I would take my son to a barber but is terrified. So a home cut is needed until he chills out. Thank you.

    And if its taken work away from a barber ten the barber wasn’t good enough!!

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  86. Sarah says

    Great! I have always cut my husband’s and my older son’s hair – it started out because we were too poor to do anything else, but as time went on, they found that they liked my haircuts better than the professionals! But, they both have curly hair, and it is is very forgiving. Recently we adopted a 9 year old with really straight hair and until we sell our house, things are really tight, so I would like to give it a try. For the past month, I have been avoiding it, but with your post, I am willing to give it a try! Thanks!!

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  87. Hilary says

    As a licensed (and good if I dare say so) hairstylist for the last 12 years (and Kindergarten teacher by day for the last 6 years). I would say the majority of stylists have no problem with people cutting hair at home. We make plenty of money off of correcting home cuts, that its really a non-issue. And if it saves you some money, that’s awesome! However, it saddens me to see how little people think of stylists and the training and time and commitment many of us make to being able to give a good product. As evidenced by many posts on here many parents think hair cutting is a brainless skill that needs no instruction and that’s ridiculous. As evidences by the posts of frustration over a bad hair cut, I would think many would recognize the very skill hair cutting in fact requires. With that being said, some natural talent or a lot of practice to learn how – many a person can cut hair into basic cuts at home with decent to good results and you don’t need to go to a salon necessarily for a basic hair cut.

    My goal in making this post – sorry it took so long to get to it – is to give you some tips to finding/recognizing someone that is good with children’s hair because I recognize many mom’s don’t WANT to cut their child’s hair – they feel it a necessity for many reasons.

    1. Ask your friends who cuts their children’s hair. A referral is the perfect place to start!

    2. If you go to a no-appointment salon which I think most parents do for their children – watch which stylists talk to the children like human beings. Yes, there are many stylists that don’t like to cut kids’ hair – but that’s not all of them!! And don’t have that person do your child’s cut. There are many like myself that enjoy cutting your kids’ hair. (They make the best conversations!) If you’re at a no-appointment salon (I work for Great Clips – and I know many people have stories to share but that isn’t why I’m writing this) you can request a stylist to cut your hair and wait for that person to become available. Many GOOD STYLISTS work at no appointment places because they (believe it or not) don’t want to charge you an arm and a leg for a cut. ( Working somewhere like Great Clips provides insurance & other benefits). Out of 2500 GC salons nationwide & Canada – that’s over 10,000 stylists (And that’s only if a salon had 4 employees which most have 7 or more). There is bound to be at least one person that you could request to cut your child’s hair. And a bad experience with 1 person at 1 location really isn’t a true measure of the company or employees. Regardless of where you go I find this to be a true statement.

    3. Help your child feel comfortable as much as possible. (I also teach Kinder and this is the same advice I give on the first day of school) Yes a stranger can unnerve a small child – but you as a parent stressing out about them getting a hair cut makes it worse. It really helps the child to see you calm and happy that they are there. When you are tense about the cut (because you know what’s coming) your children pick up on that and it comes out. Making a hair cut fun can help the entire situation and make your child want to come back.

    4.) Another way to help your child feel comfortable is to bring 2 suckers (or carrots or whatever treat your child likes) with you. One for during the hair cut (just keep it in their mouth) and one for after. I know – bribery comes to mind. But – compare it to your job. You do your job you get paid. Your child’s job at the moment is to get a hair cut. That’s it. They’re a kid. If they do a good job, shouldn’t they earn a paycheck? My particular salon goes through MANY suckers because the kiddos know if they do a good job, they will be rewarded.

    5. Try to remember that because your child’s head is smaller than an adult does not mean that less skill, time or talent is involved in cutting it. In fact, a good children’t cut requires more talent, skill and patience than an adult! Blending hair on head that has moved 20 times in the last 20 seconds is not easy – as I’m sure you’ve learned from home cutting. So to say your child’s cut should cost less than adult really isn’t fair. So try to be patient with stylists and give them some understanding for working with your child for less money.

    On a side note: If you choose to do a home hair cut, I would recommend you invest in the cheaper scissors that were referenced in the posts above. Walmart and even Sally’s Beauty Supply sells them at a decent price. This will help you achieve better results at home. Just so you can know – stylists spend $100 – $1000 or more (in my opinion because they’re crazy!) because the shears do affect the outcome.

    Good luck wether its at a salon or at home.

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    Amanda Reply:

    I also work for Great Clips, and I might add that I am one of the best stylists there. This is very well spoken and a great representation of our company. I do, however, not agree with parents cutting hair at home. Ninety nine percent of the time, it ends in disaster. Parents may think that they are saving money, but in the end, I have to shave your little boy’s head because it was cut so terribly at home. I do agree that there are stylists that don’t like children, but I can’t speak for all. I love to cut children and have learned to work with them. Parents, I strongly suggest that you do not cut your children’s hair at home. It makes for high anxiety for you, and supports a very tough time for stylists to fix the mistake.

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    Carrie Reply:

    To Amanda–when you have 3 boys and a husband, all of which have super thick hair that grows by the second, and you are on a limited budget, home cutting is quite necessary.

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    keesha Reply:

    boy do I agree, my husband and son have super thick hair and we were going to smart style at walmart because its the only place that was ever open on sundays when we could get their after church and they cannot even keep stylist, so we went and bought a nice clipper set and my husband and I use that and it looks nice especially when you don’t have the money to go to the hair salon or can find one open .

    Debbie Reply:

    Amanda,

    I have to tell you that I looked up this article because the guy who cut my son’s hair for years retiretired and I have taken him for two cuts that were terrible, and I am being nice. I have found that no one listens to what you want. They just want to finish as fast as possible. I will not subject my child to this any longer. I guess I am going to have to learn to cut hair!

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    michele Reply:

    If you are blessed to live in Michigan , try Grondins-in Washington-
    All the gals there are awesome & love my 9,8,&2 year old children.

    M Reply:

    Amanda, By recommending that people don’t cut hair at home, all I see is you protecting your bottom line. The reason for this post was so that parents who cut hair at home can do a better job on the cut and avoid going to the salon to have their child’s hair fixed.
    There’s no problem with parents taking some of the expense out of their budget. You don’t see farmers complaining that home gardens lowers their profits or target complaining that people are making their own drapes/clothes/etc. I have cut my husband’s hair at home for years and now I cut my son’s as well. I’d do my own if I had more mirrors and the patience. Unfortunately, I can’t trust my husband with a pair of scissors near my hair, so I get it cut every couple of years or so, when it is long enough to donate to pantene pro-lengths or locks of love, and then, I go to a salon wwho does the cut for free with a hair donation. Some of us just don’t have $90 or more in our budgets to get everyone’s hair cut and trimmed on a monthly basis.

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    Cherie Reply:

    Amanda,
    It’s not always about the money. I am a teacher and make very little, but the main reason I have to do my son’s hair is because he has ASD (autism spectrum disorder). Are YOU willing or even able to cut a child’s hair who is screaming and thrashing around? No. Guess what? He doesn’t even want ME to do it. So I have to do it when he sleeps. Yep. And it looks ok sometimes, sometimes not. But it’s posts like this one that help me try to make it as best as I can.

    Think about that.

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    Marilyna Reply:

    I agree! It gets so old taking my son and having impatient stylists get on to him because he can’t be still. I have to explain that he has autism and he can’t help it. By that time, I’m highly upset and furious!

    Midwest mom Reply:

    I’m in the same boat with an autistic child. The last time I took him to a children’s haircut place, my poor boy vomited all over himself and the hairdresser’s car shaped chair. Everything people try to do calm my son down just makes it worse. One hairdresser once told me, “now mom, you just go sit over there, I’ll talk to him. ” I was like, first of all he will flip out if I leave him with you. Second, he doesn’t say a single word yet so how exactly are you going to “talk” to him?

    After the vomiting episode, I made the decision to cut his hair at home with soothing tricks that only we know. This way I can get him to like haircuts, so that in a couple years, maybe I can take him to the salon. I make plenty enough money, so it’s not the money. But my son isn’t going to be in a beauty pageant any time soon, so my haircuts will suffice.

    Jennifer Reply:

    Thanks for the helpful tips!

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    c0wbunny Reply:

    Did all stylists never make mistakes while learning to cut hair? Keep in mind that all the parents reading this article and others based on the same topic are doing so because we want to educate ourselves as much as possible before trying it out. We’re reading this to pick up some knowledge and have an idea of what we’re doing, not just picking up some scissors to randomly chop their hair down. If stylists have to fix the bad home made cuts they should be happy about the business they’re getting.

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    Understanding Parent Reply:

    We understand your situation and hard work, but do you all consider how much it will cost us to give you our hair? Does not compute when a person struggles to maintain children in good health, school, and the life necessities and give up those 20 to 50 dollars a person can apply to needs for our children. Hence a haircut can be fixed or grow out in time so to me it’s worth not spending the money. If it was less than 20 I might consider it. Lately those bargains are very hard to find.

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    sergeharoche12 Reply:

    20 to 50 dollars how long time it will take to cut the hair like this

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    MamaM Reply:

    With the economy being the way it is even $10 for a close shave of my sons head is expensive. Stylists do go to school to learn a difficult skill but that’s not cutting little boys hair. It’s cutting older peoples hair who want style as opposed to simple function. For my son to have short sides and slightly longer top why should i pay you? The first time or even the first few times it may not be great but it’s hair and it grows. If $10 is a big deal to me i will save it. It’s not a put down to you. It’s pointing out that easy cuts don’t NEED a stylist. If my sink is leaking because of a loose nut i’ll tighten the nut not call a plumber. In reality all you’ve done is already learn what we’re learning right now and practiced. We’re now learning how to do it. Maybe you should be happy with all the women and men who come to you for a hair style as opposed to a hair cut.

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  88. Casey T says

    Thanks for posting this! I also like to save money, and my hairdresser the hassle, of cutting my 2-year-old’s hair! Mothers have been cutting the hair of their children for centuries and somehow they all grow up just fine. I prefer to use the money I save going to my hairstylist and getting my hair professionally done! Nothing wrong with that! …thanks for posting this. Very helpful to us moms!
    Also, a true hairdresser is understanding when one decides to cut or play with their hair, not condescending. I would never return to a hairdresser that was as condescending as some of the hairdressers in this column!

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  89. Kristina says

    I don’t believe either stylist was condescending. They were honest from a professional’s stand point. I am an at home colorist and stylist that is not trained or licensed but I have taken the time of the years to ask many questions and self educate. I get more compliments on my own hair when I do it myself and have numerous salon owners ask me to go to school so they can hire me. I have cut friends and family and their kids hair for years. It is something that takes A LOT of skill and training. Every person’s head and hair is different. Clusters of cowlicks are fun to work with. I have made many mistakes but I get better each time until I am able to go to school for it. It takes natural talent as well. For one to just assume they can do hair at home has resulted in numerous crying friends calling me to fix their crazy mistakes. At times I can fix it, at other times I refuse if its out of my comfort zone. There’s a huge difference in using clippers (which I advise for boys cuts for an at home mom cut) shears and razors on a male’s hair versus a female. Depending on the cut. To get it even, if not too long I will generally use clippers first. The longest first on top, then adjust to shorter as you go down, blending as you go. This is a safe way to cut and blend. Then I add the fun stuff with shears and a razor to break up the clipper cut. Plus it’s qui Ker for impatient little boys. I suggest a good set of Wahl clippers. It’s what my professional Barber friend suggested :)

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  90. Kristina says

    And amazing post by the way! I was,looking for some additional tips on cutting my friends husbands hair while maintaining the shaggy look. The pictures and tips on angle degrees was,exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!!!!

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  91. Elizabeth says

    I was fortunate enough to have my hair cut by my mom as a child. But she was a skilled and licensed hairdresser. I have seen so many horrible haircuts by parents. Not saying every parent does a horrible job. I plan on doing my child’s hair, however I have the knowledge passed down to me and the experience with clippers and scissors though I am not a stylist. the hairstylists who work at Great Clips mentioned, it’s a great place to get an inexpensive haircut for your child and not stress over doing a messy job on your child’s hair if you don’t know how to do a nice cut! Even going to a Hair School will give you a heavy discount or even free. Remember children nowadays in school are mean and will pick on kids over everything.
    The hairstylists in this column were not condescending whatsoever! They are just trying to point out that not everyone is suited to cut their child’s hair themselves.

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  92. Laura N says

    I keep wondering where all of you see so many children with bad haircuts by their parents! I’ve known so many moms who cut their kids’ hair and have ALWAYS been impressed. The first time I did something different with one of my boys it was a little scarey but he understood he might have to wear a hat or get buzzed and laughed about it. We homeschool so I guess we don’t have to worry about bullies. Other homeschooled friends don’t care if someone looks cool.

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    Haircutting mom Reply:

    Agreed. I’ve cut my children’s hair for over 15 years now. I do my husband on and off. He has had far worse haircuts from “professionals” than I’ve ever given him. Not that I’ve never made mistakes, but I’ve also corrected plenty of mistakes made by salon employees. But, he’s an impatient fellow and prefers the speed that I can’t develop only cutting his hair every 4-5 weeks. My husband’s favorite saying is, “What’s the difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut? Two weeks.”

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  93. MG says

    Great article! We are a small family on a VERY tight budget, and my son doesn’t mind if I cut it or a professional does it… But to have someone advise me not to do it at home seems silly. Each is entitled to their own opinion, but that’s like a chef telling us all to eat at a restaurant because cooking is a fine skill on mastered by few… Or a chauffeur driving me to work everyday because I don’t drive professionally for a living?

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    Laura Reply:

    Exactly!

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    c0wbunny Reply:

    I was just about to make that point!! Its like saying we need to hire a chef or eat out everyday because we can’t cook at home! And I know the vast majority of women worldwide can cook- so we can all learn to do something new.

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    Midwest mom Reply:

    Right on!

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  94. says

    Lol, I would never cut my kids hair if I wasn’t a well trained hairstylist. One thing I put in consideration before having children, is that there are nessasary monthly cost, and a good haircut is part of that expense. Coupons, barder, Ect… There are several things you can do to fit haircuts into your budget. I could see a ”
    At home haircut” from a mile away. Yikes!!!

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    Bad hair cuts by pros Reply:

    I can spot a bad hair cut by a professional from a mile away too!!! I’m sorry, but I have had so many BAD cuts from “professionals” that it’s not even funny. I’ve paid $20. I’ve paid $200. It doesn’t matter the price, salon, or whatever. If you can’t cut hair, you can’t cut hair. Period. Professional or not. I’d surely rather save the expense of paying a “professional” to cut my child’s hair and try it for myself. What’s the worst that could happen? I screw it up royally and have to shave it for FREE, or pay a “professional” to cut it disastrously, and then shave it for whatever the cut plus tip? Hmmm…I’ll choose FREE thank you. Also, I’ve yet to meet a parent who said “Let’s figure out all the monthly costs of having a child before we do!” That’s just nuts. Hair cuts aren’t a necessity, they are a luxury. Health care, food, clothing…those are necessary monthly costs!!

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    Laura (also Laura N) Reply:

    You said everything I forgot to say!

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    Abigail Reply:

    No need to put Professional in quotations marks. I went to college for 2100 hours and had to test to receive a state license just like every other professional.

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    Self-Taught Stylist Reply:

    Professional was put in quotations, I believe, because a “professional” should cut decent hair. Botched jobs are, by definition, unprofessional. I’ve been coloring and cutting my own hair for years and my boys have had so many TERRIBLE haircuts done by “professionals” that I have had to teach myself to cut their hair. One has curly, one straight, and by careful attention to detail, my results are FAR better than the majority of those done in a salon. I’m not saying they’ve never had good salon cuts, but those true Professionals are more time and money (and gamble) than I am prepared to spend. Remember, ladies, it grows back! As long as you err on the side of cutting less, and pay close attention, you can either do a great job, or stop before you get into the danger zone where a true stylist can’t finish the job. Its only hair, and once you get good at it, you can save loads of money. GOOD LUCK, and don’t be intimidated. It’s not surgery.

  95. Laura says

    We all have our priorities! Lol! Almost sounds like you’re implying we shouldn’t have children if we can’t afford professional haircuts for all of them. That’s hilarious. The only terrible haircut anyone in the family has ever had was at Sport Clips, not by me. I have called my awesome brother (hairdresser) for tips a few times though. He recently visited and said “who’s cutting their hair? They look great!” He is NOT one to just flatter people. I’m not sure why the hairdressers commenting seem so rude and defensive. Yes, it takes skill but blogs like this help those of us who would rather spend money on other things. We’re not trying to offend anyone.

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  96. Veronica says

    Great post. After 8 years of paying $20 for someone to practice cutting my sons hair and having bad results I decided to give it a try myself and it was great. My son was so happy that I was able to cut his hair how he likes it and he also is happy about the savings. I did practice on a friend first ;) it was my first time ever cutting anyones hair, his turned out good too.
    Really I do understand where hairstylist are coming from needing to make a living and there are several wonderful hairstylist out there and the ones that are just getting started need the experience. The flip side for us parents especially with big families is that it’s frustrating to work so hard for your family and spend that money to possibly get a bad cut. I would just say don’t knock a mom for trying and be thankful for those messed up haircuts because if it was a success that mom would continue to do her own kids hair. I also hate knowing I’m paying for someone else to get practice on my kids hair when I could be getting the practice and saving money. It’s like if someone doesn’t know how to cook do you tell them not to try and just eat out all the time and to consider the schooling chefs went through and how they need to make a living…………

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  97. sally says

    hi ive never been to collage or even been taught how to cut hair but i am very good a cutting hair i can do anything with a pair of scissors, im always being asked where do i go to have his hair cut, ive now told all the mums at the school that i do his hair, now they are all saving lots of money by sending their kids to me. i think that everyone should at least give it ago once n c how they go, you can always go to the hairdressers if it goes wrong.

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    Self-Taught Stylist Reply:

    Sally! How much do you charge the moms at your son’s school? Dollars or pounds, I’m curious, because my friends have started asking me to do their kid’s hair as well.

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  98. Karen says

    Interesting debate. LOL! Isn’t it a blessing that for now we still live in a country where we can choose to cut our family members hair at home or go to a professional? I am awful at cutting hair. Couldn’t cut straight to save my life. But I can make good use of a pair of clippers for a nice short cut on my husband and son. And I just found a very simplistic cut for long straight hair like my daughters and mine that even I didn’t mess up! Going to the salon is a 30 mile trip for us so it involves a significant amount of time, fuel, and stress not to mention the cost. My husband doesn’t like other women cutting his hair and the last time I took the kids to Great Clips, the stylists proceeded to tell me all about the many many kids that come in there with lice! Not a good conversation to have with clients. I haven’t been back.

    Anyway, I was searching online on how to scissor cut boy’s hair and ended up on your site again! Thank you, thank you for your website and all you do. I visit almost daily and make your recipes regularly. My family loves them and loves me for feeding them so well. Simplicity is perfection. Save time, save money and be the loving caregiver that cuts your familily’s hair, if you so choose to. :)

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  99. selena says

    I have no choice but to do my 2 yr old hair at home! I took him to tiny tots hair place to have the lady butcher his hair as he was moving an crying I told her to stop till he calms down she continued till I noticed his mouth full of hair! I literally had to grab her hand and grab my son an run out! My other boy was good at the hairdressers but my 2 yr old will never go back she scared him from going ( I also told her not to use the shaver an she puts it on to see if he was actually scared of the noise an that’s when he started screaming half way thru). So I had to correct it at home! My daughters hair is sooo long I asked them to cut an inch they took off 4 inches an cut her bangs starting from her ears she cried for 2 weeks every time she did her hair and that was at first choice. Not saying all is bad but *professionals* I think this mom did an amazing job an it helped me with my boys so glad I had help to do it at home. Thank you so much!

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  100. Super Cuts and Great Clips regular customer says

    Hi Laura,
    Thank you for this post. I am a regular customer of Great Clips / Super Cuts for the past 8 years since I moved to USA. But I am sad to say that almost 80% of the times I had a disappointed experience. 3 to 4 times I went back there to have a correction after the first cut. I have a busy schedule and it is costly for me to go there again for the correction and I generally suck up whatever it is or do my own correction at home.

    I see the stylist’s comments that they spend many hours training to do this. This can be true but practically you don’t see those stylists in these shops 99% of the time. Most of them doesn’t understand that men can also have a little bit long hair. The happy people might be the ones who does the military cut(Anybody can do that).

    For me each trip to Super Cuts or Great Clips is a nightmare.

    I am going to do my hair style next time by myself and I damn sure that I will do a better job than 90% of these stylists with the help of my wife.

    Of Course, you can go wrong in couple of attempts. But I am sure that I can be a master in no time. I have already started doing my kids hairs now and all of my friends are praising for that.

    Again I am not bothered about my money. Its about spending 15 USD for the cut and 2-3 USD as tip for a headache for next couple of weeks (until it grow back so that you can do some correction). Really … more than 80% of the time I had a bad hair cut.

    Appreciate your post and I will search more. Guys if you not in a show business and want regular hair cut, you would be able to do that with your partner if you know the basics of how to hold a scissor and cut properly.

    good luck!

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    Brandi Reply:

    Just to let you know skin fades are the hardest male haircut to properly achieve
    A true military haircut is a skin fade, wether it is a low, medium or high regulation or even a high and tight. This is why all military will only go to barber shops specalizing in military cuts. I know not being from the US or working in tge industry you wouldn’t know this but be more informed. And if you can go from skin to 3+ in of hair on top with no lines (including weight lines that make them look like they have a bowl on their head, complete kudos to you. I have yet to meet someone or even talk to one of my military guys that has been able to get a home haircut that looks half as decent as going to a barber trained with military.

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    Christina Reply:

    I’m sorry, but will have to disagree with your statement that “This is why all military will only go to barber shops specializing in military cuts.” My husband is military and EVERY military member that I have met with the topic of hair coming up, they all stay away from the barbers that “specialize” in the “military cut” because they butcher it every time.

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    Dee Reply:

    My Marine husband drives the 40 minutes to base on the weekends just to go to a military barber. He tried so many places out in town to save time, and every time they claim they can do a military haricut, he comes out dissapointed. One girl in a Walmart messed it up so bad that after 45 minutes in the chair she finally had to just shave his entire head.

    lisa Reply:

    I’d have to agree with Brandi on this one. I am surrounded by military men, they are not going to anyone who does not specialize in military cuts!

  101. Mom to six says

    I am a mom to six, five being boys. I learned how to cut my boys hair early on because most hair stylist wouldn’t or didn’t feel comfortable cutting their hair. We had to take them at a very young age because they were born with so much hair. As much as I appreciate all the hard work each stylist does, I have to admit that about 80% of the time my boys will come to me to get their hair cut or to have it fixed because the stylist didn’t do a good job on their hair. My 16 year old went to have his hair cut over the weekend and has asked me once again to fix what the stylist messed up. I feel it is unfair for you to get upset because we don’t want to spend our money to pay a stylist it feels like a total waste when I have to go back and fixed it.
    Thanks so much Laura for sharing with others on how to cut a little boys hair.

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  102. says

    Hey there, Miss Thang!! Thank you sooo much for this awesome AWESOME explanation. My son thanks you too!! I FINALLY figured out how to link your photo and your blog back to you. Please check it out at oldramblingroad.wordpress.com. Let me know if I missed anything… I’m struggling trying to figure out WordPress! It seems to be a little more complex to link and add photos, but I think I got it this time! =)

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  103. says

    I came across your post on pinterest and was very excited. I’ve read a lot of the conversation and know the pluses and minuses of giving an at home haircut. My son is only 2 and a half. He also has autism and sensory processing disorder, which makes it very hard for him to know how to react when strangers touch him. Our previous visits to the hair salon have been very difficult for him and the stylists (we’ve only tried child-centered hair salons). They have not turned out well, mostly because the stylist was trying to finish as quickly as possible.
    I’m sure one day he’ll care about his haircut and I’m willing to spend the $$ on a stylist. But, for now, your post is just what I needed.
    Thank you!!

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  104. Leslie says

    LOL….I didn’t realize a professional cut for each member of my family was a necessity (like shelter and food and basic clothing). I understand hair dressers need to make a living and that some are very skilled and good at what they do, that’s why I take my head to them and shell out the money for my hair, but I am not spending the $20-$40 a month for my son, daughter (yet), or my husband. I’ve been cutting my husband’s hair for almost ten years now and not only is he tickled that he doesn’t have to spend his money on a professional every time (and sometimes he does still go because I may not always have the time and energy at the end of the day) but he prefers the way I cut it to the way some of these other ladies cut it because I know how he likes his hair to look. I have trimmed my two year old daughter’s hair a few times and have gotten compliments on it and I regularly cut my son’s hair. I went searching for some other tips on scissor cutting his hair only because he is wanting to wear it a different way now. I do think it takes a certain natural skill with your hands and eyes to cut successfully at home, but if you have a tight budget it’s a good skill to hone. I consider the mark of a very financially savvy parent to try and figure out what they might be able to do for themselves in order to save money.

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    Leslie Reply:

    By the way; I am also a trained massage therapist and totally understand the idea that any trained monkey can do this that or the other. I also know that massages can be a necessity for the over-all wellness of a person, but the cost for regular care can be imposing. I do not begrudge someone the ability to learn to massage their loved ones at home to cut some cost. I have even helped people learn some better technique for home/self massage and you know what….they still come to me for massages on occasion because they acknowledge my skill in this practice and they appreciate my willingness to work with them and help them learn.

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  105. says

    Wow, who would’a thought a sweet,and easy to follow by the way, post on a simple boys haircut would turn out to be so uhmmm…polarizing. If you have the extra cash, good for you use as you may, if you don’t and you cut cost to provide food and others needs, good for you. Thanks for the post gotta go cut my sons hair now!

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  106. says

    My friend is a licensed beautician so she has always cut my kids’ hair for us for a reasonable price. Last year while she was on vacation my son started getting hives on his face (whole other story) so I decided to take him somewhere and have his shaggy hair chopped to keep him a little cooler. Took him to a salon and told the lady to be very careful, at this point he was get and off his face. iI told her to be careful as he was getting hives from the slightest touch on his face. Needles to say, she scratched him several times with the comb and scissors so his face was swollen and hivey, it was also the worst haircut I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s like she cut everything to an inch and left the hair around his ears three inches, picture Jewish curls but straight. The rest of his hair was very uneven. When I took him to my friend the next week she was shocked to see what I paid $25 for and said I could have done better. She also managed to cut his hair without a single scratch or hive. I don’t know how some people have jobs when they do such shoddy work. Tonight I’m trimming my son’s hair until I can get to Marcy next week. I’m much more confident doing it myself than paying for a poor job from someone who shouldn’t even be employed in the business.

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    Self-Taught Stylist Reply:

    THAT’S what I’m talking about!! Going to SuperCuts or any other price-reduced salon makes my beautiful boy look ridiculous and un-loved! Why should I pay money for someone to make it hard to look at him? The answer is I shouldn’t and neither should any of you.

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  107. Eric says

    Thank you for posting this. While I have no doubt that a professional would do a much better job, my son’s hair grows unbelievably fast and it would cost me a fortune to get it done professionally every two weeks.

    Prior to reading this, I’ve been giving him short clipper cuts. Thanks to the clipper guards, at least it’s even and looks good. But his hair is growing out with a beautiful curly texture, so I don’t want to clip it so short anymore. I’m intimidated by cutting it while it’s longer, but I’m willing to try. If I fail, there’s always the clipper and two more weeks until it grows out again!

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  108. Brandi says

    As a stylist of 8 years doing only men’s haircuts there are some cuts easily done at home. If you are buzzing your hair invest in a good pair of clippers ($20 walmart ones are not good ones they will leave lines and miss hairs that a professional would notice) and go for it! I told my guys to come in once a month to let me line them up or taper the back sp they kept it clean all the way around. I had a handful that that’s all I did for them, because a clean taper without the proper tools, lighting, and knowledge will look like a hackjob..maybe not at home but go out kn the natural light and I guarantee you see lines. Scissor cuts I don’t recommend doing at home unless its just a light cleanup to get you through the next week. There is a lot more that goes into it than angles of the hair #1 being how your holding your hand and fingers. #2 cut someone’s hair without good shears and it might look good for the time being but its not a good haircut. Thats what people that aren’t in the industry don’t understand, you can hack away till it looks good but then when you do go in for a professional cut you’re expecting us to work miracles on hair that isn’t symetrical whatsoever. My best advice from what I’ve experienced and know.

    1. If your kid is a screamer and will not sit still, do it at home. We can’t give perfect haircuts to a kid that’s throwing a tantrum, it’s a horrible experience for him and everyone else that is in the shop. Get him used to it with you, so its not so much new being thrown and your not mad at us for not being able to perfectly cut a child’s hair that is flailing or moving their head constantly.

    2. There are good and bad stylist at every shop wether its a chain or individually owned establishment some people can’t do certain things but won’t turn down a service. When you tell the barber/stylist what you want pay attention to their face, if it has a slight “oh shit” look, confused or annoyed look politely ask for someone else.

    3.There is a difference (and I can’t stress that word enough) between a barber and a stylist. A barber was trained with clippers and razors with a little scissor cut. Stylist in most states get trained with scissors and shown what clippers look like. I have yet to meet a cosmetologist yet that had legitimate training with clippers. This being said cosmetologist can still go to classes and learn proper cutting techniques qith clippers and vise versa but I advise a barber for clipper cuts(especially skin fades or low fades) and stylist for the skater looks.

    4. If your going to be picky about the cut you need to be specific during consultation. You aren’t going to get what you want if you say oh just clean it up. I don’t know about other barbers but if I do what you askedwhen you sit down and have to do a whole different haircut you’re paying for 1 1/2. My guys know and respect that and it keeps the flow going. Plus it’s annoying putting time into something to be told at the end actually lets do this instead. If your not sure how short start with a little and check it. A good point of refrence is most hair grows between 1/4- 1/2 in in a month. Most guys can go 3-4 weeks between haircuts.

    5. For everyone saying mine or my child’s hair grows way to fast, technically speaking to keep the exact same style you would need a haircut ATLEAST every 9 days (over half my clients are military and there is a reason they are required a haircut every week). Going 3-4 weeks between haircuts is pushing you into a different style. So best advice to those trying to cut down on haircuts is taking it 1/4in shorter the first time cutting it, in 7-9 days it’ll be about where you want it. Which will make it last possibly 5 weeks.

    6. Find a barber and stay with them, we have a tendency to move and that’s out of your control but I always recommend my guys to someone I know can cut their hair type correctly. The more someone gets to know your hair and all its kinks the better your haircut will get. I’m not saying if you get an awful cut let them keep trying.

    7. All guys salons or all kids does not mean those cute little girls knknow what they are doing, and to be honest 85% just got out of school and are trying to find an actual salon job or test out the waters. These girls aren’t barbers don’t ask them for a haircut your barber will do. #1 they don’t have the right equipment #2 they don’t have the right training.

    The best way to keep from getting a bad haircut is to be informed and make sure whoever is cutting your hair knows what you want and is confortable doing it.

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  109. Jenn R. says

    Just wanted to add a different perspective to the discussion.

    I have a special needs son. He has great difficulty with his head being touched, as in, he can barely tolerate it. He allows me to because he trusts me, and I am more in tune with what sets him off (don’t spray him with water, don’t touch his ears, continually brush the hair off, etc.). Add in the noise and visual distractions of a salon, and we lost the battle before he even sits in the chair.

    As someone who has had her share of fantastic and down right awful haircuts, I certainly can appreciate those who put the time and effort into their trade. Sometimes however, choices are limited and you just have to make do. This tutorial is helpful to me, and I’m grateful for it.

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    kate g. Reply:

    I have a boy w/ autism. We have tried salons to no avail, he was
    traumatized at 3 by a lady who insisted on using clippers on him even
    after I specifically asked for a scissor cut.

    In any event, I give horrible haircuts at home. And that is the way it
    will be until I can learn from articles like this how to cut my boys hair
    better.

    If you see a bad haircut, there may
    be more to the story than what meets the eye.

    Just remember most of us do the best we can with what we are given.

    Laura, thank you for posting this article.

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  110. Shell says

    Thanks for all the advice. I am here because it is the cricket season and my son gives up his haircut for his sport, so I am managing it until September! Usually use clippers, but we are trying scissors today. I did do a 12 week course years ago, so came here to check I know what I am doing (ish)!

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  111. Sara says

    I too am amazed by the controversy this post caused. What’s the big deal if some mothers want to cut their little boys’ hair? The stylists don’t like doing it anyway!! To the people who think only a pro can do it: Should I also not attempt to mow my own grass because I’m not a professional landscaper?? LOL Yikes.
    I for one am beyond thrilled to find articles like this. My child is growing like a weed, as is his hair, and we can’t afford $20 a pop to get his hair cut every month. We do have it shaped up once or twice a year… same with my husband’s hair. My husband doesn’t notice a difference between when I do his hair and when he goes to a pro, so why should we pay $30 a month for him as well? To some people, $20 here and $30 there may be pocket change, but to others those little bits add up.
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!!

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    Cori Reply:

    What a great analogy to the landscaping! Sometimes it isn’t always about money… it’s also about time when you have other kids. I don’t have the extra time to take my son to get his hair cut every 3 weeks when juggling my other children, husband, cooking, cleaning, etc. This article was very helpful and people should learn to relax!

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  112. Jon says

    As a Marine, I get my hair cut every week, and over the past 9 years it has never looked the same. In Northern California, I was able to find ONE professional hairstylist that did a wonderful job cutting hair, but unfortunately she moved out of state shortly later. I’ve been to many different businesses, from the bigger names to the no names, and it’s made me ask myself whether hairstylists do their job out of pride or simply to make money. Consider the teachers of the world, who make little money, and you can appreciate those that don’t care about the money and do it out of pride of their profession.
    Anyways, I’ve worked with my wife to learn how to cut my hair every week to save us $50 a month, and even work on our children to save additional money. I will say that the stylist that cuts my kids’ hair is a wonderful guy who owns his own small place and he does better than any newer shop in town. When we took our child to a more well-known place we were told that our child wasn’t cooperating well and not behaving, which simply wasn’t the case, my 2 year old was quiet and curious about what was going on, simply looking back to see the clippers and scissors.
    Why should parents desire to waste time searching dozens of places and getting bad results, when they can utilize the World Wide Web and learn to do it themselves? Where’s the pride, perfectionism, and professionalism in the stylist community?

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  113. Billie says

    Prays God for you thank you so much for the clear picture im feeling confident so my little guys getting in the shower then im going to give a hair cut. thanks again great job.

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  114. Noelle says

    Hi! :) I’m a sixteen-year-old girl who’s always wanted to have very short hair. My family can’t afford to take me to a salon to get it done often, as is needed for maintaining a short cut, so I knew I’d need to find a way for my mom to be able to do it at home. I was on the verge of letting her use the clippers she uses for my four brothers on me, and just cutting my hair supershort, but then I found this post. I’m so excited! This is the kind of haircut I want, and I’ll be trying this out with my mom in a few short hours. I’m going from a cheekbone length cut to this, and I’ll let you know how it goes!

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  115. Amy says

    I am a professional trained cosmetologist and a barber. I have a great passion for what I do and have spent a lot of time and money to get where I am in my career. I have been in the industry for 13 years and am a manager at a salon for 10 years. I get it. Haircuts cost money and it takes a lot of time with someone with a lot of kids. I have taught my sisters how to cut their kids hair because of those reasons. As a manager I also have seen many stylists who are just not cut out for the business. I have seen a lot of “at home” haircuts that look awful and some that are pretty darn good. People need to do what they need to do and when money is tight other things become more important than paying for a haircut. What makes me sad about these comments is for those stylists (like me) who have put their whole life into their career and have had great success, stylist who have invested so much time, money and tears to get where they are and there are people out there who think they can do and know better than us. This blog it very useful and fairly accurate on how to cut hair. But, what it doesn’t show is that a hairdresser is so much more than a pair of scissors. As a hairdresser my clients have become family to me, we laugh and cry and celebrate together. We go to weddings, funerals, birthday parties and other celebrations for our clients. We make people feel beautiful and confident and we listen to their struggles and their triumphs. We work late nights, holidays and weekends sacrificing time with our families to take care of our clients. Sure, there are some hairdressers out there who will not get too far because they don’t get it. But please, don’t forget about us, the ones that do! We know times are hard and you need to save money, we support you in that. But, there is nothing that can replace a hairdresser of the kind I have described. Sometimes it is so much more than a pair of scissors in our hands.

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  116. Laura says

    Well said, Amy. There are def. some very talented hairdressers. My brother is one of them and I don’t think people overpay when they pay him $65(?) for a haircut. He is an artist! My step-mom says my hair has never looked the same since he quit cutting it (he lives faaaar away). Nice, huh? Well maybe that’s because I pull my hair up in a ponytail on top of my head to cut layers! Ha Ha! It actually looks pretty good, though. So do my hubby and 8 kids, whose hair I cut. For us pro haircuts are obviously not a priority, especially when the $15 ones are not as good as my own. Not all hairdressers are as dedicated as you are. You sound awesome!

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  117. Teri says

    People who cut hair at home have no idea what they’re doing.
    Straight hair like that little boy’s needs to be cut w/ a razor; not scissors, so the ends of the hair are tapered and not blunt. With hair like that, you can see the cut blunt ends if you do it w/ scissors.
    Razoring that type of hair will make it lay better, style better, and grow out better.
    Every time I do a haircut w/ a razor on a little boy, their mother comes back to me for his haircuts. Why? Because she sees the difference, and doesn’t want to make the same mistake of taking her family to an inexperienced hair stylist. And I’m fairly certain she doesn’t want to attempt any type of haircutting at home.
    Having a haircut that you’re pleased with, in a flattering style by an experienced stylist is worth the money.
    While ur saving money cutting hair at home, why don’t you squeeze lemon juice in your hair to lighten it? Sooooo much money can be saved not going to a salon for highlights, huh??!! :/

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  118. Laura (also Laura N) says

    Thanks for the tip, Teri. I have a son with extremely straight hair. I’ll start using my razor on him AT HOME. Hope that doesn’t offend you that my priorities are different from yours.

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  119. marissa says

    Thank you so muh for sharing these tips! My oldest son is on the autism spectrum and has always had a meltdown when taken for a haircut. It was always such a problem, even at locations with stylists specifically trained in working with kids with autism. The result is usually ok but the process was horrible for everyone, the stylist included, but more importantly, my boy, who hust couldn’t process why this was happening to him. I followed these instructions and cut his hair at home and the results were great! I’m sure the above commenter Teri has a point about using the right tools, etc. but stylists have always used shears and not razors on both my boys’ hair, so I guess it isn’t widely known. A lot of the stylists who have commented have said home haircuts are a disaster, but my experience was wonderful. Everyone who saw my son said how handsome he looked and asked where we went for his haircut :)

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  120. Carmen says

    I was looking for tips to doing a basic short haircut with a trimmer. I have a 4 year old and I usually just let his hair grow, he has had about 7 haircuts in his lifetime, and it’s usually just shaving his head. He did have a haircut with someone who knows what he is doing a few years ago, but at his house, not in a salon.

    I just bought my first trimmer so I can give him haircuts at home, but I messed up. It doesn’t look that bad, but the area around the ears is too tall. Looks weird there. Any tips for his next haircut?

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  121. Carmen says

    Oh and about the controversy, if I could afford it he would get his hair cut proffesionally everytime, but being a single mother and all, I really can’t.

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  122. Kerri says

    I visited this site for some tips. My mom always took me to the salon when I was young and I received far too many bad. Haircuts from the “so called” professionals.
    Last year my new boyfriend told me he could save me the trip to the salon (and money) as he had a girlfriend who was a hairdresser that taught him how to cut her hair as she hated getting her hair cut by coworkers who never did what she asked. I said ok, as I thought he was joking, but realized he wasn’t when he came out with his shears, comb, clips and a towel. I got a little nervous when he started cutting, but when he was finished, I ran to the bathroom mirror to inspect his handiwork. I was impressed, it was the best haircut I had ever gotten, period. And frankly the thought of going to the salon and getting a bad haircut I paid for makes me cringe. So basically I need to get a better idea about how to properly cut hair because I would like to return the favor and cut his. I guess the above self described profession stylists are worried for good reason. Getting your hair cut at home by someone who knows what they are doing can give great results and save you money as well as prevent the horror of getting a terrible haircut because the stylist decided to do what they want, not what you asked of them. As the manager of a salon stated above, a lot of stylists really don’t belong cutting hair, and I have received compliments on my hair, and a couple women have asked me if they think my boyfriend would be willing to cut theirs. So I think learning to properly cut hair at home is not foolish, but can be a very smart move.

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  123. Jana says

    Thank you for this great tutorial. I cut my 22 month old son’s hair tonight. It turned out great, at least I think so. He has wavy hair which is rather forgiving. If he was old enough to go school, I’d consider taking him to a professional for a cut. For now the at home cuts are just fine.

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  124. sammy dabamster says

    I’m tired of “professionals” talking about how we lay people can’t do this and that. I am a wonderful baker and I bake better bread than you can find anywhere, i am a lawyer and am a programmer for over 20 years. i can tell you firsthand that lay people can do anything if they are willing to put some time into it and they will do BETTER than professionals because they have more time and more focus.

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  125. Kashi says

    Good lord, why all the negativity towards poor Amanda?.. Im a stay at home mom. I cut my family’s hair. I think Amanda is right. Why? Because most people don’t want to do it, and because most people do a crappy job that might need to be fixed. Yes- even you. I’m sorry, but I’ve seen some horrendous home haircuts (and you can usually tell.) I choose styles that are naturally layered and messy so it doesn’t matter to me, but if I wanted a precision cut, I’d got to a professional.

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    Carolyn Reply:

    Kasha the negativity was due to Amanda’s attitude. She was belittling people who assess their financial situation and experiences and make an informed choice not to go to the salon and pay alot of money for a haircut they cannot afford or pay for substandard service. Simple as that. My boyfriend changes the oil in my car, can replace a faucet, ceiling fans, builds decks, installs wood flooring, built my computer and is my computer repair geek. He loves musicals, classical music, is a great shot with both a pistol and a rifle, is in awesome shape and women hit on him in front of me. He is very up on nutrition and fitness, he even knows how to cook better than me and most women I know. He also gives me great haircuts. Better than I ever got in the salon for FREE. No, he doesn’t use kitchen shears. He uses pro grade shears, puts a cape on me and uses the wide hair clips to section and pin up my hair. Like they would in a salon if the stylist would take the time to do it as taught. But they get in a hurry, want to rush through each haircut to get the next customer in the chair to get the sale. I think if you do the research, read books and watch tutorials before you try to cut hair, you are more prepared. What do the beauty schools do? Give instructions, watch videos, observe and then do hands on training. And if I do it at home for my family I am somehow less qualified? I am not pushing through dozens of people a day to make my day’s pay. I can take my time on each one and make it right. send them to the shower and check afterwards. I have to do it right. These are my family, I give them my best. I am not chatting on the cell phone or gossipping while cutting their hair. I am focused, I have a four year degree and advanced training in my job. Beauty school is a votech school. I am certainly not less intelligent than the stylist with a high school diploma. You never know the background of your customer or their experience. The stylists that think we are not as smart as the customer, will lose business. If you do not provide an added value the customer cannot get elsewhere for the price, you lose business. My time is extremely valuable and I want it used wisely. Not wait 45 minutes after my appointment before the stylist gets to me and then be treated like I am a piece of furniture. If the pros spends thousands to get their state license, I think they should spend a couple hours in business ethics and treating customers as busines assets, not trash to be tossed out. Some are very decent people and get it, others will move on and take exciting careers in Walmart or a fast food place as a cashier.

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  126. Melissa Waldrup says

    I have been a pet stylist for for 20 years and have done clipper cuts for the men in my life just about that long. Grooming a dog and grooming a head of hair, while some aspects are the same, are so very different! This tutorial for hand scissoring (or as we call it in our industry “barber rolling”) has been spot on great for me! I never understood how to get those edges right and while my son is wanting longer hair now, I can’t just run an attachment over it all and call it a day! Thank you so much for the great explanation and pics!

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  127. April Thomas says

    Wow. I don’t think salons are going to go out of business if some moms choose to cut their kids hair at home. I have three boys and a husband and I have been cutting their hair for 20 years. There are times when I haven’t felt like cutting my husbands hair and have told him to go get it cut somewhere, but he chooses to wait till I can do it. I perfected my art when the boys were little and didn’t care what their hair looked like. I can do a mean high and tight and fade like a pro. Two of my boys went in for the Beiber do, and that was a challenge. We did end up with some bowlish dos, but that why I do the major haircut changes in the summer, when there’s time to grow it out before school! ;) In the end though, I learned to cut the longer hair and have been doing it for 3 years now. This article would have been a lot of help in my early days. I did take them to a barber shop when they first had longer hair, and they hacked it up worse than I did. I have been trying to talk them into getting it done (cause I’m still nervous about it, and it takes me a long time to do it well), and they refuse. As with everything, practice makes perfect, and a sense of humor goes a long way. It’s only hair, it will grow back, and my boys are handsome no matter what!

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  128. Carole says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. The diagram really helps with knowing what to do and where. I’ve cut my toddler’s hair a couple of times, but after this tutorial, this was the best cut yet. Thanks again for the diagram and for sharing.

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  129. Ali says

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I’ve always dreamed of cutting my son’s hair and i got to be the one to give him his first!! Other than cutting around the ears to short the rest of it looks great!!! And he looks quite handsome if i do say so myself :)

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  130. Tracy says

    Thank you for this post. My oldest son has longer cut, a little on the original beiber-ish style. I also have two other sons and my husband works out of town. Going to get his hair cut is always a challenge, 3 boys, time, money, the same person is never There. Either we go through that or it grows out very long and really is a bother to him. I went for it and it came out pretty good. His hair is a little wavy so forgiving. I know I need to fix a couple of spots but will give it a day then do it. It went quickly and with the guide I really felt confident. I am so excited. So thank you for sharing. You saved us time, money, my other boys from having to sit and wait and my son from always dealing with a new person and never getting the same cut. Much appreciated.

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  131. says

    Thanks for this! My twins are 1 and I have trimmed their hair several times on my own. They’re going for their first professional cut tomorrow since we found a salon that only charges $1/year of age! What a steal. I’m sure I’ll be touching up in between cuts though with this tutorial

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  132. says

    Nice! I wish my parents knew that when I was a kid. It used to take ages for them to cut my hair and even after their best effort I didn’t look good. At least when you’re a child you don’t really care that much. I think, I will after reading your article I’ll do a better job when it will come to cutting my kids hair :) Great post, thanks!

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  133. Jennie says

    Hi I just want to THANK you for this great post. I used your advice and cut my little boy’s hair for the first time myself. I have been cutting my 2 daughters’ hair for years. I started cutting hair because my oldest daughter has autism and taking her for a professional haircut was completely out of the question. I got frustrated and just decided to do it myself. The first few times did not go so great, but over the years I learned and now I am better at it. Cutting a little boy’s hair was intimidating for me, so I was glad to find this tutorial. His hair is longer and curly so it was very forgiving. He looked great after I was done. I am a stay at home mom and our budget is tight for 4 kids. Cutting hair at home is really a money saver. I think having a friend help give pointers in person would be good for someone who has never cut hair at all. I would be afraid to cut perfectly straight hair, but curly hair has hidden my small mistakes. I go slowly, cut a tiny bit at a time, and end up doing several cutting sessions sometimes to get it all right. I disagree with some of the negative comments on here, I know it’s not for everyone but some people with a little natural talent can totally do a good job at home with a little guidance. And it’s hair. It will grow back! Thanks for the post!

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  134. Holly says

    Thank you so much for this! I was dreading my son’s first haircut attempt for months but then I found this and it really helped! It looks very difficult and intimidating but I swear it’s not, I think I will cut my son’s hair for as long as he let’s me. Thank you!

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  135. Julie Dench says

    Dear all,

    LOL! This was such a fun marriage moment! My boy is currently shaving his beard so that way – once I cut it – he won’t be short-hair beard guy anymore (AKA pervert haircut LOL)

    Anyways, thank you so much. Thank you for this advice, I think it is the extra kick our marriage needed right now – more moments where we can turn off the TV and have conversations… LOL

    Best,

    Julie

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  136. Melissamommy says

    I found this to be really helpful. It is very easy to follow and helped me to give my squirmy 14 month old boy his first haircut. He has such fine blonde hair I was really nervous, but it actually turned out pretty decent! i think moms who learn to cut their kids hair are great, even if it’s just a touch up in between going to the salon it still is a good skill to know just how to do a basic clean looking cut since boys need haircuts pretty often and going to the salon monthly can get expensive. I think after I practice a few more times, I will be a lot more confident with cutting his hair. Very helpful, thanks!

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  137. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I have looked all over for a post to help me cut my son’s hair and yours is the first with easy to follow instructions.

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