How To Cut Boys Hair The Professional way

I am going to give you a step by step on how to cut boys hair the professional way (not just a clipper cut). I have been a Cosmetologist for 11 years now and I LOVE doing hair! Really what it comes down to is practice makes perfect. What better way to practice on boys hair because if you mess up it doesn’t matter you can just buzz it and that’s OK (boys don’t mind) It can be very intimidating when you first cut hair. (I remember how scared I was about not messing up) But I promise you can master this skill. Boys need their haircuts anywhere from 2-5 weeks so this will save you so much money in the end to be able to master this skill. I am going to show you how to cut a cute faux hawk and just a basic traditional haircut you can do for any boy =) My boys will be my models.

What you need:

  • Good clippers (Wahl is a good starter one that you can get HERE) this is the kind I will be using. If you want an investment then 76’ers is the way to go HEREπŸ™‚
  • A comb, ( I like to use a white comb if they have dark hair or a black comb if the have blonde hair) this way you can see the hair really well
  • Trimmer for around the ears and neck line (you can get one HERE) please don’t EVER use just the clippers for your edging around the ears and neck, you can cut them soooo easy that way, just invest in a good trimmer and it will make your life much easier in the cutting field πŸ™‚
  • Cape or towel to keep hair off of them (or just a good old garbage bag cut a hole for the head)
  • Spray Bottle
  • Polmade, gel, Hairspray (Kenra Hairspray (CLICK HERE) and Texture Taffy (CLICK HERE) are the only thing I use for my boys hair they work better than anything)

First my favorite clipper size on boys is a 2 or 1/4 of an inch.Β Β Keep head in an upright position and start from the bottom of the hair line and work with a “light moving wrist” in a C shape towards you up to about the middle of the back of the head (just below where the head starts to curve and turn from the top of the head. Make sure the clippers are against the head at all times until you bring your wrist out towards you in the C motion. Do this all around both sides as well (I like to take it up just too the temples or just barely above the temples. Make sure you ALWAYS only use your clippers on dry hair to get the best even cut.



  • Next I like to trim all around the ears and neck line. My favorite neck lines are the nice clean square but everyone has a different hair line so you will have to go with the hairline for best results. Move the ear to edge around it so you don’t cut it, you can either pull it towards the back or bend it out of the way


Β pulling it back OR

Bend it forward out of the way

Β Square it all up in the back


  • Next wet the top of the head cut the desired length you want starting in the middle and working outwards to each side.

Β Spray it all to get wet

Get the length going side to side first and meet all the points together

then go down the middle to connect everything


  • After you get the top length how you want it you need to blend from the top to the sides. Go around on the sides and hold your hand at a 90 degree angle and you will see the point where you need to cut off to blend from the clipper part to the scissor part (I hope that makes sense) I like to free hand it with my comb but I will show you both ways until you are comfortable free handing the blending πŸ™‚


Β This is a free hand with a comb you hold the comb at an angel and connect the points

Β You can do the same thing with your fingers, use this way until you are comfortable πŸ™‚

Nice clean cut


Doing this you will have a nice blend from the length to the sides without a line

Now for the other one. ALMOST all the same steps as above. This will be a Faux Hawk πŸ™‚

Β Use the clippers and work from bottom to top all around the sides and back

get the length you want to cut off the top from the middle first go in a “Mohawk way” down the middle

Β Cut it and move from back to front and connect it all to the same length


Β Now once you did the “Mohawk” (down the middle) you need to bring the hair all up horizontal and connect the outer side to the middle where the length is.

Just connect where there is a high point


Now comb the sides all down…..

it will look messy and not blended yet

take from the top length to the sides at a 90 degree angle and connect the point you will see


or again you can free hand it with the comb


now it is all blended from the top to the sides, do that all aroundΒ πŸ™‚

TA DA all done, remember practice makes perfect πŸ™‚

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212 Responses to How To Cut Boys Hair The Professional way

  1. This post is awesome…pinned it for future reference! πŸ˜€

  2. Thanks for sharing this. My husband cuts our middle two boys' hair, but I need to learn because he rarely has the time to do it, and their hair is way outgrown right now. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by my blog too:

  3. OneMommy says:

    I've been trying to get a good hair cut on my 3 year-old for a while now… He is super shy of other people, so cutting it at home is my best option. I've been tempted to just buzz it… You make it look easy here (I always use scissors the whole time) — I think I need to go get some trimmers!

  4. This is wonderful. I'm a new follower! I pinned this…now I just need to work up the courage to try it! My husband usually just buzzes our boy's hair, but I would love to be able to have this look instead. πŸ˜‰

  5. Anonymous says:

    As a fellow cosmetologist, I'm really disappointed to see this tutorial…talk about making our profession look cheap and look like "anyone can do this" at home. I didn't invest thousands of dollars in schooling and hundreds more on yearly continuing education to teach others how to do their own haircuts at home. I belive there is more of a "technique" to doing hair than what you are showing here-a technique that can only come from the actual schooling that we recieve in college. ~Amy S.

  6. Laura Gant says:

    I'm a cosmetologist as well, I totally agree with you Amy S. Well Said!

  7. holla says:

    Sorry to break it to you Laura and Amy, but cutting hair isn't rocket science.

    And I'm pretty sure anyone with the proper tools and a decent eye CAN do this at home instead of being gouged at a salon.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Holla U R Wrong… it takes skill and talent… and practice … it does take chemistry … not sure what salon ur going to.. but ur judgement is off..totally agree with the other licensed professionals..

  9. Number one: I can't believe no one has mentioned HOW STINKING CUTE your boys are! Number two: I might be biased because my blond haired blue eyed three year old cutie probably looks like he could be siblings with yours ;)Number three to the "professionals" trolling hair cutting tutorials to criticize… That's just kind of funny to me but I wanted to say for myself that it's nice to have something like this to guide me if I want to save my money and do this at home, which is an acceptable and respectable choice. Also, this doesn't necessarily look uber easy to me, lol, but I'm not always so adept at things in general πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing your skill, talent and practice!

  10. I too am a Professional Cosmetologist, my intent for this blog is to help people in any way I can, I know times are tough. This post has never taken away any of my hair clientele or business.

  11. Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope my blog is a help to you πŸ™‚

  12. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing something you do so well and will help my family! I have three little boys and take them to a salon for their cuts. But I don't always have the money (or time) to take them in every few weeks to keep up the cut. Then they look like ragamuffins so this is perfect for those in between visits while I'm saving up my money for a profession cut! I personally have become a member of your great site!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I appreciate the time and effort it takes to get the practiced hand needed to cut hair, but nothing she wrote here was a trade-secret. All of they tips she gave could be learned just by watching a haircut. Like I said, your job isn't an easy one, but the author isn't a fellow magician giving away tricks. Lighten up a little, life will be happier. πŸ™‚

  14. Anonymous says:

    This might not be taking away from your business but you better believe it'll be taking away from others. I am a licensed cosmetologist and on a daily basis us hairdressers deal with people thinking our job is easy (when in reality its very technical) and to have a fellow professional basically say don't go to salons just do it at home, is VERY disappointing. like I said, it might not be taking away from your business but it WILL take away from other hairdressers. all I ask is think before you post.

  15. Anonymous says:

    If cutting a boys hair is so technical why are you so disappoited about her post? You can get the same from her post as you can get from watching your child get a hair cut. Now a womans hair cut is technical and I would never try that but a boys hair cut not so much.

  16. Anonymous says:

    AMEN Anonymous @5:46AM!! ~from a fellow Cosmetologist

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this! Times are tough and I have two little boys. Dunno about others, but helping some of us learn to cut their hair at home isn't going to take away from anyone's clientele. I would've just buzzed the whole things instead… but now I can try to do it right. If people don't have the money, they don't have the money. Trying to help them out doesn't change that. So THANK YOU for helping out my little family! You've earned a loyal reader. πŸ™‚

  18. Melanie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have 4 boys and cut all their hair at home. It would be too expensive otherwise. It's nice to see a new perspective and ideas on how to do it right. I forget and need refresher courses after summer (aka buzz cut season) is over and hair styling begins again.

  19. Anonymous says:


    Thank-you so much for this post! I have been cutting my husband's hair since I lost my job is '08 and he has been helping me color my hair everything month or so! (As a side note, you should hear him do his gay man interpretation – he once told my friend that I couldn't come to the phone becuase "I'm doing her d**n hair!" She thought he was being funny but he was wearing the gloves and everything!) Anyway, we had a little boy in Oct of last year who was ready for his first hair cut way earlier than I was ready to give it to him. It was a disaster but ended up looking pretty good. He's almost ready for another hair cut and I'm going to try again! I am viewing this time when he is not worried about his looks as 'practice time.'

    Looking forward to more tips, becuase I need them!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Omgosh! Some people need to get a life and stop criticizing! If you do great work, then your clients wouldn't be looking at a pin or blog about cutting hair at home. I have 4 boys and a husband-I cut their hair with clippers/trimmers. Especially for the summer. I'm like Melanie and need a refresher. FYI: you can borrow a book from the library, buy one at a secondhand bookstore, or the instructions come in the clipper/trimmer kit. It is NOT top secret information nor did she say that training didn't matter. It is her blog and she can post what she wants to. Thank you for the info! And keep posting what you love!

  21. Courtnie says:

    ^^^ What she said!

    I do understand that it does take experience and skill to cut hair well. But giving a tutorial through a blog isn't going to make all us moms who give the home haircutting a go into seasoned pro's, ne'er to enter a salon again. As a matter of fact, probably at least half of us will mess up somehow and take our kiddos in to see a cosmetologist to fix the job!

    And if you pro hairstylists are gonna get angry at this blogger here, don't look up how to cut hair on YouTube! Wowzers, you'll go into conniptions! πŸ˜›

  22. Anonymous says:

    Okay, this was very helpful! but HOW do you get little boys to sit STILL through this and not turn their heads constantly to try and see what you're doing?

  23. PaisleyShade says:

    I love this post, would prefer a video though, but it's just b/c I want to make sure I'm understanding your instructions. LOL. Those are cuties with great hair, too!
    My only question is….What product do you use on thier hair?? I have a 2 yr old son, and he's got the blonde baby fine hair that LOVES to lay down flat!! I try to spike it up and it doesn't last very long at all πŸ™
    (I don't like the "shiny/stiff" hair products, and my hubby's American Crew is the best thing I can get to work, even just a little on my son's hair)
    Thanks SO much for this post!

  24. J says:

    My 2 year old has crazy cowlicks and I don't know how to make it look anything other than bedhead without buzzing it. Any suggestions? πŸ˜‰

  25. It takes time for them to hold still but since I have cut their hair since they were little and they see me cut a lot of hair they are pretty well at it by now. But something that does help is have a fun cape on and have them look at different stuff.

  26. Yes I try to post videos put it never works on my blog πŸ™ it would be so much easier that way I hope one day I can get it to work. My favorite product to use in both of their hair is Kenra texture taffy. It is so AWESOME. Then to finish it off I put a little of the Kenra 25 Hairspray. I will put a post up soon that has both of the products with a link where you can buy them πŸ™‚

  27. It depends on where the cowlicks are located, My oldest has a pretty strong cowlick in the fron on the right side and the Faux hawk is the best cut to blend and have it work well without it sticking up every where. Where is your sons located?

  28. K. Brook says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I have been putting off cutting my son's hair because I was scared of how it would turn out (and because I loved his long locks, lol!). I just cut it for the first time using your tutorial and it turned out great! πŸ™‚

  29. Anonymous says:

    I am a Cosmetologist and I agree with all of the other Cosmetologists who have responded. I paid over $9,000 (over 10 years ago, so now it's more) to learn how to cut hair. I now need to earn a living doing that. So I don't appreciate you trying to teach how to cut hair on your blog. I do realize that most people will still give bad haircuts if this is their only tutorial, but you should consider what you are trying to take away from licensed Cosmetologists.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I'm sorry that people are putting such rude comments on your site. The kind of family that would use this tutorial are already cutting their children's hair at home. It would be so refreshing if most of them would stop shearing off all the child's hair and try either one of these styles! They're so cute!
    I cut my own son's hair because it has to be done soo often and it isn't difficult. This allows me to gladly pay for my hair and my daughter's hair to be done professionally.
    Sorry ladies but if you're truly good at your profession you're not making money on little boy haircuts you're doing awesome coloring and current styles. Good stylists are hard to find. No one is making good money cutting children's hair. I hope you leave this tutorial up. Suzanna

  31. Anonymous says:

    Actually Suzanna, we do make money on boys haircuts. Yeah, the amount is smaller, but if you consider the time….I get $10-15 for something that takes me 10-15 minutes. And it doesn't cost me anything. When doing colors (like you suggested) we have to subtract out the cost of the color and foils and it takes longer.
    And I don't think anyone is trying to be rude. They are simply trying to state their point in this.
    I am so tired of people trying hard to save a buck at the expense of others.

  32. You are so welcome, good I am glad you gave it a try. πŸ™‚

  33. Anonymous says:

    I love your post! It was done very well and easy to understand.Your boys are adorable. They remind me of my grandsons. Blonde hair and blue eyed cuties! I love your hair too! So cute. Keep the awesome posts coming.

  34. Anonymous says:

    WOW – saving a buck @ the expense of others? Does that mean everytime I make homemade pizza instead of ordering dominos I'm doing the same thing? When I make a birthday cake at home instead of ordering one from a bakery? What about painting my own walls instead of hiring someone? When I paint my own nails instead of going to a spa? Are all of these things 'wrong' because I could be giving money to someone else? We can't all support every business in existence. That is a crazy way to look at this…I have absolutely no guilt over the fact that I have cut my own hair for the last 5 years all except one time that I went to the salon and guess what – I wound up coming home and fixing a few areas that weren't done the way I like them so why on earth would I waste $15 when I can do it myself exactly how I want it? Just because it would be "wrong" of me to NOT give my money to someone else? I live in a country with a free market – in my opinion none of us should feel like we HAVE to support any given business or any business type.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Of course nobody HAS to support another. But I also don't think it's good to be so selfish. How do we expect businesses and trades to be able to last if we don't support them? And I wasn't talking specifically about this. I was referring more to price matching and coupons. I absolutely HATE price matching. I think it is so wrong! But back to the issue at hand, no body was mad at you for cutting your own hair. The issue is that a fellow cosmetologists would teach, FOR FREE, how to cut hair! Why would anyone want to go pay thousands of dollars to learn to cut hair when you can just look at her blog and learn?? It's just crazy! Let people cut their own hair, just don't teach them unless they go to school.

  36. Stephanie says:

    Wow you need a life sweetheart. This post is of great help to me and my family. You must not be comfortable in your own area of expertise as a hair dresser. I can look on you tube and find a TON of videos on how to cut boys hair you can even buy books on it too. So someone putting it on a blog is not the end of the world and no way of her being selfish. It is hair dressers like you that make people not like them by their petty attitudes. I have no idea how you got coupons involved in this post either. I am also a "couponer/price matcher" and guess what….it is the stores that have the policy to be able to price match and it is NOT WRONG. Stores make more money on the use of coupons then not so it actually benefits the stores, people just don't know the laws or rules… So you don't need $1,000's of dollars to learn to cut boys hair, like I said I can go buy a book or watch 100's of videos online. Not only that when I use to take my boys to the barber I could easily see what was going on, they didn't take them back in a "SECRET" room where it was TOP SECRET on how to cut boys hair. You can learn just by watching someone in a Salon or Barber shop, so get over it. To the lady who has this blog keep up your great posts!

  37. Marie B. says:

    If you think this tutorial is going to "cripple your business", then I'm sorry, but you must be a crappy hair dresser…just sayin

  38. I'm not a professional but as a SAHM mom two boys and a husband, our meager budget does not allow us to pay for professional haircuts. I had to learn, on my own, to cut all their hair. Believe me, it looked BAD until I figured some things out, but I still didn't bring them to a salon because we simply can't afford such luxuries on a regular basis. In other words, it's not taking $$ away from professionals, because I won't use them anyway. So a blog post like this helps someone like me, who wouldn't be going to a salon anyway, to at least be able to learn to do it well! I'm very appreciative of this post and plan to study & use these tips next time I cut their hair. Thank you, Simply Everything! You and others like you who've so graciously shared tips to "regular" moms like me, have saved my boys & husband from walking around with embarrassing home haircuts. πŸ™‚

  39. Miranda says:

    This is exactly what I needed today. We have 4 kiddos, 3 who are boys. And honestly on a military income, we can't afford to haircuts as often as they need. Their hair grows super fast, so ideally I try to cut it at least every 2 weeks. $15 per haircut would be $45 plus a tip. That's half of my groceries for 2 weeks!! I'll be coming back here in 2 weeks when they need hair cuts again, especially since I jacked my 4 year old up and my husband says he looks like Crammer…lol

  40. Anonymous says:

    If you're good at your job you shouldn't be worried about losing clients because of a blog post! Not every single person has the income to visit a salon on a monthly basis. I have 3 boys and a husband whose hair I cut myself. Doesn't mean if I do have the money, I won't take them to the salon. My daughter and I go once or twice a year. Haircuts, not to mention other services, are mostly overpriced and you don't get the "personal touch" of the Cosmetologists unless you are a frequent customer anyway so why waste the money on a bad haircut? I'll take the chance of giving a bad haircut for free first before I pay anyone else!

  41. Tara Nicole says:

    I really appreciate this tutorial. I know many have said this takes away from hairdresser's, but I never take my son to the hairdresser anyway (saving every penny we can) so this just kind of gives me a helpful guide. I tried it on my son today and it worked well. I think I clipped the back and sides too short, but it will grow. Thanks again for helping us penny punchers not butcher our kids' hair πŸ™‚

  42. Vanessa Cristina says:

    Hi, your boys are adorable ! My little boy is 2 1/2 and hasnt had a first cut, I think its about that time !!! Trying to buget through the holidays this is a wondering way to give a helping hand! So my boy can look good for all the up coming holidays photos! I do hope you can post a video that would be great. Thanks for your post and wish me luck! I will be following your blog . xo

  43. Kate says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorial. In our home we are slowly learning to do more and more for ourselves such as making our own beer & cider, bread, cleaning products, homegrown produce etc. I would love to add good home haircuts to my skills.

    These are all things our great grandparents knew how to do and it would be a shame to let these arts fall away. Life is for living and "professionals" don't have a patent on learning a new skill.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this Tutorial!! Now my sons don't have to walk around with 'bowl cuts' or shaved I can try to give them the cuts I want them to rock! Thanks again. I am now a regular follower of your blog.

  45. Just Sherry says:

    This was a good tutorial. Im sorry that so many people are giving you a hard time. Ive been cutting my husbands and boys hair for over 15 years. You know how I learned? Watching the barber a couple of times first. This is a very easy cut to do on boys and for people like me who cant afford three haircuts every month its nice to be able to do it at home.

  46. Christina Day says:

    Most of these "said cosmetologists" have kept anonymous, I find that amusing to say the least. However, to let you ladies know, the help that this woman has provided is helping those of us who have lost our jobs in the midst of an economical down fall where to us, it is way more important to have food on the table and a roof over our families heads. Unfortunately, this down fall effects the nation as a whole, not just individually. And if showing or guiding us on doing a simple cut is what she can contribute to help those in need, God bless her. You should be ashamed of yourself for being so selfish, be thankful that you have not lost your job, yet!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Not really true Suzanna! I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with the others point if view, but I'm a Barber & I very much rely in boys cuts as part of my bread & butter! That being said I'm all for $ saving and honestly the number of at home cuts we get brought in to be fixed prob makes up for those that continue at home. To each their own but if someone wants a quick how-to its anything but hard to find Give the girl a break people!

  48. Maria Carter says:

    I am a Cosmetologist and I understand that people need to save money in this difficult time. But you're calling cosmetologists selfish for the same reason why you want to cut hair yourself, because we are in a difficult economic time. You don't know how many Cosmetologists have lost their jobs, and more and more will lose their jobs if people keep cutting hair themselves. With that being said, this lady can go ahead and post these tutorials. I don't agree with it, I think it's wrong, but I realize she is just trying to make money by getting more people to come to her blog.

  49. Anonymous says:

    All I can do is laugh at the stupidity of all these "pro cosmetologists" . I sat in a salon one day and learned how to cut my 5 boys hair. FYI it's not rocket science. Seriously, your all drama queens.

  50. Ash says:

    Id rather do it at home. maybe some kids are more comfortable with their mommys doing it. Its anyones choice to look up how to do it the same as its anyones choice to choose a particular salon. People will do whats right for their child and thats what is important.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this! When we have the money we take our 2 young boys to the salon, but that's not always an option. My husband is military and goes twice a month and with both kids going once a month, we'd be paying close to $100 a month (with tips) haircuts! Some people need to realize that you're just trying to help out. There are books to teach people how to do EVERYTHING from plumbing to cooking to auto maintainence! There is nothing wrong with helping people out! Again, I thank you!

  52. Unknown says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I only know how to do regulation cuts, hubby needed his hair cut twice a week it grew so fast and there was no way we were paying that much for trims. I'm sure my twin boys will appreciate not having a military cut the first several years of thier lives lol.
    As for all of the cosmetologists complaining she's ruining your business, thanks for the laughs. I posted this on my pinterest and facebook so hopefully ya'lls antics will bring her in some nice ad revenue.
    For the record, the dye jobs and more unique styles (I don't like bobs or 'long layers' and that's all they ever recommend) I've gotten from friends has always been better than the ones I've paid $100+ for in salons.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I second your comment. This tutorial isn't taking business from anyone because without it, my son would just have a buzz cut or my best attempt at using scissors, but he would not be going to a salon.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this post-I have 3 boys and this will save us a ton of money! Does this work on the big boys (aka husbands), too?

  55. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. It was very helpful this morning. I'm floored that people object yo this being posted. I bake my own bread, make my own laundry soap, make all our food from scratch, clean my own house, educate my own children, etc. How is cutting hair any different?
    I've pinned this post and hope it's here every time I need it. Thank you!

  56. Storm says:

    Haters gonna hate. Good post πŸ™‚

  57. Sylvia says:

    Thank you for posting this tutorial for cutting my boy's hair. How would I trim the top, if I part my boy's hair on the side and comb it down? Instead of spiking it.

  58. Anonymous says:

    First off- those boys are ADORABLE! Second- I agree with the SAHM. I am a single, full time working single mom and I have a 2 year old boy who I would do anything for. Unfortunately, I simply cannot afford to take either one of us to get our hair cut professionally. Their hair grows so fast and I was taking him to get it cut every four weeks. So I finally bought a pair of clippers and have been cutting his hair with them for the last year. I am not going to a salon either way, but thanks to this post, my kid can now have more than one hairstyle! Thanks, girlie!

  59. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting this!!! My husband refuses to pay for a haircut for himself and our 2 boys…now I can do it right! And he won't buzz them bald anymore! -Morgan

  60. Jenn says:

    Love the pointers in this post! And definitely need them. My husband is the only one working in our house of 4. His hours were cut this summer so we've been cutting costs anyway we can. I've been cutting his hair myself & since he does not like to buzz his hair anymore these are so helpful! Keep doing what you do!

  61. Anonymous says:

    I'm a barber and you're making it harder on yourself than needs to be. Always start at the back of the head to make sure both sides are equal. Move from back middle to either right or left and repeat on other side. When cutting the top start in the front bang area to make a guide. Then lift that up and cut a +Mohawk+ section from the getting to the back pull all hair up to even and cut that. If you have steady enough hands to use a blending comb to connect the cut by using clipper over comb……. If not I suggest going to an actual pro for any cut shorter than a 2 because your kid will look like he has a horrible fade. Remember we paid good money for school to be professionals and truly know what we're doing.

  62. sam says:

    thanks so much!

  63. Casandra says:

    I don't care what my 2year old's hair looks like and neither does he. I just want it trimmed up to it is out of his face and easy to comb after a bath. I'm not going to pay someone for their skills for a 2 year old. This tutorial is for cutting kids hair easily. It is not suggesting that everyone should cut their hair at home. I care what my own hair looks like and so I spend a fair amount of money at the salon for that reason. The more moms that save a few bucks and cut their kids' hair, the more money they will actually have to spend on themselves, like for a nice hair cut or color.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous…grow up and get over yourself.

  65. Anonymous says:

    I paid WAY more than $9,000 to go to Fashion Design school and for photography. There are blogs and tutorials EVERYWHERE on the web giving away info away free when I paid for it. Do I get offended? No. Just like Fashion Designers and Photographers, Cosmetologists are a dime a dozen. You have no "trade secret". Get over yourself. End of rant. Btw, I am immensely greatful for this post!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Oh calm down. There's NO difference when someone posts how to take photos instead of hiring a photographer or how to create something in Photoshop without hiring a designer (professions that could cost $$$s for schooling). It's a kids haircut. Many people cut their family member's hair at home and I'm sure a hairdresser would probably do a better job. You get what you pay for and it's everyone's choice. But there's no law against it and this happens all the time for other people of different professions.

  67. Anonymous says:

    To the "pro" trolls, you must not be good at your job if this post threatens you so much. Many professionals post tutorials in their field to help others. The author of the blog has every right to post such tutorials and I highly doubt that neither of you are innocent of ever Googling how to do something when hiring a trained professional was an option.

  68. Kim says:

    Im a cosmo too….nothing wrong with this….if people are gonna do it at home they r gonna, just might do it a little better with this . Good post:)

  69. Anonymous says:

    Homeschooling Army wife with four kids here…we're on a very strict budget and I REALLY appreciate this post! With that said, I have to say that these comments really got me thinking about how inconsiderate some people have been in this world. Like gosh, think of all those chefs that spent all that money on culinary school, and their peers are SHOWING us how to cook that gourmet meal on the Food Network. The nerve! Oh wait, I cooked that meal…at a rather mediocre level, because I might add I really only watched a 30 min TV show and didn't have the culinary expertise. It was edible, but you know what? I still go out to eat! (albeit, we're more on a Chick-fil-a budget than a Spago budget) Isn't that something? Or how much money do doctors spend on their education, but yet there is Dr. Phil and The Doctors TV shows! I think you professionals can draw the parallel here…us moms that are doing home haircuts still appreciate you, but sometimes we just can't afford to shift money from the diaper category to the why-spend-money-on-something-I-can-do-myself category. Or what about moms that have Autistic kids that freak out near strangers? Get over yourselves, it's not like we are going to go out and take your job tomorrow because we learned a more efficient way of how to do something that we were already doing anyway. Have you seriously not noticed that there is no lack of humans that grow hair? Now if you'll excuse me, I have to find the link for that lady's website that makes her own reusable cloth toilet "paper". I believe you all need to talk to her…think of all the business that she is diverting from Charmin!! ~Emily

  70. Anonymous says:

    I made dinner at home tonight, call the police!! ;P

    Thanks for the great post on how to do this at home, I recently lost my job & it will help stretch out some dollars – Ladies – Please, try to remember = we should be supporting each other and trying to lift each other up, not picking each other apart. Look, just because she posted this tip, look at it as an extra $12 that a mama like me will have to treat herself to a special service or upgrade at your shop, when we get to go in for a new interview freshen-up haircut, etc. This also can mean better tips, etc. I doubt any of us on here are out to put anyone out of business…
    Lighten up and try to help your fellow mamas like our friend that posted this. Cheers to a happy & blessed new year.

  71. Anonymous says:

    I started cutting my sons hair back in the 70's when they were little, I have 5 boys and even back then, it was too expensive for me to take all 5 boys to the barber shop, so I just went for it and at first the haircuts were pretty bad, very choppy and uneven, thank goodness for baseball caps! I kept at it and soon became pretty good, so much so that my husband asked if I would cut his hair! My son's are in their late 20's and 30's now and I just cut two of my son's hair last night! In this day and age of $30 dollars for a haircut, I am thankfull that I can do this to save them money! As far as stealing from the livelyhood of a hair stylist, believe me, I have tried cutting my own hair and I always mess it up so I have to go to the pro's where it concerns my own hair!

  72. Anonymous says:

    I never take my kids to get their hair cut, I do it at home. Sorry you feel miffed Amy S. but most people aren't going to take their little darlings in for a salon cut when they are tiny if they can avoid it. Mine are almost 3 (she gets a straight across cut) and 13 months, he doesn't sit still for anyone and therefore I wouldn't trust someone else with his hair. They could cut him for all I know. If you paid thousands of dollars for your beauty school, go cut an adult's hair, they'll appreciate your special talent.

  73. Shauna S says:

    I have two businesses Seamstress and Professional Organizers and blog posts on both showing how I do what I do. Know why I post my secrets? Because people will try to do what I do and it is REALLY HARD and it never turns out as well as I can do, so they still call me and then they pay me MORE because they understand how much work and expertise goes into doing what I do.
    Stop complaining.
    I appreciate someone sharing their insights on how to do something better.

  74. Anonymous says:

    The last time I took my two year old into a salon to have his hair cut, I asked for a cut like the one above. The lady took out her buzzer and, using one length, buzzed it all off. Then I had to pay $14 for it. I was furious. If I wanted him to have a buzz cut, I would have done it myself. We don't have $14 to throw away. Since then I've been buzzing his hair myself.
    So, thank you very much for posting this tutorial. Truly, you're awesome. I'll be trying this on his next cut! I'm sure it will take a few tries to get it right, but it's good to have somewhere to start.
    All those professionals out there that are mad about this need to get off their high horse. You're giving yourselves a bad image.

  75. First,I want to thank you for this post. Second,I wanted to know what kind of trimmer you used. Is it a mini clipper with a wider head? Thank you
    A. Shreve

  76. Tiffany says:

    I too am a cosmetologist and am glad that you posted this on your blog. There are some children that do not want a stanger doing their hair and would feel more comfortable having their hair cut at home. I work in a salon and am always giving parents tips on how to do their children's and even there own hair. I live pay check to paycheck and rely alot on tips so i know how important every penny is, if this saves someone money then so be it. Well done!

  77. Marina says:

    LOL @ Courtnie. I say keep on posting, and if you care what a handful of people say or critique you for sharing then you'll be pretty sad most of the time. Keep your chin up and good job for helping other mums/dads save a penny or improve a boys' haircut πŸ™‚

  78. Thank you, and good for you for giving tips to people, it is always nice to help other people πŸ™‚

  79. Oh my goodness that would make me so mad if that happend to my son. The fact that they made you pay for something you didn't even want is crazy too. I am so sorry. πŸ™ Yes give this a try, practice makes perfect πŸ™‚

  80. Thanks for being a follower πŸ™‚

  81. Yes get some clippers and a trimmer it will make your life much easier, practice makes perfect πŸ™‚

  82. Thank you πŸ™‚ Give it a try, the nice thing with boys is it will grow back πŸ™‚

  83. Thank you, give it a try πŸ™‚

  84. You are so welcome, you can do it πŸ™‚

  85. So funny, practice makes perfect. Come back for more fun tips πŸ™‚

  86. Thanks ladies. People will say what they want, it will not change my mind on what I will post on my blog. I like helping other people. There will be lots more fun things coming too πŸ™‚

  87. Yay, I am so glad you will be able to use it πŸ™‚

  88. Practice makes perfect, you will master it before you know it πŸ™‚

  89. Anonymous says:

    Agreed…. I have this thing called a license. If it is so easy and anyone can do it go take the test.

  90. Anonymous says:

    Some people on here who are being negative may not have kids. I know I have tried taking my son to the barber shop, and almost immediately after sitting in the chair he started screaming bloody murder. We had to leave because he wouldn't stop crying. I also have a nephew who was sitting completely still at the age of three and the cosmetologist cut his ear. He has been scarred for a while now. Giving a little advice to moms who are going to cut their toddler's hair at home anyway is not harming anyone in my opinion. Sometimes it is much more comforting to have their mommy do it instead of a complete stranger in a strange environment.

  91. Anonymous says:

    To all if the hair dressers. This was ment to help the people that can't afford haircuts. They wouldn't be getting a hair cut from us anyway….So why not just let them try it on their own. 9 times out of 10 they will mess it up and will have to pay to have it fixed. We still get the business. Don't fret

  92. Anonymous says:

    I just want to saaay, that this is awsome! We CAN afford to take my two boys AND my hubby to get a haircut but who likes going and spending on haircuts for BOYS when you can do it at home!!! To all the PROFESSIONALS complaining, get over yourselves tjis world NEEDS more people like her! People that actually HELP the community with their careers. If your not getting customers it obviously means youre not doing a good job….soo that being said Thanks for sharing!!!

  93. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial. Can't wait to try the tips you suggested. I have cut my sons hair since he was a toddler, and never seem to get it quite right. But the one time I did take him into the salon, it ended up looking the same as I do it at home. So I'm back to cutting it at home.

  94. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! This is so helpful!

  95. Mary Gilbert says:

    I just tried it on my two year old blondie, and kindof on my four year olf red head. My 2 year old I did just what you said for the classic hair cut and it turned out a lot better than I thought. I have always used clippers on top as well as the sides. Thanks for the inspiration to try it! I had to just use clippers on my 4 year old because he didn't want the haircut in the first place. I have had a trimmer that came with my clippers and have never used it. I will use it everytime now and in between haircuts for my husbands neck. Thanks!!
    Also, I think a mother or father has every right to cut her childs hair. I have 5 kids and could not afford to take my boys and husband to get hair cuts every 3 weeks and my girls and i every 6-8 weeks.

  96. Anonymous says:

    i totally agree with you too Amy S …. i paid 5 thousand dollars 20 years ago for my schooling in hairdressing ….

  97. Anonymous says:

    Well after reading through all of these comments (because I'm on break with nothing to do), I trimmed my sons hair for the first year to keep it out of his face, but when summer came I finally broke down and took him to a salon to have it cut shorter, he refused to sit still and threw a huge tantrum, the lady told me she could not cut his hair if he wouldn't sit still, so we left and I ended up having to do it myself. I tried again a few months later, made sure he was well fed, had a nap, and brought his blanket, stuffed dog, and pacifier to try and keep things calm. Again, he threw a tantrum and wouldn't sit, again I was told they could not cut his hair. While I appreciate them looking out for his safety (since an arm-flailing, screaming, thrashing 2 year old is guaranteed to be cut with scissors), I again had to cut his hair myself. Posts like this are life savers for people that have kids that just can't go to a salon. While I generally keep my sons hair longer, in the summer it needs to be kept short, he has thick dark hair that makes him too hot. I don't do short hair very well. This is not to say that Mt son is not well behaved, he just doesn't like it.

  98. My clippers I use are Wahl designer and the trimmer I use is forfex by babyliss pro πŸ™‚

  99. Anonymous says:

    Today I attempted this, and I must say, I am proud of myself. My son's hair grows so fast, and we live WAY out in the country. So unless i have an hour to drive to the city and the money to pay for the haircut, I often just buzz his hair. With it being a colder I just didn't want to do that to his poor head. He asked if I thought I could do a faux hawk, and thank heavens I found your post. I will tell you that on one side the blending cuts probably need some touching up, but overall it looks pretty fashionable. I figure after his bath tonight, or morning shower, I will attempt to blend in his left side a little more. Thank you for posting this, it is very helpful! I do support local salon when they crop up, but in the rural community they don't always last, so being self-sufficient is a nice option to have. πŸ™‚ THANKS AGAIN! ~~ Candace F. (GA)

  100. Anonymous says:

    Goodness, people are still commenting! I appreciate your post. I just now cut my own hair! I am a stay at home mom of 4. Back in 1995 we had our first child & I stopped working. One of the luxuries we gave up was getting our hair cut. I got a full kit from Wahl complete with a how to video. Yes, I messed up for a while. Still make mistakes, but manicures, hair cuts, dining out & fancy vacations are not in our budget. There are many resources out there. Thanks for being one of the many!

  101. Me says:

    Thank you for your post. I know your instructions will come in very handy. For those hairdressers out there complaining about your post…coming from experience, I have a two year old who will not stay still for haircuts with strangers. The hairdressers get frustrated with him and rush through the job just to get him off their chair. He then ends up coming home with a crappy and uneven haircut and cuts around his ears. Yet, I still give a decent tip even though I have to come home and fix it myself. So here's to you "Simply Everything I Love" and thank you again for your post, because until my children are at the right age, I will be attempting to cut my kids hair myself since I have to fix it anyway once we leave the salon.

  102. Kristen says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have two boys and a husband and I cut their hair myself, but have always struggled with the blending – your explanation made total sense to me and helped tremendously! Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!

  103. Anonymous says:

    I'm a cosmetologist and I'm totally fine with this post! Cutting little boys' hair that don't want to be sitting in my chair isn't exactly my favorite part of my job or the most rewarding either. If mom's want to do it at home, more power to them! (And honestly, if families are that tight, they aren't going to be helping your business much anyway).

  104. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for the post! I am sorry there is so much negativity on here! As a mom of 4 boys I find this very helpful! I have been wanting to try to cut there hair but have not built up the courage! I am on my way to Sally's and giving it a try!

  105. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this post I have been cutting my boys hair for a year now, started because we moved away and we lost a awesome hairdresser who didn't charge a lot for little kids haircuts, we moved to a town that little boys haircuts cost over $14, so I decided to do it myself, my older son who is 4 now has thick wavy hair so we buzz it in the summer, super easy to do with clippers and he looks so cute, my youngest 2 now has thin straight hair I buzz it also in the summer, but this winter I did the same haircuts you have in this post but had a hard time blending it so thank you for posting this I can now blend better!! I love the Mohawk look!

  106. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I am sorry that people seem so put out by the information you provided, especially since all you offered were tips on how to cut a couple of basic styles at home. I have 4 boys and have been doing their hair for the majority of cuts (especially since it costs me over $100 here in Australia to get them done). And to be honest they move so much so they end up getting imperfect cuts at that age anyway so I have found this info very helpful. It's a shame to read some of the reactions here. Clearly you were not questioning all the years of training a professional was going through, nor we're your revealing 'best kept' secrets of the industry, so why on earth the negativity by others. I for one greatly appreciate this tutorial and it's not taking any business away from the industry whatsoever. I continue to get my hair done professionally as well as my daughters. Home haircuts have been done for many, many years and will continue to be so hopefully people can accept this fact.

  107. Anonymous says:

    In response to the comment about people trying to save money at the expense of others, I've gotta say I almost laughed at that if it weren't so sad. It's clear by most of the positive responses that this info benefits families who DO have to consider their budgets etc and choose to cut hair at home. And they are putting their family concerns as a priority which exactly what they should be doing. There is no law requiring every human to go and get a salon cut (thank goodness as I've had my fair share of dodgy ones even from high- end salons). I would certainly not have any service provider dictate to me that by not using them I am denying them of their due, and if I even detected that attitude from them I'd never return my business there again. You'll always find plenty of people who will choose salon cuts over DIY as they can't be bothered cutting theirs or anyone else's hair. At the same time there will always be people who will try their hand to doing things themselves. What ever the reasons behind this it's just a part of life and always has been. When you get people who with good intentions share info to others as this lovely lady has done you can bet that the last thing on her mind was expect the small minded, pompous reactions of some of the people here. If I lived nearby I'd probably be one of her most loyal customers as she shared out of good will some very helpful tips and in turn I'd be even more eager to support her business! What you give you will ALWAYS get back in return!!!

  108. Helen says:

    Love it 'Homeschooling Farmers Wife'! That last line was the best!!!

    Having an autistic son it was more trouble than it was worth to take him for a cut (and that was considering what the barber was going through rather than my son). I have picked up a few great ideas because of this blog so very grateful to the author for sharing the info!

  109. PinMamas says:

    Thanks for this! We profiled this as one of our pins gone right, and were thrilled to find a tutorial that was thorough AND actually doable!


  110. Thank you so much for featuring this on your site. Makes me so happy! You did a good job with your sons haircut πŸ™‚

  111. I added a link to your blog because I just love all the great photos and explanation you give for little boys haircuts. I only wish my little Mac would be as cooperative as your lil guy! Thanks so much!!

  112. Thank you for this post! Without it my kids (who do not go to a salon, even when I mess it up) would just get a buzz cut. Excited to try this out today!

  113. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I think you should chill out, Amy. People have a right to cut their kids' hair anytime they want. Even if it looks horrible, it's their right to do so. Whether it's a difficult skill to master or not, the point is that if you don't have $12 to spend on each each of your kids' haircuts, you have to make do.

  114. Anonymous says:

    First off, I think she is awesome for posting this. I already taught myself how to cut my 4 year old twin boys hair by watching the Korean ladies on Army bases cut my husbands hair and by watching the "professionals" cut my boys hair. After I did it a few times, it looked even better than what the pros that I paid $35-40 did. My boys are well behaved, the particular place I took them to (specializing in children's hair) just shuttled customers in and didn't take the time to make it look professional, leaving longer strands sticking out everywhere (one twin is a redhead w/thick hair, and one has blond, course, curly hair). And just a word of advice, the professionals should learn how to do fades with clippers. The best haircuts my husband always got were from the Korean ladies I mentioned (anyone who's been on an Army base knows what I'm talking about) because they looked professional and took 5-10 minutes tops. I was tired of my husband paying $20-30 at Regis or wherever else and waiting for the pros to cut his hair for 30-45 minutes with worse results. The last lady at Regis or one of those mall type salons was so amazed with herself because she figured out the fade w/clippers technique and wanted to try it on my husband. I still do a better job. IT CAN BE DONE, and doesn't require 2 years of schooling, I'm sorry to say. But I respect the profession, I know how hard you guys work. But don't be afraid of change. I came here to learn how to get even better, because I'm not perfect. Just chill out and embrace the change. You might learn something.

  115. Anonymous says:

    I would like to add that I mainly do it to save money, and was tired of forking out money to someone who took an extremely long time for results I can get at home. I still pay as much as most women to get my own hair done professionally, I am just talking about my two boys and my husband. I've saved a lot of money and learned a new, basic skill. And that's all I know or need to know. I'm not trying to learn "trade secrets."

  116. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this with the photos. My son's hair grows so quickly, it's hard to keep up with it! πŸ™‚
    To those of you criticizing her for sharing this information, we should be helping one another. Not everyone can go to a salon/hairdresser constantly. I am a teacher and support those who make the decision to homeschool. We need to help others in any way possible and if that's sharing teaching resources or hair cutting tips, we should.

  117. Thank you. Found this very helpful!

  118. Layne Adams says:

    Hi there! great stuff, glad to drop by your page and found these very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing, keep it up!

    hair cutting smithtown, ny

  119. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing. I am a sahm with 4 children. I have an autistic son who does not want a stranger touching his head! He has always wanted a faux hawk but wasn't willing to sit in a strangers chair. I am trying this tonight. Bless you for helping others. We should all pay it forward.

  120. Michelle B. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have been cutting my boys hair for awhile now – but I learned some of the finer points reading/looking at this tutorial. The hair cuts they had today were the best looking yet. Thanks!

  121. Anonymous says:

    Amen…. you are obviously really good at your job. & I applaude you, if someone feels their career is threatned by a by well written paragraph and a few pics…. I question their career choice, im a photographer and reguarly write a blog with tips for mums n dads on how to get good pics of their little ones, i dont think this harms my business at all, I really do believe that helping people a little does not harm you.

  122. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I can't believe how upset people can become!! I am a teacher with two Master's degrees and years of experience. Never would I deny someone the chance to tutor or teach their kids something at home. I agree with you……..LIGHTEN UP! I've been cutting my husband's hair since we married. When I think of how I butchered his cut the first year, we laugh. Now, 15 years later, I do a pretty good job. Certainly not as great as a professional, but he loves it. Keep up the good job!

  123. Anonymous says:

    The only people who are reading this blog post are people who were cutting their own kids' hair regardless, but wanted to know how to do it a little better. My mom and grandma were both cosmetologists, so I've always cut my husband's hair (he just likes it buzzed) and the hair of my 2 1/2 year old daughter using tips my mom taught me and from watching my own hair cuts. My 9 month old son needed a hair cut badly and there was NO WAY I was ever going to bring him to a salon. Could you imagine trying to get a 9 month old to sit for a salon cut? There's no way I was going to pay for that disaster, but I didn't want to just buzz it. I thank you very much for posting some quick and easy tips for cutting a little boys hair. I probably could have just asked my mom, but she lives out of state. Me learning these tips didn't take away any one else's business because I wouldn't have ever given that business to anyone anyway. Of course a salon cut looks better than an at-home cut by a novice. But some people just don't care THAT much about what their hair looks like to pay for a cut, especially as often as little boys need it cut. No one is scrutinizing my son's hair. Like I said, the people using the tips in this blog post wouldn't have been paying for a cut anyway. I'm a nurse, and I love when people post information on how to stay healthier. I don't consider it taking my business away, even though it theoretically is. And I paid $80,000 for my nursing degree.

  124. Anonymous says:


  125. KaraAP says:

    Found you through Pintrest! Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try and straighten out the bad haircut that I PAID for. I wasn't going to subscribe…but after reading some of these mean comments I will just to show support! πŸ™‚

    I've gotten really good cuts for my boys at a salong and gone back to the same place and gotton horrible cuts. As others have said, it's not worth the waste of money if they're going to screw it up half the time anyway…..and of course you can't go back and complain when you notice it. They'll just tell you that your kid was probably squirming and its not their fault.

  126. The Liz says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I found you via Pinterest and I'm so glad I did. I have two boys and a husband who's haircuts pile up. I'm going to go invest in those clippers and start to learn this. I cannot thank you enough!

  127. Lacee DeG says:

    Thank YOU!!! I found you on pinterest, and it's exactly what I've been looking for!! I have 2 boys and have been looking all over the web for a great tutorial like this! Thanks!

  128. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, this is helpful! As a mother of 8 kids (7 boys) timely haircuts have ALWAYS been a struggle! My husband is very old fashioned, boys/men go to barbers and our local barber has been very kind and helpful, like you, in helping us procure proper clippers, and so forth but I haven't been able to just go and watch him do it so couldn't get a decent looking haircut. He was not at all worried about loosing business, just wants to help however he can. Guess what barber we recommend highly? Helping folks help themselves never hurts you in the end, College degrees/licenses or not.

  129. Sofia L says:

    Thanks for sharing! I was able to adapt it for my lil guy and I think it's the best hair cut I've done for him.

  130. Nikki says:

    The fact that most cosmetologists on this site are so highly offended and pretty rude makes me want to go to one even less. I would go for my hair, but I think I'll just do that on my own from now on as well. Maybe someday people will figure out that not everyone gives in to a bunch of bullies. I've been cutting my husband's hair for 4 years and my son's for 2. I did it with no instructions and only after a while did I think watching a professional might help me make it better (or at least faster). And it did help a little. And I never botched either of their hair cuts. If you spent thousands of dollars and all you learned was a male's basic hair cut then you really wasted your money because it is pretty easy to figure out.

  131. Anonymous says:

    Being miffed about a haircut tutorial in this day and age is stupid.
    You can youtube how to do everything yourself. If you're a stylist and this upsets you then you should work on your craft because you're obviously feeling self conscious about your work. You as a stylist offer a service to those who are willing to pay you for it. This is obviously geared towards people who can not afford a haircut for their child, or do not have the time. Instead of wasting your time on the internet getting mad about a tutorial, get off the computer and go practice your craft.

  132. Miriam says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'm going to try it on my son/husband who I have only been brave enough to use clippers on. I don't usually follow anybody, but seeing the negative comments, I decided to, just to show my support. Do you have any pointers for working with really fine baby hair? My one-year old is in need of his first haircut also, but I'm afraid the clippers won't work well because it's so fine. Any pointers?

  133. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to say Thank you for this tutorial! I have taken my 2 1/2 year old son to 6 different salons and all have done bad jobs. Two of the salons just cut kids hair too. I always had to get out the clippers and fix the cut. Uneven back,sides and long hairs. The stylist, just were in a hurry and to me just wanted to cut and push us out for the next person.I am never going to pay out again for a bad cut again. Love the photos! and you boys are super cute.

  134. Thank you so much! I am glad you liked my explanation. Once you have your son do a few haircuts than he will get use to holding still. Good luck πŸ™‚

  135. Practice makes perfect, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  136. Yes boys hair grows WAY too fast πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my blog. Helping others is always the way to go! πŸ™‚

  137. YAY, good for you. Practice makes perfect. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  138. Thank you for following my blog, it makes me oh so happy! As far as baby fine hair goes #1) I would not use clippers on the sides quite yet, just use the trimmer to clean up around the ears and neck line and cut the top with scissors. =OR= you could use clippers and use a #3, it is hard for me to tell you what I would do unless I saw the hair myself to see how fine it really is. I would try the first one first though. Good luck πŸ™‚

  139. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, that can be very frustrating sorry you have had so many bad haircuts for your son. Practice makes perfect, I am sure you will do great πŸ™‚

  140. Glad you found me on Pinterest, love that site! I am glad you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  141. Thank you for becoming a follower of my site. It makes my day when I have new followers πŸ™‚ I am glad you enjoyed my tips.

  142. Good I am glad, you are so welcome!

  143. Jessica says:

    I'm figuring it wouldn't be much different for my husband? I'm not a professional, but I HATE spending the $$$ for his hair cuts. I've pretty much figured it out, but He suggested the faux hawk last time I cut it and I looked at him cross eyed! We're having family pictures taken on Sunday and I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to cut it because if I screw up, then it'll look funky for pictures! Eek!

  144. Jami says:

    Thank you so much for the tips! I had no idea what to do after I shaved my little guy's sides and neck :D!

  145. Anonymous says:

    I suppose we should stop sharing recipes, to avoid taking business away from chefs too.

    This is 2013. DIY is a pretty big trend. So is finding information online. Get used to it.

    Parents have cut their kids hair for ages now. Perhaps 20 years ago, hair stylists should have been in an outrage over bowl cuts?

    People aren't going to stop going to hair salons. It's convenient and it's a professional haircut. If you're threatened by a blog post – maybe you're expertise is lacking.

  146. Anonymous says:

    I love this tutorial, and your boys are adorable. I'm really anxious to try this with my almost 3 year old since he has such super fine and thin hair. Would it still work and look good with such such thin hair?

  147. Anonymous says:

    Used your tutorial to cut my 8 yr old son's hair today. It was a bit of a mess because he hadn't had a haircut in a really long time, but now we're both cleaned up, and I'm very pleased with the results.

    I have five kids, and being able to do the cuts for the youngest two at home helps save money. Thank you for posting!

  148. @OCP22 says:

    I have four boys under the age of 10 and I cut their hair and will continue to cut their hair long as they'll let me because it saves me money and I actually enjoy spending the time with my boys…

    The numbers – if a haircut costs $15 and I need to cut their hair once a month (at least), I'm saving about $60 per month by cutting their hair myself.

    Why you wouldn't want to… there is a ton of hassle (clean-up, maintenance, etc. and my time is worth something) and I needed to invest in clippers/scissors and a trimmer BUT for me, it's worth it because I have four young boys. If I only had one, I wouldn't be saying that.

    At some point, they might not want me to cut their hair and that's fine but for now, it works for us.

    What's the beef… professional cosmetologists really shouldn't take a post like this personally offensive. I'm an investment advisor and I have plenty of prospective clients that choose to go the DIY route. The reality is that you want great clients who are a.) loyal (they come back month after month) b.) willing to pay full price and c.) will tell others about how great you are. It's that simple… create raving fans by doing the first mile exceptionally well all day, every day and make second mile service a part of your daily routine and you won't care about stuff like this… thanks for your post.

  149. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. (I found it through Pinterest.) I cut my six-year-old's hair for the first time following it. It turned out great! I tried the faux-hawk! He loved it! My husband has been cutting his hair since he was little and it has been an ordeal. It grows so fast, too! Seriously, I couldn't believe I did it! I wish I could redo all his photos with the bad haircuts!. πŸ™‚ Sorry for all the negative comments about your tutorial. This has been a blessing for our family and I am sorry that others have attacked your decision to share your talents with others…Btw, your boys are precious! Soooo cute!

  150. Yes these steps will work for husbands too πŸ˜‰

  151. Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes it will still work but without seeing his hair to see how thin it is I would start out by using a 3 instead of a 2

  152. Good for you. I am glad you found my blog. People will say what they want, but that is ok with me. I am all about helping others and paying it forward. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words. Have a great day!

  153. Jess says:

    Thanks for the free tutorial! I really appreciate your hard work you put in to make this tutorial easy to understand. I also appreciate your thick skin and resolve not to delete this post because of peer pressure! May the Lord bless you as you have blessed others through this post!

  154. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this post! I will be cutting my 4 year old's hair tomorrow for the first time. I am completely nervous!! But, this tutorial has given me a little bit of confidence. Thank you again!

  155. Anonymous says:

    If you are a professional then why are you reading this post in the first place. Surely since you have paid so much money and are so 'skilled' that you wouldn't be reading a post on how to do a basic boys haircut (which was great by the way and really helped me since my brother refuses to go to get his cut anymore). This is just a cheaper alternative and isn't that difficult to do. If getting your hair cut didn't cost so much money then maybe more people would think of getting it done professionally but not everyone has the cash to pay the extortionate amounts just to get a little bit of hair cut off.

  156. Anonymous says:

    I am looking at how to cut my child's hair because going to a salon is impossible with my child who refuses to let others touch him let alone cut his hair with sharp scissors. It is not taking away from your job to learn to cut his hair myself, rather saving the salon from a lawsuit if you cut him while attempting to cut a screraming biting child fearful of a stranger with the sharp scissors. This is a tutorial for cutting a child's hair, not an adult anyway. I go to the salon and pay for my own hair, but CANNOT for my kid. Why is it such a problem to try to cut it myself if he is calm and still for me???/

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  158. Thanks for the tutorial, it was nice and easy to understand! I just finished giving my 2 yr old son his hair cut! It was a little stop and go at first, but he did well considering it was the first time I've used clippers on his hair. It came out a little uneven on the sides, any recommendations??

  159. You want to make sure that your clippers are sharp enough and try to keep the gaurd of the clippers right up against his scalp until you get to the top to do the "C" motion I talked about. I hope that helps πŸ™‚

  160. Anonymous says:

    I'm a hairdresser and I say more power to you! I always cut my kids' and husband's hair before I went to school because I got tired of paying for crappy haircuts that I would have to come home and fix. Believe me I gave some pretty awful cuts in the beginning, but I got better with practice. I would gladly teach someone how to cut their kid's hair if I knew they couldn't afford it or their child had a problem with strangers. I have no problem with that because I'm of the mind that when you help others it comes back to you…. usually tenfold.

  161. Anonymous says:

    Oh and those terrible attitudes by the other cosmetologists is the reason I quit working in a salon and opened my own! I was amazed at how immature and petty they were. I found it was best to work alone and not have my clients listen to their gossiping and the hateful way they would talk about their clients that had just left their chair! I'm so much happier and my clients can come to my home salon wearing sweats and a tshirt and not have to worry about being judged.

  162. Anonymous says:

    Many of my colleagues and friends have suggested that I don't use a hair machine on my kid's hair because it will spoil his hair. Is this true?

  163. AnnaMarie says:

    Love this post…very helpful.

  164. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for being positive about thisinstead of screaming about how much you spent on school and how this is taking away your business. I really appreciate getting input from an actual barber on this.

    As for hairdressers responding in the negative, I had been taking my two boys to a family salon, they ALWAYS tried to talk me into a Hollywood style cut, which I detest on men, and I would wind up spending $20 I couldn't afford. Finally I spent $20 on my 2 year old leaving the salon looking like his head had been run over with a weed wacker, because the hairdresser, myself, and my mother could not keep him still. That was the last straw. Funny thing how he'll sit for the older gentlemen at the barber shop who barely say a word, never call him sweety, and like me, prefer to see a little boy have a little-boy haircut. And they charge $12 flat rate, which which I learned from watching the other customers came out to $15 with a tip. So that's where I go when there's a formal occasion coming up, otherwise they get a basic trim at home, so people who spent a ton of time learning about perms and coloring and highlights and lowlights and chemical damage aren't subject to the type of clientele who may very well have a frog in their pocket, because the two are opposite ends of the haircut spectrum.

  165. Anonymous says:

    By the looks of your picture, its obvious you don't spend money on your hair! I can always tell who actually has their hair professionally done or buys a box. Also Sallys is not professional either! And those of you who think my job isn't "rocket science" come do it with no training! It takes a lot more skill than you think!

  166. Anonymous says:

    Screw you! "stay at home mom" your job is easy and takes no skill at all, or brains! Although I don't really think that, that's how I feel when you discount my career!

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  168. Anonymous says:

    There is no need to be insulting, I've not been trained and I do my families hair and my mother's nails and frequently get asked when and where I work so they can come by (they can't, I'm legally required to have the license to do other people's stuff). And not all 'professionals' can tell. My mom is 55 and has solid black hair. It's genetic, my gramma didn't really go gray until her late 60's. The stylist openly called her a liar in the salon and was generally a rude you-know-what. I took a picture *of my own hair at my previous cut* with written instructions from my previous stylist when I had to move cross country and the lady laughed and said that she couldn't promise it'd look like the picture, my hair might not 'do that' because of products and styling etc. and refused to acknowledge that the picture was of me a month prior. These people charge $70+ for a cut with no extras and they can't manage to follow basic instructions.

  169. Hi. I love that you shared this. I understand the instructions on the first cut pretty well but I'm having issues understanding the faux hawk portion of the second one… I can see there's a difference but I feel like I'mmissing something lol. Is the middle portion thicker? Thank you for posting this.
    I also have to say that only rocket science is actually rocket science. Sharing our knowledge and experience, educating others is being human. It hurts nobody to help others!

  170. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your very helpful instructions. I also don't take my kids to the salon because it costs to much and because they are disabled. Do you know that the one time we tried to go the the salon, we were turned away, because the "professionals" didn't have the time or patience to deal with kids that have "issues". So I had to go home and figure out how to cut boy hair! Thanks for your help! And I will apologize for all the "professionals" who are being so rude on this blog!

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  173. Thanks for sharing! I also like to cut my hair at home. This saves me a lot of money and time.

  174. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU for this!!! I will be having my husband read every detail before he attempts another hair cut on our Son….the first "buzz cut" he gave him he used the smallest clipper size and left my 2 year old almost bald!! Needless to say, he slept on the couch that night and it took a good 8 months for my Son's hair to come back in!! uhhhh!

  175. Keri Hat says:

    There are so many people put out of work because of the terrible economy that has been the result of the socialist policies of the current administration. A good many people can not afford the luxuries they did years ago. Anything aside from food, shelter, health care and clothing are hard for many people, even getting the basics is tough. If someone can stretch a few more dollars in their budget by getting a haircut at home to put food on the table or pay the rent, all the more power to them.

  176. Anonymous says:

    Ahem, maybe they should have included some public relation classes in the ones that cost you $5000. Maybe someone should have explained that a bad attitude will lose you more business than a blog post on the most basic hair cut there is besides a bowl cut. If your business is suffering I dare say there is a good chance that people are offended by how they are treated and don't return for a second time. Before you get offended by what I said, maybe you should at your clientele list and see how many are long term or even repeat customers. As for "screw you stay at home mom" did you have a mom at home? If so did you kiss her with that mouth of yours. You need to do a little soul searching and see what your real problem is. I bet its not a blog post. They have people who spend a lot more money on schooling with a lot better attitudes that can help you with that. They are called therapist. Simply Everything: I loved the post. Great work and keep it up. Sorry to see that they are hating on you. I kind of wonder if it is a whole bunch of hairdressers or if it is just one. Either way its sad to see but I love how it just rolls off you back. You go girl!

  177. Keri Hat says:

    Agreed my sister in law was a "professional" that went to school to cut hair. Her problem was her attitude, and when she was no longer new in the salon, they moved her stall to the back to let the new girl get some walk in business. Being she did not have repeat business because she told people she was a pro and she did what she wanted rather than what was asked, she had no business. She moved on to her new professional job, asking "would you like fries with your order". Where she still works three years later.

  178. Buzzcut Guy says:

    Awesome tutorial, very thorough. I bet many moms and dads will benefit from it by saving some doug on haircuts (and they can get pretty expensive!).
    Btw, we published a couple of tutorials for clipper cut haircuts on our site! Hope you'll like them.

  179. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this post. Times have been hard for my family and I have six kids. This is so helpful!!! You have a great talent and I am sorry people are so mean about you sharing a great skill you have.

  180. Anonymous says:

    I am a single dad. I recently crushed some vertebrae's in my back. I never realized until now how much I was spending on hair cuts. So thanks for the blog. For the ones giving a hard time about it. Well hope you never hit hard times because you mite need blogs like this to survive. Thanks again

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  182. Anonymous says:

    I really don't see this going well for many people. In my 10 years of professional experience I've found people end up paying to have someone fix their mess up. If you are looking for an inexpensive haircut, cosmotology schools are a great place to take kids! I think if you really want to do a service you could volunteer at a women's shelter or do cuts for some families in need in your community. Plus, you can write off your service!

  183. Jo jo says:

    Wow! I feel like comments should be added to the top so we don't have to be subjected to so much vile. I was going to thank and commend you for taking the time to post your blog and now I just want to tell you how brave and amazing I think you are to have the courage to blog! Our family makes a lot of financial sacrifices so that I am allowed the opportunity to stay home with our children and homeschool. I have been maintaining my son's hair for the last 3 years, plus my husband is in the military so we always have clippers on hand! Although this wasn't my first time, my son had requested to let his hair grow out so it was very long and it had been a while since I had done any cutting. Feeling a little rusty and intimidated, your blog really helped me overcome some of my hesitance. I really wish I could post you the before and after picture. It turned out so great and my son loves it! Thank you so much and God bless you!

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  185. Tater says:

    Thanks for the post, my wife shared this with me since we have a almost 2 year old and another boy on the way. I have been buzzing my hair for a few years now but this will benefit us immensely!! And like others I applaud you for your courage to post this. I have a background in automotive and will say I have taught some people simple maintenance so they can save a few dollars, just means they have more income to spend elsewhere. Thanks for the blog and I will be subscribing.

  186. Anonymous says:

    Good post. I've been cutting my son's hair for 6 years. I've never took him to a shop. I have the money to take him. I just personally think it's a waste of money. I trim his hair just fine. He looks like a cute little boy – with just a normal boy haircut. I spent money on good clippers. In the long run investing in a set pays for itself. Heck I even bought animal clippers, and I groom all 3 of my dogs. I think some things in life are just a waste of money. (if you can physically do it yourself) Why not? and as far as the cosmetologists giving rude comments. My grandma taught a beauty school for 30 years. She would never act like that. She always thinks my son's hair is cute when I cut it. Get over yourself just because your jealous that people can cut their own childrens hair. If your hurting that bad for money – go get a second job. And quit ragging on people who didn't do anything to you.

  187. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE YOU! Thanks! I was looking for this! I hope I'll nail it πŸ™‚

  188. Anonymous says:

    If you ever want to do a video of it, it would be so awesome!

  189. Keri Hat says:

    Last spring I took my children to the barbershop where they each got a bad haircut, twice in a row. It was cut too short, too high and uneven. The barber had gelled their hair in a faux hawk, but after a shower it really showed how poor a haircut each got. There were steps in their hair. I said enough of paying a "pro" to do poor work. So I bought a good set of Wahl clippers after my boyfriend who cuts my hair (yes, I said he cuts my hair) agreed to help me give them haircuts. The firtst time I was nervous, but I started with a higher number attachment and worked my way lower to blend the hair on the back and sides. I took off the attachment and trimmed up the neck line and side burns as my boyfriend coached my technique. After that it was scissor over comb on the top. Net result was that they had a more professionally done haircut than they ever did in the barbershop. I figure not counting my time, but all other expenses involved, I am saving nearly $900 a year by being a mom who cuts her children's hair as well as getting mine done at home. And the results are better than I ever got at the barbershop or the salon. If the so called "pros" hadn't screwed up my hair and my children's' I probably would still be spending that money. So I think it was a blessing in disguise.

  190. Anonymous says:

    If you can learn everything a stylist paid "thousands of dollars" for at a school from one blog post, well then I'd say you should have saved your money, sounds like a worthless education. Also, I paid twice as much for my Bachelor's Degree, but I could have learned everything from reading on my own in a library. You go to school for the opportunity to become employed in that profession; you aren't learning anything you wouldn't otherwise have access to. If I want to learn how to cut my boy's hair, I can read a book or a blog post such as this (well it only demonstrates two haircuts so that kind of limits my choices), but the point is if you are offended by this post you must really be struggling for clientele.

  191. Anonymous says:

    Wow, if people really think their trade is not going to survive because people can learn at home from a blog post…..maybe you don't find your skill that valuable to begin with. There are multiple books on Amazon on how to cut hair. Maybe you should go complain over there since they might end the hairstylist trade as we know it. Good grief!

  192. Thank you for the post. To all the huffy hairdressers out there, this is not top secret information. I received a very similar tutorial with pictures and step by step directions with the clippers I just bought from Target.

  193. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for your detailed instructions. Since my wife and I don't have much money I having been learning to cut my kid's hair in order to save money. I have been realizing that my limited equipment is really hampering my kid's experiences with my haircuts. Do you have any recommendations on what type of razor/scissors to use? Thanks.

  194. Keri Hat says:

    I would say get a good set of Wahl clippers at Sally's don't get the $30 set, it doesnt work so well, and they have good shears for under $30 as well. Your wife will appreciate that they don't pull her hair when you are cutting hers. And watch a few Youtube videos BEFORE you try to start cutting.

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  196. Chelsea says:

    I've been cutting my own and my husband's hair for a few years now as a way to save money, and because we weren't getting what we wanted from professionals. I've had several friends in the cosmetology industry, specifically hairstylists, and none of them have ever been offended that I have learned how to cut our hair. It's not only been a frugal choice, but as a creative person, it's been very empowering and a form of self expression. I can imagine, though I'm not a mom, that this post will be extremely helpful in empowering them, too, and I can't see why that should be discouraged. As a licensed massage therapist, which many people still don't view as a medical profession, and as someone who put myself through school, I can certainly sympathize with how insulting it can be for people to assume that your job isn't as technical as it really is, but I certainly benefited from educating my own clients about how to massage themselves at home for relief, and didn't hesitate to share basic knowledge with people who needed it, whether they paid me or not. As a woman in business, it's disheartening to see other women not only discouraging the sharing of helpful, empowering information, but writing ugly things on a public forum in defense of losing clients. At the least, I would hope that everyone would remember that public image is important to maintaining your professional one, and maybe refrain from the insults and rudeness that might also result in losing clients.

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    Good tips. I’d like to add there is a new product that helps me cut my sons hair and it works great for the popular taper/fade style. It’s called the β€œHair Fader”. It’s pretty easy to use. Just thought I’d throw that out there for others who have kids with taper/fade haircuts.

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  207. Mari says:

    Omg! I will definitely be trying this on my toddler.Life saver, I’ve taken him to different salons, barber shops, kid friendly, you name it, he cries bloody murder each time. I’ve tried everything toys, and even bribed him with his fav. Smoothies. Do you have other styles? Would appreciate it! Thanks in advance

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