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 HERE🙂
- 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 🙂
- 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. 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
pulling it back OR
Bend it forward out of the way
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.
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 🙂
This is a free hand with a comb you hold the comb at an angel and connect the points
You can do the same thing with your fingers, use this way until you are comfortable 🙂
Nice clean cut
Doing this you will have a nice blend from the length to the sides without a line
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
Cut it and move from back to front and connect it all to the same length
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