Once seated in the special child-sized chair, William had began to cry. Then the stylist turned on the buzzers and I had to bodily force my baby down in the chair for the remainder of the hair cut. Will wailed and looked at me like I had betrayed him.
After the buzzers stopped we paid our $20 for yet another traumatic and less-than-stellar haircut. On the way home I decided I would cut Will's hair in the future. I certainly couldn't do any worse!
That was 5 years ago. Today I buzz the hair of all 3 of my sons AND my husband. I am by no means a professional. I've learned through trial and error. That's the great thing about cutting little boy hair - if you mess up it's not a big deal! And it grows back REALLY fast! Here's how you can do at-home boy haircuts.
Getting started giving boy haircuts is easy.
You can purchase any buzzer with combs or guards at Wal-mart or Target. Our first buzzer (or clipper) cost about $30 and came with a cape and various sized guards. It lasted about 2.5 years but the motor couldn't keep up with 3 haircuts back-to-back.
After our cheap clipper died, we bought an Oster Hair Clipper along with 10 combs. It's not fancy but it gets the job done for 4 buzz cuts in a row. I also use my husband's beard trimmer to clean up around the ears, the sideburns and neck.
Cut hair outside or on a stool in the bathtub.
From May to September haircuts occur outside to make clean up easier. From September to May the boys sit on a stool in our (empty!) bathtub so that the hair is contained in one spot. We simply wipe out the bathtub before they shower.
Cover the face with a washcloth.
My boys HATE getting hair on their faces so they hold a washcloth while I buzz.
Decide how short/long to cut the hair.
Each of my boys have different types of hair. Will's hair is straight as a board and thick. It also grows super fast. All 3 boys have double crowns. So I use different sized combs on each boy. Also, I cut it shorter during the summer when they get hot, sweaty and filthy!
Buzz the sides and back first.
Change combs and buzz the top.
|Will after haircut.|
The trickiest part is around the ears and neck. On more than one occasion we've ended up with bare patches because a boy wouldn't sit still.
Do you have kids haircuts at home? If not, summer is the perfect time to give it a try!
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