My dress is old, but this one is similar
Trying to figure out how to cut boys hair at home? It’s actually easier than you think! This video shows you step by step how to do it, plus I show you all the tools I use.
Everyone’s trying to figure out how to cut boys hair at home – you’re not alone!
We’re a few weeks into quarantine, and suddenly everyone is trying to figure out how to cut boys hair at home. Are your kids and husbands starting to resemble Wookiees too??
You’ve come to the right place.
I’ve got an easy video tutorial to show you how I cut my boys hair at home, with just a few simple tools. Boy hair cuts are actually easier than you think!
So many women have used this tutorial to learn how to do boy hair cuts
I first shared this tutorial a few years ago and since then I’ve had hundreds of moms and wives successfully cut their sons and husbands hair.
Yes, they were all terrified to do it too, but then they did it! I promise, boy hair cuts are easy.
How I decide on the boy hair styles
For my husband and my two blondies, I do a shorter side and longer top.
- #2 on the sides and back, scissors on the top
For B, we do a buzz cut with the same length all over:
- #1 guard all over
When I first started cutting Philip’s hair, I used his previous professional hair cut as a guide, and just cut it down proportionally in each area. He’s changed his hair style a few times over the years, and that first cut is just kind of our best guess, and we cut slowly and carefully until we get what we want. Then it’s easy to just copy each time after that.
For the little blonde boys, I like their hair long on top because their hair is pretty fine and if I buzzed it they’d look bald.
B has tried growing his hair out several times, but his hair is really thick and dark and course, so he prefers a buzz cut.
Our best tips on how to cut boys hair (especially with wiggly little ones):
- Put on a movie. We let them pick what they want to watch on the YouTube Kids app on my phone, and it distracts them and keeps them pretty still during their cut.
- Make sure your tools are sharp to avoid pulling their hair. The kits that we’ve purchased come with oil for the blades to keep them from getting dull, and we replace our clippers every few years. You’ll know it’s time to replace when complaints get louder 😉 we own THIS CLIPPER SET, and after buying many cheap sets, we finally bought one that was nicer and it’s held up so well for years. It’s out of stock right now, so I’ve linked some other ones below.
- Work quickly. We try to keep their entire haircut around seven or eight minutes. That’s about all they can handle.
- For little toddlers, have Daddy hold them. San is finally old enough to sit during his cut, but up until recently I always made Philip hold him so he could keep his arms pinned down if needed, and move and turn him around as needed.
- Get their hair wet. This makes it easier to cut and maneuver as you trim it. Have them stick their head under the sink before you start, or use a spray bottle with warm water.
These are the tools you’ll need for cutting boys hair at home
- Oster Hair Clippers. I recommend getting a kit like this one that comes with all the different guards, scissors, and even a carrying case. They’re selling out everywhere, but THIS ONE is in stock!
- Micro Groomsman Trimmer. This is such a handy tool for around their neck and ears. So quick and easy, although it is a little noisy so it kind of freaks Sanny out.
- Hair cutting scissors. If you purchase a kit that includes scissors, you won’t need another pair. But if you do need a pair, these ones are $15 and have great ratings.
- Medium width tooth comb. I don’t like the super fine tooth ones, and the super wide ones don’t work either. Something like this is perfect.
- Spray bottle. You can cut dry hair, but wet hair cuts better!
- Towel or hair cutting cape. Hair falling down on their shoulders and lap is really itchy and annoying. Definitely consider putting a towel or cape around their shoulders.
A few other highly rated hair clippers:
Watch this video to see how I cut my boys’ hair at home
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