One of my most requested posts is how I cut my boys hair. So when I cut it a few weeks ago, I took a video to show what I did.
When Philip and I got married eleven years ago, he suggested I cut his hair so we could save money on his monthly trips to the barber. I had cut my brother’s hair and an old boyfriend’s hair one time each when I was younger, so I had next to no experience, but Philip somehow trusted me anyway.
I only accidentally shaved off the top of his hair one time (I was horrified and instantly burst into tears, and all Philip could do was laugh), but I’ve gotten better and more confident over time. It’s a little nerve wracking, but you’ll only get better with practice – don’t give up!
I remember so distinctly cutting Philip’s hair in our tiny condo bathroom one night and having this vivid daydream of my future self with a room full of boys, cutting all their hair. I don’t even think I was pregnant with our first baby at the time! Little did I know that those dreams, eleven years later, would become a reality!
How I decide on the style.
For my husband and my two blondies, I do pretty much the same haircut: #3 on the sides, and then scissors on the top. 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.
For B, he prefers a buzz cut so he has a #2 all over. He’s tried growing it out on the top a few times like the other boys, but he always chooses to go back to the buzz cause it’s so low maintenance.
Our best tips for making hair cuts (especially with wiggly little boys) successful:
- 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 😉 THIS IS THE CLIPPER SET I BOUGHT and after buying many cheap sets, we finally bought one that was nicer and it’s held up so well for years.
- 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.
Tools I use.
- Oster Hair Clippers. I recommend getting a kit like this one that comes with all the different guards, scissors, and even a carrying case. This one is only $30 and has great reviews.
- 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 amazing 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.
Here’s our little movie we made — it’s so basic, but you’ll hopefully get the idea!