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Cutting Kids' Hair

Updated on July 19, 2013

How to Cut Hair at Home

With the economy going from bad to worse, many parents are wondering if they could save money by cutting kids' hair themselves at home. To this I say, "Sure! You can do it!"

I cut my daughter's hair and it turned out very cute! There is a technique to it, and you need some good haircutting scissors. You can learn how to do this. It is not very difficult.

I had some decent haircutting scissors, a plastic comb, and some hair clips. I followed instructions on You Tube videos to learn what to do. She is happy with the results and I think I can save about $100.00 a year cutting her hair myself at home.

In this article I will explore the techniques for cutting kids' hair and the tools needed to do the job.

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How to Cut Hair at Home

You will need some guides to follow as you learn to cut your children's hair. I suggest picking up at least one of these books, which are the best ones I have found on the subject of cutting hair.

Expert Advice for Cutting Kids' Hair

I really like this video for learning to cut kids' hair. I find it very easy to understand. There are four parts to this video, so be sure to click through to each one. For the third video YouTube does not automatically give you the next in the series, but you will find it along the sidebar to the right.

Tools for Cutting Kids' Hair at Home

To get results you will be happy with, be sure you start with some good haircutting scissors. A good pair of scissors is worth the investment when you consider the money you will save by cutting your children's hair yourself instead of paying a salon.

Here are some of the best haircutting scissors for the money that I have found.

How to Cut a Boy's Hair With Clippers

Ken Graham gives a great overview of how to cut a boy's hair with clippers in this instructional video. If you would like to order the DVD, where he goes into much greater detail, click the link below.

Hair Clippers for Cutting Kids' Hair

If you have a son or want to do a very short hairstyle on a girl, you will need a good set of hair clippers.

Hair Cutting Capes and Dusters

To keep things nice and tidy when you are cutting kids' hair, you may want to invest in a hair cutting cape and a neck duster. You can use a towel for both jobs, but you will have more hair clippings to clean up after the hair cut. These items just make the hair cut neater and the clean up a bit easier.

Betty Dain Seersucker Classic Barber Cutting/Styling Cape, Navy/White Stripe
Betty Dain Seersucker Classic Barber Cutting/Styling Cape, Navy/White Stripe

A striped cape that appeals to young men. This comes with black, navy or red stripes.

Diane Professional Neck Duster
Diane Professional Neck Duster

This is the best tool for getting rid of those itchy stray hairs!


Do you cut your child's hair or pay someone else to do it? Are you satisfied with the results?

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    • Brandi Bush profile image


      6 years ago from Maryland

      My husband cuts the boy's hair, but I took my daughter to get hers cut. I wish I knew how to do it at home...maybe I should learn! :)

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      6 years ago

      I always cut my daughters' hair when they were growing up, and I also cut my own hair. My husband cuts his own hair. Now that my kids are grown, my younger daughter cuts her own hair, but my older daughter usually pays to have her hair cut unless her sister is around to do it.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      My daughter has a friend cut her hair and I cut my son's hair. A great idea! Blessed and added to my Frugal Living lens.

    • sandyjunep lm profile image

      sandyjunep lm 

      7 years ago

      I cut my daughters hair and i must say I did not do it well, but we had fun, she was so goos about it. I have improved now and with the new hait trimmers I am now cutting my husbands. It saves heaps

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      My children are grown and get their hair cut professionally. I only trimmed their hair every once in awhile because I wasn't so good at it. I think it's great if you can do this yourself to save money!

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      My kids always got home haircuts when they were little. when they hit middle and high school, though, it was a different story.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Mom always cut our hair when we were little. I have the photos of me with crooked bangs to prove it. Actually it worked fine and with 5 girls it would have been quite expensive taking us all to a beauty salon.

      Maybe if they had YouTube videos back in the 1950s, my haircuts would have turned out better.


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