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What is the best way to trim a child's hair?

  1. sharwrotethis profile image60
    sharwrotethisposted 8 years ago

    What is the best way to trim a child's hair?

    I am a busy mom of three boys. I want to save money by trimming my kids' hair by myself but I've never really done a super job. Do you have any tips for trimming up little boy's hair?

  2. Helen Cater profile image78
    Helen Caterposted 8 years ago

    There is a simple answer to this, but you may not like it. Most stylists will tell you there worst clients are children because most do not like having there hair cut. I have three boys myself and owning the two salons was easy for me to put them in with one of the other stylists. Kids play us parents up more with this. I have known parents to use clippers on the boys hair with a No4 guard. This is safe and gives a really good cut whilst ensuring even cutting all over. Then use with the guard off or scissors to trim hairlines and around the ears. If they have longer hair and the clippers are not an option the only advise I can give is try to work methodical from top to bottom. Concentrate on taking the same amount off all over and remember a little at a time is better than too much as you can not put it back. You are never going to get a great look as to become a stylist you need 3 years training and after that you are learning all your life.

  3. Paul Marshall profile image60
    Paul Marshallposted 8 years ago

    4 Rolls of Race Tape & a sturdy chair. OK, I'm joking.
    Seriously now, I found the best method was to put my 4 year old on a plastic chair in the bathtub {No water}.
    I was very calm & just explained that we were going to have a haircut. I stood there in my underware & started on myself first with a number 3 guard all over my head.
    Then I let him have a turn, and trimmed some of his hair. I continued to do it this way turn about until it was done.
    He could see that it was not hurting me at all, & I was very carefull to ensure that it did not at any stage pull on his hair & hurt him. After putting most of the cut hair in the bin, we just turn on the shower & wash it off us.
    I now have enough trust from him that I can cut his hair at any time, & we always laugh while doing it.

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    sbeakrposted 8 years ago

    Put a bowl on the kid's head and cut off everything that sticks out the bottom.  smile

    No, please don't do that.  My mother did that to me, and I'm a girl.

    I would recommend observing a barber or stylist; otherwise, buzz cuts are quick and easy.

  5. Ms JudyJ profile image53
    Ms JudyJposted 8 years ago

    I was a Stylist in an exclusive childrens' salon many years ago, Called the Snip and Curl in Sherman Oaks Ca.  We found that a child should first be entertained with toys and gradually introduced to being in the "chair."  Get the child involved in some way by giving them a comb, spray bottle with a little water, and help them comb their hair.  A lot of praise helps and encouragement from their parents helps as well.
       We never used clippers.  We use shear over comb, finger guide cutting, and razors with a full guard when we cut children under five.  I really think a child should be introduced to the salon when they are around 2 years of age.  A specialty salon for children where the stylists are geared for the child's needs and what style suites them is always best. Best Regards, Ms judy j