Since open hair salons are in limited supply (and since not everyone can/wants to go, even if they are open!), I thought a refresh of this post might be helpful. Bang-trimming tips included at the end of the post!
I mentioned on Facebook the other day that I’d cut Sonia’s hair, and several of you reminded me that I never have posted about how I do that.
I am no professional hairstylist, to be sure, but this method works for me.
All I use are some hair clips and a pair of Tweezerman shears that are less than $30 (at the time of this writing).
I know it’s tempting to use cheaper shears, but one pair will pay for itself in a hot minute, and they’re so much easier to use than junky shears.
I start with a wet head of hair, because that makes things way simpler for me, especially if the kid in question has wavy hair.
And I part the hair down the middle, even if a side part is the end goal.
(If I cut it with a side part, then we have to be really precise about where we part the hair after the haircut, or there will be weird long pieces hanging down on one side.)
Next, I clip up the top half of the hair, all the way around.
You don’t have to be super neat with this. You’re just trying to get some of the hair out of the way because it’s much easier to cut thinner layers of hair.
Decide how much hair you want to cut off, grab a section of hair, and using your fingers as a guide, snip off the desired amount.
Now you’ll have a section of short hair, and you can use that as your guide as you work around the head.
Once you’ve made it all the way around, you might want to check and make sure you didn’t start erring on the longer or shorter side as you made your way ’round. If you did, you can correct your mistake now, before you cut the rest of the hair.
If all is well, then let down the top layer.
Now you can use the bottom layer of hair as a guide for cutting the top layer.
And once you’ve worked your way around again, you should be done!
You may see some hairs that you missed later on, but the lovely thing about DIY haircuts is that you’ve got the tools to fix any mistakes you see.
A couple of random tips:
- When my kids were little, to keep them still, I set up shop in the living room in front of cartoons. Another option is to slowly feed them some sort of food that is a treat.
- Thicker hair is harder to cut than thin hair. If you’re dealing with a thick head of hair, you may need to divide the hair into three or four layers. Or you can do like me and eventually decide it’s worth it to pay $15 twice a year to have someone else cut the thick hair!
- You get better at this with practice, so don’t give up if you make some mistakes the first go-round.
- Gently wavy hair is pretty forgiving because uneven ends aren’t very obvious. So, if you’ve got a choice, try out your skills on a wavy-haired kid instead of a kid with perfectly straight hair.
- Don’t forget that hair gets shorter when it dries, especially if it’s at all wavy. Err on the long side, because after all, you can always cut more off, but you can’t add length!
- I use my hair scissors to trim my bangs, which means I can seriously stretch my time between haircuts. If you’ve got bangs that need trimming, a pair of scissors is totally worth buying.
Let me know if you’ve got more questions. And if you happen to be the sort who’s great at cutting hair, feel free to add helpful tips in the comments.
P.S. Some of you asked for bang-trimming tips. A few:
-Err on the side of caution with length
-Use the original line of your bang cut as your guide
-Be careful not to catch your non-bang hair in the scissors. Pin it back carefully before you start!
-For a slightly layered look, hold the scissors vertically as you cut, rather than horizontally. Make small snips with the scissors pointed up until the hair is the length you desire.