Cutting hair can save a family hundreds of dollars a year, not to mention the time it saves to not have to schedule and travel to appointments.
I’ve been cutting my husband’s and boy’s (and girl’s) hair since God brought them into my life.
I’m not an expert and I occasionally have a BIG OOOPS, but if I don’t procrastinate, our boys are presentable (well at least their hair is).
Below I’ve included a step-by-step tutorial followed by a short video of each step.
If six different videos is going to drive you craze, scroll to the bottom of this post where you’ll find a longer video (about 6 minutes) with all of the steps combined.
For a simple boy’s haircut you will need:
- A boy in need of a haircut
- A decent pair of clippers with clipper guards
- A comb
- Hair cutting scissors – Many of the clipper sets come with scissors, but several years ago we purchased a better quality pair (about $30-$40) and have not regretted the decision.
- Hair cutting cape (optional) – like this or this
You’ll want to set up your area with a stool or chair for the boy to sit on and a trash can or compost bucket for the hair you cut off.
1. Trim the bottom back.
Using the clippers without the guard, cut straight across the bottom back of the boy’s hair OR cut a bit of a curve across the bottom back of the boy’s hair. Use the clippers to trim hair on back of neck if needed.
2. Cut the back and short side of the hair with the clippers with a guard.
Part the boy’s hair along his regular part line and put a guard on the clippers. (I normally use between 1/4″ and 1/2″ guard. This haircut was done with a 3/8″ guard.)
Clip the short side of his hair from around his ears up to the part line. Clip the back portion of his head from the bottom of his hair line up the back, being careful not to get too close to the long side of his hair.
3. Trim around the ears.
Remove clipper guard from the clippers or switch to the shortest guard available. Working around the ear, place the edge of the clippers that are nearest the ear against the skin and angle the other edge of the clippers away from the head, then following the curve of the back of the ear trim the hair.
Your trying to create a nice, even cut with the hair closest to the ear being shorter than the hair farther away from the ear.
Be sure to trim around both ears.
4. Trim the top and long side of the hair with comb and scissors.
Switch to a comb and scissors and trim the top and long side of the hair using the width of your fingers to measure length.
5. Re-trim the top and long side of hair to make sure everything is even.
I go side to side across the head moving from the front of the head to the back of the head (shown in video #4). And then I begin at the part and move from the front to back while moving across to the long side of the hair.
6. Blend the hair on the long side from the short part around the ear where you used the clippers to the long part at the top/side of the head where you used the comb and scissors.
This is the trickiest part. The idea is to create a smooth blend of the hair from the super short clipper trimming around the ears up to the longer scissor cut portion at the top/side of the head.
(The camera battery died just before the last word of this last video, sorry. I was saying that the whole haircut will look a little better after the hair has been washed.)
Have the boy wash his hair then step back and enjoy the fruit of your work.
Here’s a longer video with all the steps combined for those who prefer it.
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