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Step by step guide to cut the hair of a small child

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Some parents prefer to cut their toddler’s hair on their own. They make this choice out of fear of their child’s behavior at the hairdressing salon, for financial reasons, or simply for convenience. Indeed, cutting the hair of your little end yourself will be a very good way to save money and save time.

Items Needed to cut the hair of a small child

  • A comb
  • Hair scissors
  • A vaporizer
  • A chair
  • Some napkins

Prepare the child

Get the right scissors and the right comb

guide to cut the hair of a small child

When cutting your toddler’s hair, you won’t have to improvise, as the child could quickly start to squirm. Prepare your tools well. First and foremost, you will need good scissors.

  • Hairdressing scissors will be the most effective. You will also need to provide a booster seat on which your child can sit, so that you can work on the entire hair, from different angles. A comb with a pick can help you divide the child’s hair into several sections  [1].
  • Household scissors are usually not sharp enough to cut hair. If you cannot find hair scissors, you can settle for multi-purpose scissors  [2]. You can find hair scissors in pharmacies or supermarkets.
  • Place newspaper, magazines, or a towel under the chair so that any strands you cut to fall over them. Place a towel over your child’s shoulders, so that their clothes are not covered with cropped hair.

Distract the child

It is always better to plan for a distraction for the child so that he does not get too agitated. Plan to cut your little one’s hair when he is happy and feeling good. Don’t try to cut his hair when he’s tired, hungry, or sick.

  • You could give a pacifier to your child, that he enjoyed the time you cut his hair  [3].
  • To keep your child as distracted as possible, you could put them on a chair in front of the television. He should, therefore, focus his attention on something other than the haircut and the process will be easier for you.
  • Talk to her a lot, smile, and give her positive remarks. To make the experience fun for the child, involve them in the process, such as singing a song with them as you cut. Don’t expect to get a flawless haircut though, as most small children are unable to stand still.

Wet her hair

Before you start cutting, consider spraying a little water on the toddler’s hair. If the child’s hair is tangled, get a detangling spray. If the hair is not evenly wet, the cut will not be even.

  • It will be easier for you to cut the child’s hair correctly if it is wet. You can buy a spray bottle, fill it with water and spray water on the little one’s hair.
  • If you don’t have a vaporizer, you’ll find one for a dollar or two in most supermarkets. You will also need a wide-tooth comb.
  • If you don’t have a spray bottle, you could also wet the comb and comb the child’s hair with it, before you start cutting the hair. You could also take a washcloth, wet it, and use it to wet the child’s hair. Be careful not to wet the hair too much. Simply moisten them.

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Lift the child’s hair

If the child is restless, it will be much easier to cut their hair section by section. This is true even for small children who have short hair.

  • Take a barrette and pull up all the hair that you don’t cut. Pull out small strands of hair, one after the other.
  • It will not be necessary to divide the child’s hair into real sections. Just take wicks the size you think is suitable. The goal is to focus on one strand at a time.
  • It will also not be necessary to make bits of the same size. It doesn’t matter much. Dividing the hair into several sections simply makes it easier to cut the child’s hair when the child is restless.

Choose the right angle

One of the most important things to cut a toddler’s hair is to cut at an angle.

  • Try to cut the child’s hair at a 45 ° angle. When cutting the child’s hair, point the scissors at an angle, towards his neck. If you don’t cut at an angle, the cut will be too neat. Some experts recommend cutting hair at 11 am.
  • Hold a section of hair at a 45 ° angle and cut along your fingers, using your fingers to cut in a straight line.
  • If your child has flyaways on the top of their head, it might be best to leave their hair longer on top, to tone it down. The extra weight of the longer hair will keep it from standing upon its head.

Start at the front

Start by cutting the child’s hair in the front, as this is the part that people will see first. Your child will probably be most cooperative early in the process.

  • Start with the bangs. Cut from the end of one of the child’s eyebrows, towards the end of their second eyebrow. Pull her bangs down and cut them at a 45 ° angle (or 11 o’clock ).
  • Gently hold the child’s hand as you cut their bangs. Be careful not to get the scissors near the child’s skin and eyes. Be aware that the child might make a sudden movement.
  • Some parents find it easier to start cutting at the ear level when the child is still calm at the start of the cut. Cut very slowly around the ears, so as not to injure the child.

Work slowly

To cut a toddler’s hair, it is important to be very soft, but firm, and to cut very small strands very slowly. Keep the wicks vertical.

  • This will make it easier for you to control the scissors, especially if the child suddenly moves. To cut a section of hair, take it between your fingers. Cut it at a 45 ° angle and not parallel to your fingers. Thus, the cut will be more successful. If you cut the hair that is too parallel with your fingers, the cut will be too sharp for most people.
  • Determine the length using the first bit. As you work your way around the child’s head, take a small wick from the section previously cut, so you know how long to cut the next one.
  • Slide your fingers to the desired length, then scissors below your fingers. Start by removing less length than necessary. You can always cut shorter if needed.

Cutting a toddler’s long hair

Cutting a toddler's long hair

Divide long or shoulder-length hair into several sections

Toddlers often have short, thin hair. However, some small children, especially little girls, wear long hair. It is much easier to cut the hair in thin and small sections. For this, it is important to divide the child’s hair into several small sections.

  • On a long child’s hair, it is often preferable to draw the parting in the middle. This will make it easier to get a regular fit.
  • To cut long or shoulder-length hair, take a wide-toothed comb and divide the child’s hair into several sections. Start with the hair on the top of the head and secure the sections with barrettes, so that you can work the hair from the underside and the back of the head.
  • Make two sections of hair at the child’s ears. Then, mark two sections on the back of his head, separated by a central parting. Then divide each of the sections of the back of the head in half. Lift each section and secure them with barrels.

Brush the remaining hair to the back of the head

Brush them carefully downwards: these will serve as a guide for the length of the cut. Cutting this section of hair will be the most important step.

  • Cut the loose hair at the back of the head to the length you desire for the child’s entire hair.
  • You will then cut all other sections to the same length as the fence. Make sure you can see this first section as you cut the following ones. For this, you will need to work rather thin sections of hair.
  • Cut the hair in a straight line. Pull the child’s hair down. Cut in a straight line, directing the scissors at 11 o’clock, to create a smoother cut. To do this, hold a section of hair between your fingers, then cut to the desired length.

Finish the cut

Start by cutting the hair from the back of the head, pulling the hair straight down to the sides.

  • Equalize it all. As you cut, try asking the child to look down slightly. As you cut a section of hair, let some of the raised hair fall back to even out. When you even out the rest of the hair, use the first section as a guide to cut to the correct length.
  • Tear off the next section and even it out so that it is the same length as the first section. Continue like this, working one section at a time. If the child’s hair is thick, you may want to pull a section out several times so that you can see the guide.
  • To cut sections of hair close to the ears, comb them towards the back and work them from behind.

Cutting a toddler’s hair with a trimmer

Cutting a toddler's hair with a trimmer

Use a mower

It is possible to cut the hair of a small child with a clipper, especially if he has short hair.

  • Buy a mower, in a supermarket or specialty store. A first price mower costs around 20 euros. You can use a shoe.
  • Place shoe number 3 on the device. Plug it in. Hold the mower at an angle of approximately 90 °. Mow in a straight line, upwards, starting at the back of the child’s neck.
  • With the appliance, cut the child’s hair upwards, all around his head.

Refine the cut

Once you are done cutting the child’s hair on the back and sides of their head, you will need to refine the cut.

  • Remove the clipper comb and trim around the child’s ears. Work gently, so as not to hurt the little one.
  • Using the clipper, polish the haircut around the child’s neck. Again, work slowly so as not to hurt the child.
  • You must exercise great caution, taking care to distract the child, working very slowly, and anticipating any sudden movements.

Cut the rest of the hair

After using the clipper, you will need to use scissors to finish the child’s cut. Do not cut the top or front of the child’s hair with the trimmer.

  • On the top of the head, start by taking a section of hair in the front. Decide on the length you want. Place your fingers across the section. Cut the hair above your fingers. Go forward to the back of the child’s head.
  • The first cut bit will serve as a guide for the following bits. Cut the center section of the head first, then the sides. The top of the head will be divided into three sections: one in the center and one on each side.
  • Work towards the back of the center section. Blend the upper part with the sides. Cut at a 45 ° angle. Hold a section of hair with your fingers and cut at that angle. Then take another small section and do the same, moving forward all around the head.

Advice from

  • Regularly even out the child’s hair. This will allow the little one to get used to this situation, without having to stand still for long hair styling sessions.
  • Have your child watch someone else, such as a family member, have their hair cut. Thus, he will understand that there is nothing scary about it.
  • Start by cutting the hair from the front of the head. Your child will be more patient and will more easily stay still at the start of the session.

Warnings from

Hair scissors are very sharp. So you will have to be very careful when cutting close to the head, especially when cutting the child’s bangs and the hair around their ears. Small children often make unexpected movements. You will, therefore, need to be ready to react quickly and promptly remove the scissors from the child.

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