Tips for Cutting Your Kids Hair at Home - Japan Scissors

Tips for Cutting Your Kids Hair at Home

If you are among the many parents who want to start cutting their children’s hair at home but are afraid of botching it, we have some tips for you! First, don’t be scared! You can do it. There are a few things you can do to give your child the best hair cut you can.

Here are some basics.

The first thing to keep in mind is you are not trained, so don’t try and reinvent the wheel the first chance you get. You should stick with your child’s current cut and not try to do something elaborate or different. Keep the cuts simple and you can’t go wrong!

Second, make sure to prepare yourself with a high-quality pair of hair cutting shears. One of the most common mistakes we see is parents who use their standard kitchen scissors to cut their kid’s hair. Believe me, it never ends well!  Hair cutting shears are specially designed to give a clean, precise cut, so that is what you need.

OK, so now that you have your scissors ready, here are a few basic tips to follow:

  •         Wash and thoroughly dry your kid’s hair before you cut it. It is important to cut clean and dry hair so you can see exactly how short you want to go. If you cut wet hair, it may bounce up as it dries, becoming shorter than you planned.
  •         Make sure to dry your child’s hair as you normally would. If he or she has wavy or curly locks and you usually let it air dry, cut it after it dries naturally. You don’t want to blow dry hair that you typically let dry naturally as it can look different on a day-to-day basis.
  •         Make sure to separate the hair in sections before cutting. You can use clips or scrunchies to section off the hair. This allows you to have more control while cutting smaller chunks at a time.
  •         Have a towel handy! It helps if you put a towel down before you start cutting to avoid a crazy mess. Let the towel catch all the hair for the easiest cleanup.
  •         Go slow. If you are cutting your child’s hair, expect to take your time and not rush. If you rush through, you may end up with an uneven cut. Also, cut a little at a time. You can always take off more, but you can’t get back what you already cut off.
  •         Keep it simple! Remember that even if you watch an hour of YouTube videos on home haircuts, you are no expert. So, keep the cut simple and just trim off the dead or split ends to keep the hair looking fresh and healthy.
  •         If you are cutting bangs, remember longer is better. You don’t want to go too short as your child can end up with that tragic bowl cut we all know and cringe about. Make sure to start long and ease your way up.

Bottom line…if you are planning to cut your child’s hair at home, go for it! Just go slow, take your time, don’t get crazy brave, and use a good pair of hair cutting shears. You got this!

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