Whether your schedule is too busy for you to make an appointment at a salon for your kids or you’d rather just do it yourself, many parents choose to cut their kids’ hair at home from time to time. But if this is your first time taking on this challenge, you might feel like you’re in a little over your head. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your child doesn’t wind up with a haircut that you’re both embarrassed about.
To help you through this, here are three things to know before cutting your kids’ hair at home.
Don’t Use Your Kitchen Scissors
While you might think that all scissors are the same, when it comes to cutting hair, nothing could be further from the truth.
According to Murphy Moroney, a contributor to PopSugar.com, using scissors that aren’t meant for cutting hair can give you a severely subpar haircut, even if you think you’ve got all the other techniques right. Knowing this, you should invest in a pair of hair cutting shears, especially if you have kids with very fine hair. This way, you’ll be able to cut with more accuracy and will find that your haircuts will be a little more forgiving. And once you get these shears, make sure you only use them for cutting hair so that they stay sharp.
Make It Easy For Them To Look Where You Want
With kids, getting them to sit still long enough for you to be able to cut their hair can often be the hardest part about giving them a haircut.
To help make this part a little easier to manage, Lexi Dwyer, a contributor to Fatherly.com, recommends that you make it easy for them to look exactly where you want by strategically using a TV, phone, or tablet. When you want them to look one way or another, move the screen to the exact place you want their eyes. This way, you won’t have to keep reminding them to look down when you need them to.
Be Careful When Using Water
To make your child’s hair as manageable as possible while giving them their haircut, you might think that getting their hair wet beforehand is the best option. And while this can sometimes be the case, you’ll want to be careful with using water on their hair during a haircut.
According to Michelle Snyder, a contributor to MotherMag.com, it’s vital to remember that wet hair will shrink when it dries. So if you cut bangs while the hair is wet, the bang will look shorter once they dry. Knowing this, you’ll want to be careful about when you use water on the hair to cut it and when you should just cut the hair dry.
If you’re planning to cut your kids’ hair at home soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you cut with confidence.