Cutting Your Children's Hair: 5 Minute Guide

September 08, 2021 5 min read

Cutting Your Children's Hair: 5 Minute Guide | Scissor Hub Australia

Here are some tips for parents worried about cutting their children’s hair at home.

You can give your child the best possible haircut by doing a few simple things.

How to cut children’s hair

Remember that you don’t have any training and you shouldn’t try to reinvent the wheel every opportunity you get.

It’s best to keep your child’s current haircut.

Another tip is to ensure you have a pair of scissors. We see many parents make the common mistake of using kitchen scissors to trim their children’s hair.

It doesn’t end well, I promise! Shears for cutting children’s hair are specially designed to give a clean, precise cut, so that is what you need.

Now that you have your scissors, here are some tips:

  • Wash and dry your child’s hair thoroughly before cutting it. This will let you know how long your hair should be.
  • Your child’s hair should be dried the same way as you would. Every day can be different.
  • You should separate your hair before you cut.
  • Keep a towel handy!
  • Slow down. Give your child time to cut their hair.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Keep in mind that longer bangs are more effective.

Cut your hair short for girls and boys

Most parents and hairdressers think that cutting short hair is the easiest, but you need a good quality pair of hair cutting scissors, and a solid plan to ensure that your children’s haircut doesn’t end in disaster!

Section your hair

Divide the hair with a wide-toothed comb and then cut it into sections.

A top section can be created by combing the hair from the crown to the temples. You should leave a small section of hair at the ear.

Separate the hair into four sections.

Start cutting at the top of the Short Hair

Trim the top portion. Next, trim a small section of the top and use a fine-toothed brush to comb it.

Reduce 1/4 inch. Go left to right and then back to the front. Keep cutting until your front hairline is within 1/2 inch.

Reduce your hair length to 1/4 inch. This is because of the curvature of your hair. Hair may look longer in some places.

This will give you the ability to lift your hair and extend the time between haircuts.

Continue by cutting the back

The top left-back section can be taken down and a portion of the cut top section used to determine the length.

Start at the left, and work your way to the bottom. Keep sections no larger than 1/4 inch thick.

Continue with the lower left, top right and bottom right sections.

Finish with the sides

Divide your left-hand hair into sections. Start with the right.

Start by slicing your front hair forward and trimming to the desired length.

Cutting medium-long hair

If you don’t have any experience, cutting children’s medium- or long hair can be difficult.

Depending on how you are trying to style the hair, often you will just be trimming your daughter’s long hair.

Section Your Hair

Use a wide-toothed, wide-toothed combing to divide hair into top and bottom sections.

Part hair starts at the back and ends at the back. The top is the hair at the front.

Divide the bottom section remaining from the ear to hear into horizontal pieces of 1-inch thickness. You should cut all but the bottom section.

Start at the back

Run a fine-toothed brush through the section at the bottom to ensure all hair moves in the exact same direction. Divide the hair into one of two sections.

The right section should be first. Then, hold the right section between your index finger (or your non-cutting finger) and trim half the desired length using a right-to left motion.

To guide your length, hold a section that has been trimmed from the right to the left.

Next, trim both ends so that they are equal.

Let the long hair down

Use a fine-toothed knife to comb both layers. Next, trim the length so that it matches the length of your bottom section.

Divide it into either a right- or left-facing section. The same process can be used for all horizontal sections.

Curly hair for childrenIf your hair is straightened and conditioned, it can grow inches longer. Curly hair should be cut differently to straight hair than for straight hair.

With very little tension, you can remove 1/4 inch from wet hair.

Next, cut the top

Take off the top. Split the top to create side sections. Your hair should not be more than an inch above your ears.

From temple to back, all hair below this point should be cut. You should trim the rest of your hair and leave the sides down.

The right side should be cut first. Use the already-cut sections of hair in the back as a guide to help you cut from one side to another. Keep going on to the left.

Look at the sides from the front to determine if they are equal. Adjust if they are not.

Release the hair in sections of 1/2 inch, as you did for the back. You will need to cut the hair so that it matches the length of your side sections.

It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, you can still cut your child’s hair at home.

How to cut your Child’s bangs

  1. Take the bangs out in a triangle, and then pull the rest of your hair back.
  2. Spritz uses a sprinkling of water to dampen them.
  3. Never cut bangs beyond the eyebrow. You should remember that hair will shrink and become shorter if it is damp. After the hair dries, you can cut it more often and evaluate its length.
  4. Begin at the middle of your forehead. Use that length as a guide. Next, cut the sides to the same length. To avoid cutting too much hair, pull it down loosely. You won’t get bangs that curve if you twist your hair or pull it at an angle.
  5. You can hold the hair between your middle and pointer fingers. However, your other fingers can be used to protect your child’s eyes in case she makes a sudden move. To prevent stray hairs from getting out, you should ask your child to close her eyes while she does her bang trim.

Conclusion: What you need to know when cutting your kid’s hair at home

You may have a toddler or your child’s hair is too long. The good news is that with the proper tools, you can learn how to cut hair with home-use scissors.

Don’t try any new hairstyles, and be realistic about your own limits as a new home hairdresser, and stick to basic styles that will keep things stable until you can take your kid to an actual salon.

Trimming the current hairstyle is the easiest solution to your children’s never ending hair growth. The real challenge is not the overall haircut, but cutting the fringe.

To save time searching for the right items and your child becoming distracted, be sure to have these things on hand before you start. Remember, short attention spans!

  • Sharp scissors for hair cutting
  • Hair comb
  • If needed, hair clippers
  • Towel
  • Spray water bottle
  • Hair clips

Although your child’s hair does not need to be damp, it is a good idea to use the spray bottle to help you get a better cut. Use the hair scissors to gently taper the fringe, one section at a stretch.

The most dangerous part of trimming a fringe is the one that goes horribly wrong. Be prepared before you start snipping.

To control the area you are cutting, first dampen the fringe using the water spray. You can hold the fringe together and take a little bit at a time. It’s over once the hair is out, so take it slow!

You won’t regret it if you take a little bit at a time.