I have friends who are hairstylists, so I write this post with deep respect for their profession. You deserve every penny you get for cutting people’s hair. It’s quite a skill!
That being said…if you don’t have a hairstylist you know and love or you just don’t have the funds to cover haircuts for your kids, I recommend at least trying once to cut it yourself. If you totally mess it up, take them to a hairstylist, and they can fix it up easy (that’s what I did the first time I cut Ninja Boy’s hair at fourteen months old).
Now before you whip out the clippers and scissors, I highly recommend you do some research first (like I said, there is a reason why hairstylists get training for this). I emphasize the BEFORE you start cutting (which I didn’t do the first time I tried cutting Ninja Boy’s hair earlier this year). Here is a good tutorial for boys. Here is a good one for girls if you want it short.
I have been cutting Ninja Boy’s hair for the last three or so haircuts. Never have they been perfect, but for a five year old boy, he looks pretty darn cute.
Here is before I cut it…(probably a month since his last cut)
Isn’t he so handsome with his angry face? (what a goober).
I cut My Princess’ hair for the first time ever last year because she requested short hair. I had been avoiding cutting it for her first two years because it took so long for it to grow. I don’t know why, but I get it in my head that I want to be the first one to cut my kids’ hair regardless of whether I know what I’m doing or not.
She wasn’t too excited halfway through, and I had to wait till daddy got home for her to sit on his lap to be able to finish. However, it turned out super cute! We let it grow over the winter and spring to let her decide which length she preferred. She requested several times in the last couple months for it to be short again.
I wanted her to wait till after her dance recital so that it would be easier to pull back into a bun. Since she doesn’t have another recital until Christmas, she was excited to be able to chop it off short!
After it dried, I realized it needed a trim here and there, but I’ll have to wait for another good opportunity to sit her down.
I am not perfect. I am just determined. I figure the more I do it the better I will get. That’s what hairstylists do. They go to school and learn techniques and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
I won’t be offering haircuts to anyone else’s kids anytime soon, but I figure I can save a little money and at least take care of my own so they don’t look like ragamuffins.