Do you want to save yourself a TON of time and money? Skip that next salon trip and learn how to cut boys' hair at home. It takes less than 15 minutes, and we guarantee you it's WAY more manageable than you think!
Okay, a quick disclaimer before we go any further here. We are not professional hairstylists, but we do love a good DIY project from time to time. And one way we've saved a ton of money over the years is by giving our boys at-home haircuts.
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If you're like us and you love to save money on haircuts, then keep on reading! We'll teach you how to cut boys' hair in just five easy steps. From start to finish, you'll be done in less than the time it would take you to drive to the salon. Sweet!
SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO CUT BOYS HAIR
Before we get started, make sure you have all the supplies you'll need. There are so many haircutting kits online these days, but we like to keep things pretty simple, so here's what we suggest:
- Comb – Make sure you have a simple comb handy. Trying to cut tangled hair is downright brutal.
- Towels – We like to wrap one towel around our son's neck (like a cape) and then place one on the floor to catch any excess hair.
- Shaving Kit – Costco sells shaving kits for around $40, but you can get them on Amazon, too. Make sure to order a kit that comes with guards. We use this Wahl Deluxe Haircut set. It pretty much pays for itself after a couple of cuts!
- Hair Oil – Our shaving kit came with oil, but if you buy one that doesn't, you can order shaving oil on Amazon for just a few bucks.
Got all your supplies ready to go? Let's start cutting! Here's a foolproof five-step process that we follow to cut boys' hair.
HOW TO CUT BOYS HAIR: A FIVE STEP PROCESS
Okay, we're breaking this down for you step by step, so don't worry! You've got this, mama. Let's have some fun. It's time to start clipping! Follow this five-step process, and you'll be done in no time.
STEP ONE: PREP YOUR WORK AREA
We usually cut our boys' hair in the bathroom because it makes cleanup so much easier! Bring in a chair, grab a few towels, and round up your comb and shaving kit.
If your boys are anything like ours, they probably don't love sitting still, so we suggest bringing in an iPad or phone for a little entertainment. Queue up a fun playlist or turn on a show they love.
STEP TWO: COMB THEIR HAIR, THEN APPLY THE GUARD AND HAIR OIL
Okay, now that your workspace is ready, it's time to get your tools ready, too! This part is so easy, and we're even going to break it down into three mini-steps for you:
- Comb Their Hair – Make sure to work through any tangles and get any product residue out. Just trust us on this one.
- Attach the Guard to Your Razor – We recommend starting with the largest guard first.
- Apply Oil to the Razor – Once you've attached the guard, apply a few drops of oil to the razor. It helps it glide more easily and prevents split ends!
Now you're ready to start cutting, so let's move ahead to step three!
STEP THREE: START FROM THE TOP
You've got the razor all set up, with the largest guard attached, so we suggest you start cutting from the top. We personally like to keep the hair up top a little thicker, which is why we use the biggest guard first.
Slow and easy does it, so don't rush! This is a quick process anyway, so don't be afraid to take your time. You can always cut off more if you need to, but it's kinda hard to add hair back. When you're done with the top, snap off that guard and brush the hairs off the razor. Now you're ready for the next step!
STEP FOUR: SWITCH GUARDS AND CUT THE SIDES, BOTTOM, AND BACK
Now that you've got the hang of this, you're probably starting to have some fun! When you're ready to move on to the sides, back, and bottom, snap on the next biggest guard and get to work.
Follow the same process you did for the top of the hair and eyeball it. Just use your best judgment. You can clean things up in the next step of the process if you need to! And once you get a few cuts under your belt, you'll be able to do this with your eyes closed.
STEP FIVE: TRIM THE NECK AND SIDEBURNS
This final step can feel the most daunting when you're new to cutting boys' hair at home, but don't panic! Take a deep breath and reach for the small trimmer. It's time to clean up the edges, so start with the back of the neck, work your way around to the sides, and then focus on the sideburns.
How you trim is up to you! You can go for a look with clean lines or keep things simple. We're not experts by any means, so if we can do it, we know you can, too.
Once you've finished trimming, comb through the hair and have your kiddo rinse off in the shower. When they're done, style as you normally would and pat yourself on the back for completing your first at-home haircut!
HOW TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOU CUT BOYS' HAIR AT HOME
You know those towels you used? Take them outside and shake them out, then toss them into the wash. That's pretty much it. Your work here is done. You just saved your family some serious cash, so go you!
There you have it! A foolproof method for cutting boys' hair at home. Give it a try, and let us know how it goes. Take a pic of your handiwork and tag us on Instagram!
And while we're on the topic of haircuts, how often do you get your hair cut? Drop a comment below and tell us if you have any tips for making that fresh-from-the-salon style last longer!
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Hair we go! Time to start clipping!