Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Boys Cuts

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Today I bring you yet another very patient child. This time it is my son and I am pretty lucky with him because he LOVES getting his hair cut. This makes cutting his hair really easy, however bribery does wonders to get kids to like getting their haircut. The more they like it the more likely they are to sit still and behave. In my years I have a lot of experience with screaming children and the best advice I have is if they are screaming and mad, don't do it. Wait until they are in a better mood and make getting a haircut  something fun and rewarding. So shall we move on to some basics for cutting and blending boys hair? (the same tips can work for men's hair as well)

Again I encourage seeing professionals for your haircutting needs. However especially when it comes to boys it may seem you are taking them in to get their hair cut every few short weeks. So maybe you resolved to give your kid a basic buzz cut, well here are some tips to maybe improve your home cutting skills or for those who are wanting to do it at home but don't know how maybe these pointers will help. 
The basic boys crew cut. 

First wet the hair. (this will not be the case if you use a clipper on the sides and back instructions on that later)  For my cuts on my son I just cut the sides and back with scissors. Either way I am going to show you how to blend a cut right now. 

So carefully cut around the ears as shown. You can also use a trimmer for this part if you want. I like scissors. 

Then follow around the back cleaning up the neck line. You can fold the ear over so you can cut along the side. 

Next the blending. Place the comb against the head and comb upward. Once the bottom layer of hair falls down from the comb (as shown where the hair by the side burns is) You will cut away the hair that is left on the comb.

See how I cut running my scissors against the comb?
(if you used a clipper on the sides you would still follow these steps for blending you will just start at the line where you clipped up to) 

See the hair is cut away.

Continue combing up the head and cutting once the last layer drops down from the comb. 

Ok now for blending from the top down to the sides. You do this by holding your fingers at an angle that rests on the head. (so that you curve with the head) See how there is the blended hair and it all goes up to a point? 

You are just going to cut that point off. 

See how now it is cut straight? Do this all around the sides and back to blend your cut.

Next we move on to the top. Basically you hold the hair between your fingers and decide how long you want it to be. 

Then cut into the hair kind of notching it. See how I twisted the scissors? This makes it more of a textured cut so it doesn't look all bowl cut like or kindergarten cut. 

Keep moving back on the head, cutting it all the same length or as I often do get a little shorter as you move back on the head. Make sure if you come across any points like the picture above...

You cut them off. That is how you can be sure your haircut is even, there shouldn't be any points. If you see any spots that don't look blended right there is probably a point in there. Use one of techniques I showed to make sure it is all even and straight. 

And there you have it a boys crew cut. That can be worn simply combed off to the side for a little gentlemen's look

Or add some pomade (I like crew fibers best) or gel and give it a little spike

Either way he is sure to be darling 

A few last tips...
If you are a clipper cut person here is how I suggest you cut the hair...

  1. Clipper the sides and back with desired length. For the sides clip to about the temple, and follow that line around the head. 
  2. Then wet the hair
  3. Cut the hair on top of the head first
  4. Then blend from the top down to the sides (as shown above)
  5. Then finish by blending the sides from the clippered part to the scissor cut part as shown above
  6. Then trim around the ears and back neck line. 
  • If you are cutting really thick hair that is not blending well for you, use a thinning shear (it looks like it has teeth) and place it against the hair and cut the areas that are not blending well. Sometimes removing some of the bulk helps it to lay better. DO this slowly so you don't end up with a hole. DO NOT over thin. 
  • If you are dealing with tough cowlicks or swirls. These can be handed two different ways, You can cut them shorter to shape them to the head shape and then they blend in and go away. (however grow out can be rough) Or you can leave them longer so they don't stick up, if they have more weight (length) they are likely to behave better. 

Ok done with the Boys crew cut post. I hope you find any of these tips helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask I will answer them the best I can. 
I am still figuring out what my last hair post will be if you have anything you were hoping for help with in regards to hair let me know. Until then I turn the time back over to my sister with some more fabulous skin help. 



  1. Thanks for sharing this. My son has really thick hair that grows fast. I'm def gonna try this on him.

  2. I just wanna say THANK YOU for sharing this! My husband has gotten his hair cut from his mother for years and years... now that we have moved away she is no longer around to do it. I have read, and read online sites about cutting hair but none have been easy to understand for me. This I understand! I will now attempt to cut my husbands and sons hair!!


  3. Thank you so much! I have just started to attempt to cut my two year old's hair. The first time was a bit rough, but this will help a lot. I have a question. I wear my hair with long bangs that go across my forehead. They seem to grow too long before it is time to get my next haircut. Is trimming them up something I can do myself, or am I just asking for trouble?

  4. I am so glad this is helping! (or may soon help) Please feel free to ask if you come across any stumbling blocks and I will do my best to answer or do a more direct post with added help.
    Nic... I am glad you ask about woman's bangs. I am going to do some basic woman's hair tips later this week so stay tuned, and yes bangs are one of the tips, you can do it at home.

  5. Another great tutorial that I'm sure I'll be using, even if I have to rent a little boy to try it on. Looks like all of you had fun!

  6. Great instructions. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Could not help but pin this to my pintrest board. Thanks so much for sharing. This is so easy to understand. I have been cutting my son's hair (even though I'm terrible at it) because if I ever take him somewhere, they end up butchering it!! Worse than I do! This is great, so thank you.

  8. Love it! Love, love, love it! In all my years of mothering I've never been able to afford taking my kids (or hubby) to get a haircut. Now maybe I can get beyond the buzz!

  9. This is very informative. But, I don't get the part with the bangs where the scissors are "twisted" so the bangs are textured. If you're able to clarify I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

    1. It just means that you snip in towards the hair instead of cutting it flat. The "twisted" just comes from your wrist twisting to the side to cut at the point.

  10. Do you have any tips for boys that HATE having their hair cut, good mood or not. My son has sensory issues and the feel of scissors around his ears or neck just freak him out (he can tolerate the clippers for most of it). It has been a source of angst for many years! I was having some success with one of those kids salons until the last time I went I got a witch and she totally freaked him out now (she literally put him in a head lock until I told her to back off!). Back to square one...sigh.

    1. I feel your pain! We have dealt with similar sensory challenges with my son who hates the clippers for ANY part of a haircut. I would try putting ear bud earphones in his ear and letting him listen to music or play a video game. It may mask the cutting sound while distracting him to keep him calm. Also, hold the closed scissor blades in your closed fist for a few seconds before working around the ear, this should warm them up. With the water and motion involved the scissors can get very cold and that could be jarring to him. Good Luck!

  11. Thank you so much,
    just finished cutting my sons hair using this tutorial
    you can see the results here

  12. Hi! Found this post via Pinterest and will definitely be using the tips the next time I cut my boys' hair. One question: When you talk about using thinning scissors, you say to lay them against the hair to cut. What do you mean by this? Against the head? If not, how close to the head do you hold them to cut? One of my boys has VERY thick hair and a cowlick right at the top of his crown, so I am looking for ways to tame his hair a little bit. :)

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  13. I used this on my 8 year old son last night with great results! I usually just buzz him, but I don't love the way it looks. All day I keep seeing how handsome he looks and feeling so happy about it! Thank you!

  14. I have four little boys that I cut their hair at home and I can't wait to try this out - Thanks!!

  15. Thank you so much!! I have 4 boys and I either pay 10-15 to have it cut orI buzz it myself and this really help me out and I will be trying it soon! :)

  16. This is great! I just followed your instructions to cut my 8- and 11-year-old boys' hair. It was easy and it looks great! They were tired of being buzzed and I was tired of waiting for trips to Mamaw's to let her cut it. Thank you!

  17. I am curious how you use the comb to blend with a crew cut that is either longer all over or longer on top. If you cut against the comb it will be that short length right? We deal with several cowlicks and curls that do better when longer. Any tips for this cut at about a 2-3" length?

  18. I use kids safety scissors on my squirmy boy in the areas I'm nervous about cutting him. We also found that loading a short show on our smart phone helped a lot.

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I have looked all over for a post to help me cut my son's hair and yours is the first with easy to follow instructions.

  20. This is awesome! Thank you so much. Would you consider posting a video of this? Thank you for the step by step instructions!

  21. Thank you so much for posting this! I found this through Pinterest and can not wait to cut my boys hair tonight!

  22. Thank you so much for this post! I cut my husband hair with clippers but have never been able to get the "Clark Kent" look I adore on him (as he does look like superman <3). I have always been a little afraid to try scissor cutting his hair but this is super clear and easy for me to follow. He will now be getting a regular cut that I can enjoy and so will my son, now that he has enough hair for me to cut :)

  23. Thanks so much. Do you have any youtube videos that also show these tips? Especially the tips about notching the front so the front "bangs" don't look like a bowl cut. And the part about thinning very thick hair.

    Thanks, from a mom of 4 boys; 5 if you count my husband. I cut their hair roughly every 5-8 weeks. (depending on how busy life gets; this summer their hair all got super-shaggy until tonight) But I am an amateur and always have questions as I cut.

    For instance, do you know how to cut a "Bieber"-style haircut? Two of my boys are older (11 and 13) and like that style. I am totally making it up as I go along, and am wishing I had some help. But typing "how to bieber cut" into youtube or something called something-"village" (it has the name village in it, but now I forget the whole name!), I don't get good results.

  24. Nice tutorial! I have a video on my website that shows you how to do the "Bieber" cut. It's near the bottom of the page so you'll need to scroll down a bit. There are lots of other how to videos and lessons on the site also.

  25. Replies
    1. Hi Debbie! Yes I am, for almost 10 years now, although since having kids I stay home and just cut their hair these days.

  26. I just cut my son's hair for the first time ever using your tutorial. He's 2 1/2 and kind of squirmy so it wasn't super easy, but it turned out okay. I need to work on my blending skills in the back a little, but other than that, he looks pretty good. Thanks so much for posting.

  27. Where do you recommend buying siscors? Beauty supply like Sallys? Ive also seen some at Walmart...TIA.

  28. This was a great tutorial, thank you! My son currently gets the buzz cut which thankfully he looks good in but I'm sure we will outgrow this stage since he is currently 2.5 years old.

  29. Just followed your advice and gave my son the best hair cut he's ever had! Thank you!


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