Cutting a baby boy’s hair can be tricky – here are some tips for success!
Whenever I get my haircut, I usually go to a local beauty school. It’s usually really cheap (and sometimes, I’ve even gotten it done free!) and they do a pretty good job. After getting my hair done there, I always have a desire to go to beauty school. It just seems like so much fun, and it would be a useful skill.
Of course, I never will. There are about 10 different jobs I cycle through that I think would be really neat to have. I’m pretty indecisive — it took about six major changes to settle on journalism, which, ironically, is what I started out with in the first place!
Anyways, I figure having a boy who’s hair I can cut will help satisfy that desire to spend lots of money to go to beauty school. I don’t think I’ll ever venture into cutting girl’s hair…but Jack’s hair? Not so intimidating. Plus, this will save you so much money doing it at home. Haircuts can be so expensive, and boys often need them every few months…and that adds up quickly.
Jack has been needing a haircut for months. He was born with lots of hair, and it’s just continued to grow ever since. And it just got longer, and longer, and has basically been in his eyes for awhile now. However, I just couldn’t accept the fact that he needed a haircut. I feel like a haircut is really a rite of passage, and I don’t ever want him to grow up! Plus, it’s his baby hair. But finally, I gave in to Forrest’s persistent pestering, and decided we could trim his bangs and the back. Here are a few pictures of him before the big cut. People started calling him a girl, and some people Forrest worked with said he looked like a little Kurt Cobaine. I think those comments put me over the edge the most!
I tried to find tips online for cutting a baby’s hair, but there really weren’t a lot. And while I’m not a professional by any meaning of the word, I felt like our first experience cutting his hair yielded good results. Here are a few tips for cutting a baby boy’s hair (though I imagine many of these would work for a little girl, too.)
I wouldn’t mess with using a towel — that is just one more thing for your baby to try and mess with. If you want to avoid getting hair on them, use a big bib that can’t be easily removed.
Bumbo or Highchair
First, make sure you have a good place to sit your baby. When I was doing the back of Jack’s hair, I took him out of the high chair so I could see it. I, very hopefully, thought that he would sit still. Yeah…that didn’t happen! He tried to get away as fast as possible. So, learn from my mistake, and make sure you have a good, secure place for your baby to sit.
If your baby is like Jack, they won’t be easily distracted when it comes to their hair being cut. Jack was not happy about it, but I think the only reason we got anything done was because of Blue’s Clues. I pulled it up on our iPad at first, but then it died, so we turned it on the TV. While he was still hard to distract, during the few times he had his attention diverted to the show, we were able to get quite a bit done.
Two People (at least!)
Pick A Good Time
Wet the Hair
Start With the Most Noticeable Area
Choose Clothing Wisely
Prepare for Tears
Be VERY Careful
Slow and Steady
Have an Envelope Ready
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.
My girls had bangs trimmed at 3 months since their hair was in their eyes. If they had been boys they would have needed a haircut on day one! Well, now I have a boy. He is 6 weeks old and his hair is past his ears. I’m not sure how long I should wait to cut it…. He seems too young, but it if definitely looking too long!
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Great tips – I so need to learn how to do this 🙂 Alice
WAY TO BE~! I am impressed. I think it’s so funny that haircuts are such an ordeal – I get that kids cry, I’m just not sure why…so it cracks me up!
Thanks for the tips! Any thoughts on little girl hair? My little T is starting to look super stragle-ey but I’m not sure if you actually cut girl hair…dumb question? Don’t mind me!
Great job Katie! I’ve been cutting Drew’s hair for a while as well with a profesh cut thrown in about 2 times a year. It just grows so fast! 🙂 Anyway, little Jack is a doll and I can’t wait to read more about him. Hope you’ll stop by and follow as I’ll be hosting an Easter Basket Showcase link party on the 28th! I’d love to see little Jack’s basket! 🙂
I think you did a great job! I rarely cut baby hair at the salon, but sometimes it happens and it really is so hard to d. There are a lot of times when they leave and I’m just hoping I didn’t miss a spot because I’ve had to go with whatever and the baby is constantly moving their head no matter how hard the two of us try to distract or hold them down.
I recently discovered though, that giving a baby who is old enough, a dum dum sucker keeps them very content and still for a decent amount of time!
4 years later, and you probably won’t read this, Amberly, but this is probably the best tip. I need to cut my baby boy’s hair, so I’ll definitely be trying this out.