6 Tips for Cutting Your Toddler’s Hair
It can be a blessing and a curse that your kid’s hair grows quickly and haircuts always seem to be just around the corner. Making regular trips to the salon with older kids can be a pain, but when you’re dealing with toddlers, it can be downright terrifying! The idea of a potential public meltdown is enough to get anyone to push it off as long as possible. We get it!! Here are our 6 tips for cutting your toddler’s hair.
Cutting your toddler’s hair at home can take some practice, and there will definitely be a learning curve, but if you follow these tips, you will perfect your skills in no time!
Tip #1: Keep them entertained and distracted.
Have everything set up and ready to go before you bring your toddler into the picture. Your hair cutting tools should be plugged in and set up so your hair cutting session can go as quickly as possible. An iPad or tv show turned on and ready to push play is key if you know it will hold their attention. My favorite bartering item is the DumDum sucker! It will keep their hands busy plus they will love it! I like to keep a few in my back pocket (literally) so I can pop one out in a moment’s notice.
Tip #2: Use quality clippers.
As soon as your toddler feels uncomfortable, they are going to be done sitting for their haircut. Using high-end clippers (these are a cheaper option and will work great too) will not pull the hair, be much comfortable, and will only require you to go over each section once which will cut the haircut time down considerably. I like to start with a #2 or #3 guard and work my way up. If they end up sitting super still, I will sometimes go shorter. Remember that on some hair the shorter you go, the harder it is to blend. Here’s a great video on this haircut.
Tip #3: Work fast.
As moms and dads, we are experts at working quickly and rolling with the punches. You know that your toddler is going to squirm a little bit so don’t let it throw you. Just keep working at it. It’s like a dance—when you dip, I dip, we dip.
Tip #4: Be patient.
If you lose your temper in the first 2 minutes of the haircut, do you think your toddler is going to get excited about next month’s haircut…that’s a big fat NO!! Be as patient as you can.Remember that they are young and still learning how to sit still. I understand firsthand how frustrating it can be. As a professional cosmetologist of 14 years, it’s difficult for me with my own children sometimes. We do not have a special power to keep our kids still (but wouldn’t that be awesome?!)
Tip #5: Be grateful you are dealing with a potential melt down in your home and not in a public place.
Gosh is there anything more uncomfortable than trying to sooth your child who is losing their mind in a public place?? Then on top of that, having to pay for the whole experience!!! Plus, a pretty hefty tip because you felt bad for the poor person who was trying their best to give a good cut. By cutting your kid’s hair at home you are removing so many additional variables that could lead to the melt down.
Tip #6: Style their hair.
This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to cover up any little mistakes you may have made. Especially those little ones when your toddler unexpectedly turned their head and oops!! It’s easy, cute, and will only take 30 seconds of your day to make that little guy look so dang adorable!! Here’s a video about cutting and styling short hair. The idea of cutting your toddler’s hair may seem daunting, but I know you can master home haircuts!
It may take some time but once you have it down, you HAVE IT DOWN! And you will be saving hundreds of dollars each year on haircuts. Plus, hundreds of hours spent trying to keep your toddler happy in a salon. Check out The Haircut Box to learn how to give professional looking haircuts at home while using all of the high-end products and tools in their box.
I hope these 6 tips for cutting your toddler’s hair help you out! Check out this blog post if your kids are a bit older, but still would love some tips on at-home haircuts! Follow @twistmepretty for more tips and tricks on all things hair and beauty!