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You Will Need
- Haircutting scissors
- An eye-level-height seat for your child
- A video distraction
- A towel to cover his neck
- A spray bottle
- A fine-tooth comb
- A sheet
Use haircutting scissors
Use scissors specifically made for haircutting. You may want a few different types for different cutting needs.
Sit him down
Sit your child somewhere that puts his head near your eye level, like on a countertop or a stool. Just make sure he’s in no danger of falling. You can also sit him on the floor on top of a sheet and kneel behind him.
Keep him from getting squirmy by putting on a favorite TV show or DVD.
Wet his hair
Put a towel around his neck. Then, dampen his hair with a spray bottle, and comb it through.
Begin at the neck
Bend his neck forward so he’s bowing his head, and comb the hair above the neck straight down, stopping at the desired length. Flip the comb up toward you, place the hair between your index and middle fingers, and snip the ends in a straight line. Repeat until all the hair above the neck is the same length.
Chop the top
Next tackle the top. Start at the back and work your way forward, stopping at the bangs. Comb a one-inch-thick section of hair straight up, pulling it tight between your index and middle fingers. Slide your fingers up to the length you want, and snip.
Trim the bangs
Move on to the bangs. Have him hold his head straight and close his eyes. Then, comb the hair down over his forehead and trim a one-quarter-inch wide section of hair in the middle of the forehead. Use this as your guide to cut the bangs on either side, holding the hair between your index and middle fingers.
Do the sides
For the sides, go from top to bottom and back to front. Taking sections of hair no bigger than an inch wide, comb the hair and pull it tight between your index and middle fingers. Slide your fingers down the hair to the length you want, and snip the hair that’s below your fingers.
Show him how he looks
Take a step back and look at the big picture to make sure you haven’t missed any spots. Now show him how good his hair looks—and be sure to thank him for being such a good 'client.'