How to Cut Boys' Hair

Learn how to cut boys' hair from stylist Janet Waddell in this Howcast hair tutorial.


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Trimming your own hair and your family's hair is an easy way to save big bucks every month. In these tutorials, stylist Janet Waddell teaches you how to cut hair using both clippers and scissors; cut hair in layers; clean the hairline with clippers; cut hair into spikes; trim bangs; handle cowlicks; create volume; give a buzz cut; and much more.



This video is going to talk about how to cut boys' hair. A great way to cut boys' hair is actually with a razor so I'm going to talk a little bit about that. The hair must be wet when you're using a razor. This is a straight blade with these little notches on the edge. Literally, what I'll do is take a section through the front, working at an angle and you're taking the weight out of the hair shaft like that. So if you're working through the top of the hair and literally just taking the weight out all the way through, what that does is it takes the weight away from the hair. It makes it really easy to manage, gives it versatility. The kids these days are wanting to wear their hair very long and messy, so using a razor for that is a great way to go. If the boy needs to have something for school, which is a little more conservative and a little more sort of practical, you can take the weight out and have just a really easy smooth style like that. But because we've taken the weight out, what we can do is when he's out of school you can literally go completely the opposite direction, have something that's a little bit more fashion forward. That's kind of how to cut boys' hair.


  • Janet Waddell

    Originally from England, Janet Waddell traveled the world teaching hairdressers the art of cutting hair before opening her New York City salon. She also opened a treatment lounge dedicated to women suffering from hair loss and launched her own boutique line of quality products.