I love a fresh haircut on little boys! They always look so nice with a new haircut. I like for my boys to get their hair cut once every four to six weeks. The last time my husband and sons went for a professional haircut it was over $50.00 plus a tip. Three haircuts for a little over $50.00 does not sound too bad, especially when women usually spend more than that for an individual cut. However, I have been looking for ways to save my family money and I decided that haircuts at home are a great way to cut costs! It takes a little practice to become proficient but I think it is worth the effort. See the tutorial below to start learning how to give haircuts at home.
How To Save Money by Giving Haircuts at Home
The first step is to get the necessary equipment. I used my husband’s facial hair trimmer, a pair of fabric scissors and a comb. The trimmer is small but it has a guard and ten length settings, so it works for us. I also grabbed a small towel and a clip to put around my son’s neck to keep the hair off of him. I cut his hair outside, which made for a quick and easy clean-up.
On the clippers, the higher the number setting cuts the hair at a longer length. I suggest that you start out with one of the higher settings so you do not cut the hair too short. As you get used to the clippers, you can lower the setting to get a shorter cut. I like to cut the back and sides of my boy’s hair short and leave a little length on top to style. I usually cut the back and around the ears set on a three. As I go further up his head, I switch the setting up to a five and then a seven.
The first time I ever cut my son’s hair I started with the clippers set at a three. I quickly learned that a three is very short, but unfortunately I started with the front of his hair! So, in order to avoid a huge gap on the top of his head, I had to give him a buzz cut! That failed session taught me to always start at the back of the head on a high setting.
I like to leave some length at the top so I use scissors to trim the hair. The difficult part of trimming the hair with scissors is making it look natural. I part the hair and pick up sections of the hair with the comb. Then, I angle the scissors and make small cuts along the edges of the section. After that, I grab another section and do the same. I keep cutting section by section until I have achieved the desired length.
Once I have most of the hair cut to my liking, I trim around the ears and the neck. In order to trim precisely around those areas you must take the guard (the plastic part) off of the clippers. Without the guard, the clippers will shave the hair completely off. Be careful to cut evenly around each ear and follow the natural curve of the hairline at the base of the neck.
Use caution because the clippers are very sharp without the guard and it is easy to nick an ear-like I did this time!
Once everything is trimmed, take a close look at your work and make any necessary touch-ups.
The final step is to style the hair, take a few pictures of your handsome little man and celebrate finding a new way to save a little money for your family.