How to Cut Your Kid’s Hair (COVID-19 Desperation)

My only goal is to show you it’s possible to do it and not be awful.

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By Gavin Lodge

Trust me — never did I imagine planning to say “here’s how to cut your kid’s hair.” I do NOT recommend cutting your own kid’s hair, least of all short hair…which tends to be more tedious than a long.

But CV19 is leading us to be resourceful like none of us in the privileged, entitled world of 2020 ever imagined or desired.

But glass half full — we get to try new things and probably have a long time before anyone sees us outside a Zoom call (in which hats are probably always acceptable, amiright?)

I intended to get my 6yo’s hair cut back in January. Then weeks went by and missed opportunities went by and suddenly we are in a COVID quarantine and I never got his damn hair cut.

He was complaining, I thought it looked awful, and he’s not a long hair kinda kid (yet?)

I mean — who doesn’t love having a ponytail once in their life, right?

She walked me through an hour-long IG live tutorial in cutting my kiddo’s hair. It’s not perfect, and it’s not really close enough to his scalp. But — we had no tears (or blood) and only two oopsie’s.

But I forgot to hit “save” after the video.

So it’s lost. But that means I made a second video for you that’s only 10 min (not an hour)

Again: I’m NOT AN EXPERT. In fact, I’M A FOOL.

Get yourself

  1. “good” scissors (it’ll be a lot easier than with your kitchen shears)
  2. A hair clip (like a long barrette that can hold top hair out of the way)
  3. Towel to protect the neck
  4. A sheet on the floor to collect hair
  5. A comb/brush
  6. A way to wet the hair to reduce flyaways. Plus, it’s easier to control/cut the hair

Couple main pointers for how to cut your kid’s hair–

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  1. Always have your knuckles against the scalp and cut the hair protruding from your fingers
  2. Just cut a million times in the above fashion. It’s methodical and not extreme. It takes awhile, but you’ll get there.
  3. No matter how much you may want to cut off those Roy Orbison sideburns, save them (and the neckline) for last.
  4. Don’t cut straight across sideburns. Sweep hair forward and cut the hairs stretching onto the face along the natural hairline.
  5. AFTER you’ve done the “knuckles against the scalp” trimming on the back of the head, do NOT cut straight across the neckline. Instead, make a million tiny cuts up straight up into the hair to texturize. This would cover up the horrible look you’d make if you cut straight across.

This story was originally published on ecknox.com and republished on The Good Men Project.

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