Six or seven months ago, I decided that Red Chief needed a haircut after someone in the grocery store asked whether he was a boy or a girl despite his being dressed head to toe in blue!
I didn't want to pay, but we took him to a pro because I was too scared to get near him with scissors and I had no idea how to cut hair and I just didn't think I had the heart to cut off those cute little curls. The lady who cut his hair was wonderful with him and did a beautiful job. She even saved some curls for us and gave him a balloon!
But the next time the hair grew too long, I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much. So I got out my old sewing scissors and just went at it. I had no idea what to do! But it worked out and he didn't look too weird and we saved $10.
The next time, I was more confident and we invested in a cheap $12 haircutting kit that I've already justified by using it for two haircuts. I've only used the scissors from it, though; I don't think we need the clippers yet and I'm scared of them anyway.
So, here's what I did. Keep in mind that all hair is different. Red Chief has thin, fine hair like mine. There's not much of it. I would imagine different types of hair might require different techniques.
- Get some scissors. You can use old sewing scissors like I did, but hair scissors actually don't cost much and you can recoup the cost by doing just one haircut yourself.
- Catch your baby at a good time. I find right before or after a nap is best, when he wants to cuddle and isn't too wiggly. I just hold him in my lap and vacuum everything up afterward.
- Going vertically with the head (from neck to crown, not from ear to ear), gather up strips of hair between two fingers and cut it off close to your fingers. I do this all over his head.
- Trim above the ears and at the neck. This is the hardest part for me.
- Come back tomorrow and touch up anything you might have missed.