Monday, August 4, 2008

how to cut kids' hair



Are your kids scared to go to the hair salon or barber? Or maybe their busy activities don't allow for cuts when salons/barbers are open. Well, why not cut their hair yourself, and without a Flowbee!



A) CUT BOY'S HAIR
1. Wash & lightly towel-dry the hair. Comb or brush till it's tangle-free.
2.If using a razor, start with #2 cutting tool for short hair or a #3 for medium hair. If using scissors, follow the directions for GIRLS below.
3. Have the child bow his head down, with chin towards the chest. Starting from middle of the back of the head, place the razor against the scalp at the neckline.
4. Move the razor up through the hair till it reaches the crown. The crown is the largest part of the head, normally where a baseball cap would sit.
5. Continue using the razor till you get to the back of each ear.
6. At this point, have your child raise his chin, with the head straight.
7. To cut the hair above each ear, place the razor sideways against the scalp.
8. Move the razor sideways along the scalp towards the ear.
9. As you pass the ear, move the razor downwards just past the ear.
10.If your child prefers a closer cut, at this point repeat the razor steps using a #1 cutting tool. 11. Recommend that you not use a #1 cutting tool initially, as this will sometimes tug the hair in a painful way. It's best to start with #2.
12. To cut the top of the hair, the cutting tool is determined by what length is preferred. For shorter cuts, see Shorter Cuts. For longer cuts, use scissors & see Longer Cuts.



Shorter Cuts
1. For short cuts on the top scalp hair, use a razor with #3 cutting tool. For buzz cuts, use #2 cutting tool. For very short cuts (you can seen skin), #1 cutting tool.
2. Place the razor at the temple.
3. Move the razor along the scalp to back of the head in a smooth motion.
4. Continue till all hair has been cut.
5. To blend in bottom & top cutting, place razor at crown.
6. Move the razor along the scalp to back of the head in a smooth motion.
7. Trim hard to get stray hairs at the ear with scissors.
8. If hair dries, dampen hair with a spray mister & comb moisture throughout hair.

Longer Cuts
1. For longer cuts on the top scalp hair, use very sharp hair scissors.
2. Starting at the back of the head near the crown, using a fine-toothed comb, take approximately a 1/2 to 3/4 inch short horizontal (crosswise) section of damp hair & place between your two forefingers.
3. Ensure that the hair is straight & that you hold it tautly with your fingers close to the scalp.
4. Hold your fingers at the desired length for the scalp hair.
5. Snip hair just above the length of your fingers, still holding hair tautly.
6. Continue cutting hair all along scalp in this manner from back to front.
7. If hair dries, dampen hair with a spray mister & comb moisture throughout hair.
8. To even out hair trimming, use the same cutting method: use a fine-toothed comb to take approximately a 1/2 to 3/4 inch short lengthwise section of damp hair (e.g., from front towards back) & place between your two forefingers.
9. Ensure that the hair is straight & that you hold it tautly with your fingers close to the scalp.
10. Snip along the line of hair to keep it straight.
11. Lastly, check the front to even out the hair-length, snipping as needed.
12. Offer your child a mirror.



B) CUT GIRL'S HAIR
Note: this is for straight cuts only, not bell-shaped cuts.

1. Wash and towel-dry the hair. Brush the hair through.
2. Section the hair in half and put the hair you sectioned out of your way in a clip.
3. Using a fine-toothed comb with a pointed stick end, section the hair from behind the ears & use a clip to keep hair on both ear sections up.
4. Using the comb, section damp hair 1" from the neckline. Clip the hair above this section out of the way.
5. Take a small piece of hair, hold it tautly between your fingers towards the floor, and then take small snips making sure it's the right length.
6. Continue all the way around until you have finished cutting all of the hair that you didn't section off.
7. Now take longer lengths of already cut hair between your fingers. Again, hold the hair tautly between your fingers towards the floor. Snip as needed to ensure the length is uniform.
8. Take down the rest of the hair in 1" incremental sections, combing new section & cut hair smoothly between cuts.
9. Then do the same as what you did for the first 1" section of hair.
10. Continue cutting till the back section is trimmed.
11. Now unclip one ear section down, & comb smoothly with cut back hair.
12. Using the comb, section damp hair 1" from the ear. Clip the hair above this section out of the way.
13. Take the uncut 1" section of hair along with some of the cut hair. Again, hold the hair tautly between your fingers towards the floor. Snip as needed to ensure the length is uniform.
14. Repeat the 1" incremental sections cuts till ear hair is trimmed.
15. Repeat for the other ear side of the hair.
16. To ensure evenly cut front hair, use the comb to section out 1" section of damp hair along the front of the scalp line.
17. Comb downwards towards floor.
18. Again, hold the hair tautly between your fingers towards the floor. Snip as needed to ensure the length is uniform.
19. Cut any stray hairs you might have missed.
20. Take a step back to see what you've done -- even it out if necessary.
21. Offer your child a mirror.
22. Air dry or brush and blow-dry the hair.


C) TIPS
1. Take your time -- never rush.
2. Put a good light on.
3. Put a calm DVD on for your kid to watch. Fidgeting will be less.
4. Buy a pair of hairdressing scissors.
5. Cutting hair in front of a video will often keep a young child still and focused, making the job much easier.
6. Check your library for a how to cut hair video.
7. Go to a barber and ask for tips on how to cut your child's hair.
8. Make sure your tools are sharp and ready


D)WARNINGS
Your kids will probably get really mad if you mess up, so leave a little wiggle room and leave it a bit longer than desired at beginning so you can correct mistakes


E) THINGS YOU'LL NEED
1. Good, sharp hair scissors. Paper scissors aren't sharp enough.
2. Oh ya, definately Willing kid
3. A Broom and dustpan are helpful too. But a wet towel can also wipe up the cut hair.
4. A very soft brush or facecloth to dust off cut hair from your child's face & neck. (Small, cut, loose hair can be irritating.)
5. For boys' shorter cuts, have your child take a quick shower & shampoo afterwards, to remove all the hair trimmings.

well, good luck readers!

2 comments:

supermummy said...

mcm susah je nak potong rambut... hantar kedai je la..haha..dan masalah terbesar adalah Things you'll need no 2 tu..A willing kid..hahah..mcm mustahil sungguh kalau melibatkan anak saya..haha

yaya said...

YAYA TO SUPERMUMMY:

HA'AH TU LAH KAN....
SEBENARNYE MENGUJI KASABARAN KITE JE KUAT KE TAK KUAT...TAPI SAYA RTASE SAYA TAK KUAT NGEH...NGEH...NGEH...