I cut my son’s hair yesterday. I’ve been cutting my husband’s hair for several years, but this was a different story. My husband basically has me shave his head with an electric trimmer on the shortest setting. All one length – as short as possible – and it takes about four minutes. Then he lets it grow for a few weeks, and we repeat. I’m proud of the money it saves us, but a trained monkey could replace me when it comes to cutting my husband’s hair. (shhhh… don’t tell him I said that – he thinks I’m essential)
Our son has very soft, fine hair with a slight wave. He has what I think of as surfer hair – a bit shaggy and all over the place, with little curls here and there. I knew that the waviness would help cover any errors, so I headed in. I put him in his highchair and distracted him with food and various kitchen utensils – otherwise he just wanted to grab the scissors out of my hands. He’s a touch more wiggly than my husband. And I really didn’t know what I was doing. I remember reading a post Kelly wrote about cutting a little boy’s hair, and tried to keep the basics in mind. But a 16 month old doesn’t sit still or tilt his head on command. So I was basically winging it. I trimmed around his ears and the back of his neck, and then started lifting sections around his head and cutting vertically (I figured that would help to eliminate the bowl-on-the-head look). After about 15 minutes, I was amazed by the transformation. Gone was my little surfer-dude, and in his place was a somewhat clean-cut little boy.
I was thrilled. We saved $10 – $20 (depending on the place, that’s the range for a kid’s cut in our town), and I developed a little more confidence in my ability to do new things. I had absolutely no experience with cutting hair without an electric trimmer, and our son’s cut turned out great. He was a good guinea pig, since he’s a toddler who doesn’t have to impress anyone with his haircut. By the time he’s heading off to school someday, I should be an expert and he should be much better at sitting still. And since this attempt was successful, I will continue to cut his hair for as long as he’ll let me.