What You Need
Towel or Cape
Before You Start
If you don’t own a pair of hair cutting scissors, purchase a pair from a beauty supply store. You can buy a good pair of scissors for around $25.00. It’s well worth the investment. (Don’t use them for cutting anything but hair or you’ll risk ruining them.)
Shampoo and blo-dry the hair before you start.
Work at eye level. Sometimes sitting a child on a kitchen counter works well or stack a few phone books (preferably New York or some other big city) on a chair.
Have patience. Sometimes the best results is achieved the second time. If your child has trouble sitting still, do your trim in two sessions.
Comb the hair in place. If your child wears a part, part the hair. Secure a towel or cape around the shoulders.
By placing a comb on the top of the head you can locate the natural fall of the hair. This is the spot where the comb and the head meet. Place your finger on the spot where they meet.
Parting Off The Bangs
Part the hair from the spot you found to the outside of the eyebrow on each side. This will form a triangle shape that is called the bang area.
Not to be confused with cutting, take your clips and clip the hair on either side of the triangle out of the way.
With the comb slice a section of hair about 1/4″ thick out of the triangle and comb it down. Twist and clip the rest of the
triangle back. This 1/4″ section is your guideline. It’s the test area. The place mistakes are made and corrected.
Cutting The Guideline
With scissors in trembling hand cut the guideline without holding the hair. Cut as straight as possible but don’t panic if you make a mistake. This hair is under the rest of the bangs and won’t even be seen. The guideline is what you follow. It’s like a pattern. Don’t continue until you have a straight line.
The Next Section
Once you have a guideline, part off another 1/8″ to 1/4″ section of hair and comb it down over the guideline.
Cut To Guideline
With the comb take both the guideline and the new section and comb it together holding it between your index and middle finger. With practice this gets easier. Cut the new section a tiny bit longer than the guideline. Comb it down and check for any hair you may have missed.
Continue taking 1/8″ to 1/4″ sections and repeating the last two steps until you’ve cut the last section.
Take two steps back and admire your handiwork.(Take your child off the counter first.) Get out the camera, snap a few pictures and enjoy your newfound talent.