DIY Kid’s Haircuts: The Good, The Bad and The Just Plain Wrong!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: July 17, 2012 | COMMENTS: 5 Comments
CATEGORIES: Love This...Not So Much,

Carolyn Savage

I love getting my hair cut!  Actually, I don’t know that it’s the cut that makes me so happy.  I think it’s the experience.  You know…the hum of multiple hair dryers, the buzz I get from the salon chemicals, and the realization that I get to sit still for thirty minutes ALL BY MYSELF, are just more than any mother of five could ask for!    

Unfortunately, my kids don’t share my enthusiasm for haircuts.

Drew got his first hair cut when he was one.  It wasn’t a big production.  Just the removal of the curls at the back of his neck in the interest of not wanting him to sport a mullet for his first birthday party. 

And, yes! I saved his curls. Kind of creepy but not nearly as creepy as saving baby teeth! (Which I don’t do!)

Unfortunately, the next haircut didn’t go so smoothly. 

In fact, between the ages of 1 and 3, Drew and Ryan both became demonically possessed at the mere sight of scissors.  During that time I think I went to every low budget salon in town–once–simply because after their embarrassing behavior, I couldn’t go back.  Spitting, kicking and cursing were not uncommon during these visits which not only made a liar out of me, “I don’t know where they could have learned such language!”, but also resulted in me having to shell out “hazard pay” in the form of tips that were  greater than the cost of the cut. 

In the interest of sparing my nerves, my pocketbook,  and because I’m a DIY kind of mom, I eventually resorted to cutting the boys hair myself.   I convinced myself it wasn’t going to be all that difficult.  If I can flawlessly install a waterline to my fridge and successfully wire all of my lighting fixtures, surely I can cut my son’s hair, right?  How hard could it be?

Turns out…kind of hard!

Bangs too short!

This time I used the clippers. Still not all that flattering. (Not to mention…why the hell is Ryan sitting on Drew? Did the photographer really think this was cute?)

Eventually Drew fired me as his stylist after a particularly off day with the scissors!

That was fine.  By then their behavior had improved and Sean had loosened the purse strings enough to allow me to splurge on some quality  professional cuts! 

But you know how history tends to repeat itself? 

Well…history kind of repeated itself. 

Honestly, at the birth of my daughter, I thought I’d escaped the inevitability of  “haircut hell”.  I’ll just let it grow was my mantra until I realized MK had inherited the same  bizarre growth patterns that plague my own head.  Namely, my hair only grows in the back.  Turns out my kid’s tendency to grow a mullet is genetic!

Learning from my past mistakes, I decided to cut MK’s hair myself, from the very getgo.  I’m happy to report that it seems I’m better at cutting girl hair, as MK’s first cut was actually a whopping success!

MK’s first haircut. October 31, 2010!

What I have learned, however, is that at-home haircuts can still give way to drama.  I’m not sure if she’s all freaked out because..

…I was using craft scissors to wack off a of couple inches…

…or if it’s because she’s keenly aware that my fine motor skills and eye sight are slipping with age.

Luckily the age-old lollipop treat seemed to erase the trauma!

And the results came out quite cute!

I know…she looks so abused. Poor baby!

So, yes…history kind of repeated itself. 

But thankfully, my hair cutting ability, like my wit,  has improved with age. 

5 Comments on “ DIY Kid’s Haircuts: The Good, The Bad and The Just Plain Wrong! ”

  • lynda crossman | July 17th, 2012 8:58 am

    Dear Carolyn- you are not alone..My oldest I used to buzz all the time. I had one teacher tell me that he looked like he was a cancer patient. He was in sports and a sweater so it was easier to mopp him up them have to shower etc…just made my life easier. I also have a extra special son who jumps off the salon chairs. So I have mastered the cheers and everyone is happy :)… take care and good writing award goes to you…

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  • Beth Schmidt | July 25th, 2012 1:52 pm

    Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU!! I have 2 boys and a little girl. I thought I was the only Mother in the world who did this to her Sons. I started giving the boys home hair cuts when they were about 2 and 4. They are now 9 and 7, and as of this past Sunday my 7 year old, Parker, declared he no longer wanted me to cut his hair because, “I wasn’t a experience hair cutter!” I confessed to him, yes, I am indeed not professionally trained to cut hair. He said, “See! I told you you weren’t experienced!” I wish I had pictures to share with you some of my mishaps, sorry. The funny thing is my 3 year old daughter, Claire, felt so left out she took the scissors to the garage and gave herself a little bangs (I’m not as brave as you are with my daughters hair). Life is so fun with children, and I wouldn’t want it any other way! Thank you for sharing the “smile” with me today.


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  • Carolyn Savage | July 25th, 2012 11:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, thanks for sharing! Glad to know I’m not the only one who butchered her boys! Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

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  • Samantha Johnson | July 26th, 2012 2:48 am

    i have cut my sons hair since he was born. first time was a breeze,but after that its like a wrestlin match. half the time the fronts waay shorter than the back,other half it all way too short. i hope he grows out of it soon. ive also had to trim my daughters bangs(my kids have the opposite problem,all grows on top faster than in the back).

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