How to do a Boy’s Haircut with Clippers

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How to do a Boy’s Haircut with Clippers

Over the past 10 years that we have been married, we have saved a LOT of money by doing my husband’s haircuts at home.  How much money?  In the past 10 years, I have purchased two clipper sets for a total of about $110.  I have cut my husband’s hair once a month or more for 10 years.  At $17 a haircut ($15 plus tip) that comes out to a savings of about $2,000!  Once the boys came along, it was only natural for me to cut their hair as well.  I am now saving $40-45 per month by cutting my husband’s hair and the older two boys’ hair at home. (Owen’s hair can’t be clipper-cut… it sticks up all over when it’s short!  But thankfully, my next-door neighbor is a hair stylist.  She cuts my hair and Owen’s in exchange for my husband mowing her lawn!)

I asked about kids’ haircut prices on my facebook page, and it sounds like many of you already cut hair at home!  If you don’t, and you’re wanting to try it, I hope that this post will be helpful to you.

This is the clipper set that I have.  It’s a Wahl brand purchased from Sally Beauty Supply for about $70, and it’s been going strong for 6 years!  It cost a little more because of the small trimmer that came with it.  You’ll see why that’s a helpful tool in a minute.

The guards are numbered (my set came with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8).  The numbers cut the same lengths of hair no matter what set you have.



#3= 3/8″, etc.

Here is Aidan’s hair before…

And the back before… Notice Aidan’s funky hairline along his neck – this makes cutting it straight a little more challenging!

Basically, my strategy is to cut the back and sides a short length, usually a 3.  I do the top with a 4 or 6 in the summer, and an 8 (1 inch) in the fall or winter.  Then, I use the #4 guard to blend the two lengths.  This will (hopefully) make more sense in the video below!

When using clippers, it is generally best to cut with the hair dry.  If their hair is too sweaty/dirty/oily it tends to stick together, and does not cut evenly.  For this reason, we can’t cut hair outside in the summer – the boys are sweaty within 2 minutes!!

If you simply cut with the clippers and stop there, the haircut will still look a little “home done.”  Touching up the ears, sideburns, and neck with scissors and a trimmer really help!  Use scissors to trim any long hairs over the ears.

Then use the trimmer to cut a straight line on the “sideburns.”  Looks much better! I also use the trimmer to trim the hairline along the neck.

Here is the finished product!  The funky hairline is still not quite straight, but it looks much better than before!

What a handsome guy – I cannot believe that he is going to be 8 in three weeks!

A few assorted tips:

  • I usually cut hair in the kitchen because it’s too hot outside, and the bathroom is too small.  I’ve never had trouble with hair on the counters/in food, but I do find that the hair is VERY painful if you get it stuck in the bottom of your foot!  I usually sweep right away, and then sweep again an hour or two later.  It seems like the static dies down by then, and the broom is able to pick up another round of hair.
  • Cutting hair in the garage is another option if it’s not a million degrees where you live!
  • Don’t ever cut hair when your child is wearing polyester pajamas.  The hair will never wash out!
  • We purchased a cape for hair cutting from a beauty supply store.

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