Toddler Friendly Haircuts

Toddler friendly haircutsWhether it’s your kid’s first haircut or their umpteenth, toddlers and haircuts can be a scary mix. Barbers see your kid coming and want to run out the back, and your kid may well feel the same. These same kids that don’t want to hold still while somebody wields sharp tools around their face also tend to not like having their hair, you know, brushed, or other nonsense.

Picking a haircut that’s a good fit for you and your kid can alleviate some of this, ahem, fun. For parents of long-haired kids, if your kid can’t seem to keep her hair out of her eyes, no matter if you put in barrettes, headbands, ponytails, you name it, you might consider cutting bangs, at least if your child’s hair is straight. Yes, bangs (or a fringe, depending on where you live) are higher maintenance on the hair cut side of things, but a bang trim once a month is a lot less effort than refitting hair ornaments seventeen times each day.

Hair texture can determine how long or short you want your child to keep his hair as well. If your child’s hair tangles easily, or they have an especially tender head, a shorter haircut may be easier on you both. How much time you have to devote to your child’s hair also plays a role here, as curly hair can take anywhere from a little more time to tremendously more time, depending on the texture and desired style.

If you have a particularly active little boy, and especially if you have more than one active little boy, a simple haircut like a buzz is easy-peasy, both in the length of time it takes for the cut as well as the washing and styling time required each day. This is a haircut you can do at home pretty easily as well, also saving you time (and money).

A really popular boys’ cut right now is an undercut, where the sides are shaved with a fade, and the top stays long, often slicked back or swooped one way or another with hair product. If you have a toddler and want this cut, consider having LOTS of distractions during the cut (electronics, treats, both …) as it can take a little extra time to cut. Also consider that you will have to be styling it everyday or your little man may not be able to see (see bangs discussion above).

Finally, just as with the hair on our own heads, remember that it’s just hair. It grows back. And toddlers don’t have to deal with any embarrassment of going to school or work with an awkward haircut like everybody else does.

Meaghan Howard is a stay-at-home parent to two little boys; she cuts their hair (and their dad’s) at home with the help of lots of bribes.

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