Video: Taking Scissors to Kids' Hair

What's is like to be hairdresser to the younger set?

Times are tough, the economy is struggling and many people are looking for ways to cut back—me included. 

As I shelled out almost $30 for a simple kid’s trim at one of those sports-themed children’s hair boutiques recently, it occurred to me: trimming my budget could be as simple as trimming my own family’s hair. (And by family I mean everyone except me.) I quickly calculated that this snipping scheme could save the Metz clan more than $500 every year! 

So off to the Internet I went, in search of the answers to my do-it-yourself hairdo questions. Unfortunately the World Wide Web was unable to unlock the secrets to kid's hair cutting—although I did learn that the FLOWBEE Vacuum Haircut System now costs more than $100.

Plan B: I headed to the professionals at . This family–friendly full-service salon would be the perfect place to hone my skill as a kiddie hairdresser. But almost as soon as I entered the salon, I heard from the staff that cutting a child’s hair is often harder than cutting an adult’s hair. 

And as I watched the skilled precision of stylist Tracee Moe, expertly cutting the moving target that was my 3-year-old son, the self-doubt began creeping in. Rightly so. When it was my turn, I couldn’t even hold the scissors, the hair and the comb at the same time. 

After 45 minutes of tears (mostly mine) this money-saving plan was a bust and my son looked like Jim Carrey’s character from the movie Dumb & Dumber. This was a lot harder than I ever thought it would be! Thank goodness for the buzz cut.

In the end, I learned not how to cut my family’s hair, but that such a job is better left to the professionals.

Robin Marty April 25, 2011 at 09:52 PM
I think you just have to be sort of fearless with it. Plus, let them watch a video. I cut my daughter's hair once a year, usually between her birthday and Christmas. This was the first one, at 2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/92599314@N00/4291374285/in/set-72157622965748903 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92599314@N00/4292114882/in/set-72157622965748903 this was this year. http://www.flickr.com/photos/92599314@N00/5470529949/in/set-72157625993388513 you also have to not be afraid of letting your child look a little silly, obviously


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