I’ve always preferred short little men’s haircuts for my little boys. Not only do I think it’s adorable, but there’s also less risk of it getting in their eyes and MORE IMPORTANTLY… it’s easier to get peanut butter out of shorter hair.
I did hair for about 10 years before having kids and diving full on into the blog, so I knew I would always cut my kids’ hair. I have to say, they have both been excellent clients from the start. Because I started cutting it so early, and it’s always in the comfort of our own home, they’ve never strongly protested. As they are getting older, Youtube + a sweet treat has proved to be an effective form of bribery, which I’m all for when it comes to sitting still for a haircut.
Luke and David’s hair could not be more different. Luke’s is blonde, thick, and stick straight. David’s is sort of like a taupe non-color, which is exactly what my natural color is too. His hair is thinner and fine. It lays more flat without much natural “strength”.
I shared a timelapse video of me cutting David’s hair a few weeks ago, if you care to watch, but I thought I’d share today how I style the boy’s hair, along with some tips!
I don’t like using gel because it’s too wet looking and can be pretty unforgiving. If you mess up gelled hair, it’s hard to fix it.
I’ve been using this clay since I started putting product in their hair and it’s been perfect for both of their textures.
To begin, I sit them up on the kitchen counter and wet their hair with water. I can usually part Luke’s hair with my hands, but I have a comb nearby for parting David’s.
While their hair is still quite wet, I’ll grab a dime sized amount of the clay, and rub it all over my palms.
Next, I’ll rake my fingers through their hair, following the way the hair is laying while it’s wet, and once the direction has been established, I’ll push down on it with my hands and run my palms over both sides.
And that’s it! Their hair will dry within about 10-15 minutes, and the finished look will be more on the matte/dry side versus a wet gelled look.
I follow the same process with David, and sometimes use a comb to push it over a bit more since it’s so fine.
Besides the finish, I love that I can just add water to their hair post-nap or post-crazy outside playing to freshen it up. It doesn’t need more clay!
A few extra tips for styling little boys’ hair:
- Let them be “involved” if you can. If they can hold the container of whatever product you are using, they may feel like their are helping!
- Don’t style it until they are dressed and you are about to head out the door!
- A wet paper towel is a fast and simple way to wet down hair if the spray bottle causes stress.
- The more wet their hair is before applying product, the more thinned out and “softer” the product will become. Conversely, the more dry the hair is, the stiffer and stronger the product will be.