Home Haircutting Tips
When two kids tell Rachael that the at-home haircuts their mom gives them have been a huge source of embarrassment for years, she sends her stylist Rodney Cutler to help out. Get his tips for becoming an at-home styling genius (or at least for avoiding a "bowl cut" or crooked bangs)!
What You Need: towel, a water spritzer, a good pair of sharp scissors, a sheet or newspaper to lay on the floor -- makes clean-up a breeze!
• Make sure the child is sitting up nice and straight.
• Put a towel behind the child's neck and under the hair to keep the hair away and resting flat.
• Spritz the hair with your water bottle.
• Section off hair with clips to help make cutting more manageable. Then work on one section at a time.
• You should never cut hair straight across in the front, and don't try using a bowl or tape either. "You're not going to get it straight and it's going to look like a disaster," Rodney says. Instead, lift the hair up and do what he calls "point cutting" by using the point of the scissors to chip away at the hair.
• When you're cutting the back, comb the hair down and use the comb and your fingers as a guide. Then cut straight across so you get a nice, clean line.
• To get rid of a boy's "ear muffs," section off the bit of hair over the ear and then use the point to trim.
• For layering the top, lift the hair up from the top of the head and use the scissor points to cut.
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