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How to Cut Children's Hair by Larry Dunlap

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This Book
Will Teach You
How to Cut Kid's Hair Like An Expert
"I complimented a friend of mine on how nice and neat her four children's hair always looked ... When she told me that she cut her kids hair I didn't believe her.

She loaned me her copy of How to Cut Children's Hair to try out and I was able to to cut my son and daughters (hair) myself. I'm usually not very good at following directions, but the pictures made it very easy to follow. I even cut my husbands hair now.

I just bought my own copy to use... my brother and sister want me to cut their kids hair too. Also, this is the funniest how to book I've ever read."

Donna R. on

How to Cut Bangs

This is a basic lesson on shaping bangs (fringe, if you're from the U.K.) that works as well on boys as it does on girls. The video will get you started, then review the text and illustrations for a more detailed lesson.

You will need:

  • haircutting scissors
  • haircutting comb
  • water sprayer
  • 2 alligator clips
  • haircutting cape, towel or sheet

Assemble all tools and prepare your work area. Your child's hair should be shampooed, conditioned and towel dried. Make sure the hair is damp but not wet.


Begin by parting off a triangular section above the eyes. To find the first point of your triangle, place your comb on top of the front of the head; center it above the nose (Illustration 26). Rock the comb back and forth and note where the comb touches the head while rocking. This is Point A of the triangle which denotes the highest point of the forehead. The hair tends to fall forward from this point into the eyes and should be included in the bangs.

Begin parting
Now lift the hair on the forehead and find the two places on the hairline where the hair recedes. They are located above the outer corners of the eyes. Everyone has these, even kids. These places are Points B and C of your triangle.

find points B & C
Part the hair from Point A to B and from Point A to C, creating a triangle.

Triangular section
Comb this hair down onto the forehead allowing it to lie in its natural growth pattern.

NOTE: Don’t worry if the shape of your “triangle” isn’t perfectly symmetrical. The human head is never perfectly balanced and your partings will reflect the natural asymmetries of your child’s head.

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Bang Length

Study the diagram below to determine which length will best suit your child.

  1. A. Bangs to be worn straight down on the forehead
  2. B. Bangs to be worn to the side or away from the face
  3. C. Wavy or curly hair

Always leave hair about ¼ inch longer than your desired length to allow for shrinkage as the hair dries. Allow ½ to 1 inch for wavy or curly hair. Remember you can always take more off but you can't put it back on.

Determine the desired length
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since you are using the eyebrows as a reference point for length, make
certain your child's face is relaxed with the brows down. If you cut while the eyebrows are in a "surprised" expression, the hair will be too short when the face is relaxed.

Important Note


Now you are ready to begin cutting. Use your comb and fingers to distribute the hair evenly across the forehead.

Place scissors at the outer corner of the eyes and begin cutting. (Note: There is an alternate way to begin cutting shown in the video. Use whichever method that seems best for you.) Don't hold the hair in your hand; instead, use your free hand to steady your child's head while you cut. At this point you are trying to rough in the shape with the hair lying against the skin in its natural growth pattern in order to create a line that is visually even.

Cutting the bangs

Once you are satisfied with the general shape of the bang, return to the outer corner of the eye. Lightly comb the previously cut hair and without stretching it, hold the hair between your fingers. Cut off any missed hairs without altering the established shape.

If the bang appears crooked while you are holding it, release the hair, fluff it a little, and step back to take a look. If it appears straight, don't make any changes.

The basic bang is now complete. However, for lighter, more feathery bangs that can be styled away from the face you'll need to create some layers.

Adding Layers

Pick up a ½-inch section of hair from the top of the triangle (Point A) to the center of the forehead and hold up and away from the head at a 90º angle.

Using the previously cut hair as your length guide, cut a line parallel to the surface of the head.


Combine hair from right of triangle with center hair and cut to match. Repeat with remaining hair on left of triangle and your bangs are completed!

Finishing the layers