Sometimes I’m spontaneous in the strangest ways. Like, out of nowhere, I’ll just have the urge to do something that doesn’t make sense. The last time I tried to give my girls haircuts, my oldest were 4. I made a mess of their hair and had to take it somewhere to get it fixed. But that was more than 8 years ago, and YouTube has a lot better videos at this point … and what is the worse thing that can happen? As long as I didn’t cut too short, any bad cut could be fixed, right?! That is what I told myself when I ordered haircutting supplies on Amazon and then watched a ton of videos in the two days it took my stuff to arrive.
Here’s what I bought and used, after lots of searching and review-reading:
- Hair sheers & thinning scissors
- Electric Hair Trimmer (for boy’s hair)
- Salon Cape
- Neck Duster Brush (to brush spare hair off of faces and necks)
First up was Izzy. She has long, straight, THICK hair. It is actually the hair I would kill to have – the texture is amazing! She loves long hair and does a pony tail every day, but if we don’t keep her hair trimmed and thinned a little, the pony tail is too heavy and gives her headaches. I watched so many videos about trimming thick hair and how to thin it too. Izzy was my most nervous client, but she was happy with how it turned out, which was a big relief to me.
Next up was Ally. She has medium length, thin, and very very straight hair. She likes her hair short – it goes with her spunky nature, so I watched a ton of videos on cutting short hair. I admit that the haircut did not end up matching the video I tried to model, because I was going for more of an A-line. By some amazing luck, Ally liked her haircut anyway. I want to try to do A-line again next time … try, try again. (I forgot to take a haircut before I started, so the “before” is actually an “in the middle.”)
Shelle’s hair was the easiest. She has similar hair to her identical sister – thin and very straight hair, but she likes to wear it down and long. Michelle is not the fussy kind. She likes practical, simple things, so all I needed to do was a simple trim. It was less than 15 minutes start to finish!
B’s hair was the hardest. It seems that the less hair, the harder the cut. Even though I watched about a million YouTube videos, I still had a video playing while I cut his hair. I’d pause it after when I needed to catch up with the instructions. I also asked Matt to standby for moral support and because he has had a lot more boy haircuts than I have. His help and advice was very helpful! Even though B’s hair turned out great, it was the haircut I felt least confident about. I think I’ll try again though. (And trying to take his before or after picture was impossible. He had to “get into character” for every shot!)
I’m actually fairly satisfied with how it all went! And I think I’d like to try again. I don’t expect myself to do it all the time now, but I could save a lot of money every time I do. Four haircuts for four kids can get expensive! I spent less on the scissors and trimmers than I did on the last time I took all the kids for haircuts.
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