Your toddler is busy running, jumping, playing with blocks and just generally being a kid. Long hair in her eyes is an irritation she just doesn’t need. But, haircuts can be expensive, and you don’t want to visit a salon every time she needs her bangs trimmed. Equip yourself with an effective pair of scissors, and do the trimming yourself! Scared? Just don’t get scissor happy and everything will be okay. Plus, the benefit of a wispy fringe is that cutting errors are well disguised. And, if worse comes to worst, just remember -- hair grows back!
Drape a narrow, long towel across your toddler’s neck area and over her shoulders. Drape a cape or another towel (fastened with a safety pin) over your child to protect her clothes. Or, substitute a garbage bag with holes cut for the head and arms.
Remove any tangles from the hair with a comb. Hold the bang area with your hand and lightly spray with a mist of warm water, being careful to shield your toddler’s eyes. Aim for damp hair, not dripping wet. Wetting the hair makes it easier to cut by reducing flyaway hairs.
Put hair clips in the hair that you won’t be cutting to keep it out of your way. If you are cutting new bangs into your child’s hair, create a triangular section of hair that extends just beyond the ends of the eyebrows. Pull this section forward and secure the rest with clips. Don't cut the bangs too far back -- this will create a thick fringe rather than a wispy look.
Choose the desired length of the bangs before you begin cutting. Remember that wet hair will be shorter when it dries. As a general rule, bangs usually fall about 1/2 to 1-inch above the eyebrows. Hold the bang area between the index and middle fingers of your non-dominant hand. Bring your fingers down to just above the point where you want your bangs to end. Rest your fingers on the forehead for a straight finished cut.
Cut into the ends of the bangs, tipping the scissors vertically from underneath the bangs, and making small cuts across the length. Work slowly to avoid over-cutting. Don’t hold your scissors straight across in a horizontal position, or you will create a blunt straight line. You are aiming for a soft, wispy effect. Comb the bangs down several times as you cut to ensure they are even. Style the cut with a comb or brush and double-check that the bangs are straight.
Hair-cutting scissors, or shears, are important for a good result. Prices range from a couple of bucks to several hundred dollars, depending on the quality of the material and the method of production. A pair of scissors in the $15 to $20 range should work well for a casual home hair-cutter. Don’t use your regular scissors -- hair-cutting scissors are beveled to cut effectively, while regular scissors will clump up the hair and create an uneven cut. Your regular comb and brush are fine, however. Prepare your child several days before the cut takes place. Try to build enthusiasm for the process to come. Make sure you select a time for the cut when your child is well rested and fed. Trim a little bit every three weeks to maintain the look.