Oh hey there.
Listen, I have vowed to write more blogs, give you guys more substance. And, sticking with my word, I decided to start with the deepest, most soul searching, creative, important thing I could think of... a haircut.
We get a surprising number of inquiries about our son's hair. He has the side swoop/long on front/shaved around cut you see on kids these days (you are supposed to say that in your grandma voice). I, Kris, am super stoked to see it on more kids because IT IS THE CUTEST CUT EVER.
Bob surprised me with this cut on Shepard when Shep was 2. I literally was working and came home to find his hair cut like this. I think the following exchange took place:
Me: Oh, you cut his hair into a 90s skater cut.
Bob: Yeah. I dig it.
Me: Cool. Umm. ok. (sigh) I can dig this, too I think. (note the hesitance).
But, wouldn't you know, Bob was right in all the ways with this decision. It is easy, fun, cute and is now part of Shepard. And, to tell you the truth, I can't really picture him with anything else. And, I have never seen this cut not look adorable on a child. It's just not an option.
So, here we go. The tutorial:
1. SET UP A STATION OUTSIDE WITH CHAIR/STOOL, CLIPPERS, SCISSORS AND SPRAY BOTTLE. WRAP YOUR LITTLE IN A TOWEL AND SPRAY HAIR WITH WATER.
I am not sure what else to say. This should be easy.
2. DECIDE WHAT PART OF THE HAIR YOU WANT TO KEEP LONG AND SECTION THAT PART OUT IN A LITTLE BUN ON TOP OF THE HEAD.
If your child's hair is shorter, just clip it or do a little ponytail. This part is truly a personal decision. Nothing is right or wrong. We used to have a larger section longer but as his grows older, it gets thicker and lays heavy. So, we section off a smaller amount and shave more. I have even seen where only a tiny bit is long on the front and most of the head is shaved and that looked pretty rad, too.
You can see in this photo the amount we section off and put in a bun. The remaining part, ALL OF IT, gets shaved as short as you wish. We do a 1 or sometimes a 2. Actually, we have even used a straight razor before on the rest. So, apparently we like to change it up. But, the point is that EVERYTHING NOT IN THAT BUN GETS SHAVED.
3. SHAVE AROUND BUN.
Or pony tail. Whatever you have. Shave it all the way around like the photo above. Every section is the same length so this is super duper easy.
4. TAKE PONY BUN OUT, RE- WET AND BRUSH TO THE SIDE YOU WANT THE HAIR TO GO.
I must say, this is the trickiest part. If your child has never had a cut like this, the hair will not want to go at first. I promise you it will learn to go sooner than you think. And, after a few years like our little dude, you won't be able to get it to go anywhere other than that direction. I am not kidding, y'all, if we decide to grow his hair out he will have a HUGE cowlick in the back from his hair being brushed forward for 3+ years.
You can usually tell what direction you should start it. Everyone's hair falls to a side naturally so just go with that side. If it falls directly in the middle, well, you get to pick. So fun!!
Shep's goes to his right. Notice the hair is damp again. Don't forget that step. In our experience, this helps a ton. (By "our" I mean Bob. I have never touched Shepard's hair.)
Here is a good look at what brushing the hair to one side will look like from behind:
5. SHAPE UP THE REMAINING HAIR TO THE LENGTH YOU WOULD LIKE.
This, perhaps, is where some people might take the child to the stylist to get help. I would. But, Bob LOVES to pretend he is a professional hair stylist and he goes to town. I freak out. Sometimes it gets really heated for a moment. HA! But, it all ends well.
We try to leave the hair long enough to put in a proper bun because we like having that option. It is my favorite way he wears it. But, someone made fun of him at school over his man bun and he refuses now. WHY ARE KIDS SO CRUEL? He has no idea how fly he looks in that man bun. NO CLUE. Kills me.
Bob finds that the best way to get the hair to lay right is to layer it. He does this by pulling the hair up with the comb and cutting at an angle.
I AM SURE YOU CAN FIND A YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT THIS THAT WOULD BE SUPER HELPFUL.
This photo might help as well:
6. BRUSH AGAIN TO SIDE, GIVE IT A LITTLE SHAKE, PUT STYLING CREAM IN AND YOU ARE DONE!
In the beginning, you will want some pomade or another styling product to help train the hair to go to the side. Within a month or so, you will not need this anymore.
7. TAKE AFTER PICTURE IN BASK IN THE GLORY OF YOUR HARD WORK.
Hopefully, you are basking in the glory and not crying over the last major step of shaping the hair. It's a toss up sometimes. But, you can do it!!! And, if not, go to the hairdresser for that step. We never go for the whole thing as many times the cut is misunderstood and the first part is fool proof.
Here is a horrible picture of the finished side but might help in knowing what it should look like:
Hope this helps! Cheers to cute man buns!
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