The Children’s Side Part Haircut

This hairstyle is the most common yet versatile haircut for young boys. The challenge is their hair is usually fine which is difficult to blend. Their heads are also smaller which also make cutting children’s hair more difficult. This haircut can be styled traditionally by combing the hair to the side or with a modern flair by brushing the hair forward and to the side with some height in the front.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Understand how to cut light colored fine hair
  • Understand the best blending techniques for cutting fine hair
  • Understanding how to work with and relate to children
  • Demonstrate the scissor over comb technique
  • Demonstrate the clipper over comb technique
  • Demonstrate the thinning shear over comb technique
  • Demonstrate styling children’s hair
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
  1. Prepare the chair with a booster seat and a children’s cape to make the child feel comfortable.
  2. Cut the top section using the scissor over fingers technique starting with the center section.
  3. Pull the bangs straight up to ninety degrees and create your center guide.
  4. Take small sections working your way toward the crown using your first cut as a traveling guide. This way you will always see your previous guide in your fingers.
  5. For your last section over direct the hair away from the crown to allow for the back to be slightly longer. This way the crown will not be cut too short.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the left side of your center guide. You many need to take two sections to the left depending on how long the hair is.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the right side of your center guide. You many need to take two sections to the right depending on how long the hair is.
  8. Cut the bang length with a 40-44 tooth thinning shear. Hold your comb at a forty five degree angle and open and close the scissor without moving the comb until the desired length is removed.
  9. Repeat steps 3-7 on the top sections using the scissor over finger technique with the 40-44 tooth blending shear. Close the scissor all of the way on the very tips of the hair to create a smooth blend on fine light colored hair.
  10. Cut the round of the head section using the scissor over fingers technique.
  11. Start in the back and create a center guide. Locate the top length and use that as your guide for the first cut.
  12. Work your way to the right temple area using small sections. You will have two guides to follow. The top length and your traveling guide from the first cut. Make sure to angle your fingers slightly inward following the contour of the head to create graduation.
  13. Repeat step 11 on the left side.
  14. Repeat steps 10 and 11 using the scissor over finger technique with the 40-44 tooth blending shear. Close the scissor all of the way on the very tips of the hair to create a smooth blend on fine light colored hair.
  15. Cut the sides and back section using the clipper over comb technique with a detachable blade clipper and the 1 ½ blade and a clipper comb. The 1 ½ blade cuts length and blends at the same time. Start in front of the right ear and blend up to your previous guide from the round of the head section without cutting into your guide.
  16. Work your way all the way around the head to the left side focusing on cutting one panel at a time. Cut on an imaginary plane keeping the comb parallel to the side of the head until you run out of hair. This will leave the sides blended without a weight line or line of demarcation to blend out.
  17. While working on step 16 you can begin the semi-finish by using the tip of the blade and a scooping motion. This will begin to create a naturally tapered outline.
  18. Cut the semi-finish section using the clipper over comb technique with a finishing comb and adjustable clipper. Start on the right hand side and work your way around to the left hand holding your comb at a forty five degree angle to create a naturally tapered outline.
  19. Taper out the hairline on the back of the neck with the adjustable clipper and the blade on skin technique.
  20. Use a scooping motion with the blade in the open position just below the hairline.
  21. Repeat step 20 with the blade in the halfway open position and again with the blade in the closed position.
  22. Complete the finish with the trimmers. Line off the sideburns by making a line and shaving up to it in an upward motion.
  23. Clean up around the ears by pulling the ear down to remove the excess hair.
  24. Make a diagonal line behind the ears on the neck without cutting in to the hairline.
  25. Use an upward shaving motion to clean up any hair on the back of the neck.
  26. Texturize the round of the head section with the thinning scissor over comb and technique. Start in the back section keeping your comb parallel to the head and work your way up to the crown using blending to but not into the top guide.
  27. Work your way to the right temple and then to the left temple.
  28. Style the hair with a styling paste for a dry finish. Rub the product down to the scalp. Use a wider tooth comb to part the hair to the side and push the front up slightly and to the side.
REVIEW QUESTIONS
  1. What do you do first to prepare the chair for a child’s cut?
  2. In which section should the haircut begin?
  3. Which technique is used for the top section and the round of the head section?
  4. Which cutting tool is used to texturize the hair after using the straight scissor?
  5. Which technique is used to cut the sides and back section?
  6. Which clipper and blade work best with fine light colored hair?
  7. What type of styling product is used to create a dry looking finish?
AUTHOR’S COMMENTARY

Children’s haircuts are extremely difficult. Especially when dealing with light colored fine hair. It is extremely important you follow these steps exactly as they are written and demonstrated in the video if you want to achieve the best results. These children are your customers of the future. I have been cutting hair for over two decades now and these little guys are now coming to me for haircuts while they are home on break from college.

 

 

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