Having a little girl is a lot of fun. You can dress her up, do her hair, and even let her experiment with makeup and other beauty regimens.
Unfortunately, however, having a little girl can also be expensive. Most little girls love to shop and have their hair done. In reality, though, there is no reason to spend all that money at the beauty shop.
A Few Basic Tips to Start
Before we dive in with some awesome hair cutting ideas, we’d like to share a few basic tips with you. These tips will help you greatly as you attempt to master the tough feat that is the at-home haircut. Don’t worry, though. With our help, it’s not nearly as tough or as scary as it might seem.
Know Your Child’s Hair Type and Work with It
The first thing to know and understand is that the types of cuts that work best fora child and even the best cutting methods will depend heavily upon the type of hair that your child has.
Take a good look at your daughter’s hair in its natural state. Is it straight?Curly? Fine? Thick? You need to get a full assessment of your child’s hair type before you ever cut even a single strand.
Once you know exactly what type of hair your child has, do your research. Read up on the best cutting methods and the best styles for that particular hair type. This little extra strep of research will save you a lot of grief and trouble-trust us!
Promise Yourself You Won’t Do Anything Drastic
Once you have done your research on hair type, make a promise to yourself that you will not attempt anything too drastic, especially if you are relatively new to cutting hair at home.
Simple styles are always best for the inexperienced home hairdresser.
If you can’t live without that cute style you find in your research, take your daughter to a professional. For at-home jobs, at least until you gain more experience, simple is where it’s at.
Stock Up on the Proper Tools
You might think that those trusty, rusty scissors in your kitchen drawer are adequate for cutting your daughter’s hair. Think again.
A good hairstyle requires good hair tools.
So, what do you need?
Our suggestions, at a minimum include:
- A fine tooth combed for parting and detangling
- A spray bottle filled with water
- A hand mirror to make it easy to see the whole picture
- A standard mirror
- Professional scissors specifically designed for cutting hair and not used for anything else
That last item on our list is by far the most important. You can find professional quality scissors online or at any department store in the hair care department.Whatever you do, don’t skimp when it comes to your scissors, or it will definitely show in how the haircut turns out.
Err on the Side of Caution
Perhaps the most important rule of all for any parent turned hair stylist to follow is to trim cautiously. You can always trim more if you need to, but you definitely cannot undo what you have already done.
Thus, be extremely careful and cautious when you put those scissors to your child’s head.
Our advice, with any cut, is to section the hair into very small sections. That way, if you make a mistake, at least it will only be on one section of the child’s hair and, hopefully, not very noticeable.
Likewise, cut in very small amounts. Yes, this might take you longer as you work your way around your daughter’s head, but it will seriously help to prevent major cutting disasters. A little at a time, very cautiously, is, without a doubt,the way to go.
Try it Dry
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You may have noticed that, sometimes, when you go in for a haircut, your stylist cuts your hair when it’s wet. However, you are not a professional stylist.
Thus,it’s a good idea to play it safe and cut only dry hair. When hair is wet, it often looks longer than it is. It’s also hard to tell where split ends and layers lie.
Because of these reasons, it’s in your best interest to only cut your daughter’s hair when it’s dry. You can mist with your spray bottle a little here and there if needed, but, for the most part, doing it dry is the right thing to do.
Be Wary of the Bangs
While cutting your daughter’s hair at home is not as scary as you might have thought,that does not mean that you shouldn’t still be careful.
This is especially true when it comes to your daughter’s bangs. Bangs are one of the most difficult things to master, especially at home for the untrained stylist.
Thus, it is our advice to steer clear of bangs whenever possible. But, if you can’t do that or are simply determined to give your girl those cute bangs, proceed with caution.
Always move the hair out from the scalp carefully before cutting. This will give you a more complete view. Also, don’t cut in a straight line. Cut into the bangs instead so that you don’t end up with a jagged edge.
Whatever you do, do it as carefully as possible. The bangs are the most visible part of any hairstyle, so they need to be perfect more so than anything else.
Get Some Expert Advice
We are very fortunate to live in a world in which tons of information is readily available at our fingertips. Thus, we encourage you to take advantage of the many resources that are available to you.
There are, for example, many articles online that provide tips for at-home haircutting, including tips specifically on little girl haircuts.
Even better yet, there are also many YouTube videos and even entire channels devoted to the subject.
With so much information available, it just does not make sense not to take advantage of it. Thus, before you cut, research, watch videos, check out books from the library, and just generally do whatever it takes to get the information you need in order to execute a successful haircut.
Remember, You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
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As you can probably already tell from what we have covered so far, a good hairstylist tries very hard to do a good job.
With that said, though, you have to remember, if you are committed to cutting your daughter’s hair, that perfection is not a requirement.
In fact, expecting your at-home haircut to turn out perfect is pretty much guaranteed to lead to disappointment.
Since you’re not a professional, you can expect to see a few stray ends or a few pieces longer than the other here and there. And, really, that’s okay. Unless the error is blatant, who is going to notice anyway?
If you want perfection, go to a high-end salon. If you can be okay with close to perfect, however, then you are a perfect candidate for doing your daughter’s hair at home.
Always Keep a Clear Head
Cutting your daughter’s hair can be a super stressful experience, especially when it comes to older children, who are often more nervous and stressed themselves.
Thus, the temptation to grab a quick glass of wine before you cut and/or to sip on a beer while you chop away is very real. However, don’t do it.
No matter how much a glass of alcohol (or two, or three) might relax you, the fact remains that you need to keep a very clear head and a very steady hand in order to truly do an awesome job at cutting your child’s hair.
Thus, stay completely sober, no matter what. It will definitely show in how your haircut turns out.
Keep Young Children Occupied While You Snip
As a final piece of advice, if you are cutting the hair of a very young child, have an action plan to keep her occupied while you do your cutting.
No matter how well-behaved a child might be, sitting still for a long time can be difficult.
Thus, have an action plan for how to keep the child busy. Whether this is a favorite television show, a colorful story book, or a tablet or cell phone, whatever you can do to keep a child still and quiet as you work will lead to better concentration for you and a better cut for your child.
Little Girl Hair Cuts Ideas
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Now that you understand and can follow a few basic tips, it’s time to start delving into the possibilities in terms of little girl hair cuts. And, trust us, there are a great many to choose from.
If you’re ready to make your little girl look like a little princess, then follow our advice for some easy haircuts that are sure to wow everyone.
Cut it Long and Straight Across
It doesn’t get any easier than this hairstyle. If your little girl has long hair,but the ends are looking a bit raggedy, nothing could be easier than a basic trim that leaves the hair long and cut bluntly across at the ends.
So, how can you master this style? It’s pretty easy. Make sure your little girl’s hair is brushed and fully tangle free. From there, put it into a high ponytail.
Then, slide the ponytail holder or rubber band evenly down the hair. Stop pulling when you reach the desired length.
Then, neatly and quickly snip what is left under the hair tie. This should lead to a very straight cut that keeps the hair long.
Just remember to be careful. Snip only a little bit at a time, even if it means repeating the procedure. That way, you can avoid cutting the hair shorter than you would prefer.
Try a Chin Length Bob
If you’re wanting a style for little girls that is still traditional but with alittle bit of edge, then we recommend a chin length bob.
This is a cute look that is fun but still feminine. It’s pretty easy too. You cut all sides of the hair so that they are even with the chin.
Then, you trim the bangs to your liking, and you are good to go!
If you’re nervous about attempting a bob, cut it a little longer than the chin and then do the rest in small trim motions. This will keep you from whacking off too much and having to get progressively shorter with the hair as you go.
Also, if your little girl has always had longer hair, make sure she is well prepared for the feel and look of shorter hair in order to avoid tears and bad feelings.
Add a Pop of Color
For those parents who are a little scared of the scissors but who still want to do something fun, hair-wise, for their children, adding a streak or two of color is super easy, and it’s fun too.
You can use any color you like, whether it’s a vibrant purple or a natural blonde.Whatever the case may be, you simply section out small bits of hair, normally near the top of the head and framing the face, and color them with hair dye,which you can buy just about anywhere.
Just bear in mind that, if you’re going for a lighter color on darker hair, you will probably need to bleach the strands first for the color to show up and be as vibrant as you might like.
Try the Graduated Bob
We’ve already discussed how awesome a simple bob can be. However, if you don’t want to commit to a full bob, you do have other options.
One such option is the graduated bob. For this hairstyle, you’ll want to keep the hair longer in the back and then gradually taper to a shorter, usually chin-length cut at the front.
Of course, you can customize the lengths as needed to suit your liking. No matter how you do it, though, this twist on the bob will allow for both length and quirkiness, making it the perfect choice for little girls who aren’t entirely sure whether they want long hair or short hair.
Take the Bob Even Shorter
We know we keep harping on the bob, but what can we say? It really is one of the most adorable little girl hair cuts out there.
And, if you’re feeling brave, we strongly recommend a short bob. This one, as you might have guessed, stops above the chin. In fact, you can take it as short as you want, but take it too short, and you’ll end up with a pixie cut.
Whether it’s truly short or just barely a short bob, however, this hairstyle is sure to dazzle and delight. Plus, it’s an easy “fix” to do if you happen to find that you’ve cut one or more parts of the traditional long bob a little too short.
Go for Long Layers
Another great look for little girls is long layers.
If your daughter has long hair that looks flat and lifeless, this cut is a wonderful way to liven things up.
To do it, you’ll want to section the hair from front to back. Keep things long at the front, getting gradually shorter as you work backwards. If preferred, you can also do your layers the opposite way.
Whether you move from front to back or back to front, everyone is sure to adore this cute and surprisingly sophisticated look.
Have Fun Experimenting
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Now that you have a good foothold on the basics of little girl hair cuts and some ideas to work with, you should have no problem helping your daughter look her very best.
Follow these tips carefully, experiment safely, and don’t’ be afraid to show off the results!
Everyone is sure to marvel at the amazing cuts that you can turn out right from the comfort of your own home, and without any of the high costs of going to the stylist as well!