Jack was about 18 months old when I started cutting his hair. I quickly tired of having to pay $20 or more every month to get his hair cut at one of those kids’ haircut places. Around the same time I started cutting Jim’s hair too, which is much easier (number one on the clippers.)
Jack has a funny hairline, which is actually my Grandpa Harold’s hairline. He has two cowlicks on his crown and one on the right side of his forehead. I can deal with the perfect storm, which is what we call his two cowlicks because they go in opposite directions, but the one in front is hard. And he has a ton of hair which grows very fast; he needs at least a cleanup every month.
Sometimes I do a good job, other times we just have to wait for it to grow out, which luckily it does quickly. I have tried using the clippers all over, sometimes using the scissors. For a while I had a good technique and did pretty well.
Then we decided to cut it really short this summer. The short cut accented his front cowlick even more. The first morning he let me spike it up with product, but then after that he refused. I haven’t been able to figure out why he doesn’t want it spiked anymore. A few months ago he was clamoring for it. So I have just let his hair do what it wants, spiking up in some areas on its own. This is hard for me because of my classically neat style.
Last night I gave them haircuts again for the first time since we went short. I tried really hard to get Jack’s hairline to look good since we have our first professional family photos planned this week (weather dependent.) No matter what I did I just couldn’t get it even. I need to let it go and accept it for what it is, but so far I can’t. I am even going to take him to see the girl who cuts my hair for advice on what would be best. Those Flowbee haircutting products advertised on TV that I once mocked aren’t looking so silly anymore.
How do you handle your children’s hair? Do you cut it? Are there funny things about their hair?