How To: Modern Boy’s Haircut

How To: Modern Haircut for Boys @themerrythought Before reading this post, you must know – I have no formal training in any sort of cosmetology (which will probably be obvious to any of you that are!) But I have cut my own hair and many of my friends’ hair for many years. I won’t know any of the technical terms and I won’t be doing it by the textbook, but this technique works for me and I thought it would be fun to share.

This is a really simple, modern haircut for any of the handsome little guys in your life. I love it on the three little guys because they always want their heads shaved for summer because it’s just too hot but it makes me so sad when their long hair is gone. This is the best of both worlds and the boys seem to like it! It’s basically a slightly grown out version of a pompadour fade with a little less hair on top because these boys would not be into styling their hair every day.
How To: Modern Haircut for Boys @themerrythought How To: Modern Haircut for Boys @themerrythought How To: Modern Haircut for Boys @themerrythought Steps: 
-Separate the section on top that you want to leave long. I used a spray bottle to get just that section wet and keep it out of the way.
-Use a #4 to cut the bottom half. As you get to the round of the head, start to pull away. The top part of the bottom section should look strangely long at this point.
-Use a #3 along the bottom part of this section, pulling away earlier than you had with the four to help fade it in.
-Use a comb and the #3 to blend in the top part of the bottom section. Angle it down towards the head and run the clippers along the comb.
-Use the razor (with no attachment) to tidy up the hairline along the back and sides.
-Use scissor to trim around the ears and blend the sideburns. Use the comb, the top pointing in towards the top of the head, to pull the hair out and then trim at an upwards, inwards angle.
-Now you can start cutting the hair in the top section. First use the spray bottle to get the hair damp. Pull the hair straight up and trim off how much you want (depends on how short you want the top) and then I use the scissors to cut down into the hair to help with texture (or something like that.. Ha!)

You can also go really short on the sides for a more drastic look.

The instructions can be a bit confusing so here is a little video to walk your through the steps:
(Don’t mind the crying half way through… sometimes getting your haircut is just too much to handle for a tired, hungry little guy… Ha!)

How To: Modern Haircut for Boys @themerrythoughtHow To: Modern Haircut for Boys @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

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  • Jennifer AdamsFriday, June 13, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    I loved this video, especially the antics at the end 😉 Fun haircut!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen PastoorMonday, June 16, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    The video is so helpful! I was a bit confused by the instructions… but after seeing this video, I want my hubby to let me try it out on him 😉ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, June 16, 2014 - 11:40 pm

      Yes! You totally should try it out.
      I knew the instructions would be pretty confusing! I’m glad the video helped!ReplyCancel

  • AThursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for an easy modern cut for my son…he is 2…this is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • EmilyWednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    Thank you for this! My sons thank you as well! One of my sons has straight hair and the other curly, going to try on both. Great work on putting this video together!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherSaturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:42 pm

    Just finished using this tutorial to cut my (very fussy and fidgety) 7 year old’s hair. He loves it! I love it! He doesn’t look like Bieber anymore! Lol! I’ll be cutting the 4 year old’s hair like this went it gets a little longer- discovered this post just a little too late for his cut. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • MarieSunday, February 15, 2015 - 4:47 am

    I will definitely try this on my son – awesome cut. And your boy is just adorable ❤️ReplyCancel

  • kaddieSunday, March 15, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    I love this, I have tried it the last few haircuts on my boy but can’t get the side it’s all combed onto to look good, he ends up looking like the bad guy from The Fifth Element. :s help!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, March 16, 2015 - 9:10 am

      Hahaha! I had to google that guy to see what you were talking about – but that’s no good! I usually comb the hair over to the one side and trim along that side so the longest hairs are just a bit longer than where the shaved part meets the longer hair (maybe an inch longer) and then give a lot of layers for texture. Hopefully that helps a bit!ReplyCancel

  • RebelWednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:29 pm

    No Matter what, my 7yr old hates getting his haircut. He’s getting better…especially when I put one of daddy’s big tshirts on him and clip it around the neck so no tickle’ee hairs fall on his back. Your little one played the part so well…many similarities with mine. Thanks for posting…I gave him one of the best cuts I’ve ever been able to do. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • KaseyThursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:31 pm

    Just tried this on my son. Perfect! Thank you for a great step by step post.ReplyCancel

  • KimThursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:15 pm

    What scissors do you like?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSunday, January 24, 2016 - 12:41 pm

      For this post I used a good quality pair that my dad has had forever. I just use basic Goody brand styling shears for my own hair and I’m fine with those too!ReplyCancel

  • ShanSunday, February 14, 2016 - 11:43 am

    What brand clippers do you use?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, February 15, 2016 - 2:41 pm

      They are Wahl Clippers.ReplyCancel

      • ShanTuesday, February 16, 2016 - 1:37 pm

        Thanks!! Enjoyed this tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • KaraThursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:09 pm

    Love this! Where did you get your razor and the attachments? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, May 16, 2016 - 11:46 am

      Hi – we use Wahl clippers, we actually have had our set for a number of years, but it looks like they can be found at quite a few stores: Amazon, Target, Walmart…hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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