One of the ways I save money is by cutting our family’s hair! Naomi has been my willing (and sometimes unwilling!) guinea pig in this hair-styling journey. She is a typical active toddler, with very straight hair. Her bangs, which I first cut at 14 months, have become too thick and have begun to dominate her face. I wanted thinner bangs, so my mom and I set aside some time this morning.
- Choose a time when your toddler is in a good mood.Naomi had just waken up and had breakfast, a time when she is usually cheerful.
- Collect your supplies:Scissors, Comb, Squirt Bottle. You might also want something small to keep your toddler’s hands occupied. We let Naomi play with the squirt bottle.
- Choose a location that is well-lit and allows you to work comfortably while standing. We chose to sit Naomi on the kitchen counter.
- Comb your toddler’s hair. (You might want to bathe her prior to the haircut if her hair is sticky or especially messy.)
- Use the comb to separate the hair closest to the hairline in a horizontal line. Pull the rest of the hair back in a top pony-tail. This will allow you to cut less bangs, and allow the rest of the bangs to grow out and rejoin the rest of the hair.
- Wet the bangs using the squirt bottle.
- Trim the bangs using the scissors.
- Bathe your toddler afterward to remove stray hairs from the face and shoulders.
- Repeat! You’ll want to do this at least once a month until the thick bangs grow out enough to be combed aside with the rest of the hair.
Do you have any great hair-styling solutions for tight budgets?