Cutting any little boy’s hair can be quite a challenge, as sitting still for longer than five minutes never seems to be a priority for an energetic youngster. The added difficulties associated with trimming often unruly curly hair can further complicate the somewhat daunting task of sprucing up the hairdo of a curly haired little guy. With the wrong cut, flowing locks can turn into a bushy mess. Fortunately with the right incentives, trimming techniques and tools, almost any semi-coordinated parent can manage to keep their little boy’s ringlets intact with a hair style that will leave friends and family cooing.

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While the hair-cutting process itself poses its own challenges, getting a little boy to sit still for longer than five minutes may prove to be the most difficult part of the hairstyling process. In addition to the person trimming the youngster’s hair, a parent, sibling, or friend should be present to engage the little boy and encourage him to sit still. For the particularly squirmy child, picture books, stickers, music, etc. can help focus his energy. Candy, toys, and rewards can also serve as powerful incentives for exemplary behavior.

Think of cutting curly hair more like sculpting a shrub as opposed to creating layers and angles as one might when trimming straight hair. Ideally, cut curly hair dry and approach each curl individually in order to dictate the overall shape the style will take. Start cutting the curls at the crown of the head and work out from there. Be sure to cut on the bend of each curl to enable the curl to rest flat. Otherwise, the curls will stick out awkwardly. While moving away from the crown and closer to the back and the ears, taper the curls so they seamlessly blend and rest flat. Fortunately, curly hair seems to grow more slowly than straight hair, as the length forms the curls. This slow growing process can be a gift, as cutting a rambunctious little boy’s hair can be a chore. Prolong the time between haircuts and styling time by cutting the hair relatively short.

For added style and shaping, utilize electric clippers. Longer curls on the top combined with a clipper cut on the sides by the ears and nape of the neck can look adorable on a little guy. In the two inches between the long top curls and the short clipper cut, use the clippers over an angled comb to blend the curls with the shorter buzzed sections.

Because combing and manipulating curly hair during the trimming process musses up the naturally occurring curl formation, comb, rinse, and blow or air dry the hair after cutting to remove excess hair and see how the style will actually look. Use scissors to make any corrections and perfect the formation of the curls.