How to Layer a Kid's Hair

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How to Layer a Kid's Hair
Cutting layers in a kid's hair should be kept short to avoid boredom. (hair flying aside image by Cherry-Merry from

Cutting kid's hair is slightly different from cutting an adults hair because kids often move around a lot and have softer and lighter hair. When cutting a kid's hair, it is important to be aware of where the child is turning her head, and to finish the hair cut in a short amount of time so the child does not become bored. When layering a kid's hair, you have to pull the hair into specific sections before cutting. By cutting you kid's hair, you can save money and brush up on your hair cutting skills.

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Things you need

  • Hair scissors
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb

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  1. 1

    Thoroughly wash, and condition the child's hair. Towel dry the hair slightly, but leave it damp. Comb the hair straight back so it is out of the way.

  2. 2

    Section off the front inch of the hair and comb it forward, as if you were going to cut fringe. Cut the hair straight across in front, just below the nose, from one outside corner of the child's eye, to the other. This will be the guide length to layer the rest of the hair.

  3. 3

    Comb a section of the side of the child's hair straight up. Only pull up the hair around the crown of the head, about one inch of hair around the top of the head. Comb up the freshly cut hair and hold it together.

  4. 4

    Comb the hair you are holding up so it is smooth, and hold it between you pointer finger and index finger. Cut the longer hair so that it is even with the shorter hair. Do this process around the child's whole head, still only cutting the hair at the crown of the head.

  5. 5

    Brush the freshly cut pieces of hair into the longer hair, and part the hair to see the layers.

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