How to Do a Boys' Side Swept Cut

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How to Do a Boys' Side Swept Cut
A classic boy's cut is short on the sides and back and parted to the side. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Nice and neat around the edges, short on the sides and back and stylish on top, the classic boy's haircut has been a favourite among boys and parents alike for decades. The versatile top allows for different styles including spikes, a side part or straight down and messy. The side-swept style can be worn with a definite part or with a subtle sweeping that doesn't reveal a part line. A combination of clippers and scissors creates this cut.

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Things you need

  • Comb
  • Clippers
  • No. 6 clipper guard
  • Spray bottle
  • Scissors
  • Trimmers

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  1. 1

    Comb dry hair down on the back and sides. Attach a No. 6 guard to the clippers.

  2. 2

    Cut the hair on the back and sides of the head with clippers. Hold the clippers in your dominant hand with the guard placed against the scalp. Cut the hair while slowly moving the clippers from the neck up. Stop cutting with the clippers at the point where the head curves toward the top of the head.

  3. 3

    Spray the hair with water on top of the head with the spray bottle until it is wet throughout. Comb the hair forward.

  4. 4

    Carve out a long, vertical section from the crown to the bang. Keep the section thin, no more than 1/2 inch. Comb the section straight up from the scalp and cut it to about 3 inches.

  5. 5

    Stand behind the boy and cut the hair on top of the head using 1/2-inch, horizontal sections. Cut everything to the same length as the shorter, previously cut hair in the middle.

  6. 6

    Blend the top to the sides by pulling up the hair around the apex, the top curve of the head, in 1/2-inch, vertical sections. Hold each section straight out from the head and connect the top of the hair to the clippered sides with an angled cut that connects the two different lengths.

  7. 7

    Comb the hair out from the head all over and at every angle possible to check for uneven or long hairs. Snip off long hairs when you find them.

  8. 8

    Trim around the neck with the trimmers, removing any hair that grows beyond the natural hairline.

  9. 9

    Part the hair to the side, sweeping the fringe and all the hair on top of the head over to the side.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the clippers oiled by applying clipper oil directly to the clipper blade. Oiled clippers cut better and pull less.
  • Little boys like to squirm and wiggle when the trimmers come close to their neck and ears. Trim these areas slowly and be ready to pull the trimmers back quickly to avoid bald spots.

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