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How to Cut Boys Hair + Layering & Blending Guides

Learn how to magically temper your child and quickly create a stylish haircut

written by The Editors

Little boys are about to become little men and it is time to let their haircuts embody what kind of men they will be. This article has all you need.

Even the little guys can have big style and there are hundreds of little boy hairstyles to choose from to bring out the personality in every little man, but it can be hard to pay for everything that a growing boy needs. In order to make things a little easier, strike a haircut off the expense list and learn how to cut the perfect head of hair for the perfect little boy.


For little boy haircuts, always hold the hair up when cutting lengths on the top and determine the length using the fingertips. When cutting or trimming the bottom, use a comb to comb the hair down and cut from the bottom.

Make sure to cut the same length all around at first and then go back through for any layering. Also, comb the hair in the desired areas before beginning the cut. Only use the ends of the scissors when cutting and always cut one small portion of hair at one time.


When going back through a cut for layering, hold the hair up in the same way, but do not worry so much about cutting all the hair the same length. The point of layering is to add texture to the hair. Rather than cutting along one straight line, use a short of hacking technique where the hair gets trimmed into smaller and differentiating lengths. This is only going to be done on the top layers where texture is needed.

Keep this same idea in mind when cutting bangs, do not just do one clean cut but rather several wispy cuts to create a soft look. Razor blades are also often used instead of scissors to cut hair with a lot of texture. When using the blade, cut the hair in a slanted motion, making the hair get cut with a more chopped appearance as it goes down.

How to Cut Boys Haircut - Layering


Use clippers to blend different lengths of hair between the top and the bottom for little boy haircuts. Start from the top, creating the longer lengths first and, once the top is complete, use the clippers to cut the shorter lengths.

Once the clippers reach the line where the hair starts to get longer, use a comb along with the clippers to trim the very tips of the hair in order to make it blend with the shorter areas rather than creating a distinct line between short and long.

Another way to blend is by using a clipper head that is in between the sizes used for the top and the bottom, just make sure only to blend and not go too far up on the top.


Clipper Lengths – Stand-Alone Clippers: used around the ears and neck

#1: one-eighth of an inch
#2: one-fourth of an inch
#3: three-eighths of an inch
#4: one-half of an inch
#5: five-eighths of an inch
#6: three-fourths of an inch
#7: seven-eighths of an inch
#8: one inch

With any cutting technique, it is suggested that someone practice in order to get the hang of any technique before trying it out on their children.

Curious about the best tools for the task? Need some examples of cool haircuts for the kids? We got you!


Quick and easy tutorial below: