If a toddler of 21 months has a severe hair cut, ie all his curls, will his new growth of hair be straight or curly? Is it a good thing for toddlers to have their hair cut regularly in order for the hair to become thicker with each new growth? Thank you.
Merle from Auckland, New Zealand
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By Cyinda 08/22/2008
Unless he has naturally curly hair (that usually means one of his parents also has curly hair) Those baby fine curls will probably be gone when you cut them off. It does not matter how often you cut his hair. It will thicken as he grows up.
Hair texture, curl/no curl and thickness are genetic and change with age and are affected throughout life due to health, chemicals (pills, shots, sad stuff like chemo and radiation, probably food preservatives) and hormonal changes. Haircuts simply have nothing to do with these changes. It's a wives tale that cutting hair is the culprit of the changes just like the one often told that shaving legs will make the hair grow thicker on the legs.
A baby might be born with blond, curly hair but by the time they are five their hair could be dark and straight. The next change often comes at puberty and then again at menopause.
I was a hairstylist for thirty years and saw these changes many times with my regular clients over the years. For myself, I looked almost bald until I was three, after that I had thin, straight hair until my teens and the amount of hair thickened and once I approached menopause my hair became curly.
Take a photo of your baby before the haircut and keep those precious little cut locks for keepsakes in an envelope with the photo :-) Enjoy the experience because it's an awesome life passage :-)
By Louise B. 08/22/2008
I agree with Katie A. Cutting hair has no effect on its curliness or thickness. But a good haircut can certainly improve the look of any kind of hair!!! If you know nothing about cutting hair, take the kid to a stylist or a barber who has experience with little kids. My Mother in law used to cut my sons' hair, but she knew what she was doing.
By Katie 08/22/2008
Hair is dead, so it doesn't know if it's being cut or not. In other words, cutting a baby's hair won't change how it is going to grow. If it's going to be curly, thin, thick, straight, etc, it will grow that way no matter whether you cut it or not.
By christine moses 08/21/2008
My grandmother always told me its bad luck to cut a child's hair, except for bangs before they are 3. The old wives tale was their hair would be thin, if cut too soon.
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I cut my toddler's hair and he has good hair with just enough body. I want some toddler boy hair cutting tips.
I usually go a little shorter by the sideburn area and at the base of the neck. Setting them on the bathroom counter looking into the mirror might help keep them still longer. Might take you all day the first time, until you are done cutting his hair. I told my DH that if I could cut my boys hair then... I could cut his. Since then, yes, I cut his too. You do not need to take a course in haircutting, just trim a little here and there, just to keep it under control and hey, if you make a mistake, it will grow back and you can try again. At the age of your toddler, he won't care what his hair looks like (wait until they are teenagers!!).
My 17 and 18 year old boys have had short hair and long hair but always I comb evenly with the right hand and grab between the left fingers and then cut at the length they want it to be. Mom's haircuts are able to be done...now!! and can be just a trim or a major cut...plus they are free and you don't have to wait for an appointment.
If he is a toddler, hair that is a little longer is cute on them... as long as it is not too long... then he might be called a girl.
I never liked the look of a "buzz" cut on kids. I like the look of hair on a child in a nice cut. Shorter around the ears and not long at the neck, and all the same length over the head. The natural body he has (like my boys have...not curly though) gives a fullness and doesn't look flat or stringy like some hair can be. Hey, once you cut it, maybe it even has a slight wave? (05/29/2005)
Any tips on how to cut my one year olds fine hair? It's getting a bit long for a boy. What scissors should I get? Do they make blunt tipped hair scissors? How do I get him to sit still? Where should I cut? I don't want to mess up his first hair cut. Should I just take him somewhere since I'm completely clueless? What sort of salon should I look for? How in the world do I get him to sit still for them?
Annaid from Idaho
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