Entertainment Fashion & Style 5 Tips to Cut Your Kids' Hair Like a Pro Save Money and Time When You Cut Your Child's Hair at Home Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Apryl Duncan Writer, Stay-at-Home Mom University of Tennessee Honolulu University Apryl Duncan is a stay-at-home mom and internationally-published writer with years of experience providing advice to others like her. our editorial process Apryl Duncan Updated May 07, 2017 Professional haircuts are expensive and it's a hassle to find time in your busy schedule to get the kids to the salon. Trim those expensive salon haircuts out of your family budget to grow the cash in your bank account. Use these five tips to cut your children's hair at home the easy way and become their own personal stylist. 01 of 05 Watch Videos Cut your kids' hair at home like a pro with a little patience and practice. Photo © Oleh SHKURLEI / Getty Images You could read article after article describing tips and techniques on how to cut your kids' hair like a pro. But there's no better teaching tool online than watching someone actually do it.YouTube is a great source for videos that show you how to cut your kids' hair. Watch many videos to get comfortable with what you'll be doing before you start chopping away at your kids' hair. YouTube is another place to look when you're looking for help with a specific haircut you want to give your child, such as adding layers or cutting a bob. 02 of 05 Buy the Right Tools Photo © pseudoxx / stock.xchng If you ever cut your doll's hair when you were a child, you know how unsightly those cut lines looked with mom's craft scissors. Get the right equipment before you cut your kids' hair or you won't be happy with the results.Start with a good pair of shears. Your local beauty supply store sells shears like the stylists use for about $20. You'll also need a spray bottle for wetting your child's hair, a comb and a towel. And as you give many haircuts, you'll also need to make sure your scissors are sharp or buy a new pair.Having the right equipment will help you develop your skills over time so you can consistently create professional-looking haircuts. You'll be more confident, less frustrated and your children won't be as scared as they would if you were coming at them with the same giant scissors you use to cut things around the house. 03 of 05 Ask a Stylist Photo © flaivoloka / stock.xchng Want to learn style secrets from the pros? Go straight to the source. The next time you're at the salon, ask the stylist to give you some tips. A lot of times you'll find the stylist is a mom herself and understands the need to save money or to give a quick trim in between full haircuts. Of course, stylists make their living from you coming to them so don't expect them to share all of their secrets in an in-depth tutorial. But you can get a crash course in the basics so you can cut your kids' hair at home. Over time, you'll be able to develop your own technique that gives you the results you want when you cut your kids' hair. 04 of 05 Keep Kids Busy Photo © resident_a / stock.xchng Your child may sit perfectly still in the stylist's chair. At home, it can be a different story. Kids are used to running around and not having to sit quietly while you take aim at that shaggy hair. Before you plop them in the kitchen chair and hope they stay put, make sure you have activities to keep them busy. This way, you can take your time and they'll be more content.Break out the CD player and listen to audio books or music together. Pick a few books and encourage them to read. Print coloring pages so they can create a masterpiece while they get their hair cut. Consider letting them watch a favorite program you choose or eat a nutritious snack to keep them occupied. These little distractions will make the haircut go a lot smoother. 05 of 05 Go Slow Photo © Cohen/Ostrow / Getty Images You're new to cutting hair and your kids may act differently with you than they would for a stylist. Take your time, especially in the beginning they're just getting used to mommy cutting their hair and you're still learning how to cut the back, sides and front uniformly. Your first few haircuts may take longer but that's just because you're working through a learning curve. With practice, it won't be long until you're a hairmaster with before and after pictures to prove it. Above all, remember it will grow back if you make a mistake!