Your toddler boy’s hair may be growing so fast at this point and you’re probably wondering how to cut, tame, or style it for an adorable new look.
Just be warned that once you cut your toddler’s hair, he might transform from a baby to a big boy overnight! Hope you’re ready!
Tips for Toddler Boy Haircuts at Home
Perfecting the perfect haircut for a 2 year old toddler boy can take some practice so don’t get bent out of shape if it doesn’t come out perfectly the first time. So if you’re going to be cutting your son’s hair at home, follow these tips to perfect your skills.
Scroll down to the bottom to check out awesome ideas for hairstyles and looks, as well.
1. Keep them distracted and entertained
“My first tip when cutting toddler’s hair is to make sure your toddler is comfortable and entertained. The last thing you want is your little boy squirming around and demanding to leave when you’re at a delicate part of the cut!” states Rebecca Johnston from Awesome Hair Product
Put on their favorite tv show or iPad game if you know that it will hold their attention or hand them their favorite snack.
Also, you may want to strap them into their high chair or booster seat or a place where you can buckle them in. This also helps if offering them a snack as a distraction.
Two year old boys can get very squirmy especially when hearing the buzz of the clippers so make sure they can’t get up.
2. Use quality clippers to buzz the bottom or all around
“The easiest way to do your toddler boy’s haircut is to use clippers. You can get a Wahl trimmer with a whole bunch of attachments for around $40 or so, and it will give you a nice, even cut.” states Lorie Anderson from MomInformed
My recommendation is to start with the #4 guard for thing toddler boy hair, which leaves a half-inch. You can always go lower than that (to a 3, or 2), but you cannot add more!
Then you can pop the guard off and trim his neck and any straggling hair on the sides with the actual clipper.
Using the same number guard all around will give your toddler boy an even buzz cut (which is clearly the easiest haircut to do). However, if you don’t want to go that short and want to leave some fringe on top, you can use scissors and blend/fade the bottom.
Start at the bottom and buzz upwards with your highest guard (#4), but don’t go above the temporal region of the head. Then change to a lower guard as you move further up. Here is a great video with step-by-step instructions for giving toddler boys haircuts.
3. Master using scissors
Clarissa Sidhom from Modern Hipster Mama advises: “To cut the hair on top or sides, make sure you start with wet hair. I spray the hair down with water, separate the crown, then cut the rest of the hair by placing it between my fingers and cutting the excess across the top of my fingers.” Check out the video tutorial here for a better idea.
For the crown (top of the head), I stick the hair straight up and cut evenly across. This is a foolproof way to successfully cut your toddler boy’s hair, and I’ve been able to do it with zero hair stylist training or experience!
If you’re cutting their fringe on top, make sure it’s flat with your fingers before starting. Then use the points of your scissors rather than cutting straight across as if you were to cut paper.
The centre of their fringe should be the shortest bit. Once you have done that, move on the the sides. On the sides is where it normally gets longer, so angle your fingers slightly that way you wont cut too much off. Once you have done that use the points of your scissor to soften the length.
If you want to keep the top longer than the sides and bottoms, always make sure that you section the fringe off from the rest of your hair so you don’t go too far back.
Toddler Boy Haircuts and Hairstyle Ideas
If you’re ready to watch your baby boy turn into a young man right before your eyes, here are some adorable toddler boy haircuts for you to try. Also, grab a container of this Hair Paste specifically designed for little ones that will hold a 2 or 3 year old boy’s hair up if you choose a few of the styles below.
The Shaggy ‘Do
Keep your toddler boy’s hair a bit long on top to achieve this heart throb look. Be sure to tousle his hair a bit and add a tiny bit of hair paste or gel to get some texture.
Side Comb Over with Deep Part
This style uses a deep side part with plenty of side swept hair on the top and will look absolutely adorable on a 1 or 2 year old boy. This cut keeps the sides buzzed super short with plenty of excess hair at the crown to gel over to the side.
The crew cut is a timeless toddler boy haircut. Keep the top long and the sides trimmed short, but not buzzed.
Hard Part with Razor Cuts
If you want your toddler boys haircut to scream “I’m a rebel,” go with this style! The hard part means that the part is actually shaved into their hair and side sweep the longer top. Make sure the sides stay buzzed very short so you can see the zig zag razor cuts on the side.
This style is called a disconnected cut due to the hair being much longer on top than the sides, with no smooth transition. The longer portion can stylishly lay to the side/front.
A hard part or razor part involves shaving a clean line on the hair part using clippers. It adds a dramatic look to a deep, side part for your toddler boy. You can keep the top flattened very close to the head or up a little bit depending on the thickness of his hair.
Bringing the longer hair to a point in the center of the head creates a faux hawk look that adorable as a toddler boy haircut. Keeping the sides a bid longer makes this faux hawk less dramatic than a true mohawk. Use some hair paste to keep the centered hair sticking straight up.
Natural Side Sweep
If you don’t want any dramatic look for your 2 year old boy’s haircut, try a no-fret hairstyle like this. Keep it longer on top with just some trimming around the sides using scissors (not clippers) to achieve this look.
All Spiked Up
Keep your son’s hair long on top and trimmed on the sides. Using hair paste, spike up all the hair at the crown.
Spiked Just In Front
This spiked up just in front is an adorable look for your toddler boy’s first haircut. Keep it a little long on the top and front so you can use hair paste to mold it up. The sides can remain a bit long or be buzzed on the sides.
Another Shaggy ‘Do
I love this shaggy, side swept hair do. Use hair paste to achieve this look to create these tousled locks on top and keep the sides short, but not buzzed.
This typical 90’s toddler boy hairstyle will definitely be coming back like every other trend from that decade. The bowl cut is a simple haircut where the front hair is cut with a straight fringe and the rest of the hair is left longer, the same length all the way around. No gel or styling needed!
This boy hairstyle made popular recently by Bruno Mars, is an adorable way to show off your handsome little boy’s hair. If your toddler boy has a thick and long mane, you can make this haircut work. You’ll need a lot of hair paste and some good shaping abilities. Keep the sides cut longer with a scissor instead of a buzzer and the top very long when you do this haircut.
Layered Medium Length Hair
For a stunning hairstyle that allows your child to showcase their gorgeous mane without any fuss, consider layering their medium-length hair. Layering creates a lighter and more manageable look, making it perfect for kids who aren’t bothered by hair touching their napes and are not allergic to it. To ensure unobstructed vision, keep the fringe just above the eyebrows. This style strikes the perfect balance between showcasing their beautiful hair and keeping it hassle-free for your little one.
This haircut involves using both clippers and scissors to achieve a polished appearance at the bottom, seamlessly blending into textured, wispy layers on top.
How to achieve it – Start by using a number four or five clipper head on the bottom, then blend it into the longer top using the layering technique to create those wispy sections instead of maintaining a uniform length all over.
While a few small pieces can frame the face, it’s best to avoid a full set of bangs. As for styling, you can leave the cut as it is or add a small amount of mousse to accentuate the texture on the top.
This adorable and trendy hairstyle features a neat and stylish look, with slightly longer hair on top styled to create a mini version of the classic pompadour. The sides and back are kept shorter, giving a clean and polished appearance.
The mini pompadour is a fun and charming choice for little gentlemen who want to rock a sophisticated look with a touch of playfulness. Watch your toddler steal the show with this dashing and modern hairstyle!
Hard Part and High Fade
Get ready to turn heads with the trendy hard part and high fade haircut for your little boy! This contemporary hairstyle is all about clean lines and sharp contrasts.
The hard part adds a sleek and defined element to the style, while the high fade creates a seamless blend from short sides to longer hair on top.
Ask for a high fade on the sides and back, leaving the hair longer on top. Request a precise hard part, which is a shaved line that separates the top hair from the faded sides.
Styling is simple—apply a small amount of hair product to the top and comb it into place to maintain that crisp and polished appearance. The hard part and high fade combo is the perfect choice for fashion-forward little boys who want to make a big statement with their haircut!
If you want to try this cut at home try the following tips:
Achieving the hard part and high fade look at home can be a bit challenging, but with some practice and the right tools, it’s possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get the look:
Note: Cutting hair at home can be tricky, especially for intricate styles like the hard part and high fade. If you’re not confident in your cutting skills, it’s best to visit a professional barber for this haircut.
- Gather the Right Tools: To attempt this haircut at home, you’ll need quality clippers with various guard sizes, barber scissors, a comb, hair clippers with adjustable blades, and a mirror.
- Start with Clean, Dry Hair: Begin with your toddler’s clean and dry hair. Damp hair can make it challenging to cut accurately.
- Create the Hard Part: Using a comb, part your child’s hair where you want the hard part to be. A hard part is typically a straight, defined line, so use a steady hand and a fine-toothed comb to make it as precise as possible.
- Fade the Sides: Start with a higher guard on the clippers (e.g., #3 or #4) and begin fading the sides. Work your way up from the bottom, using shorter guard sizes (#2, #1, or even lower) as you move towards the top.
- Blend the Fade: To blend the fade, you’ll need to use different guard sizes gradually, making sure there are no visible lines between the different lengths. Be patient and take your time to achieve a seamless transition.
- Cut the Top: Use barber scissors to cut the longer hair on top. The length can vary depending on your child’s preference and the desired style. Trim the hair evenly and carefully to achieve the desired length.
- Style the Hair: After cutting, apply a small amount of hair product, like a light-hold gel or pomade, to the top hair. Use a comb to style the hair into the desired pompadour shape.
Important Note: Cutting intricate styles like the hard part and high fade at home can be challenging, and there’s a risk of uneven results. If you’re not confident in your skills or the outcome, consider visiting a professional barber.
They have the expertise to create this look precisely and safely for your little one.
How often should a toddler boy get a haircut?
This really depends on the thickness of your child’s hair, the hairstyle you choose, and how quickly it grows. Shorter haircuts will typically need to be trimmed every four to six weeks to maintain the style.
For a longer toddler boy haircut, you should be able to get away with 2-3 months between cuts as long as you keep styling it.
What age should a toddler get a haircut?
The age for your child’s first haircut will depend entirely on their hair. Some babies are born with a head full of luscious locks, while others might be bald little bundles of joy.
Many parents choose to celebrate turning one with a haircut and make it into a special occasion. However, your child may not even need a haircut until 2 years old.
More Tips for Successful Toddler Boy Haircuts
- Start with clean, damp hair: Before beginning the haircut, make sure your toddler’s hair is clean and slightly damp. Wet hair is easier to manage and will result in a more even cut.
- Invest in kid-friendly scissors: When using scissors, opt for child-safe scissors with rounded tips to prevent accidental injuries. These scissors are designed for cutting hair and are easy to handle.
- Take small, gradual cuts: It’s better to take small cuts at a time rather than trying to do it all at once. This way, you can control the length and avoid cutting off more than intended.
- Use a spray bottle for moisture: Keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby to dampen the hair as needed during the haircut. This will help you manage the hair and ensure a more precise cut.
- Have a visual reference: If you’re attempting a specific hairstyle, have a photo or image of the desired look handy. This will guide you in achieving the desired outcome.
- Trim around the ears carefully: Trimming around the ears can be tricky, so do it cautiously. Use your fingers to lift the hair away from the ears and carefully trim the excess hair.
- Consider a side-swept fringe: If you want to keep some length on top, consider giving your toddler a side-swept fringe. It’s a stylish and manageable option.
- Use a comb as a guide: To achieve an even cut, use a comb as a guide while trimming the hair. Comb the hair straight down and cut along the comb’s edge.
- Take breaks if needed: If your toddler becomes restless or uncomfortable during the haircut, take breaks as necessary. Patience is key, and a few short breaks can make the process smoother.
- Celebrate the end result: Once the haircut is complete, celebrate your toddler’s new look and offer positive reinforcement for sitting still and cooperating during the process. Positive reinforcement will make future haircuts more enjoyable for both of you.
Remember, cutting your toddler boy’s hair at home takes practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it’s not perfect at first. With time and experience, you’ll become more confident and skilled in giving your little one a great haircut.
I hope you have found some adorable toddler boy haircuts for your son and give him a handsome, new look this season! Since most toddler boy’s hair grows in super fast while they’re young, you can try out a few different hairstyle within a few months and see which one best compliments their personality.
What style do you like best for your 2 year old boys haircut? Let me know in the comments below!