parents spend a great deal of time deciding on haircuts for their
daughters, but boys' haircuts are also important. Perhaps boys,
especially little boys, don't seem to care very much about their
hair, but boys' haircuts are an important issue if you want to your
son to look well-kempt at a special occasion, or if you simply want
to keep his tresses from falling into his eyes.
tend to be simple and no-nonsense, and many can be done at home
with a pair of haircutting scissors, or in some cases, even a bowl.
Many parents prefer to take their sons to salons for stylish boy
haircuts, while others prefer an easy-to-cut style Mom or dad can
wonder when to start cutting their son's hair, and which boys' haircuts
are the best for very young boys. Some cultures encourage parents
to let their child's hair grow until the toddler years. Up until
the middle of the twentieth century, it was not uncommon to see
young boys with long curly locks and dresses in aristocratic society.
have certainly changed (except for those who follow certain traditions),
many parents like to keep their toddler's hair long, and it is no
longer considered "feminine" to have long hair. The hair
can be pulled up into a ponytail and smoothed at the sides. Although
sometimes these long-haired boys can be mistaken for girls, some
parents prefer long hair on toddlers, since few little ones can
sit still in the barber's chair.
haircuts include the bowl cut, the page boy haircut, the bob and
the long, layered feathered cut. The bowl cut originated in the
Great Depression, when parents would literally put a large bowl
over a boy's head and cut the hair underneath.
use a bowl, but you can create a bowl cut simply by leaving a circle
of longer hair on top and making the bottom more narrow. This is
the signature haircut of "Mo" from Three Stooges fame,
and was a forerunner of the famous Beatles haircut. You can create
this look at home by using haircutting scissors and taking care
to cut the hair very straight.
Bobs are worn
by women, but they also are great boys' haircuts, since they are
cute and require little maintenance. A traditional bob is cut the
same length from the bottom of the ears all around. Bangs are also
good with a bob, especially for boys haircuts. Bobs just require
a simple trim from time to time. If you like the page boy look,
try cutting the hair at the bottom so it will curl under. However,
many people find this look a bit feminine, but it is adorable for
a very young boy.
is "in" boys' haircuts from the 70s do look out of place
these days. Many boys haircuts from this period are longer and feathery.
This look is best achieved through layering, and it is a good idea
to have a stylist create this look rather than trying it at home.
This style needs
to be washed and brushed regularly, so it is not the best choice
for a rough boy who could care less about his appearance. However,
if your son likes to look good, the long, feathered look is an excellent
At the other
extreme, some boys' haircuts involve electric shears and may be
inspired by an interest in the military. Some boys like burr cuts
because it makes them feel like soldiers. It is very easy to create
this style at home; all you need is an electric razor.
will want to ensure that this is not merely a passing fancy, and
make sure that your son really and truly wants a buzz cut, since
he will have to live with it for a while. Also, the transition of
growth from a buzz cut to normal hair can be difficult to deal with,
so humor your son's desire for a buzz cut with care.
Older boys who
want are interested in "cool" boys' haircuts might go
for a spikey look. These spikes can be held in place with sculpting
gel and may be frosted or bleached at the top. Some parents agree
wholeheartedly that this look is great, whereas other parents simply
roll their eyes and tolerate it.
By the time
a boy wants this cut, he is usually old enough to go the salon himself,
so you need not worry about creating the look at home.