Before: Toddler Comb-Over
I did it! I finally cut Jax’s hair! There was just no way I could grow it long at this point. He has one strip of hair down the middle that is 4-5″ long, other sections that are about 1″ long and absolutely nothing between his ears and temples. It was that bald spot that made me hesitate to cut it. I knew it would look like I went crazy with the clippers. But, his dada was starting to call it a Trump comb-over, so it was time!
Here’s what I did: I brought his booster seat up to the bathroom and set him up with an episode of Blue’s Clues after showing him the way the clippers vibrated. I have grooming shears from my days in a dog spa (regular and blending). I started with his hair damp and cut the long hair in sections at an angle. Then I came in with the clippers on the longest setting and blended the transition to his shorter hair. For the bottom half, I used decreasing settings on the clippers to fade it out.
He looks so grown up!
When did you first cut your baby’s hair?
I’ve had my heart set on growing out Jax’s hair a bit. He’s my nature-loving hippie boy and drum-loving rocker boy. But his hair has other plans.
He was born with a thick head of dark brown hair. At 3 months old, he started losing it – but only on the top of his head! We called him Costanza. We had a lot of hats. By 7 months, the ring of hair he had left was really patchy and looked like he had mange, so I shaved it off. Blond peach fuzz was growing in where the hair had fallen out of top.
Today, he has dark blond hair that is long at the neckline and a strip like a mohawk down the middle. The sides have short patches. His temples still haven’t filled in, though there is a bit of fuzz at the edges. It’s finally thickening up a bit – I can see short hairs sticking through when I comb back the longer parts. But, it’s a hot mess. There’s nothing I can do to make it look good at so many different lengths.
So I think my dreams of his hair being long will be out on hold, and we’ll get his hair cut this week when his daddy goes. I’ll be sad, but hair grows back!
When did you take your baby for their first haircut? How did it go?