DIY Toddler Boy Haircut | Is your toddler in desparate need of a trim? Save money by skipping the barbershop and do it yourself! Julie shares her easy haircut tips here. |

Is your little dude looking a little disheveled lately? It’s time to snip, trim, and buzz. Whip out those clippers and scissors mama. Little man is about to get a whole new look!

The best part about this is that it’s free. I absolutely refuse to pay $15-20 for a two year old’s haircut. Won’t do it. Nope. When my son’s hair needs a trim I do it myself!

Psst…I’m not a professional. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a knack for saving money. I have a two year old son with tons of energy. What I offer here are my own personal tips for mamas like me. Proceed at your own risk 😉

Today I’ve got step by step, no fail instructions for your DIY toddler boy haircut. Let’s get to it!

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DIY Toddler Boy Haircut Materials

  • Clippers (When I first started cutting my son’s hair, I used these Babyliss Pro clippers. They were great, and lasted us for years, but finally wore out. I just recently upgraded to these awesome Wahl T-Pro clippers, and I couldn’t be happier! The T-Pro set makes it super easy to create a well-blended fade for my little man’s hair, plus I have a few long attachments to get that longer look on top. I highly recommend the Wahl brand!)
  • Scissors
  • High chair or booster seat
  • Toys/ Snacks for distraction


Step 1: Obtain and Distract Toddler

Teddy grahams + helicopter. Done.

Step 2: Buzz the Sides

  • Use your clippers to buzz up the sides. I used a #4 guard. Go shorter or longer, whatever suits your fancy.
  • Start at the nape of the neck and go all the way around, up to where his head starts to curve at the crown. Make sense?

(Update: With my new Wahl T-Pro clippers, I’ve started doing more of a gradual fade DIY toddler boy haircut style: starting shorter at the nape of the neck instead of one single short length for the sides. The trick is to flip out your clippers with each increasing length of guard. Make a “C” shape with your clippers to get that perfect fade from guard to guard.)

Looking better already! You’re halfway there. Toss him a few more teddy grahams and let’s keep going!

Step 3: Trim the Top

For the top I use scissors. You can use a longer guard with your clippers if you choose, of course. For me, scissors work best since I’m going for a tousled look and my little guy has wavy hair. Better for me since the waves hide any mistakes! (Update: Since we switched to the Wahl T-Pro set, I love using the 2 or 2 1/2 inch guard for the top. I just make the fade from the shorter sides blend in by using the middle length guards.)

  • Start in the middle and pull up a section between your fingers. Use a comb if you want. I don’t. I live on the edge.
  • Trim to the desired length then work your way on either side. Repeat this until it looks how you want it.
  • Place your fingers in a more vertical position for his bangs, so there isn’t a big patch of hair hanging over his forehead.
  • You’ll also need to trim up the transition sections between sides and top. I place my fingers right next to his scalp, pulling the hair in between in a vertical position. Trim those transition pieces about one finger-width long. Remember to keep your fingers placed vertically so you layer the hair. This makes a smooth transition from the short sides to the longer hair on top.

If your munchkin has an (awesome) cowlick like mine does, just work with it. It’s no use fighting. Plus, I promise it will so adorably cute when you’re finished! Almost done!

Time for a quick cheese for the camera 😉

Step 4: Trim the Edges

  • First, switch to your trimmer. Trim the nape of his neck and the slope down from the ears. I like a nice square neckline myself.
  • Take your scissors and (very carefully!) trim around the ears. If you prefer, you can hold your trimmers at an angle to do a quick buzz around the ears.

All done!

Looking good little man. Great job mama! You’ve just rocked an awesome DIY toddler boy haircut 🙂


Ready to tackle this DIY toddler boy haircut on your own? You’ve go this, mama. Don’t forget to pin this for later!