Boy hair - how young is too young to buzz it all off?! OT

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Boy hair - how young is too young to buzz it all off?! OT

Well, so far my little boy has been able to get buy with a little trimming around his ears, and a bang trim. But, his hair is starting to get shaggy. There is absolutely no way I'm going to pay someone every couple weeks to cut his hair. My girls get their hair cut by someone "professional" once a year, and the rest of the time they get me. I get my hair cut once or twice a year. I buzz DH's hair weekly. SO, yeah, we are not big on spending money for hair cuts.

Well, when Aidan is a bit older, we will definitely just buzz it, like I do to DH. I'm ready to start now though... DH says no, that people will think he is sick (like cancer or something) if they see him with "no hair." WHAT?!?! So, is it too early to just buzz it off? At what age would you start? Also, if I don't buzz it now, what the heck should I do with it?

ETA: He's 18 months now.

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My DS1 had his first buzz cut at 14 months old Smile Granted, he screamed the entire time, but he has sensory issues, so we probably just made it worse ROFL

I too cut my DH's hair (every 3 weeks) and I only get my own done 1-2 times a year. I usually buzz my DS1 every 3 months. Recently he has started wanting "long" hair (just not buzzed) and my skills are not THAT good so I took him to a kids haircut place. But usually I do it myself, and we started at 14 months. I say go for it! Just make sure you are ready to distract him with treats, etc.

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Here is a pic of DS1 after his first buzz. Not the greatest job since he was fighting us the whole time but I loved his little buzzed head!

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Honestly, I hate it when people let their little boys get super long and shaggy hair. It just looks bad. I know people get all attached to the 'baby hair' but ugh. I haven't seen your son's hair but 18 months doesn't seem too young! You could do it a little longer on top could you not?

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I'm the wrong person to ask. Lucas is going on six and I've still never had the heart to buzz it. He still gets scissor cuts. He gets it cut about every 10 weeks. I try to take him when I have a $5.99 coupon for Great Clips. I am not a fan of buzz cuts plus I love his babyish hair. He's been in a big rush to grow up from
birth and his hair is the only thing I've kept kinda little!

We are on vacation and getting haircuts on vacation is one of our traditions. We all have places in Rhode Island we like to go better than indiana. This is how Lucas got his hair cut yesterdat. I always tell them to get rid of all the bulk. Not sure exactly how they do it.

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Thanks Sandra. I'm totally going to buzz it!! I do like boys with a little bit longer "styled" hair, but I just can't do that myself! I actually think Aidan won't really mind getting his hair buzzed. He is pretty much always there when I do DH's hair. I put the "buzzer" against his neck and pretend, and he loves it. He seems like he's completely ready for me to just have at it. Smile

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Have fun!

I haven't had the heart to cut DS2's hair yet. He is 16 months and has never had his hair cut. But he was my baldest baby, so it's taken a while for his hair to come in. It's starting to look a bit mullet-ish though, so I will have to decide soon what to do! DS1 had his first haircut at 12 months (his only scissor trim) and DD didn't get her first haircut until she was 2.5 years old. My DS2 just seems like such a baby to me still! Maybe I should get him a big boy haircut when the baby comes since he won't be the youngest anymore Smile

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DS has never had a store cut. I just used scissors when he was little. I would sit him on a towel in front of a TV show, and snip away. Now DH buzzes the sides/back and I cut the top with scissors to thin it and shorten it. It mostly has looked fine Wink plus we've saved a lot of money. One of my co-workers has a DS who just turned one and she's buzzed his hair 3/4 times b/c she likes it short.

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Your husband and my husband think the same things! I buzzed DS's around 2-3 and he hadn't even had it trimmed before then. I also had no clue what I was doing and he looked silly for a few weeks till it grew in. I don't see any problem in buzzing a one year olds hair.

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Too funny you mentioned this because as I told DH I was taking DS for a haircut today he said we should buzz it.

SInce I will not be doing the buzzing (trust me, I've tried on previous boyfriends and my brother....even buzz cutting is beyond my skill set, lol!), its not a matter of saving the money since I'm going to take him to Great Clips or something anyhow.

I'm attached to the little boy haircuts. I know it will be soon enought we will be buzzing, so I'm sticking to these until then. I do try to find groupons to cut the cost of the haircuts from $12 to $5 - $6.

I get my hair cut once a year roughly. Luckily it is pretty healthy and I can get away with doing that.

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I use clippers on my DS' hair and have since he was about a year (when he quit holding still so I could cut by hand). His hair grows FAST and I end up cutting every month and a half at most. Do you have the extension pieces with the #s that make it longer than a "true" buzz? I usually do a 7 on top and a 4-5 on the sides for my little guy but he has very blonde hair would look bald if I cut it any shorter plus I like having some hair to play with still.

Anyway....no, like everyone else has said, I don't think 18 months is too young. It's hair, it grows back.

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Chelle, he is adorable...love the haircut! Smile

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Well, I do have the "extension" kit, and I should have used it!! LOL!! I just give DH a straight buzz, and I did that to Aidan. Oh, he looks funny now!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, well, in about 3 - 4 weeks he will look really cute. In the mean time, I have a skin head!

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Hahaha! I always use an extension, even just the 2nd shortest one. I'm sure he looks cute even as a skinhead!