How to Trim My Daughter's Hair

by Lisa Finn ; Updated September 28, 2017

Always start in the back when trimming hair.

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With the rising costs of everything from groceries to gas, it is wise to figure out what expenses you can cut by doing the work yourself. While cutting your own hair or attempting to cut a trendy style on someone else is not a good idea, there are simple cuts that can be done at home. Trimming your daughter's hair, for example, is accomplished with a few styling tools and a steady hand.

Items you will need

  • Chair
  • Towel
  • Clip
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Sharp haircutting scissors
  • Blowdryer
  • Large blush brush
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Trash can
Step 1

Sit your daughter in a chair and ask her to sit up straight. Drape a towel over her shoulders and fasten at the center with a clip.

Step 2

Comb the hair starting at the ends and gently moving your way up toward the crown of the head. Detangle all knots. Hold the back of her hair in your palm and spray the hair using a spray bottle. This is so that the wet spray is not uncomfortable on your daughter's neck and back.

Step 3

Tilt your daughter's head slightly downward. Comb the hair from the forehead all the way to the ends. Take a 2-inch piece of hair in your hands. Place your middle finger horizontally under the piece of hair and your index finger on top. Slide your fingers down to the length you want. Pick up your scissors in the other hand and cut a straight line using your fingers as a guide.

Step 4

Move to the right of the first cut and pick up another 2-inch strand. Repeat the cutting process after sliding your fingers to match the previous cut. Afterward, do the same on the left side. This clean, straight line is your guide to the rest of the haircut.

Step 5

Determine if you want the hair on the sides above, at, or a little longer than the ear. Blend the hair into the previous cuts by sliding your fingers between the hair and cutting a horizontal line. Check to see if everything looks even. If not, repeat the process and trim a little more to meet the previous cut.


  • Wet hair is denser than dry hair and therefore is easier to cut. Place a baby in a high chair and give her a few toys or a snack to keep her occupied. Bangs look best on the forehead between the outer eyebrows. Be cautious not to trim bangs around the temple area.


  • Use caution when cutting around a child's face. When hair dries, it is shorter than wet hair. If you are unsure of the length on a certain scissor cut, leave it a little longer. You can always go back and cut more if needed. Bangs look better when kept to the browbone.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.