How to Cut the Bangs on a Three Year Old: 8 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Keep her bangs neat with frequent trims.

Sit a 3-year-old in a styling chair for a haircut, and she may transform from a little angel into a little wiggle-worm with arms and legs everywhere. Although trimming hair presents a challenge with some preschoolers, with preparation and creative cutting tactics, her bangs should come out neat and even. Once you're done, fluff it up with a little mousse and no one will ever see any minor snafus.


  1. 1
    Perch your little one on a stool and wrap a towel around her shoulders. Pin the towel in place with a clothespin.
  2. 2
    Get out the distraction items to move her mind off the task at hand and onto something more interesting. Put on a funky CD and start singing along, give her a cool toy she loves or turn on the television so she’ll zone out for a few minutes.
  3. 3
    Hold back the longer hair with hair clips to keep the bangs isolated. Comb your little one’s bangs straight down neatly.
  4. 4
    Spritz the bangs lightly with the water in the spray bottle. You might make a game out of this so your tot doesn’t freak out. Let her spray you too, if it helps.
  5. 5
    Pick a length for the bangs – dusting the eyebrows or just above them is ideal. Hold the bangs taut in between your index and third fingers with your third finger resting against the forehead and the bottom edge of your index finger at the point where you want the bangs to end.
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    Trim along the bottom of your index finger with the shears. It’s okay if you don’t cut all the bangs at once. Comb the bangs again and hold them again with your fingers. Finish trimming, following your first cut.
  7. 7
    Comb the bangs neatly and take a good look. Trim any stragglers or uneven areas to make them as perfect as possible.
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    Give your preschooler a big hug and a high-five. Tell her how great she did and how beautiful she looks.


  • If your tot isn’t cooperating, it’s best to abandon the trim and try again another day. It’s not worth an accidental injury or butchering the bangs. Find a better time when your preschooler is well-rested, fed and happy, and then grab the scissors for a quick trim.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Clothespin
  • Distraction items (music, toys or television)
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Haircutting shears

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