Kate Middleton cuts George, Charlotte & Louis’ hair – how to cut children’s hair at home

Kate Middleton discusses parenting during lockdown

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Kate Middleton appeared in a video on January 28 speaking to four other people about the challenges parents face during lockdown. She mentioned that having to cut her children’s hair was an unexpected task that she now has to do.

In the video, posted on the Kensington Royals’ Instagram account, Kate told the other parents: “I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown.”

The Duchess joked: “Much to my children’s horror.”

Many parents throughout the UK may be in the same situation as Kate, and therefore in need of hairdressing tips.

Tatiana Karelina, a London-based expert hair stylist who owns salons in both the UK and the US, spoke to Express.co.uk about the best ways to cut young children’s hair.

Like Kate, Tatiana has been cutting her children’s hair during lockdown.

The hair stylist has a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.

Tatiana’s first piece of advice is to find the right hair cutting scissors.

“Paper scissors are just too thick and can be quite tricky to use, and so it is worth investing in some with really sharp blades,” she says.

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Tatiana continues: “There are some basic hair cutting scissors on Amazon for less than £10, and they are a great investment as they can last a long time if they are not used for anything else but hair cutting.”

The hair stylist explains that there are different techniques to cutting a boy’s hair and a girl’s hair.

A girl’s hair is easier to cut, according to Tatiana, and it is better if the hair is damp.

Tatiana says: “Dampen the hair with a spray or a wet towel, but be aware that wet hair is more elastic so it can seem longer than it is.”

Tatiana recommends starting with the fringe when cutting children’s hair.

For both boys’ and girls’ hair, Tatiana says: “Cut the fringe by brushing it forward and try to trim it in a straight line.

“If the hair is textured wavy, I always take a section of the hair and pull it down with my left hand and cut with my right hand. Pulling it down ensures that I cut in a straight line,” she adds.

The hair stylist explains: “You want the fringe to be just above the eyebrows.”

Next, when cutting boys’ hair, Tatiana says it is best to move towards the ears: “Brush the hair over the ears and then do a little trim.

“And then do the back of the hair,” she adds.

If there is time, since Tatiana says it can be hard to get children to sit still for more than 15 minutes, it is worth cutting the hair at the top of the boy’s head.

“I would lift the hair from the crown area up and cut it into my fingers, creating a zig-zag effect so that the layers are not too choppy. When it’s a bit zig-zaggy on the top and on the sides, it blends together better, rather than when you cut across in a straight line,” says Tatiana.

However, if there is no time for this final part of the hairdressing process, Tatiana advises to make sure that the fringe is done first, on both a girl’s and a boy’s hair: “The front area is the most important because that’s what people will see first on video calls and so on.”

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