Beauty expert offers skinny on kids’ haircut trends

Posted in back to school
by Lorain County Moms

Thinking of taking your child to the salon for a back-to-school haircut but need help figuring out what’s cool this season?

Look no further.

Pam Knight, executive director of education at Frederico Beauty Institute in North Natomas, Calif., dished on children’s haircut trends.

Turns out the “faux hawk” is the all the rage with the elementary school set this year.

“Basically, it’s like a traditional boy’s haircut on the sides and back but the top is left a little longer,” she said.

A little gel in the top layer lends a Mohawk-type appearance, while pushing the top layer over to the side yields a more traditional appearance.

“It’s kind of a versatile cut,” she said.

Young girls are heading more toward simple trims and bangs, while middle and high school age girls are leaning to layers and swoop bangs to modernize their looks.

High schoolers also are increasingly going for the disconnect look, which involves shorter and longer pieces included in the hair sculpture, Knight said.

Knight also offered tips on how to stretch the family budget when it comes to hair care.

The institute, like many beauty schools, is offering a money-saving deal this back-to-school season: $5 haircuts this month for children up to 12 years old. What’s more, children under 5 years old can get a haircut for the same price as their age. The services are performed by students supervised by certified instructors. Haircuts are by appointment, but walk-in services also are available. Search online to find a school near you.

For moms who get their hair colored, stretching the length of time between sessions can save serious cash. Getting your hair colored every six weeks at $150 a session can amount to $1,350 a year. Go every eight weeks and the total drops to $1,050 a year, saving you $300. That can buy 15 packs of diapers!

“The best thing they can do is buy the color shampoos to enhance the color they have on their hair,” she said. “It will kind of buy you more time.”

Another option is demi-permanent hair color.

“It colors, but it gradually fades out and doesn’t give you that definite (grow-out) line,” Knight said.

A drawback, however, is that it is a deposit-only color and won’t highlight hair, she said.

—By Niesha Lofing, McClatchy Newspapers

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