As the saying goes, “a man’s hair is his crowning glory, ” and nothing says professionalism more than a well-maintained haircut. But let’s face it, going to the barber every other week can be a bit of a drain on your resources.
Fortunately, with the right skill set and tools, you can easily trim your own locks like a pro. Whether you’re looking to give yourself or someone else a quick touch-up trim or want to go for an entirely new hairstyle altogether – we’ve got you covered.
Here, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to properly navigate self-cutting – albeit in mostly humorous terms – complete with tips from seasoned barbers and stylists that should help take some of the guesswork out of at-home hairstyling giggles.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
– Equipment needed
– Basic preparation
– Trimming techniques
The length guide cheat sheet
– Styling steps for various hair types
Mixed texture hair
– Q&A with professional stylist
Now sit back , grab those clippers, and let’s get started!
Before diving into self-trimming topiary adventures stuffs let’s gather up all necessary equipments first.
Got everything? Congrats! Now put down those scissors.
What’s the rush? Proper preparation will make this experience feels like a spa day rather than barbaric.
Dry hair – hair length can look very different when it’s wet
Clean work surface
Set up an appropriate lighting
Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today. No dark places please
It is best to start with the basics including learning about clipper settings as you don’t want to cut too much or too little causing irreparable damage to your haircut Gasp!.
The Length Guide Cheat Sheet
You cannot simply guess and hope for the best! Take some time to understand what each clipper guide/attachment actually does:
-#1 – Shortest of short buzz-cut lengths
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Okay Let’s be honest, chances are if you’ve made it past that first row then you’re probably too conscious about how short your hair will end up so let’s move on.
Layering Techniques – Getting fancy!
If you’re going for a layered hairstyle, hold out sections of hair at 45-degree angles and trim them in relation as per length reference from above.
Fade Cuts – A smooth transition
Fading involves going from one length on your head down to another. This haircut requires slowly graduating in shorter lengths until reaching desired effect.
Note: Best done by practiced hands
Tapering refers to cutting hair gradually shorter towards the nape or sides while leaving more length at top. This helps create fixed proportions throughout. Anyway Who knew there was math involved !?
Styling Steps For Various Hair Types
Curly Hair – Be gentle, be freaky
Curly hair is a thing of it’s own. You don’t want to end up looking like you’ve put your finger in an electrical socket so go for natural-look
Avoid trimming it too short!
Straight Hair – Go all out or stay calm? Make it wavy ?
The world probably stops when someone with straight hair decides to get creative. Take the plunge wash that clean sheet and chop chop chop.
Not completely sure yet?
Trim little by little until settling on final do Amazing?
Create waves & volume by trimming very ends
Mixed Texture Hair – Multitasking Required
Mixed texture hair poses its own set of challenges. Its bestto trim long parts and layer shorter part. Proportionate !!
Q&A With A Professional Stylist
We interviewed professional stylist Joni Thomas who generously provided us with some industry learnings:
Question: How often should men cut their hair?
Joni’s Answer: This depends on each individual but generally every two weeks if have buzzcut, every three-to-four weeks with longer styles.
Question: Do you recommend DIY-trimming versus going to a salon/barbershop?
Joni’s Answer: Going to barber shop offers quite difference as well receiving a full haircut experience. While at home can offer more relaxed atmosphere but still requires patience.
With these tips and tricks, we believe anyone can achieve pro-looking hairstyles from the comfort of their homes. For real guys! But remember tomorrow’s another day;what may seem like quick fixes today, can lead into total disaster later. So steady hands steady read. Good luck!