Hairdressing for Men: How to Cut Your Own Hair

Posted on: 3 January 2017

For men, having to frequently visit their hairdresser to ensure that their hair doesn't get too long and uncomfortable can add up to cost quite a bit of money. As a result, more and more men are choosing to get their hair cut at home, either by their relatives or friends, or even to cut their hair on their own. Luckily, cutting your own hair does not have to automatically spell an aesthetic disaster. Preparing for a solo haircut involves getting the right hairdressing supplies and equipment, working with a reliable mirror, and taking your time to properly follow basic procedures. With practice, you'll be able to cut your own hair to your liking and save a great deal of cash in the long term. 

Materials:

Regardless of the type of hairstyle you're after, there are a number of basic hairdressing supplies you'll want to purchase if you don't have them already. The most obvious of these is a pair of reliable scissors. Importantly, these scissors should be very sharp and precise, as blunt scissors or scissors intended to be used solely to cut paper can work awkwardly on hair and even damage it. Having a comb to help you keep hair in place while you cut is also good. 

Secondly, especially if you're going for a shorter cut, you'll want a razor and hair clippers with adjustable lengths. Many hairstyles use these to shorten and thin out hair at the sides and back of the head while the top is trimmed using scissors. Alternatively, if you're looking to go as short as a buzz cut all around, a good hair razor is key. This may set you back around $30, but the money you save by not going to a hairdresser every one or two months makes up for this.

Finally, to finish off any cut, you'll want a hairdryer and, if you're so inclined, styling products. This could include hair gel, hair wax or whatever else you usually use to style your hair to your liking. Styling products should not be underestimated, since even the worst haircuts can be fixed with the thoughtful application of wax. 

The basic process:

If you're after a traditional haircut, you can start off by trimming the sides and back of your head using the razors. Obviously, choose hair clippers that cut to a length of your liking. If you're unsure what length you usually get, ask your local hairdresser for advice. 

After this, you'll want to cut the hair on top of your head and your fringe. Whatever style you're after, make sure to wet your hair before using the scissors. Take your hair in one hand or lift it using your comb and slowly trim a small amount off the end across the top of your head. You'll want to work on your hair layer by layer to cover everything. If it's your first time and you're not sure about how much you want to take off, only cut a little bit to begin with. While you can cut more later if you want, you can't grow hair back immediately.

While this process varies a little depending on your preferred style, the basics are the same. It may be a good idea to consult your hairdresser if your usual style is quite complicated.   

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