As a man, you really have a lot of grooming tasks when it comes to dealing with hair. This is especially true if you are extremely hairy.
Not only do you have to shave on a daily basis, but also you probably find yourself standing in line at the barber’s shop at least once a week. And, most of the time you probably end up leaving with a haircut that you didn’t even want in the first place.
Well, with such a wide range of access to hair clippers in today’s market, you can now cut your very own hair in the confines of your home.
Of course, this won’t be an easy task and it will take some know how, but the process is entirely possible. Once you get the process down, you really will save yourself a lot of time and money. Plus, you will get the cut that you want.
Just like anything you want to start with the proper preparation. Get all your tools out, make sure you have everything that you need and make a mental survey of everything around you.
Along with preparing yourself mentally for the task at hand, you will also need to prepare your hair.
Make sure that you wash it with the right products and dry it thoroughly. Wet hair will be much harder to cut and could potentially damage your clipper blades.
If your hair is prone to tangles make sure you use some kind of detangling agent and it also helps to comb the hair ahead of time.
That being said, if you have extremely wavy or curly hair it doesn’t hurt to keep the hair a little damp. This will help the waves and curls lie flat and not in the natural curling or waving position. Just a little damp, not soaking wet.
General Tips For Cutting Hair
Before you ever start cutting your hair, you need to get familiar with your clippers. Pick them up, get used to feeling them in your hands, turn them on, turn them off, and trying switching out different guards.
You can even try adjusting the taper levels and speed setting if those apply to your set of clippers. You want to try to avoid a situation where you get halfway through your cut and have to go consult the manual.
The first thing that you need to know about cutting your own hair is that you should always cut in the opposite direction that your hair grows.
This not only varies from person to person, but it varies on different parts of the head. If you are not sure which way your hair grows you can easily find out.
All you have to do is run your hand through your hair. The direction that gives you the least amount of resistance will be the direction in which your hair grows in and you will want to cut in that opposite of the direction.
For instance, for most individuals, the front of the hair above the forehead grows in a downward direction. This means that you will want to cut and trim in an upward direction.
If your current haircut can be considered somewhat long it might be a good idea to first buzz your entire head with the longest length setting.
This will get the hair down to size and make it easier to deal with. After this, you can change your guard to the shorter size or the size that you desire.
When cutting your hair, regardless of the styles of your hair, it is a good idea to dampen the hair every so often. The wet water will cause the hairs to stick together and make them easier to cut.
Cutting The Sides Of Your Head
If you have ever paid attention at the barber’s shop, you probably noticed that most barbers cut from one side of the head and shift to the back of the head and then to the other side.
This isn’t the same motion that you want to follow when you are cutting your own hair at home. You will want to do one side and then skip over to the other side. You can then do the back once you are done with both sides. Why does this matter?
This will help prevent you from forgetting what exactly you have done on the one side. Another extremely important thing to keep in mind is that the power parts of the side of your head are slightly shorter than the upper parts.
So, when you are going over the lower parts, you will want to make sure that you are using a lower numbered guard. This is especially true around the ears and sideburns.
Cutting The Back Of Your Head
The back of the head is without a doubt going to be trickiest and most difficult part of the head to cut. And, this has to do with the fact that you can’t see it.
Even with an additional mirror, the process is still somewhat challenging. However, it is not entirely impossible. The best thing to do is to lay your left hand horizontally on the back of your head and use it as a guide.
Then you can simply drag the clippers along the hand, which will let you know which areas you have and haven’t covered.
It also helps if you try to listen to the sounds that the Clippers are making. You have probably already noticed that the motor produces a different sound when it is going through longer hair and shorter hair. This also can help you determine what areas of the head you have and haven’t cut yet.
Cutting The Top Of Your Head
The top of the head might be a little easier than the back due to the fact that you will be able to see it, but it is the top that will probably take the longest amount of time.
And, this is due to the fact that this is the area of the head where the hair and grow in different directions. It also doesn’t help that some individuals require gradual size changes on guards.
You can always use hair clips to keep the longer parts of the hair held up while you trim the other areas and then later come back for the longer parts.