“Don’t worry, it’ll grow back!” a friend of mine assured me before I finally decided to take the plunge. I would cut my own hair for the first time. I’ll admit, I was nervous.
Learning to cut your own hair, long or short, is an excellent skill to have. And it doesn’t have to result in disaster! You just need to know the pitfalls to avoid and the little secrets that will help you effortlessly create a perfect cut every time. Time-tested high-quality tools also go a long way.
For most people, cutting their own hair at home actually doesn’t mean they’ll never treat themselves to a professional cut from a hairdresser — it may, however, help them stretch the time to their next appointment. And that really adds up!
Do you want to join them? Why not save some money and have fun doing it?
In this guide, I’ll explain my personal techniques to cutting hair. We’ll delve into secret tips and sometimes unusual tricks that helped me and many others maintain a smart hair cut for 0 dollars.
Checklist: cutting your own hair
This guide takes you through the following:
- Prepare everything you’ll need in an easy-to-clean environment (like a bathroom). Don’t forget the vacuum cleaner.
- Start by cutting both sides. Cut hair with clippers against the natural growth pattern.
- Then do the back by using two mirrors. You can use a belt as a guide to get the hairline right. Carefully blend between lengths.
- Cut the top. The top is typically where hair is the longest, so you’ll probably have to use scissors and a comb.
- Clean up the edges — go around your ears and clean up your neckline.
- Wash your hair and clean up the space. Then you can style your hair with gel or leave it as it is.
The rest of the post will explain in depth how to take each of these simple steps with pictures and videos. We’ll also take a look at how you can cut long hair.
Why should you cut your own hair?
Here are a few reasons …
- It saves a ton of money
- you can get a haircut anytime you want
- hairdresser’s ideas won’t be forced down your throat
- no small talk with the barber
I have saved a lot of money using the techniques in this guide. It’s simple math — a men’s haircut, depending on where in the states you live, will run you for anywhere from $15 to $35. That adds up. Short hair grows pretty fast so you’ll need it cut every 3 weeks. Every year, you may be paying nearly $600 just to look decent!
I can think of better ways to spend 6 Benjamins, can’t you?
It’s also a useful skill to have to also some pocket money on the side. You’ll be able to cut your friends’ and family’s hair. Once you have some practice under your belt, you’ll be able to tell your barber exactly what you want without unpleasant surprises.
Not everyone is happy to wear a simple buzzcut. Guess what? You can get a fashionable clipper haircut and the best part is — it’s free! I’ll teach you how to cut hair with clippers in just a few paragraphs.
Self Hair Cutting Tools
It starts with the tools. Naturally, you won’t get very far without a pair of hair clippers, unless you plan to do your haircut with scissors. I must warn you though, it’s a lot harder!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- good-quality hair clippers with different-sized guards and blades
- scissors (unless you want a very short haircut)
- hair thinning scissors (if you have very thick hair)
- razor blade (again, optional)
- 2 mirrors (one in front of you and one in your hand)
- a comb
- a hair cutting cape
It’s also a good idea to keep a sweeper or a vacuum cleaner close by so you don’t get your entire house covered in hairs while walking to get it. Unless of course you get the Remmington’s vacuum clipper.
Here’s our guide to helping you select the best products.
Now remember, you’ll be able to save a lot of money with cutting your own hair. It might be a good idea to spend more upfront to get good, long-lasting equipment. We’ve reviewed and compared quite a few hair clippers on this site. Here’s an updated guide to what new tools you can use to cut your own hair.
These 3 clippers are the best tools to cut your own hair at home:
|Conair Even Cut Rotary Hair Cut Cutting System||Remington HC6550 Cordless Vacuum Haircut Kit||Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit|
|The main issue with regular hair clippers is that they are awful to work with if you’re cutting your own hair. Conair is attempting to fix this with this weirdly-shaped clipper that cuts in all directions.||What really sets this one apart is its unique vacuum feature. The feature simply sucks all the hair that’s cut into its reservoir which really cuts (get it?) the clean-up time. Another thing that people rave about is its amazing battery life.||Our third recommendation has earned a “#1 best seller” ranking and with a good reason. Its curvature makes sure you hit all spots of your scalp, and the rubberized exterior makes sure the tool will stay in your hand.|
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Best on the market
These three are the hair clippers that stood the test of time, like Oster Model 10 or Andis Master. They are sturdy and high-quality, but typically more expensive and often harder to work with as they’re meant for professional barbers.
Get these if you value quality, have a lot of heads to take care of, and want to give the clippers to your grandkids when they’re old enough. Do not get them if you want something portable and lightweight.
|Oster Classic 76||Oster Model 10||Andis 5-Speed|
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You should be standing up in front of the big mirror, close enough to the power outlet so it doesn’t hinder you working with clippers.
Featured on Shark Tank, this set lets you easily see all sides of your head. While I will recommend some hacks to get the back of your head just right, nothing beats actually seeing what you’re doing. This 3-mirror system is a simple product that will solve this problem for you. It’s also highly portable and adjustable, and that’s the reason it got really good reviews on Amazon.
This highly popular product runs out quickly. Find out if the Self-Cut System is on stock today!
How to cut your own hair short
Be sure to print out or redraw the diagram of the haircut you want so you can always check if you’re not sure about guard & blade sizes.
If this is your first time cutting your own hair it might be a good idea to have a ‘backup’ haircut that you can fall back on in case something goes wrong. So, always start with longer guards than you think you need – you can always cut shorter, but never longer.
Always take into consideration the face shape.
- If it is round face, use a taper fade haircut that offers height and fullness on the top of the head. Make sure to shorten hair near cheekbones to give an illusion of longer chin.
- Got a heart-shaped face? Then select a style that provides volume near cheek bones and for square shape go with delicate bangs and soft curls.
- Everything goes with an oval shaped face.
You do not have to do everything with just your imagination. Check web pages of companies that manufacture hair products. They often have a few tips to share on using and styling with a particular product. Or, take the traditional route — flip through the pages of fashion magazines, especially the ones dedicated to hair.
First of all, get familiar with the words that hair professionals use. Read and understand what each term being used by expert hairstylists means. Learn about razoring, graduation, layering, elevation, cutting angle, the products and specialized tools or instruments used. This will help you understand exactly what you need for the chosen haircut.
Here are 6 of the clipper cut taper haircuts tutorials we have currently on Buzzcut Guide. Here you can find exactly how to create each one at home >
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