Want to look sharp but don’t want to spend a fortune at the barber? Cutting your hair with clippers is an easy and cost-effective way to maintain a tidy haircut. With a little bit of practice and patience, you can do it like a pro! Here are some tips to get you started.
Choose the Right Clippers
Not all clippers are created equal. When selecting a pair, consider the following:
- Blade quality: Look for clippers with high-quality blades that are rust-resistant and stay sharp for longer periods.
- Motor power: If you have thick, curly hair, opt for clippers with a powerful motor that won’t stall or slow down.
- Attachments: Most clippers come with multiple attachments for different hair lengths. Make sure the attachments are easy to change and don’t slip off.
- Price: While it’s tempting to go for the cheapest clippers, investing in a high-quality pair will pay off in the long run.
Prepare Your Hair
Before you start cutting, make sure your hair is clean and dry. Wet hair can be harder to cut evenly and may clog the clippers. Comb your hair in the direction it naturally falls, and consider using a mirror to help you see the back of your head.
Choose Your Haircut Style
There are many different styles you can achieve with clippers, from buzz cuts to fades. Choose a style that suits your face shape and personal preference, and be realistic about what you can achieve on your own.
A fade haircut is a popular style that involves gradually cutting the hair shorter from the top to the sides and back of the head. To achieve a fade, follow these steps:
- Start with a longer attachment and cut the hair on top of the head to the desired length.
- Switch to a shorter attachment and cut the hair on the sides and back of the head, gradually decreasing the length as you move towards the bottom.
- Blend the top and sides of the hair by using a comb and scissors or by using a clipper without an attachment to create a smooth transition.
A buzz cut is a simple, low-maintenance style that involves cutting the hair to the same length all over the head. To achieve a buzz cut, follow these steps:
- Choose the attachment that corresponds to the desired length, usually somewhere between 1/8th and 1 inch.
- Starting at the sides or back of the head, cut the hair against the grain in a smooth, even motion.
- Move the clippers in an upward motion towards the top of the head, cutting the hair evenly all around.
Start Cutting Your Hair
Once you have chosen your style and prepared your hair, it’s time to start cutting! Start with longer attachments and work your way down to shorter attachments if needed. Make sure to keep your hands steady and take your time.
Finish and Clean Up
When you have finished cutting, use scissors to trim any stray hairs and create a clean, even look. Use a handheld mirror or ask a friend to check the back of your head for any missed spots. Once you are satisfied with the cut, clean the clippers and attachments with a soft brush or cloth and oil the blades to keep them in good working condition.
Common Questions and Answers
- Can I cut my hair with regular scissors?
- Do I need to wash my hair before cutting it with clippers?
- How often should I cut my hair with clippers?
- How can I make sure my haircut is even?
While it is possible to cut your hair with regular scissors, it is not recommended. Hair scissors are designed to cut hair evenly and precisely, while regular scissors may create uneven lines and damage the hair.
It is recommended to cut hair when it is dry and clean, as wet hair can be harder to cut evenly and may clog the clippers.
This depends on the length and style of your haircut, as well as your personal preference. Generally, hair should be cut every 4-6 weeks to maintain a tidy appearance.
Use a mirror to check the sides and back of your head, and comb your hair in the direction it naturally falls to ensure an even cut.
- “How to Cut Men’s Hair with Clippers” by wikiHow
- “Tips for Cutting Men’s Hair with Clippers” by Esquire
- “The Best Hair Clippers for Men in 2021” by GQ