Desperate times call for desperate measures. We’re not talking about panic buying here, the fact that everyone now hates their neighbours or the social fatigue that comes with jumping from video call to video call all day every day. We’re talking about the fact that you gents are struggling with how to cut your hair at home, with botched jobs flooding our news feeds and ruining the heads of men across the globe.
What has become abundantly clear over the last few months is that the average man (or his significant other for that matter) has absolutely no idea where to start when it comes to cutting his own hair at home. Be it the right hair clippers to choose or face shapes to focus on, the world of the home hair cut is basically the Wild West at this point.
Fear not guys, because not all hope for a good head of hair is lost in isolation! VS for Men is here to help you select the best tool for the job, as not all clippers are made equal, and guide you through cutting your own hair at home.
Who would Picasso be without his brush? What about Gordon Ramsay, sans the potty mouth and frying pan? Let’s go right back to basics. When it comes to cutting your own hair at home, men, it’s all about the tools you use. Hair tools and gadgets for men have come a long way (just look at what we’ve got on offer in the VS for Men range), and there’ll surely be one designed specifically for the look you’re hoping to achieve.
The first thing to determine is what you’re trying to achieve, because that will determine which tools you use. Longer male hair styles will typically require a hair clipper that offers longer cutting lengths like our Lithium Cut. It’s the at home professional clipping tool that offers a range of cutting lengths from 3mm to 19mm, for cutting, shaping & fading your longer hair style. It’s an excellent first tool to grab if you’re tackling a look that requires length as well as defined finishes. If you’re not entirely sure how to use hair clippers to the best of their ability, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top tips for using VS for Men hair clippers HERE.
For lads looking for a shorter, lower maintenance style, the time honoured crew cut is another excellent option for a DIY home haircut, and is easily achievable with the right hair clipper in hand. Many men shy away from this particular look as they’re self-conscious about the shape of their head under their existing hair (not everyone has a perfect tennis ball shaped dome…). However, when done well, this is an excellent option to keep you looking sharp whilst cutting your own hair at home. The VS For Men Crew Cut was designed specifically with this in mind, with an ergonomic shape that fits in the palm of your hand for the easiest home hair cut possible. We’re not even joking… It’s as easy as moving your hand around your head. One thing to know here is that in order to achieve the ultimate crew cut, you’ll need to give yourself a bit of a trim beforehand and ensure that longer hair is cut down to a grade #4 before you get started on your crew cut. Check out our simple guide for nailing the look HERE.
Keen on giving the crew cut a go for your at home haircut? Check out THESE options for inspiration before you pick up your tools and start shearing.
There’s nothing worse than going for a run and pulling your hamstring, causing you a world of pain because you didn’t stretch and prepare properly. The same goes for your at home haircut and as the age old saying goes, if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail… Or have a haircut that looks like you lost a fight with a lawn mower, in this particular instance.
Short of googling ‘How To Use Hair Clippers At Home’ so you can turn the tool on, it can be easy to skip the research phase of cutting your own hair at home… But believe us guys, there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to picking up the hair tools and giving it a go yourself.
One important (but easily forgotten) component of your DIY hair cut is keeping male face shapes in mind, and matching yours to a cut that will enhance your best features. Not sure what your face shape is? Check out THIS EASY GUIDE to male face shapes alongside haircut suggestions that will maximise your look and give you the best home hair cut possible.
You wouldn’t go to a barber in the back parking lot of a dodgy shopping block. There’s most likely no power, the lighting is dodgy and you don’t have adequate mirror space to ensure a job well done. Similarly, when selecting the location of your hair cutting station at home, the garage, kitchen or (god forbid) bedroom should be completely off limits.
As we mentioned before, preparation is key, and as such you need to make sure that you’re properly set up for success when cutting your hair at home. The bathroom is usually the best place in any home to set up as there is plenty of light, mirrors and power points at the ready (if needed). The tiled space is also ideal for a quick and easy clean-up of hair once you’ve mastered your look, however, you can make the process even more streamlined by laying down a plastic sheet before you start cutting. On top of this, the team at VS for Men have made the process even easier, with their range of clippers offering removable & washable blades, cleaning brushes and oil to make cleaning and maintenance a breeze.
Another key aspect of successfully cutting your hair at home is forward prep. There’s nothing more stressful than being halfway through shearing the back of your head only to realise you left a pivotal item in the bedroom and have to pause midway to grab it, totally disrupting the flow of your cut and making the likelihood of a home haircut fail extremely high. Ensure you clipper is fully charged or if mains powered, connected to a power point with the power chord untangled and well away from any water. Similarly, getting out the comb guides that come with your hair clipper and setting them up in order will remove any mid-cut fumbling for the right one. Make sure that you have everything you need within your station prior to beginning will remove this risk, so you can get on with what’s important… NAILING YOUR CUT.
The final thing that you’re going to have to prepare for when it comes to cutting your own hair at home is visibility. You can’t do a good job if you can’t see what you’re doing, regardless of the research undertaken and tools purchased, which is why having a hand mirror at the ready in additional to the bathroom wall mirror is vital for nailing the areas that are hard to see when you’re the one wielding the tools.
In regards to your tools and the importance of proper visibility, clippers really are the star of the show, with scissors and combs playing more of a supporting role. They tackle the more focused work, with your hair clipper doing the heavy lifting in perfecting that home haircut. Who wants to be hacking away at the back of their head blind with a live hair clipper? We didn’t think so.
It’s also impossible to do a neat job of cleaning up your neck with the clipper without a mirror providing guidance, so having one at the ready will keep your home haircut from descending into a total fail from the back. Guys, just because no one can see the back of your head on a video call doesn’t give you an excuse to do it lazily.
Our top tip for picking the perfect hand mirror? Get a durable one that isn’t going to snap, twist about or break completely while you’re trying to focus on achieving that perfect head of hair. The last thing you need is seven years bad luck on top of a bad haircut, right?
Okay great, so we’re all set to get started on the actual home haircut. The hair clippers have been purchased based on your hair type and style requirements, you’ve researched what will actually suit your face shape and home hair cutting station is prepped and ready to make magic. Let’s get to the actual haircut itself, gents!
What you’ll need to do is get your hair a little damp for best results, and be sure to wash out any product you may have in your hair prior to cutting. Some guys like to have a proper wash beforehand whilst others prefer to lightly dampen, and save the full wash for when you’ve nailed the cut and need to get rid of all the excess hair.
Now that you have your canvas well and truly primed for your clipper cut, be sure to check out our full step by step technical guide to cutting your hair at home courtesy of VS for Men Grooming Guru Jules Tognini right HERE.
GOOD LUCK GROOMING GENTS, AND GO FORTH WITH ALL THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED TO CUT YOUR OWN HAIR AT HOME.