In the age of isolation, knowing how to cut your hair at home has never been more important. We’ve already broken down everything that you’ll need to know to nail the at home hair cut HERE, but now it’s time to focus on how to use electric hair clippers.
Whether the buzz cut, under cut, fade cut or crew cut is your home haircut of choice, we’ve got you sorted. Take matters into your own hands and become the master of your hair clipper with these tips to cutting your own hair at home.
Don’t be a dirty mongrel. Clean, untangled hair works best when using electric hair clippers.
Use the right comb guide, as this can be the difference between a hair success and hair horror. This is one we prepared earlier to help you determine what you’ll need to cut your own hair at home.
If you’re updating your man brand at home by going from long to short, be sure to start with a longer comb grade first and work in sections. This way you’ll know which sections are yet to be cut.
Get your grip right:
o Start by holding your clipper against the hair.
o The teeth of the comb guide should be pointing upwards and flat against the head.
o Slowly move the clipper upwards and outwards through the hair against the direction of hair growth.
For longer hair on top of your head, grab a barber comb to lift the hair and then clip over the comb, or hold the hair between your fingers and cut to the desired length.
Your home haircut is only as good as your attention to detail, so don’t skimp out. It’s all about the finishing details: the nape of the neck and sideburns are all part of your brand, changing you from caveman into businessman. Use the hair clipper without a comb guide and turn it over, grooming from top to bottom.
Ever wondered how your barber nailed the ever-popular short sides and longer top? It’s all about the oh-so-manly pendulum move. This pendulum-like swinging action helps to cut your hair using an upward vertical motion that leaves your length in tact on top, and will help you to nail this look whilst practising the art of social distancing.
1. Begin at the nape of your neck or the base of your ears, cut your hair using an upward vertical motion.
2. Move the clipper away from the crown as you near the top of the head. Repeat this process several times.
3. Don’t forget the manly pendulum move, if you wish to keep the hair on the top of your head longer.
You felt like you were Edward Scissorhands and now have a mohawk. We’re pretty sure that you’ll be wanting to sort that out… No shade if you’re a fan of the ‘hawk, that is!
If you’re not so keen on the gnarly long on top/ super short-on the sides look, then you need to decide the right length for trimming the top of your dome.
1. Begin by completing a reference point with the first front section of hair. It will then be easier to find when you cut the sections on the front and at the back of your head.
2. Use your little and ring fingers to rest on the top of your head while your middle and index fingers hold the hair at the desired length.
3. Work your hair clippers through from front to back. When positioning your hand and lifting the next section, you will see the previous section through your hair. Cut using the reference section as a guide.
Now we’re cooking with gas when it comes to the home haircut… It’s time to get the fade rocking for your man brand! It’s here in your haircut that you will create continuity between the length of the hair on the top of your head, and the (shorter) length of the hair on the sides.
1. Use a comb as a cutting guide and run it vertically up the side of your head, beginning at the bottom to lift the remaining sections.
2. Using the clipper, straighten gradually. Before each cut with the clipper, repeat the step with a comb to ‘cut’ as much hair as possible.
We mustn’t forget that your hair style is more than just a cut, it is a statement. Get stuck into this technique to create a unique look, with the assurance of maintaining shape.
1. Using the most comfortable hand position, take a section of hair holding it 1 to 2cm below where you will cut.
2. Using your hair clipping tool, ‘plunge’ into the section at an angle to create a ragged effect on the ‘ends’.
Just because the closest thing you’ve come to human contact in weeks is a computer screen or the delivery driver knocking on your door, doesn’t mean you can get sloppy. When one is learning how to cut their own hair at home, the finishing details of your haircut will set you apart from your male counterparts.
1. To refine the contours of the sideburns and around the ears, you should follow the contours holding the clipper at an angle of about 45˚ from the temple.
2. Our trusty pendulum-swinging action now comes in handy once again! Run the clipper toward the top and create a layered cut, using the nape of your neck for support.
It’s no secret that we’re all stuck doing our own hair for the minute, and with every guy on the block looking up how to cut their own hair at home, we’re here to help you stand out from the crowd using the five position taper control as featured on most of our VS for Men hair clippers (available HERE: https://www.vssassoon.com.au/men/products/head).
The five position WHAT, you say? Our five position taper control allows you…
o Make fine cut adjustments for precision trimming with hair clippers whilst cutting your own hair at home.
o Adjust the cutting length between grade lengths, creating a seamless blend and mimicking a professional cut whilst remaining at home.
o Gradually adjust the closeness of the cut.
o Increase and decrease cutting length at the flick of a switch.
PRO #ISOHAIRCUT TIP: Use an ear comb guide to tidy up around the ears and to tidy the edges. Remove the comb guide, and hold the clippers upside-down so the front of the clipper is facing towards your head, hold it straight on your side burns or neckline and move the clippers downwards.
NOW YOU HAVE THE TIPS, TRICKS AND KNOWELDGE OF THE RIGHT TOOLS TO TAKE YOUR AT HOME HAIR CUTTING GAME FROM NO GO TO G.O.A.T. NICE ONE!