How to Cut Hair with Clippers
The cost of buying hair clippers can immediately offset the money you can save by doing the haircutting task at home. Having the knowledge in hand on how to cut hair with clippers allows you to create awesome results that are also as good as from hair salons. You can also buzz the hair of your friends or someone else’s to get some pocket money.
There are many clipper cuts that you can try if you are not comfortable with bald look. The best thing about having hair clippers is that you can do it yourself every time you want a new hairstyle.
How to Cut Hair with Clippers
Before you start, make sure that you have all the materials that you need: good hair clippers, comb, scissors and towel. Stand up in front of a mirror and make sure you that you are near the outlet. It is also ideal to purchase a good clipper set especially if you also want to cut hair for some members of your family. This technique definitely saves a lot of money.
You should also observe the hair clippers first before doing your hair. Simply turn it on and off, change the blades, guards as well as the speed so you can determine how it works.
Choose the size and style that you want. All hair clippers come with several attachments that allow you to choose different haircut lengths. If you want a medium short cut, ½” or ¾” attachment would work well. Look for clippers that include adjustable blade angles for cutting different layers in one style. If you need to cut close around the ears, make sure that you have clippers with edge guards.
Start from the back of the neck. Comb the hair to make a guide. Turn on the clippers and tilt the head down towards the front. Place the attachment of the clippers gently on the base of the neck. Slowly move it upwards and keep a calm and steady pressure on the clippers. Make sure that you cut against the direction of the hair’s growth.
It can be a bit tough to do the back as you cannot see it clearly unless you have someone to do it for you or arrange it after. One tip is to listen carefully to the sound of the clippers when cutting the back as this lets you know when the hair is short enough even if you cannot see it clearly from the mirror. You can also place your other hand horizontally on your head to stop the clipper from cutting unevenly.
Continue to the sides and top. Move the clippers with the same amount of pressure from the bottom to the sides. Make sure to work against the opposite direction of the hair’s growth. This lets you get more hair using the guard. Common barbers work on one side to another. But you can also do both sides alternatively so you won’t forget the exact action you applied on one side.
You can always stop to check the other side of the head so you can make sure that both sides are even. Cut in small parts and finish it close to the back of the neck to blend well.
The top is commonly the longest part so choose the right guard size that you need. A comb can also guide you. Make sure to do it slowly to prevent tugging of the hair or hitting the scalp. Remove loose hair by running your fingers through your hair. This also lets you determine the parts that the clipper missed.
Use sharp scissors to trim the back of each ear. Make sure that the outlines are visible and accurate. Also trim back of the neck starting from the back of each ear. This can give your neck and ears cool and smooth feeling.
If there are uneven parts, simply cut them with scissors. If you have thick hair, you can also make the hair on the crown thinner with scissors. This also allows you to give them styles such as spikes. Simply cut few times to add jagged edges or to even the tips. For longer hair, take one section at a time and cut the ends.
- Use hairdryer to remove hair from the neck and clothes. You can also apply baby power to keep the hair from sticking to the skin.
- Put a cape, towel or slick fabric around your neck before cutting your hair. This keeps the hair from getting inside your shirt.
Now, if you wanna know more about how to cut your own hair with clippers, here’s another tutorial.