There is nothing better than going to the salon or barber and getting a fresh cut, but the truth of the matter is that this is a time-consuming process that can suck up your funds.
Sure, six to ten dollars might not seem like a lot of money, but just imagine if you are paying this at least once or twice every other week.
It adds up over time and this is why it might be worth considering cutting your own hair at home. There are tons of people that do it and it’s not even as hard as you think.
Not only will cutting your own hair help save you money, but it is a valuable skill to have. You can cut your friends and kid’s hair as well thus saving more money.
However, there is a reason that people pay money to professional to get their hair cut. This is because they know what they are doing and have been doing it for a long time.
That being said with a little bit of information and few tips, you will be able to successfully cut your own hair at home.
Know The Self Hair Cutting Tools
The hair cutting process starts with acquiring the right tools. You probably already know that you are going to need a good pair of clippers, but you are actually going to need much more than that.
You will also need a number of different-sized guards and blades. When you buy your clippers, you will probably find that different clippers come along with different combs and guards.
The size that you want will really depend on how short you want to go with your hair. Along with the Clippers, you are also going to need a quality pair of scissors, hair thinning scissors if you have thick hair, a razor blade might be necessary for some individuals, two mirrors, a comb, and a cutting cape.
It is also a good idea to keep a vacuum cleaner close by so you don’t have to worry about dragging hair throughout the entirety of the home.
However, there are some vacuum clippers available that will automatically vacuum up the hair as you cut it, which can help clean up.
Choose Your Haircut
You probably already know that there are a number of haircuts available and each one will offer different advantages and disadvantages. That being said, you probably already have a good idea of the type of style that you are looking for.
Once, you know the style that you want, you are going to want to down a diagram and print it out of the hairstyle. There are a number of sites online that can provide you with these diagrams. These diagrams will help guide you with choosing the right sized combs.
For individuals that are cutting their hair for the first time, it is a good idea to have a backup haircut in case things go completely awry.
Preparing The Hair
Once, you have your tools at hand, you will be ready to start prepping the hair. Make sure that you have all your tools ready and handy so that you can access them at any time when they are needed.
Once the tools are laid out, you will want to go ahead and wash the hair. If your hair is normally prone to tangles and knots, you will want to use a detangling agent that will help make the hair more manageable.
As for individuals with straight hair, you will probably want to continue wetting the hair while you are cutting them with scissors.
Individuals with wavy or curly hair will only need to keep the hair a little damp when they are cutting with scissors. A little water will be sufficient enough to keep the hair flat.
Know The Basics
Before you start cutting your hair, you will want to get familiar with the tools. This is especially true for the Clippers. Turn them on, hold them in your hands, try putting on blades, and removing them.
Simple get acquainted with all the features. Now, when you are cutting your hair it is always important to do so in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
This can vary from individual to individual and it will also vary on different parts of the head. The best way to find out the growth of the hair is by running your hands through your hair. In the direction where you feel the most counterforce will be an indication as to the growth of the hair.
After you know the direction to cut your hair in, you will probably want to start out with the largest comb just in case anything goes wrong. Go ahead and give your entire head a once over.
Cutting The Side Of The Head
When cutting the side of the head it is best to go from one side to the other side and then to the back of the head. Most professional will usually work in a clockwise motion or counterclockwise motions, but this is not advisable for the amateur.
This will help prevent you from forgetting what exactly you did on one side. Going from one side to the other side will keep the actions and motions fresh in your mind so that you will be able to easily recreate and repeat them on the other side of the head.
The lower part of the sides is usually shorter if they are not tapered so it is best to use a lower number guard in these areas. This is especially true for the areas around the ears and sideburns.
Attacking The Back Of The Head
The back of the head is always tricky because you will have to use an additional mirror to see what you are doing. The very best technique for cutting the back of the head to lay your left hand horizontally on the back of the head and use it as a guide.
Once in position, you will want to drag the clipper through the hair alongside your palm hair. In addition to this, it is also important to listen to the sounds of clipper as it is moving through the hair.
You will hear strain on the motor when it is cutting long hair and when there isn’t a strain in probably means that the hair is already short enough in that section.
Cutting your own hair at home comes along with tons of benefits and the process might seem hard, but it really isn’t. Sure, it is possible that you might make some mistakes along the way, but by using longer guards and having a backup haircut, you can mitigate the damage until you get the hang of it.