Tips For Men’s DIY Haircuts
Staying home right now is the smart move. But it may have left you a bit shaggy in the hair and beard department.
If you do a double take when you look in the mirror these days, it’s time to get back on your grooming game. Because you probably won’t see your barber for a while, we’ve got some simple tips for cleaning up your look and loving your style. You want to look good for all those video calls, right?
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#1: Wash and Dry
It’s best to start with clean, dry and untangled hair. Why dry? You may be used to your barber or stylist wetting your hair before they start cutting. They do this because it helps with more precise cutting. But for you, starting with dry hair will give you a better idea of what the hair will look like when you’re all done. If you cut hair wet, it’s possible for it to shorten up more than expected once it dries.
#2: Use Your Mirrors
Your dad’s advice for driving will come in handy for DIY haircuts. Cutting your hair over the bathroom sink is the most realistic option, and ideally you’ll have a bright light fixture there to illuminate yourself in the mirror. Additionally, a hand mirror is extremely helpful when trimming the back of your head and around the ears. If you don’t have a second mirror, you can try using the front camera on your phone.
#3: Section Your Hair
Break the haircut into small, manageable segments by sectioning your hair. You can do this with a comb or use clips if your hair is long enough.Create a part on one or both sides of your head (depending on your hairstyle), to split the middle from the two sides. Then comb the back of your head to create a separation from the front section.
#4: Start with a Trim
It's OK to start small. If you’re unsure how to tackle a full haircut, a trim can still make a world of difference.Start by cleaning up around your ears, sideburns, and the back of your neck. Next, evaluate if you’re comfortable taking care of the rest right now. For this kind of trimming, a personal groomer does the trick. We like the Virtually Indestructible All-in-One Grooming Kit with cordless performance and a variety of length options (from 2mm to 20mm). It’s a compact tool, so you can get a close trim where you need it most. And it works great on your beard and body hair.
#5: Go Slow
You pay your barber for a reason: they’ve been cutting hair for a long time, and they’re good at it. When starting out with self-haircuts, be realistic with how long it will take to recreate the look you’re used to. And it’s ok if you can’t fully replicate your barber’s handiwork. You can use this process simply for cleaning up your look until you can get back into the barber. Start by trimming small amounts of hair at a time. This will help prevent any mishaps that will tank the whole look.
#6: Scissors in Front, Clippers in the Back
You’ll need the right tools for the job. Barber shears are crucial because they’re sharper than normal scissors, allowing you more precise cuts that avoid tugging and split ends. Hair clippers are a lifesaver on the back of your head, the sides, and around the ears. With clip-on combs that control the length, it’s easy to get the length you’re going for. We recommend the Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer, with self-sharpening stainless steel blades that provide a premium cutting experience and maximum efficiency. Start slow with both, and trim a little hair at a time until you’ve reached the desired length.
#7: Against The Grain
When trimming with clippers, you’ll get the best cut going against the grain of your hair. That means starting at the bottom and slowly making your way up.
#8: Cutting The Top
Once you get the sides the right length, it’s time to bring out the shears for the top. Using either your fingers or a comb, lift up small sections of hair and snip off a small amount. You’ll probably want to cut between ¼-½” to start. Do this across the entire top of your head before going any shorter.If you’re going for a buzz cut or cleaning up a fully shaved look, the ShortCut Pro Trimmer makes it easy to follow the contours of your head.
#9: What To Look For
You’ve reached the end of your DIY haircut and it’s time to evaluate your work.
Here’s what you want to look for:
- Even sides – the fade of your hair begins and ends in the same spot on both sides
- Smooth fade – even out any ridges in your fade
- Consistent tapering, especially around the ears
- Sideburns are trimmed, and connect evenly with facial hair (if applicable)
- Clean neckline – use the lowest setting on your clippers and a hand mirror to clean up your neckline