There’s a reason why many hairstylists have long hair: It’s easier. However, if you’re like me and are a man who has short hair, it can be difficult to find a barber or stylist willing to cut your hair properly. I’ve tried countless times and wasted countless hours on the internet looking for tips on how to do this myself, but I decided that the only way to get what I wanted was to simply learn how to cut it myself. So here’s a little tutorial that will teach you how.
Step By Step Guide on how to cut men’s hair
- Brush or comb your hair down and flat
- Separate the hair into three sections; the top portion, the middle portion (including sideburns), and the bottom portion.
- Comb or brush these sections flat. Use a narrow brush for your sideburns, if needed.
- Cut only straight across on all sides, using scissors or razor (razor is best for this step). Make sure to cut at a 45 degree angle on all sides of your sideburns. Don’t cut at an improper angle here because it will leave you with longer sides than you expected! Start with one pass of the razor/scissors across all sections (the razor can be used in either direction here).
- Spritz the sections with water or some sort of serum
- Comb/brush your hair down again. Take a small section and spray it with hair spray, then comb/brush it flat. While still in this section, add more water to the section, just enough to make it wet (approximately 15-25 mL water). Continue combing/brushing this flat section down until you’re done using that bottle of hair spray.
- Use your middle section (including sideburns) as a guide and cut one straight line on one side of the middle section (leaving the sideburns at least 3mm above the rest of the middle section).
- Comb/brush the hair down and repeat this entire process on all sides.
- Use your bottom section as a guide and cut one straight line on that as well. This will leave you with two small sections below the middle section. Make sure not to lose these!
- Comb/brush down any “steps” in your hair by combing it straight up and cutting at a 45 degree angle to remove any vertical pieces that don’t meet the rest of your hair. This can only be done when combing your hair down, however (If your sideburns are anything like mine, they’ll need their own 45 degree angle cut).
- Comb your hair down again. Take a small section and add more water to it, just enough to make it wet (approximately 15-25mL). While still in this section, add more hair spray and comb/brush it straight down. Continue combing/brushing this flat section down until you’re done applying that bottle of hair spray.
- Go over your entire head one last time and make sure that everything is cut straight across at a 45 degree angle. Also, make sure your fringe (bangs) is cut at the same length as the rest of your hair (It’s always easy to accidentally leave them longer). Lastly, check the sideburns and make sure they’re even on both sides.
it’s as simple as combing your hair down, cutting straight across every time, adding a reasonable amount of water and hair spray, then cutting one more time with a small section to make sure everything is even. With practice you’ll be able to do it in no more than 4 minutes. Good luck and post here if you have any questions!
Note: This can be done at the barbershop or in your bathroom. I’ve only used this at home so far because I’m poor.