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How to cut men’s hair from home: Expert tips and tools for beginners

No barber; no problem! Here's some top advice on men's trims and haircuts

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Who could have predicted that much of the nation would be adding hairdressing to their skill set? The coronavirus pandemic has seen hairdressers and barbers close their doors for the most part of a year, leaving people to try a DIY haircut

Of course, in the grand scheme of things this is a minor problem, but not being able to trim hair can be stressful – particularly if you're a man whose hair or beard is close to becoming unmanageable. 

If you're going to take matters into your own hands before salons and barbers reopen this spring, it's important to get it right – so we're giving you a list of tools you'll need and we also spoke to the experts from Live True London, who shared their tips for how to cut men's hair.

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How to cut men's hair with clippers

"Cutting men’s hair will always be easier with clippers – a scissor over-comb style cut on oneself is rather tricky!" they said.

Step 1

"Make sure that the guard is locked safely onto the machine. If the guard falls off, this could cause a disaster with all of the hair being shaved off. Use the longer guard first and work on the sides, repeat the same movement with shorter guards and stopping roughly 1 cm lower each time.

Step 2

"Repeat the same at the back while holding a mirror, being careful as the reflection means you’ll have to work backwards. When this is done you can cut the tips on the top and connect with the sides and back. You are now ready to style."

hair clipper

HATTEKER Hair Clipper Beard Trimmer Kit for Men, £29.99, Amazon

mens hair comb

Hair comb for men, £9.99, Amazon

barbers cleaning brush

TRIXES Barbers Brush - Hairdressing Neck Brush, £7.99, Amazon 


barbers cape

Professional Barber Cape, £17.99, Amazon


How to cut men's hair with scissors

Of course, it gets easier if you have someone to assist. If you've been tasked with cutting your partner or child's hair, you're probably feeling the pressure. It’s easiest to buy a pair of clippers and go for the same length all over, but if they're planning to maintain a style with longer length on top, the scissors above will do the trick.

"As a rule for all cuts, kitchen scissors are usually too big for haircuts," say Live True London. "We recommend that you use the thinnest scissor you can find so that you can always control the amount of hair being cut."

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Step 1 

When chopping longer bits of hair, use the end of the scissors to add texture. Be sure to cut in small, 1cm-2cm chunks, and check regularly from all angles.

Step 2 

The hair around the ears is important; brush it through (with a wet comb) over the ears, and then trim into place. Getting this neat will help improve the quality of the overall cut.

Most importantly, don't cut too much in one go - you can always go back and make adjustments if you start small. Good luck!

Hairdressing scissors

Hairdressing scissors, £8.99, Amazon


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Hair thinning scissors

Hair thinning scissors, £6.99, Amazon


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