A professional Barber spends hundreds of hours honing his craft. This experience along with his continued education can’t be easily replicated.
The DIY enthusiast may not be able to achieve the proficiency level of an experienced barber, but he can reach a good enough skill level to give himself a great haircut.
In this article, we cover five reasons why you should consider cutting your hair at home. Enjoy!
1. Cutting Your Hair At Home Is Convenient
Convenience is king in a busy world.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Time is precious, and most of us prefer to spend it with friends and family.
“Going to the barber” isn’t normally a top priority. In fact, it can feel like a chore to drive across town, wait in line for a touch-up, and then drive back to shower and clean up the hair left on our neck and shirt.
In addition, not all men have the desire for a salon experience. It takes time to schedule an appointment and wait for it to arrive. Making small talk while being pampered can also be time-consuming.
Wouldn’t it be nice to roll out of bed and give yourself a clean up in the comfort of your own home? It would take about 30 minutes and then get on with the rest of your day.
Too good to be true? It’s not as hard as you may think.
The same holds true for men who live in small towns. The nearest barbershop could be at least 30 minutes away. In this scenario, a DIY haircut seems like the best solution.
2. Style On The Go
How many times has an important meeting come up at the last minute?
Ever wished you could run into the barbershop for an emergency trim?
When a man has an urgent situation, the barber’s schedule may not always match up with his.
Men who travel internationally may feel uncomfortable having their hair cut in a foreign country. Language barriers can get in the way of explaining specifically what they want.
If you’re an engineer that has to work in the field every other month it can be hard to build trust with a temporary barber.
If a man can take his style with him, he can groom himself anytime and anywhere.
Most men usually keep an electric razor in their car for shaving. It makes sense to include a pair of high-quality clippers as well.
3. Cutting Your Hair At Home Gives You Control
Have you ever given a barber specific instructions and it didn’t come out the way you expected?
This tends to happen when a man puts his expectations in the hands of someone he may not trust.
The lines in barbershops make it difficult for men to see their preferred barber. It can be challenging to explain what you want to someone new.
When a man’s favorite barber is busy, waiting isn’t always an option. He either has to come back another day (time wasted) or hold on for as long as he can and feel rushed.
One option is to schedule a haircut once a month and handle the maintenance yourself. Having tools at home gives you the control to trim up in between haircuts. (More on that below).
If a man can cut his hair at home, he is in total control. He knows his desires better than anyone. Relying on someone else to achieve that can sometimes lead to disappointment.
Like learning anything new, this is a skill that requires practice. Keep it simple by choosing a style that looks great but doesn’t take too much effort to achieve.
Starting with shorter hair is the easiest way to begin. As your hair grows longer, guidance of a professional becomes more important.
Here is a good order to practice from easy to difficult.
The Easiest Cuts:
These require the least amount or practice and are great for beginners.
Close cut – This is the perfect cut to practice at home with. It’s the closest shave to your head and requires daily upkeep, but it takes the least amount of knowledge.
Buzz Cut – The uniformed length on the top, back, and sides make this the easiest cut to maintain. It’s a hair longer (no pun intended) than the close cut so you can go a couple days between maintenance.
Easy Cut – This is the cut that looks best on you. No need to worry about the rules here. You can experiment a bit on the perfectly shaped cut for your head.
Brush Cut – This is the easiest cut to achieve with a little bit of length. The brush cut is perfect for the man on the go who just desires a streamlined look without buzzing down to nothing.
The Intermediate Cuts:
These are going to require a bit more skill but you can click each one for some quick tutorials.
Business Cut – The most conservative look of the group. There is a slight taper on the back and sides which requires a little bit more practice. It leaves enough hair on the top to comb over or push back past your forehead.
Tousled Cut – More popular among younger gentlemen, this cut is easy to groom for men who like to have longer hair. It requires weekly upkeep to maintain.
The Side Part – A classic hairstyle. The side part is clean on the sides with longer bangs that can be combed over or back. Maintenance should be every 5-7 days.
These are going to require the most amount of practice.
Fade Cut – By now you should have some practice with fading. The fade cut keeps it tight on the sides and back while incorporating more length on the top. It’s the easiest fade cut to maintain at home.
Peaked Cut – This is a trendier look that is a little more difficult. It requires tapered sides that blend nicely into a longer top.
No matter which cut you choose, practicing daily will strengthen your home grooming skills.
At the end of the day, this is a useful skill that a man can pass on to his friends or family. If in doubt there’s nothing wrong with seeking help from a professional.
5. Great Style With Minimal Effort
After one initial cut, weekly maintenance for 5-10 minutes is all that it takes to keep your hair looking presentable.
The great thing about home cuts is that you can reduce the amount of time needed for a full cut by giving yourself touch ups.
The best places for touch ups are:
Arch – Most current styles don’t have the hair touching the ears. Don’t use scissors around the ears. Instead, use a trimmer or inverted clipper to shape the hairline with a steady single-direction motion. Bend the ear down so they’re out of the way for quick trimming.
Sideburns – Whether you’re tapering, straightening, or trimming, uniformity on both sides is key. It’s easiest to trim the sideburns if they’re damp. Comb in their natural direction of growth and use the trimmer or clipper to reach your desired shape.
Neck – The neck is the easiest to go unnoticed simply because it is out of site. Remember, it’s only out of YOUR site. Many people see a hairy neckline. All it takes is a spare minute and a mirror. Use the trimmer or clippers in the closest position. Run in an upward position to eliminate growth.