We've all been there, gents. You need a haircut, but life gets in the way. After all, we're all incredibly busy, and sometimes you don't have time for the luxury of a good haircut.
So what's a stylish guy left to do? Leave your hair looking like a mop on your head? Of course not.
Don't worry, gents; I'm here with the 5 best ways to change your hairstyle without going to the barber. You can achieve these in the comfort of your own home with just a few items.
So grab your hair clippers because today, I'll be covering:
- How To Shorten Your Current Hairstyle
- Shave Your Neckline
- Give Yourself The Perfect Taper
- Switch Up Your Hair Product
- One-Length Buzzcut
#1 How To Shorten Your Current Hairstyle
In the weeks following a trip to the barber, your hair begins to grow out and loses its lustre. Fear not, you don’t have to be stuck waiting until your next scheduled haircut. Act fast, and you don't have to wait for your next barbershop visit to get that mop straightened out.
If you have short to medium-length hairstyles such as a crew cut or ivy league, you can easily shorten and beaten your hair with a pair of adjustable hair clippers.
The most important rule of thumb when cutting your hair is that you can always take more off, but not re-grow it. So it's best to start conservative on the length and work your way down until you're happy.
Start on the sides, opt for a shorter length guide (#2-#4), and start around the lower parts of your hair, working your way upward. You can always go back and size down in length to get the desired look.
Once you've cut the sides, work toward the top of your head. Size up in length with the guides, and be sure not to take off too much. Once you've managed to get to the desired length, you can use your favorite styling products to give it that texture you want.
If you have longer hair, you can accomplish the same thing by using some of the longer guides mixed with a pair of hair-specific scissors to get the length you want.
#2 Shave Your Neckline
One of the first tell-tale signs that you haven't had a haircut in a few weeks is the hair on your neckline. After a fresh haircut, your neckline is trim and proper.
But over time, that hair grows, and you lose that fresh-cut look. Using a razor to shave your neckline can give you that just-cut look every few days.
All you need for this is a handheld mirror (or 3-way mirror if you have one) and a safety razor. A multiblade razor can work. However, they are designed for coarse facial hair and might irritate the back of your neck.
Once you have your neck lathered with shaving cream, it's time to start. First, you want to shape the neckline, which can be the trickiest part.
Start with the razor vertical on your neckline and shape it as you desire. Work your way up to your ears and ensure it's even on both sides.
Once you've shaped the neckline, you can begin shaving the rest of your neck, working down. After shaving your neck, double-check your work and touch up as needed.
Now you've got a freshly shaven neckline that looks like you just left the barber. The best part is that you can do this as often as you like and keep this new cut look for weeks.
#3 Give Yourself The Perfect Taper
When it comes to hairstyles women love, most share the art of a good taper.
A taper is done with adjustable clippers starting on the lowest portion of the sides and back of your head where the hair line starts—then working up towards the top of your head using increasing lengths of guides to get a tapered effect.
Barbers can do this well, but the good news is so can you with a pair of adjustable hair clippers and a handheld mirror.
Depending on your the desired length, you can start with no guide or a shorter guide (#1-#3) and work in 1-2 inch increments working up the sides and back of your head.
The goal here is to taper up to the length of the hair on the top of your head without the lines being too harsh. Whatever number guide you start with, only increase by whole numbers working up to the highest length.
For example, if you start on the side with a #1, increase to a #2 on the next section, then #3, and so on. Once you've cut all the way around with each guide, you can go back and touch up areas that need it.
The result should be a perfect taper that adds dimension to your hairstyle. This allows you to keep the top length longer as it grows but change the sides when you want.
#4 Switch Up Your Hair Product
The easiest and quickest way to change your hairstyle at home is by changing your hair product.
Different men's hair products are designed for different uses. This means that some have more hold and shine than others.
For example, let's say you currently use a hair gel or pomade to get that nice, polished quiff. Now you want to change things up. Hair gel and pomades offer higher hold and shine than other products.
So let's say you want to switch to a more relaxed hairstyle that gives off little to no shine. Which product works best for that?
Using something like a matte hair clay would be an excellent option for that relaxed, just-got-out-of-bed look. Matte hair clays have little to no shine and can help give your hair more texture and volume without the added shine.
The rule of thumb to pay attention to is the product's holding power and the level of shine.
More shine gives a more polished look and often means it may hold longer. While clays, pastes, and waxes are meant more for more relaxed hairstyles and help to add texture.
Whether you want to change things up to look more polished or relaxed, using a different product for your hair can dramatically change your hairstyle.
#5 One-Length Buzzcut
Nothing is better than a fresh buzzcut if you're looking for a quick way to change your hairstyle without going to the barber.
The one-length buzzcut is done by using a pair of hair clippers and only one guide. Typically this is done with a #1 or #2 guide around your entire head.
You put the guide on your clippers and cut the hair across your entire head at the same length. Once done, you'll have an even-length buzzcut that is easy to maintain.
This is the most drastic way to change your hairstyle on this list, so give it plenty of thought before you go down this path. But once you do, you might like what you find. A buzzcut is easy to maintain, and you never have to style it.
It can be a great option if you're looking to drastically change things. Or maybe you just want something easy to care for and be cool in the summer months? Either way, if you decide a buzzcut is for you, give it a try and enjoy the low maintenance.
There you have it, gents—the best ways to change up your hair without visiting the barber.
If you enjoyed reading this and want more, check out this article I did on the 10 most attractive men's hairstyles