How to shave one side of your hair

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How to shave one side of your hair
Deciding on this hairstyle can be a big commitment. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Shaving one side of your hair can help women to stand out from the crowd with a daring twist on classic, feminine hairstyles. Although the style is regularly seen on celebrities, it can look great on many women and can be worn in an elegant way or hidden by parting the hair differently to suit the workplace. With the right preparation and care, it is possible to achieve a professional look by styling hair with the help of a friend or even by yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Large mirror
  • Hair clips
  • Hairdressing scissors
  • Clippers

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    Decide how much hair you are willing to shave off. With such an extreme hairstyle change, it is essential that you have a very clear of what you are planning to do before it is too late to turn back. Many people choose to shave one side up to around the height of their temple, or slightly higher. It is also advisable to look and feel for any scars, lumps or bumps on the area that you plan to shave at this point as they will become more visible once the hair is very short.

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    Wet hair and separate it into defined sections. Wet hair is easier to separate with neat lines, is easier to cut and will give the hairstyle a more professional look once the side has been shaved. After making a neat line at the point where the shaved section will end, hair clips should be used to keep the longer hair out of the way and avoid getting caught by the clippers.

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    Begin by using scissors. After positioning yourself in front of a mirror that gives a good view of the side of the head, begin to cut the hair short on one side, being careful not to cut any of the longer hair being held out of the way by clips. Scissors will give more control over how much hair is being removed. Furthermore, short hair up to a few centimetres long will be easier to shave and give you more precision than long hair.

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    Start shaving. Start to shave the short hair on the side of the head with clippers. People vary in how closely they shave their hair on one side but it is a good idea to have the clippers set to a couple of grades higher than you intend to use eventually to check the effect. Continue to shave closer is you still wish the hair to be shorter. For a very close shave, a razor can be used on the side of the head after using clippers. Shaving cream should always be applied before attempting to use a razor.

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    Check the results. Look carefully in the mirror to check that the shaved section looks neat and even, checking that there are no areas of longer hair than need to be trimmed. If you are happy with the result, the last step is to remove the hair clips in the longer section, wash to remove loose hairs and style.

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