How to shave lines in hair

Having experienced a boom during the late 80s and early 90s, the appeal for elaborate shaved hairstyles has returned. Tramlines are once again very popular amongst the youthful generation and are an undoubted accessory to a badboy or badgirl image. However, without a trained hairstylist or barber at your immediate disposal, you may feel as if it’s risky business attempting to shave thin lines with a sharp blade into yours or anybody else’s hair. Fortunately creating tramlines isn’t as difficult as it initially seems.

Decide beforehand what pattern you want so that you avoid errors. Try taking a look at pictures of designs for ideas on the internet.

Whether shaving lines into your head hair or facial hair, you must first make sure that the hair on that area is cut short. Choose a clipper guard that will reduce the hair in the area down to a quarter of an inch or lower for this.

Brush the area to get rid of excess hair and to define the area for more clarity whilst you trim.

Use the clippers without a guard to shave your lines. Carefully and steadily outline your design.

Continue to brush the area intermittently.


When shaving lines into your own hair, make sure that you use a mirror and that it is positioned so that you can see the entire area you are working on clearly.


If a mistake is made, the only immediate remedies are to either trim down the entire area or get creative with your hairstyle.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair clippers
  • Clipper guards
  • Brush
  • Mirror
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Di Davidson-Amadi has been writing business, technology and lifestyle-related topics for recognized publications such as “Square Mile” magazine, “Canary Wharf” magazine and “The City” magazine. He graduated from Brunel University with an English literature and film and television studies diploma in 2010.