How to feather men's hair

Written by melinda gaines
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Feathering is a hair-cutting technique that results in wispy, light hair ends--it's also popular to create layers and remove bulk. Although feathering is most often used to style women's hair, men can benefit from having their hair feathered as well. There is no required length to have hair feathered, so this technique can be used on men who have a very short hair cut. You will also end up with a more natural looking, as opposed to blunt, haircut if the hair is feathered. Feathering hair is relatively simple and does not require a lot of time or tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Single blade razor
  • Clean towel
  • Barber's or small-toothed comb
  • Blow dryer
  • Round brush

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  1. 1

    Wash the hair, condition it if you wish, and then gently towel dry it--the hair should be damp but not soaking wet. Do not put any styling products or oils on the hair before feathering.

  2. 2

    Drape a clean towel around the shoulders--this will protect your clothing from falling pieces of hair and make cleaning up much easier.

  3. 3

    Comb through the hair with a barber's or small-toothed comb, and determine how short you want to cut it. Keep in mind that since the hair is wet, there will be a bit of shrinkage once it's dry.

  4. 4

    Use the comb to hold a section of hair vertically, straight up off the head. Hold the razor perpendicular to the section of hair, forming a 90-degree angle.

  5. 5

    Slowly and carefully slice the razor through the section of hair, using short, horizontal chopping motions. Repeat this process to feather the rest of the head.

  6. 6

    Comb through the hair once it has been feathered. Use a hand-help blow dryer and a boar-bristled round brush to style the feathered hair. Using a diffuser attachment on the blow dryer will speed up the process and give hair more shine.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a single-blade razor as opposed to a double or triple-blade razor to prevent split ends. You can buy a razor for hair from your local beauty supply store.

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