How to Texture Hair With Clippers

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How to Texture Hair With Clippers
Man with short, textured hair. (The big man image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from

One alternative to using scissors when cutting hair is the use of clippers. Clippers are usually an electric instrument with a small comb-like attachment that cuts hair when turned on. Clippers are best for short hair and should only be used on dry hair. Clippers can add texture to a haircut by varying the length of the hair that is cut. Always ask a hair care professional for tips and techniques.

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Things you need

  • Comb
  • Mirror

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  1. 1

    Place one of the attachments on the hair clipper. Start with the hair on the sides of the head.

  2. 2

    Move clippers in the direction of hair growth. Use a comb to hold your hair in place.

  3. 3

    Create sections of hair with a comb that are half the length of the clippers to avoid clogging the razor.

  4. 4

    Alternate the current clipper attachment with an attachment that has a different length every third or fourth hair section. Use each attachment for a few sections and then switch again. Note that the smaller comb attachments will create shorter lengths, while larger comb attachments will create longer lengths.

  5. 5

    Continue clipping the hair around the back of the head, working your way down towards the neck. Remember to alternate attachments as you work.

  6. 6

    To trim the hair at the base of the neck, use the clippers straight down and create a straight line.

Tips and warnings

  • You may wish to have a friend help you, particularly with the hair on the back of the head. Mirrors will also help.
  • If possible, use a texturing attachment for your clipper. These are available at most beauty supply stores or through the manufacturer of the clipper. If you have a texturing attachment, you will not need to rotate with other attachments.

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