They put the "buzz" in buzz cut, and every professional has one in their bag of supplies. If you're tired of shelling out £6 or more each someone's hair needs a cleanup and you have good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, try wielding the clippers yourself. Barber clippers are safe and while learning to cut with clippers takes time, with just a little effort, you will be able to master the basics like a professional.
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Things you need
- Clipper attachments
Understand the number on the clipper blade corresponds to the length of the hair it will leave, not remove. A number 8 guard leaves one inch of hair and is the longest clipper blade. A number 4 guard leaves 1/2-inch of hair and a number 2 leaves 1/4-inch. Determine what number blade you want to use before you begin cutting the hair. You can go down a blade number for a finer cut if you decide the hair is too long. The blades slide off and on the clipper head, clipping into place.
Work with clippers only on dry hair, not wet hair. This is one main difference between clippers and scissors. Buzzing wet hair can lead your clipper blade to rust.
Fit the appropriate blade onto the clipper head. Plug an electric clipper into the socket before use.
Position the client's hair in the general direction or shape you want to cut. Use a comb or brush to guide the hair. For example, if you're cutting a man's hair and he wears a side part, part his hair in his normal spot in preparation for the cut. Also comb it in the style he prefers.
Turn the clippers on. Tilt the client's head so it looks straight ahead and slightly down. Bring the clippers to the nape of the neck.
Work the clippers up against the direction the hair grows in. The numbered attachment will lead hair through the clipper blade to cut it at the desired length. After you've cut one section, move the clipper blade over to cut the adjacent section of hair.
Trim the area around the ears carefully. Move the hair out from behind the ear.
Cut all of the hair at the back of the head in this manner before moving to the front. Work the front as you did the back, pushing the hair this time toward the front of the head. You are always pushing the hair back against the direction it wants to grow.
Examine your work in a mirror and trim areas you have overlooked. Ask the client to examine the cut. Make any adjustments, which include going over part or all of the head with a shorter attachment.
Tips and warnings
- If you need to switch attachments at any time during the cut, turn the clippers off. Then grasp the attachment and pull up, toward you. It will come off. Fit the new attachment over the blade then turn it on and resume your cut.
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