How to Edge Up a Person's Hair

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An edge up is mainly used by African American man to straighten out the hairline, sideburns and nape of the neck to keep a style fresh. With a steady hand and attention to detail edging up another person's hair is a simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mirror
  • Comb
  • Clippers

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  1. 1

    Sit the person getting edge up in chair that places them slightly lower than chest level to you. Choose a room with enough light to clearly view their hairline. Keep a mirror nearby to check your work while you do the edge up.

  2. 2

    Apply shaving solution to the hair and allow to dry, wipe the clipper edge with shaving solution as well.

  3. 3

    Hold your clippers in the leading hand and comb in the other hand. Start at the temple and comb the hair at the hairline following the direction of hair growth. Use the clippers to trim off any hair that hangs over or sticks out.

  4. 4

    Work around the hairline to the other temple, leaving the forehead for last. Pay special attention to the hairline behind the ears. Glance at the hairline in the mirror as you work to make sure lines are straight.

  5. 5

    Shape up the sideburns following the direction of hair growth, being careful to keep the hair even.

  6. 6

    Come around to the back of the head, clip off any excess hair from the hairline. Round off the edges at the back of the neck.

  7. 7

    Move the clippers up from the neck collar to the back of the hairline to clean the back of the neck.

Tips and warnings

  • For examples of an edge up refer to celebrities such as Jamie Foxx or Will Smith.
  • For a trendy look after edging up go into the hairline and follow the same pattern to create a double lined effect.
  • Always hold down the ears when cutting around the hairline to prevent any injuries.

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