How to Trim Black Male Hairlines

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How to Trim Black Male Hairlines
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Black men’s hair may be daunting to cut because it presents a variety of textures and thickness. Do not let this deter you, since cutting hair at home will save money and regular trips to the barber shop.

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Things you need

  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Hair clippers
  • Edging attachment

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  1. 1

    Wash the hair with the proper shampoo and conditioner.

  2. 2

    Draw an outline on the areas you want to trim using an eyebrow pencil. Mark how far you want the lines to go back. Do this the first few times you trim the hair.

  3. 3

    Start trimming with the hair clippers at the nape of the neck. Go slowly and use an upward stroke with the clippers. If you find unevenness along the skin, crosscut by running the clippers diagonally and alternating the direction of the clippers.

  4. 4

    Move to the sides of the head to trim the side hairlines. Stay within the lines you drew as a guide. Cut the sides going in one direction, moving up from the hairline.

  5. 5

    Gently edge the front to the length you like with the edging attachment of the clippers. Do not pull down the front hair nor make a straight cut to trim the hair.

  6. 6

    Trim and smooth any uneven spots along the hairline with the edging attachment.

  7. 7

    Wash away the eyebrow pencil marks.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use clippers or any electric grooming device near water.

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