How to Blend Lines in Hair Left by Clippers

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How to Blend Lines in Hair Left by Clippers
Clippers can leave lines of demarcation in the hair. (hair cut image by palms from

A professional clipper cut should never leave you with visible lines in your hair, but occasionally this is the case. These lines -- known as demarcation lines or steps among barbers -- can make your haircut look unfinished. There are several techniques for blending these lines into the rest of the hair. One approach is the "clipper-over-comb" method. It is recommended that you ask a friend to assist you in this as it is difficult to do on your own hair.

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Things you need

  • Clippers
  • Comb

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  1. 1

    Comb the slightly longer hair above the demarcation line from underneath to bring it away from the scalp.

  2. 2

    Angle the comb toward you slightly so that there isn't too much hair to be trimmed between the teeth.

  3. 3

    Hold the clippers in your other hand with the guard removed and switch them on.

  4. 4

    Run the clipper blade along the side of the comb nearest you from right to left to evenly trim the ends of the hair.

  5. 5

    Comb the hair back down onto the scalp to check that it is even. Repeat the technique with the comb slightly more vertical if more hair needs trimming.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process over the whole head wherever steps or demarcation marks have occured until the haircut is evenly blended throughout.

Tips and warnings

  • Drying the hair before blending will allow you to see how the hair will lie after being trimmed.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for using clippers, and exercise extreme precaution when using them without the guard.

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