How to Use Clipper Guards

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How to Use Clipper Guards
Use clippers to make your hair as short as you want it. (Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Knowing how to use the different plastic clipper guards that come with an electric clipper is the key to giving yourself not just a military-style buzz cut but a stylish, tapered, clean haircut that is shaped properly for your head. The eight different clipper guards that come with most commercial electric clippers each have a specific size and indication, so get familiar with them and use them to keep you looking clean cut and in style right in the comfort of your own home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the number 1 clipper for a near bald head and to trim the edges of hair, your sideburns and your facial hair. The number 1 plastic guard only gives you 1/8 inch of hair, and is as close to bald as it gets without going all the way.

  2. 2

    Use the number 2 clipper for the shaded head look. This 1/4-inch guard gives you the look of a several-days-old beard shade, but on your head.

  3. 3

    Use the number three guard for that round munchichi look, otherwise known as the monkey head. The number 3 clipper is only a bit longer than the number 2, at 3/8 inch, and looks almost the same on most people but is more grown out, like a round fuzzball.

  4. 4

    Use the number 4 clipper to create a standard crew cut. This length of hair, 1/2 inch, stands up on most people, but if you do the top in number four and the sides and back in number 2 or 3, you get a standard military crew cut.

  5. 5

    Use number 5 and 6 for tapering hair along the scalp line on the sides and back of the head. Numbers 5 and 6 have graduated lengths, where they are longer on one side than the other; the difference between them is that they are reversals of each other, convenient for switching hands and sides of the head.

  6. 6

    Use numbers 7 and 8 to style longer hair. Numbers 7 and 8, 7/8 inch and 1 inch, respectively, are useful for giving guys short Caesar cuts and for trimming the sides of longer hair styles. At 1-inch long, most people's hair begins to lay down, so cutting the top of the hair with the number 8 usually gives you a short Caesar cut. Use the number 7 to shorten and blend the sides and back.

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