1. Select a haircut
How do people pick out the right haircut for themselves?
The answer is simple:
If this is your first time, don’t make things hard on yourself — pick something easy.
We’ve prepared for you a fantastic collection of the most popular clipper cuts that you can simply recreate at home. They come with exact clipper limit sizes and clear diagrams, and are of course completely free. Check them out here:
Always start with longer guards than you think you need — you can always cut shorter, but never longer. To protect yourself against a catastrophe, it’s a good idea to pick a “backup” haircut in case your first choice doesn’t go according to plan.
2. Prepare your workspace
Find a place that is easy to clean. I recommend the bathroom, but your backyard can also work. Prepare your vacuum cleaner close by so you don’t make a mess in your house walking to it covered in stray hairs.
Prepare everything you’ll need. Get familiar with your hair clippers before touching your hair; turn them on and off, change speeds, clip guards on and off, change blades, etc. You don’t want to go check the manual with half of your hair already shaved off.
3. Start cutting the sides
Affix the chosen size of guards onto your clippers. Cut your hair against the direction of your hair growth, starting from the bottom and moving clippers upwards. Do a few passes to make sure you got all hairs.
Cut the lower of your cut slightly shorter, referring to our guides. We’ll blend the two lengths later to create a fade. This little trick will make your haircut look a lot more professional.
4. How to cut the back of your hair
Then, move along to the back of your head. Use a handheld mirror to see what you’re doing and work slowly and steadily. Cut the hair by moving clippers upwards. Like before, cut the lower part slightly shorter.
Then use the upward rocking motion to blend the transition from sides and back to the longer top of the haircut.
5. How to give yourself a fade
Fade is made only on very short hair or even shaven hair. First, you should follow the tips above, but make the contrast between the upper and lower length bigger. This will create a visible line between the two.
The position of the line determines the type of fade (low, high, mid). The line should be symmetrical and smooth all around your head.
6. How to cut the top short
The haircuts that have more than a few inches on top need to be cut with scissors. Part the hair into sections and cut each in a straight line. A good way to ensure that the hair is the same length with every snip is by comparing it to the previous one.
If your hair is longer than 3 inches at the top, have a look at our guide to cutting long hair to get personalized advice here:
7. Clean up the hairline with clippers
The final step is to clean up the hairline and facial hair, if you have any. Use a hair trimmer or clippers and turn it upside down, holding it like a pencil. Carefully go around the hairline to clean it up. Be careful not to go too far up around the ears.
8. Style your hair
After washing and drying your hair, have one final look at your work. This is the time to even out any smaller issues and to put on hair product if you like.