How to Give Yourself a Haircut for a Man

Cut out the barber and snip your hair at home.
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A fresh haircut makes you look like a new guy, but heading to the barber every few weeks can feel like a chore. You don't need to pay a professional for a trim, though -- you'll get the same results by cutting your own hair at home. When you cut your hair, you're in control of trimming it as short or long as you'd like. Skipping the barber saves you money and time, too. Pair your new cut with a stylish outfit, and you'll look put together in no time flat.

Stand in front of a well-lit mirror. Drape a towel around your shoulders to collect falling hair as you cut. Secure the towel in place with a plastic clip or clothespin.

Dampen your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. If your hair is still damp from a shower, skip this step. Slightly wet hair is easier to cut than dry hair.

Use a small comb to part your hair at the outside edge of each eyebrow. Comb down the hair below the part on both sides of your head. Parting your hair prevents you from cutting the top shorter than you want.

Comb the hair around your temples and sideburns forward toward your face. Trim this hair with a pair of small scissors until it's the desired length.

Lift a small section of hair on the side of your head straight out with the comb. Make the hair section less than 1/4 inch thick and about 1/2 inch wide -- attempting to cut thicker clumps results in an unkempt look. The comb holds the hair in place and prevents you from cutting too close to the scalp.

Hold the scissors perpendicular to the comb and cut into the end of the hair in small snips -- not straight across in one big cut. Trim the hair as short as you'd like down to the comb. Don't cut off too much at once. Instead, trim just a little, then cut the hair shorter if desired. Repeat this for the rest of the hair on the sides of your head. Make both sides as even as possible.

Comb the top of your hair straight up and hold it in place with the comb. Cut about 1/3 inch from the section at first. Gradually trim the hair shorter until you reach the desired length.

Smooth a dab of shaving gel or cream into sideburns and the nape of your neck. Work the product into your skin well.

Set an electric beard trimmer or clippers to grade 1 or 2. Run the blade over your sideburns to clean up any stray hairs. Trim sideburns to the bottom of your ears or a bit lower. When you're finished, put one finger under each sideburn to test for evenness.

Run the clippers up the nape of your neck a few times. Feel your neck for remaining hairs and use the clippers to trim them as necessary. Use a hand-held mirror to check for spots you missed.

  • Electric clippers may irritate your skin. Apply an aloe-based moisturizer to shaved skin to soothe irritation.
  • If you have trouble trimming the back of your neck, ask someone to help you.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.