A Guide to Gaining the Confidence and Skill to Cut Your Own Hair
Can’t afford to go to the barbershop on a routine schedule? Tired of going to the barbershop and not getting what you specifically asked for? Do you think cutting your own hair seems extremely difficult? If any of these questions apply to you, look no further. Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to gaining the confidence and skill to give yourself the look you deserve.
First Thing’s First! Invest in QUALITY TOOLS
A common mistake that many self-groomers make is going to Walmart and buying the cheapest pair of clippers and trimmers they can find. You cannot expect professional grade results without professional grade tools. If you want to look like you’ve been to the barbershop, use the tools that barbers use.
Wait! I know what you’re thinking. “This is going to cost me an arm and a leg, right?” WRONG. Don’t look at spending about $250 as breaking the bank. Instead, think of it as an investment.
For example: Let’s say you get a haircut twice a month at $20 per haircut. That’s $480 per year. That’s $480 that you could be saving or putting elsewhere! It is also STRONGLY advised to invest in a Self Cut System. This is a 3-way mirror that allows you to see your hair from all different angles. It has hinges to hang onto your bathroom door. Visit www.selfcutsystem.com to purchase one.
So what’s the takeaway? Don’t be cheap! Buy QUALITY tools. The essentials include: A clipper, trimmer, cape, comb and brush,neck strips, shears, disinfectant, and a blow dryer. For the more advanced self-groomers, a razor may be an essential item for you.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
It is important to get comfortable with the tools that you will be using. Before you even turn your clippers/trimmers on, practice holding them in your hand and going through the motions as if you were really cutting your hair. Get familiar with mirror angles. Comb and brush your hair in the mirror to see the direction that your hair actually grows. This may sound rhetorical, but it is the same as golfer taking practice swings before he actually hits the ball. Building muscle memory before you actually cut your hair will make you more confident in the process of actually doing so.
Tutorials are your best friend. The Barber Style Directory offers an array of different haircut tutorials. YouTube also will be a good supplement. There are several different methods to cutting hair, but find a style that suits you, and stick to it.
Check out tutorials here: www.duettechnology.com/barberstyledirectory
Take Your Time! Patience is a Virtue!
The last thing that I want to do is make you think that your haircut will be flawless the first time. Just like anything else, it takes trial and error. The key is to take small steps to build your confidence. For example: If you want to eventually be able to cut your hair, I recommend learning how to line yourself up first. That is the building block of any haircut. If you’re scared of pushing your line back, there are tools such as the Cut Buddy to help guide you.
Take Pictures. Track your progress. You will be surprised at how quickly you improve over time.
Be Confident! Relax! The more you focus on messing up, the more likely it will happen. The more you focus on achieving a great cut by having confidence, the more likely it will happen.
As a last resort, there are professional barbers that can fix pretty much any bad haircut….Within reason that is!!