05-04-2012, 10:37 AM
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I'm really not a big fan of going to barber shops or salons to get my hair cut and generally end up waiting way to long to get a trim. I'd like to learn easy ways to cut my own hair, I don't have any fancy styles or anything, I just like a simple, clean-looking cut and would like to be able to do it on my own.

Does anyone have any tips or know of good guides for me to start cutting my own hair?

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 05-04-2012, 10:40 AM
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  • Dave
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I didn't like going to the barbershop either that much. My wife cuts my hair and has for years. She does a great job at it too. She suggested watching lots of videos

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 05-04-2012, 01:04 PM
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My Better Half cuts mine nice and short every two or three weeks with one of these.

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 05-04-2012, 02:43 PM
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  • Johnny
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Hans, that thing looks dangerous. Looks like a Norelco on steroids.

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 05-04-2012, 07:08 PM
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The manual warns multiple times not to tick your ear in the opening... they wouldn't tell you not to do it unless someone had been dumb enough to try Huh

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 05-04-2012, 07:57 PM
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I bought an electric hair clipper at Walmart a number of years ago for around $7. I use the shortest comb, and cut my own hair every few weeks.

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 05-05-2012, 12:18 AM
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(05-04-2012, 07:57 PM)wknicholas Wrote: I bought an electric hair clipper at Walmart a number of years ago for around $7. I use the shortest comb, and cut my own hair every few weeks.

I use to do that but my wife always gets mad at me for cutting it that short. And we all know that if she ain't happy no one is happy.

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 05-05-2012, 08:40 AM
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(05-05-2012, 12:18 AM)leo Wrote:
(05-04-2012, 07:57 PM)wknicholas Wrote: I bought an electric hair clipper at Walmart a number of years ago for around $7. I use the shortest comb, and cut my own hair every few weeks.

I use to do that but my wife always gets mad at me for cutting it that short. And we all know that if she ain't happy no one is happy.

This is part of my problem as well. I don't want to trim it too short, I like keeping a little length on top, and my girlfriend would not be pleased if I buzzed it all Tongue

I was looking at electric clippers at Walmart yesterday, specifically at sets with multiple length attachments. Would one of those be a good buy and still allows me to trim my hair but no cut it completely off? I'm not really sure how the attachments work. I need to start watching youtube today to get a better idea.

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 05-05-2012, 08:51 AM
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Luckily my Better Half rather like the peach fuzz on my head Tongue Most trimmers - including the one I'm using - can be set anywhere from all gone to 10 - 12 mm hair lenght. Using one on yourself can be tricky, so you might want to ask for help with the back at least. Off course; if the one you ask is your girl friend, she looses all rights to complain later Wink

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 05-05-2012, 09:19 AM
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(05-04-2012, 07:57 PM)wknicholas Wrote: I bought an electric hair clipper at Walmart a number of years ago for around $7. I use the shortest comb, and cut my own hair every few weeks.


Yesterday, I noted how well cutting my own hair has been working. I went to cut my hair this morning, and the electric clipper quit on me. The karmic wheel of justice has run over me once again! Sad

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 05-05-2012, 09:01 PM
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(05-05-2012, 12:18 AM)leo Wrote: I use to do that but my wife always gets mad at me for cutting it that short. And we all know that if she ain't happy no one is happy.

Laughing1

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 05-06-2012, 07:12 AM
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(05-05-2012, 09:19 AM)wknicholas Wrote:
(05-04-2012, 07:57 PM)wknicholas Wrote: I bought an electric hair clipper at Walmart a number of years ago for around $7. I use the shortest comb, and cut my own hair every few weeks.


Yesterday, I noted how well cutting my own hair has been working. I went to cut my hair this morning, and the electric clipper quit on me. The karmic wheel of justice has run over me once again! Sad

Bought a new electric clipper at Walmart yesterday for $10.64 (less than a trip to the Barbershop) and cut my hair this morning. Back in the King's Row! Biggrin

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 05-06-2012, 09:00 PM
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(05-04-2012, 10:37 AM)Tonality Wrote: Does anyone have any tips or know of good guides for me to start cutting my own hair?

One word: Cereal bowl
Seriously, I don't know how one would do the back so it would look even! Seems like it would be impossible.

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 05-08-2012, 02:35 AM
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I have been trimming my own hair for years. However, I don't even try to use different lengths because it is very difficult to make everything even and straight on your own.

I did have an oopsie last summer where the guard fell off once and I ended up having to trim it all down to 1/32 of an inch. At which point I went ahead and tried shaving my head. I didn't keep that up very long, but have sense been using the smallest guard and have been keeping my hair very short as I discovered my scalp was much healthier when there was less hair. I am thinking that on June 9th, it will get shaved again.

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 05-09-2012, 07:52 PM
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Well, when you don't have much left it is quite easy with hair clippers. Unless you like a military-style cut, hair clippers will not work so well. Good luck.

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 05-11-2012, 09:36 AM
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I went out and bought a Wahl clipper set with a variety of guard sizes and went at it. Used the largest guard (1") and cut everything down to that length, then used a few shorter guards to make things look nice. All in all it turned out pretty well, though slightly short. I'll be looking for a longer guard so I can actually have enough hair to style.

Good investment though I think. It cost me the price of one normal haircut and I should be able to keep at it for a long time.

Thanks for the tips, all!

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 05-12-2012, 10:22 PM
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  • ben74
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My father cuts his own hair. He is balding, I'm not. Think I'll stick with the barber...

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