Tired of having to pay someone every time you simply want to trim your hair to a short cut all over? While some people might be daunted, the reality is that clipping your own hair is simple, easy and effective. Not only that, it’s also cheap and convenient. It might take a few attempts to get the desired finish, but once you’ve got a bit more experience doing it, you’ll get great results every time. So how exactly do you clip your hair with clippers? We’re going to have a look in this article.
One benefit of learning how to use clippers is that it’ll help you be more self-sufficient. If you live out in the wild or are trying to go off-grid, you’ll still be able to take care of yourself. You won’t have to rely on anyone else, either—and you could save a lot of money in the process. Yes, there might be a small up-front cost, but this will be quickly outweighed by how much you’ll save in the long run. If you just want to keep things simple, then learning how to use clippers could be the right choice for you.
Let’s have a look at how to use clippers
How to use clippers
Buy the right clippers
Before you start using them, you’ll need to buy some clippers. You really don’t need to spend that much, but you can if you want to. You might want to consider investing a little bit more to help make things a bit easier, but you don’t have to.
Check some reviews online and ask people who might know what they’re talking about. Spending a bit more might provide a more comfortable trim as the blades on cheaper clippers can be lower quality. You’ll also get a load more features straight out of the box with a more expensive pair, as long as more length settings. Decide how important these additional features are going to be to you. While blade quality and having the right length settings is important, some of these additional features aren’t always necessary.
However, sometimes you get what you pay for. Going for the cheapest clippers can sometimes be appealing, but it isn’t always wise. Even if you don’t need the additional features. You’ll want something that’s well-made and durable, so it won’t’ break. You’ll also want to check things like battery life.
Get them ready
When you first get your clippers, you’ll need to get them ready. Get them out of the box and make sure you read all the instructions. Read the manual carefully and put the clippers together. Make sure you have charged the system fully or put new batteries in if necessary.
Pay attention to the different guard settings and choose one that’s right for you. Start with longer cuts, you can always go shorter after but you can’t reverse your decision if you’ve already cut too short! The smaller guards will trim closer to you. This might seem obvious, but not everyone thinks these things through as much.
Wash your hair
before you use your clippers for the first time, wash your hair thoroughly. You want to get rid of waves or bends so that it’s easy to use with the clippers. It should also be softer. Untangle your hair with a comb if it normally tangles easily. This can cause problems for clippers. Depending on the clippers, you might want to cut with wet or dry hair. Check the instructions for this. Experts are not in agreement about which is actually best for your hair, but each specific set of clippers may come with instructions on whether to cut with dry or wet hair.
Start by covering your shoulders with a towel or paper towels, or other bib. Most people remember this, but there’s another thing you need to cover that people often forget. The floor and the area around you. Some people might prefer to sweep up after but it could be a good idea to lay newspaper down or some of the floor coverage. You could also trim over a sink to make cleanup easier. But make sure the plug doesn’t get filled up with trimmed hair.
Another tip to prevent mess is trimming your hair outside, or in your garage.
Begin with the longest guard setting. This should be where you start to get a feel for your clippers and start practising. Mistakes at a longer length might not be s visible. You might want to leave it like this the first few times, before attempting slightly shorter trims. Remember not to go too short. You won’t be able to reverse your decision, but if you trim too long you can always take a bit off next time, or in a few minutes.
You don’t have to start at the top of your head, but it might be a good place to start. Wherever you choose to start, make sure you move through methodically and in a routine order, rather than jumping around your head. Doing things randomly might make it easier to miss parts and could create a more uneven cut.
Trim against the growth as it’s much easier and more effective. So go from front to back on top, and from bottom to top when on the back.
Remove the hair as you work through. Finish areas on the back of the neck and other similar areas without a guard on, to give a cleaner cut.
While you should probably remember to clean up around you, don’t forget to clean the clippers as well. Good clippers need looking after. Take the parts apart and clean them each individually. Use a brush to remove hairs from the guards and the clippers themselves. You can use special cleaning products if you want, but make sure everything is kept clean and put away tidily so it’s ready to use when you next need them.
Now you know how to use clippers, you should get better and better each time. It might take a while the first few times, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Start saving money and living independently by learning how to use clippers today.