Cutting your own Hair

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    Nov 20, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    So I was thinking of cutting my hair, but I don't want it to look like crap.

    Never done it before, but was thinking of saving some money.

    I don't want to do a buzz cut; I want to style it and everything.

    Should I just get this crazy idea out of my head? I just am wondering if the back of my hair will look like crap,lol, unless I get somebody else to do it.
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:56 AM GMT
    Tis the season...cuz if if all goes to hell, you can wear a hat. But seriously, hand mirrors and patience are your best friend in that endeavor.
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    i just cut mine today. it looks like crap. but i dont really care...
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    my new place does not have side mirrors in the bathroom. ugh! so i just guess in the back... no one has said anything yet about it looking bad, they are all probably just being nice.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:03 AM GMT
    zdrew saidTis the season...cuz if if all goes to hell, you can wear a hat. But seriously, hand mirrors and patience are your best friend in that endeavor.

    Yes it can be done - I used to do a good job (yes I had hair) but it would be easier answer if you could explain or show how you want it cut - if it's long in the back - that's pretty forgiving. If it's more sculpted or tapered that might be tricky & of course if it's punky or "Christian Serriano" you can just go for it....
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
    I used to cut it myself for years... but it was a bit more buzzed than not - not totally though! was short but sculpted. No one ever knew. It took a good amount of practice and learning how to use two mirrors and a buzzer w/variable blade guards. I saved a ton of money though - and I still had dates, so it must've been decent. icon_razz.gif
  • Koaa2

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    Nov 20, 2009 6:16 AM GMT
    I shave my head every day, only way to go! Wish I had done it years ago.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    <------A spiky, uneven cut can hide a multitude of sins, too. I use clippers up the sides and back, starting overall with a 1" guard all the way up to near the crown, progressing to 3/4", 1/2", and finally 1/4" at the nape (and 1/8" to clean up the very edge), basically just pressing the guard close to the skin and the nape and easing off pressure and lifting as I go up. I just hack at the top with scissors. The one thing I learned early on to avoid are the angled ear guards...I put the wrong one on once and damn near scalped myself.
  • chgobuzz1

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    Nov 20, 2009 6:21 AM GMT
    I have the Remington Short Cut cutter. It is like a curved clipper but in the shape of a slightly curved hair brush with the cutting surface stretched across the whole thing. It comes with 2 snap on guides. But also has a dial you can adjust the length of the cut. It is designed for guys to cut their own hair but not longer than maybe an inch and down all the way to clipper shaved bald. I have used it for a year from longer cuts to buzzed almost bald. I like being bald or very close to bald but with this you cant make a mistake just select the length when you start. You can find a couple videos showing its use. They sell it at Target.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:22 AM GMT
    I just take a beard trimmer to my entire head at the shortest setting and nobody can ever tell that I've gotten a haircut...



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    Nov 20, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    It's not that hard. You know when you've gotten a good cut vs a bad cut at a salon... just go for what feels like a good cut. It's easier if it's longer. Get some gel -it hides a lot of mistakes. Invest in a three way mirror if you plan on doing it regularly. It's really pretty easy. And get some clippers.. using scissors is a bitch.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:38 AM GMT
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    zdrew said <------A spiky, uneven cut can hide a multitude of sins, too. I use clippers up the sides and back, starting overall with a 1" guard all the way up to near the crown, progressing to 3/4", 1/2", and finally 1/4" at the nape (and 1/8" to clean up the very edge), basically just pressing the guard close to the skin and the nape and easing off pressure and lifting as I go up. I just hack at the top with scissors. The one thing I learned early on to avoid are the angled ear guards...I put the wrong one on once and damn near scalped myself.


    Zdrew tell me more, I like your hair in your profile pic.

    Brand? Can I buy it walmart, lol?
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    Nov 20, 2009 8:26 AM GMT
    sexylatinboi said
    zdrew said <------A spiky, uneven cut can hide a multitude of sins, too. I use clippers up the sides and back, starting overall with a 1" guard all the way up to near the crown, progressing to 3/4", 1/2", and finally 1/4" at the nape (and 1/8" to clean up the very edge), basically just pressing the guard close to the skin and the nape and easing off pressure and lifting as I go up. I just hack at the top with scissors. The one thing I learned early on to avoid are the angled ear guards...I put the wrong one on once and damn near scalped myself.


    Zdrew tell me more, I like your hair in your profile pic.

    Brand? Can I buy it walmart, lol?


    Wal-Mart is the devil ya know....haha.
  • MercuryMax

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    Nov 20, 2009 10:01 AM GMT
    I totally did this twice already....coming out with horrendous results...but I wanted my hair cut and I wanted it right then. I even went as far as gettin one of my new gay friends to cut it for me....he fucked it up more than I would have. Luckily my hair grows fast, so i didn't give a shit about it, especially since I dont have to be anywhere in particular anyhow.

    Anyway...i'd say....get someone else to do it, don't go too short, leave room for repair, watch closely in a mirror, and make sure the person doing it fully understands what you really want it to look like.
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    Nov 20, 2009 12:15 PM GMT
    Home hair will only end in tears. Spend the money and get it done by someone trained.
  • SanEsteban

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    Nov 20, 2009 12:36 PM GMT
    I would be so scared to try to cut my hair. When I would get done it would look like a college prank gone bad! At least I would still have my eyebrows though!

    Nope, sorry, wouldn't try it. My stylist would kill me! icon_lol.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Nov 20, 2009 12:42 PM GMT
    come on you are gay you have to have a friend that has some experience that will come over and give you a quick cut.
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    Nov 20, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
    I wrote in another thread on this topic that I've got my own hair since I was around 15, now 45 years ago. Sometimes buzzed, sometimes longer, as in my main photo.

    My motivation was barbers who wouldn't listen to what I wanted, which was for a pretty mid-1960s mainstream haircut, not a radical look. But they'd just go ahead and cut my hair the way THEY wanted, not me, and part it about an inch above my ear, not where I told them, and give me what looked like a comb-over.

    The only thing I really insisted upon was a "dry look" but they'd slather my hair with Brylcreem and send me out all slicked and plastered down and feeling yucky. I'd immediately wash it all out as soon as I got home. So I said enough of this, if you won't do it my way, then you don't get my business, and I haven't been back since.

    For the back of my head I use a wall mirror and a hand-held mirror. My tools are a variety of clippers, scissors, and yes, even a Flowbee, since my hair type lends itself to one. To trim my neck in the back and shape it I use an electric beard trimmer I keep around for the times when I grow a beard or mustache. I also cut my partner's hair for him exclusively.
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    Nov 20, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    Yeah I've cut my own for about a year now. It's pretty easy to do with clippers and a set of guards.
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 20, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    Shave your head. You will never have to go to a salon for the rest of your life.

    Guys with shaved heads are allergy friendly.
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:23 PM GMT

    I haven't worked up the nerve to cut my own hair. But I don't have that much incentive either since I usually go to a hair cutting school, where I get good cuts for $7. If there's a place like that near you, you may want to try it. At the place I go the students are extra careful and there are instructors all over the place - just in case.
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    Nov 20, 2009 11:41 PM GMT
    Some guys here have mentioned the problem of cutting the hair in back, especially without having both wall & hand mirrors to use. In that case, try to incorporate the uncut look back there into something that appears deliberate:

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    On the other hand, some guys choose not to waste any time at all with cutting the hair on their head, and concentrate their energies on their chest hairs instead:

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    But word of caution! Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to dry your hair more quickly with a leaf blower. It causes an unfashionable swept-back look, but worse, all the debris it picks up are not good for your forehead:


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    Nov 20, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    The only time I would cut my own hair is if I wanted to look a hot mess.
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    Nov 20, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    cupidshold saidThe only time I would cut my own hair is if I wanted to look a hot mess.

    So, how long you been cutting your hair?

    [SORRY, sorry, sorry!!! I just could not resist that opening! LOL!] icon_twisted.gif