Do-It-Yourself Haircuts

Posted 7/12/2014

Every couple of months, we get someone in the shop who wants his hair cleaned up or fixed. Either a family member tried to save him a few bucks since his last cut, or he attempted to use the clipper on his electric razor to give himself a buzz cut. One of the barber’s best business boosts involved people buying an adjustable clipper attached to a vacuum. That brought in more business than your momma’s bowl cut!

Now I’m not saying that some guys can’t do a great job trimming or shaving their own heads, but if you’re looking for tapering, blending or an even line along the neckline, it is very unlikely that you’ll be pleased with your results. There’s a lot to be said for the skill and special technique of a master barber. Hundreds of hours of training are spent on all aspects of hair – how it grows, texture and body, and how certain styles are achieved. Aside from that, though, are the tools of the trade that can turn an ordinary hair cut into a style.

  • Barber’s shears are extremely sharp, making a clean cut that lays nicely without splitting.
  • Professional clippers give a nice precision cut without nicking the skin or pulling the hair follicle.
  • The angle at which the tools are held makes a big difference too. Unless you have eyes in the back of your head, you won’t be able to get a consistent look on the back and sides.

 Barbershops offer a certain feel and atmosphere, too. You owe it to yourself to stop by a barbershop from time to time and experience a professional haircut and maybe even a shave.  You’ll look and feel great when you leave!