How To Cut Mens Hair

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Disclaimer: I am not a beautician. I have no training. This is just what I have done. These are tips compiled from experience, videos we have watched, and my husband’s hair stylist back in Utah who has given us tips here and there.

How To Cut Mens Hair

When we lived in Utah my husband went to the same hair stylist every 4-6 weeks. She always did such a great job, and really knew how to handle all his {DARN} cowlicks. He’s got two on either side of the front middle. Lucky for my boys they both have cowlicks right in front too. Oh well, it’s endearing, right? haha.

When we moved to Connecticut for grad school my husband went to several barbers. Unfortunately the barbers he went to were usually busy and unsanitary with their tools. Yuck! Every time he would come home after a haircut he would tell me that I just needed to cut his hair.

Yeah right! Not going to happen. Ever!

Well it did happen. I swore I’d never do it again! It took so long, and we nagged each other over and over again {Unfortunately}.

Well, I did it again.

Believe it or not, all of my haircuts looked better than any of the haircuts he got from the professional barbers while we lived there. Crazy right?

They only got better with each cut. I got more and more confident, and now I’m cutting my 3-1/2 year old’s hair too.

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It’s saving us a lot of money. My husband has a lot of hair. A lot, a lot. And it grows at an amazing rate so he needs to get it cut quite often. I would say he gets about 10 haircuts a year, if he stays up on it. That’s around $300 a year. I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of money. Then factor in our two boys hair and that would be quite the bill every month.

I get my haircut like twice a year. Now with all the money we’re saving I can feel justified with cutting it more often. My hair would appreciate it too! I’ve been able to pull off waiting longer between cuts and colors but my hair has gotten more grey hairs after each baby. It drives me nuts!

So here’s what I do. All I have to say is be patient the first go around. Ask your husband or son to just work with you and help you. Work together! Each haircut you will get better and faster, and it will be worth it in the end! I actually enjoy it now.

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haha! These pictures look like mugshots! I would never post a picture of myself like this, but my husband loves me so much he doesn’t even care. I love it! I should also say, he was watching a football game and not paying attention at all.

Some of the steps you’re about to see I have to do 2 or 3 times each just to be sure I get all of his hair even. Like I said, his hair is thick and he has A LOT of it!


  • Always stand in front of where you’re cutting. Don’t move your arm around, move your whole body to face where you’re cutting.
  • Cut only before the first two knuckles so you don’t cut your fingers.
  • If you use clippers keep your hair dry. If you use scissors be sure to wet your hair.
I used an open #3 attachment on the clippers. Make sure your hair is dry if you use clippers.
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          • Using the clippers make an upward motion and curve out once you get to the natural roll of the head.
            • What I mean by that is imagine there is a book right up to your head, and as soon as the book is no longer touching your head flick it up and out. If you went straight up that would not allow you to blend the hair, so be sure to curve out.
          • Change directions with you clippers so you are sure to get all of the hair the same length
            • Use the clippers sideways, up and down, etc.
          • Wet the hair

HORSESHOE: Blend the heavy line

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            • Start as close to the face as you can get
            • Comb hair forward and back into the fingers
            • Your guide is the shortest piece, and be sure to cut straight up with the roll of the head. DO NOT curve your cut. DO cut straight up!
            • Proceed blending the hair around the head, being sure to stand where you are looking. Don’t just move your arms.
            • Go back around the other way so you are sure to make everything even.
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See how important this blending is?!


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  • Make a mohawk and decide how long you want the top of the hair to be.
  • Pull straight up and cut. Match that length all the way to the back of the hair.
  • The middle is now a different length than the two sides.
  • Take one side at a time and even it out, using the same technique you used while blending only cut off the peak, don’t cut straight up.
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Cross Check! Check every inch of the head, at different angles. Make sure there aren’t any peaks!
{Sidenote: See how I’m holding the comb in the picture above? When you comb the hair back into your hand, place the comb in your other hand like so, so you don’t have to put it down and pick it up so often! It is a lot easier than putting it down with every cut.}
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  • Don’t cut into the actual hairline, just trim the bottom, the ears, and sideburns at the natural hairline. Don’t cut into the hairline
You can for sure do this! Don’t give up after only one try. Trust me. If either of you are nervous maybe wait until the weekend. I suggest watching a few tutorials on YouTube and using this post as a a reminder of what step is next. I found it easier to look at my notes than to watch a 15-20 minute video every time I cut my husband’s hair.



  1. November 19, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Great tutorial – my guys just like a simple buzz cut – which has been a breeze and money saver over the years.

  2. November 15, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    awesome tute, fab step by pics!! Know anyone can do a basic hair cut on a guy and hopefully the guy survive 🙂 thanks for the time you put in to share this with us!

  3. November 15, 2015 / 8:37 am

    Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty

  4. November 14, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Such a helpful post!! I buzz my husbands hair, but my 1.5 year old has crazy curly hair that we need to cut for the first time. Eventually (once he’ll sit still and I can explain a hair cut to him!) I’d like to be able to cut his hair myself, and there are some great tips here!

    • Hilary
      November 14, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Yes cutting a 1-1/2 year olds hair is quite difficult. That’s an understatement!

    • Hilary
      November 14, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      I’m always down for saving money…so I can do more shopping 😉 haha.

  5. November 11, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Fantastic detailed post.

    I have always cut my family’s hair. And my own.

    Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

    Best wishes, Darlene

    • Hilary
      November 11, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      WOW! Darlene you are amazing. You cut your own hair? I can say I’ve never done that before…don’t know if I’d dare. Maybe you should write a post about it 🙂

  6. November 9, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Great tutorial! Thanks for being so detailed in your instructions.

    • Hilary
      November 9, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      So glad you liked it Sharilee! You’re welcome 🙂

  7. December 3, 2014 / 2:31 am

    You are much braver than I! I am pretty sure my husband would never let me cut his hair, lol! 😉 But it is awesome how much money you all are saving!