Barber School and Other Techniques for Male Hair Cutting

male hair cutting Hair stylists and barber school instructors may have many views about the best techniques for creating specific hairstyles. This is because styling and cutting hair may be viewed as a form of art as opposed to being viewed as an exact science. Cutting hair may be done at home, a barber shop, or a salon, but understanding various techniques may lead to a good haircut for men however the cut is completed.

Barbering Equipment

There are three basic methods that may be used to cut hair. Using electric clippers may be the most popular haircut option for men. Cutting hair by using barber shears is another popular method. Using a straight razor is the third method, and a straight razor may work best for creating a unique and definitive style.

How to Cut Hair Using Various Barbering Equipment

Using scissors or clippers as the hair is pulled away from the scalp helps the stylist to know the length of the hair as it is cut. This technique allows the stylist to change lengths as needed throughout the cutting process. Scissors tend to work best on damp hair and clippers tend to work best when the hair is dry.

Using Razors

Razors and scissors are ideal for creating texture. Many stylists attest to how well razors work for creating texture at the ends of the hair strands. Some stylists find scissors best for creating layers of differing lengths and creating angles and angular cuts.

Cross checking is an important technique to understand whether you will be using scissors, razors, or electric clippers. This involves making sure that the hair is being cut evenly on both sides.

Cross checking may ensure that you end up with a balanced haircut, and this may be especially important for shorter hair styles.

Home Hair Cutting

Clipper guards are popular in terms of home hair cutting. Hairstylists often discourage using clipper guards for male haircuts because this technique only allows for one length of hair. If you want to start your own barber shop, it would be advisable to first attend a beauty school such as Evergreen Beauty School. We offer barbering courses as well as basic management techniques, therefore, when you graduate, you can start and run your own barber shop.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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Levi Ewing
Levi Ewing
4 years ago

I want to start cutting hair. And go to school for it for a side job.