Viable Barber Cutting Tips

barber cutting tipsTo get the very best haircut, men’s stylists or barbers must consider a variety of barber cutting tips. There are times when stylists tend to overlook or disregard some basic principles which then lead to unpleasant results. Understanding some of these basic principles helps all levels of barbers to accomplish that special technique that will satisfy their customers.

Barber Cutting Tips for Dry/Wet Hair

Probably the first factor to be considered is whether to cut the man’s hair while it is dry or wet. Many barbers will insist that one or the other of these choices is the only way to go but in reality the final decision should be based on what the particular work being done is and how best to do it.

For example, when using clippers or blending one will want to go the dry route. Definitive lines are so much harder to see when the hair is wet and by doing the work when the hair is dry the chances of any surprises coming up is eliminated. One will want the hair to be wet for shears or razor cuts because when the hair is heavy and wet the blades actually cut better.

Cross Checking

There are times people skip this step entirely which results in bad blending or uneven cuts. Taking the time to step back and gaze at the cut from a different angle allows one to notice different things they might not see up close. Proper lighting is also so important as shadows will add strange dimensions to hair.


Various different methods are put to use for blending. Certainly the length of the cut or one’s personal preference will determine this. The use of a larger comb will produce a feathered finish and uniform length while a shorter comb produces a choppy blend and causes blunt cuts. Also, to avoid the creation of a fuzzy appearance one should try to avoid thinning the hair close to the scalp.

Neckline Cutting Tips

At the conclusion of the cut, the decision must be made what neckline works best for the client involved. Typically, a finish that is tapered helps to give a slimmer appearance to a wider neck and has a much neater and natural look when the hair in fact actually grows out.

If you want to be the barber everyone is talking about, you should consider these barber cutting tips or you can apply for admission to Evergreen Beauty College and kick start your career in the beauty industry.

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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Derek Swain
Derek Swain
3 years ago

I didn’t know that the blades of shears tend to cut more efficiently if you use them on wet hair. I would like to learn how to cut hair so that I can open my own salon and save money for my son’s college fund, but I am worried that learning may be difficult since I have trouble preventing my hands from shaking. Maybe a beauty school could help me learn how to remain steady when cutting hair with different tools.