How to Cut Men's Hair
Whether you decide to cut the hair dry or wet will depend on the type of hair that is being cut. Cutting the hair with clippers is best when the hair is dry as wet hair can reduce the effectiveness of the clippers. When the hair is cut while wet it can be difficult to see the lines which are being created in the haircut. While cutting the hair, it is important to wet the hair when using shears and other techniques.
When completing a menís haircut it is important to cross check the haircut. This involves standing from a distance or checking the haircut in the mirror to ensure that there are no lines within the haircut or discrepancies between each side of the style. You can achieve the same effects as looking into the mirror to check the hair as you can from standing a few feet back from the client and checking the results of the haircut.
When cutting menís hair, it can be easy to miss any lines that may appear in the hair and therefore you should ensure that you have proper lighting from all angles. Cutting hair in a dimly lit environment can mean that you'll miss angles and tapering which may create unsightly lines within the haircut. Lighting is an essential part of hair cutting and therefore you should ensure that all parts of the head are easily visible and there are no shadows that occur within the cutting area.
Blending is one of the most important parts of a menís haircut, as their hair is normally shorter and it can be easy to miss blending in the hair. Blending is completed in one of three ways; clipper over comb, blending shears or with a hair cutting razors. For the most part this allows the lines which are often created in the hair to disappear, leaving a blended and smooth haircut.
After blending, the next step is to style and add texture to the hair. Texture can be added with the use of a razor, in a technique that is referred to as razoring. Textured hair is often cut with the use of a razor and small pieces are cut from the hair, in a downwards motion. The razor should be held at an angle to achieve the maximum effects and ensure that the element of style within the hair is maintained.
Finishing is the last step in a great menís haircut. It enables the hair stylist to ensure that all ends are even and the area around the nape of the neck and side burns is free from stray hairs and all are even.