In the last year, we’ve had to come to terms with the fact that barbers are not always going to be available. This means that we have had to adjust, and in some cases try to learn how to cut men’s hair at home.
I know it sounds complicated, but it isn’t – you have to follow some simple steps and have patience. With enough patience, you’ll find you can do just about anything to your hair!
That’s what I’ll be going over today – how you can cut your hair at home in 7 simple steps!
In this article, you will find:
- Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair
- The Tools You’ll Need
- The Words You Need To Know
- The Mistakes To Avoid
- Before You Begin
- Step 1: Envision What You Want
- Step 2: Prepare
- Step 3: Cut The Sides
- Step 4: Cut The Top
- Step 5: The Transition Zone
- Step 6: The Details
- Step 7: The Big Picture
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Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair
Haircuts are often the only part of a man’s appearance dependent on someone else.
But that doesn’t have to be the case if you can learn how to cut men’s hair at home. You might be surprised to know that about three in 10 guys cut their hair. These are some benefits they have discovered:
- Cutting Your Hair At Home Is Convenient: The 24 hours a day you have are precious, and cutting your own hair takes 10 minutes, saving you the hour or more it takes when going to the barber.
- Style On The Go: Things come up, meetings, dates, interviews. When they do, being able to give yoruself touch-ups instead of hoping the barber will be able to fit you into his schedule will keep you always looking great.
- Cutting Your Hair At Home Gives You Control: You can always be in charge of when you get it cut and the touch-ups that are needed, no other considerations are needed. You make the time, you get it done.
- Cutting Your Hair At Home Is A Valuable Skillset: Skills impress people. The more skills you have, the more likely others are to trust you with things that are important to them.
- Great Style With Minimal Effort: You may need 20-30 minutes for the initial cut, but a mere 5-10 minutes every couple of weeks to touch-up is enough to keep you looking great.
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The Tools You’ll Need
It’s critically important that you use the right tools to get the job done – no one wants to pull on their hair because they didn’t use a sharp enough pair of scissors. To perfect how to cut men’s hair at home, you need to make sure you get this right.
Here are the tools you’ll need to do this:
- Scissors AKA Shears: I recommend you use hair-cutting scissors specifically. They should be sharp and small (5-6 inches). You CAN use regular scissors, but they’ll do a choppy job and be harder to use because of their large size.
- A Comb: This is the easiest tool you can use to move your hair around while you’re cutting it.
- Hair Clips (optional): These can keep your hair out of the way.
- A Mirror: This is optional unless you cut your hair. Don’t make the mistake of hacking away at your head without seeing what you’re doing.
- Clippers: These do the bulk of the work for you.
- Thinning Scissors: These help thin out your hair as opposed to cutting through all of it.
The Words You Need To Understand
Before you begin, it’s helpful to know some of the words associated with cutting hair – and we’ll be using them extensively in this article.
The Mistakes To Avoid
When first learning how to cut men’s hair at home, it’s very easy to make mistakes – especially if it’s your first time. Here are some very common mistakes you want to avoid.
- Being TOO Aggressive: Take your time. Don’t cut too much, or too fast or too high up. Go bit by bit and have patience.
- Miscommunication: If your partner is cutting your hair for you, make sure they know what you want. Don’t leave it to them to decide what haircut you get; it’s YOUR hair so tell them what you want.
- High Expectations: You’re going to be disappointed if you think that you or your partner will be able to cut your hair as well as your stylish. Make sure whoever is doing this to you doesn’t feel pressured to get it perfect because I guarantee they won’t.
Before You Begin
Make sure your hair is clean. Wash and condition your hair if it’s longer – and make sure you don’t put any product in your hair once you get out of the shower.
- If Using Scissors: Feel free to experiment with cutting your hair while it’s still wet.
- If Using Clippers: Make sure your hair is dry – moisture and electricity don’t mix well.
Prepare for the worst-case scenario. You might make a huge mistake and have to shave your head. If you do – that’s fine! Now’s the perfect time to try a buzz-cut or force yourself to learn how to wear a hat!
Remember the KISS. Principle – Keep It Simple Silly!
Go slow. Cut less. Evaluate more.
Don’t try to change things up – go with a style you know and are comfortable with.
Less than 3 weeks since your last haircut? Follow the shape your stylist left!
3-4 plus weeks or your hair grows fast? You’ll want to go slow as you’ll be shaping the silhouette of the cut.
Better to have an imperfect longer cut than a bad cut that’s too short – you can’t glue the hair back on!
Now to the Step-By-Step Guide To Cutting Your Hair.
Step 1: Envision What You Want
You want to start things off by making sure you (and/or the person cutting your hair) know what you want. You can do this by imagining you’ve been electrified.
Now run your hands through your hair and look at what you have.
Imagine what you want the result to look like.
Imagine what that result looks like if you were electrified again.
Figure out what needs to happen to your electrified look to get the result you want.
Step 2: Prepare
Now you want to set up the space where you’re going to cut your hair. Make sure you’re in a well-lit area with no distractions.
- Prepare your chair or make room in the bathroom for some mirrors.
- Clear the floor of anything that may get in the way.
- Wet your hair in the shower or the sink.
- Comb your hair straight back.
- Cover your clothes, so they are protected.
Step 3: Cut The Sides
You want to start with the sides – as they’re the easiest region to cut.
Be aware of the Transition Zone – This is the boundary between the lower and upper half of your head and is the area where we will blend, so don’t cut into this region yet!
A blend is a gradual transition from shorter to longer hair. The goal of blending is to make it look seamless. Most men like their hair longer as you move up the head (as it creates a square shape which most men like).
Remember cutting less early on is better – you can make a second or even a third pass!
Using a comb, bristles facing up, lift the hair on the lower half of the head and begin to cut (¼ inch in length) from the base of your head.
Repeat, going a little bit higher but not into the transition zone.
Move upward 1/4 of an inch at a time – the smoother movements usually result in a cleaner look.
Start on the left side of your head, then move to the back, and finish on the right side.
Evaluate whether it looks good or not.
Make another pass if needed, or move on.
Step 4: Cut The Top
Now that you’ve got the sides and back done move on to the top of your head.
Begin cutting the top, starting from the front and working towards the back. Focus on the center two inches. If you can imagine yourself with a mohawk – the mohawk region is where you’re trimming.
Pull the hair with your fingers perpendicular to your head, then cut a small amount off the ends (1/2 to 1/4 of an inch).
Similarly to cutting your sides, you want to move about ¼ of an inch back after every time you cut.
Move to the left side (1.5-2 inches wide) and repeat.
Next, move to the right side (1.5-2 inches wide) and repeat.
You can cut less and go for a more “styled” top (1/8 to 1/4 inch at most) or cut more to go for a summer shorter look (1/2 inch at a time! You can go over again if needed)
Err on the side of cutting too little – you can always cut again later!
Pay attention to the style you usually wear. One side may be longer than the other!!
Step 5: The Transition Zone
Now that you’ve done the bulk let’s blend.
Look at how your hair lays. What style do you wear? If you part to the right (like I do), the left side isn’t going to be as smooth a transition as the right side. Thus, depending on the style you’re going for, the transition zone doesn’t need to be even on all sides.
Use clips (or fingers) to keep the hair you want to keep longer out of the way (creating a low temporary side part).
Using the same comb technique as in the previous steps, we want to hold the hair perpendicular to your head and connect the upper and lower half as we cut.
Envision the silhouette you want and cut with that in mind.
Again – leave your hair longer if in doubt.
Now take a step back and look for lines (a clear transition between short and long hair) and off shapes (puffy areas where hair lays more than on the other side, creating an imbalance look).
This is where you’ll want to revisit and better blend if possible.
Step 6: The Details
Congratulations! You just completed the most challenging part of cutting your hair. Now you want to go through and focus on the small details.
Clean up around your ears – use the comb and scissors to raise the lines around your ears. Be careful not to cut yourself!
Check for any stray long hairs and cut them off.
Now focus on the nape of your neck, and be very careful not to overcut – especially if you’re going for a rounder shape with clippers.
Step 7: The Big Picture
Now it’s time to review your hard work.
Step back and wash, clean and comb your hair as you usually would.
Look at your haircut from various angles in good light to see if there’s anything that needs urgent fixing.
Carefully evaluate whether or not you need to address problems – but let little things slide, as messing with a “good” cut in the effort to get to it “perfect” can often lead to a screw-up.
Remember that a good men’s hair product can make your hair do what you want – even if you didn’t get it 100% right! Take some time and practice and you will learn how to cut men’s hair at home in no time.
Click below to watch the video – 7 Simple Tips To Cut Men‘s Hair At Home:
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Published Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:29:10 +0000
How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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