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D.I.Y. Haircut Maintenance

Learn how to use a set of clippers and avoid turning into a wolfman.

It’s a busy week at work and there’s no trip to the barbershop in sight. While you’ve been pulling late nights and early mornings, your beard and the hair on the back of your neck have started to become one. At the risk of turning into a wolfman, you realize you need to take matters into your own hands. But how?

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Start with a good pair of clippers, like this Lithium Ion trimmer from Wahl. You can shave your head, file down your sideburns, or–with some practice–carve the logo of your favorite football team onto the back of your head.

You can also use the clippers to maintain the shape of your haircut. This usually means neatly shaving the back of your neck below your hairline and at the sides below your ears, if necessary. 

Ready to clean up your cut? Follow these steps:

1. With your back to a large bathroom mirror, hold a smaller hang mirror in front of your face and tilt it slightly so that you can see the back of your head in the bathroom mirror.

2. Follow the outline that was left on the back of your neck from your last haircut. With the teeth of the clippers facing up, shave a horizontal line across the back of your neck.

3. Shave upward in sections, starting below the neckline of your T-shirt, until you reach the horizontal line.

4. Depending on how your hair is styled, you’ll either want the hair at the back of your neck to be square or rounded. If the round style is what you’ve got, shave the corners at the sides of your neck. You might also want to check that there aren’t stray hairs growing around your ears.

5. To ensure a cleanly shaved neck and to buy extra time until your next cut, apply a light lather to your neck and gently shave the area with a regular razor. You'll cover the tracks of your clipper’s handiwork.

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