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Old 03-04-12, 02:45 PM   #1
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Do you cut your own hair?

Shaving your head doesn't count. That's just punting. (no offense)

I buzzed my sides and back fine. But how do you thin out the top and cut the front without looking lobsided...and having to do the walk of shame into the barber to get it fixed? I could leave it as is but it could stand a little off the top.
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Since I prefer a buzzcut, I see no reason to pay someone else. It's too easy. I will have a pro do a touch up if I have something like an interview.
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I've tried unsuccessfully to cut my own using a #2 on the sides and back and a #4 up top. Now I just go with the #4 all over.
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I have an electric trimmer, but the numbers don't line up with the guards at the barber shop. I do #4 on the lower sides blending up to a #6 near the top of the sides blending into #8 on the top. On a barber's trimmer, that's more like a 2-3 on the sides, but it works.
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Thanks. I'll try a #7 or 8 and see how it looks, then maybe bump down to a #6 or 5. I shoulda done a before and after pic.

FTR, I'm using my dog clippers (they sure cost enough)...just so I don't end up looking like my labradoodle
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Ha!! Just last month my daughter passed her licensing test and is now a cosmetologist. She cuts my hair. Now keep in mind that as a 63 year old man, I have very little hair to cut anymore. Once she gets married and moves away, I'll just buzz cut it myself. (!) Of course my simple solution cannot compete with my wife's, who must shortly find a hair stylist other than my daughter, and pay the resultant big bucks. OY!
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I shave my head. Before that, I used Oster clippers with blades that cut to 0.2mm. I still do sometimes.

Before that, I sometimes cut my hair using clippers, just longer. The hardest part is the back. How did you manage to do the back, yet have trouble with the front and top?
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I shave my head. Before that, I used Oster clippers with blades that cut to 0.2mm. I still do sometimes.

Before that, I sometimes cut my hair using clippers, just longer. The hardest part is the back. How did you manage to do the back, yet have trouble with the front and top?
My intention was to cut the top and front with scissors...maybe get some thinning shears. Snapping on a preset length attachment is easy. I've been trimming my neck in between haircuts for years so using two mirrors to get the back decent was also easy. I'm also using an Oster (an A5). I used a #8 on top but would rather have enough left in the right amounts to part. A #8 (1") is too short for that. I'll use the longest one (a #10, 1-1/2") next time.
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My intention was to cut the top and front with scissors...maybe get some thinning shears. Snapping on a preset length attachment is easy. I've been trimming my neck in between haircuts for years so using two mirrors to get the back decent was also easy. I'm also using an Oster (an A5). I used a #8 on top but would rather have enough left in the right amounts to part. A #8 (1") is too short for that. I'll use the longest one (a #10, 1-1/2") next time.
I understand now. I was never good at getting the back straight, or trimming my neck.
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I didn't understand all the 4 6 and 8 numbers people have been using until a couple of the inch equivalents came out. I use a half inch spacer and just buzz all over. It's great and looks decent enough to me. I'm not a very social person and can't say I make a fashion statement, but it's not a mess.
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I didn't understand all the 4 6 and 8 numbers people have been using until a couple of the inch equivalents came out. I use a half inch spacer and just buzz all over. It's great and looks decent enough to me. I'm not a very social person and can't say I make a fashion statement, but it's not a mess.
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There is a story in my family about one of my Scotch ancestors, who lit a paper sack on fire and passed it around his head, to singe the hair off. If anybody wants to try it, be sure to let me know how it works for you!
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There is a story in my family about one of my Scotch ancestors, who lit a paper sack on fire and passed it around his head, to singe the hair off. If anybody wants to try it, be sure to let me know how it works for you!
Probably was more for the lice, not the hair.
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i've been using one for over 15 yrs.
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Yep, every two weeks for the last five years now. I like it short.
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I've been using the #2 for over a decade. When you keep it short like that, you have to re-do it every 2 weeks or so. It really made no sense to pay somebody else to do it. When haircut prices jumped the $5 mark I decided to go DIY and never looked back.
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yes. #2 clip. I think I have paid for 1 or 2 haircuts in the last 8 or so years.
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You guys don't miss the socializing at the barber shop? Shooting the ****, watching ESPN, reading magazines?
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I used to go to a beauty school where they'd give you a nice scalp/neck/shoulder massage with scented oil and then cut your hair for like $10, but I just don't like talking to strangers and having someone all up in my business for such a long time (the school took like an hour to get your hair cut) made me uncomfortable, so when they raised it to like $13, I stopped going. I went there for several years though because you were not allowed to leave tips (students couldn't get them according to state law) so I didn't have to worry about trying to figure out what was appropriate.
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I am philosophically opposed to haircuts. I eventually relent, just so my wife will stop complaining. And hell no, I don't do it myself.
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One "store-bought" haircut since my discharge in 1979. Otherwise its just been a dedicated pair of "haircut" scissors and a disposable razor. BTW: If I find you cutting paper with my haircut scissors you will wear them in your chest.



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My electric hair cutter is stored in a drawer right next to the safety razor. The drawer was labeled "man stuff" until my daughter relabeled it "beauty stuff". :\ oh well.
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