The shears don’t have to be the gold standard. Stopping into your local beauty supply store and spending ten to twenty dollars should get you where you need to be.
The beard trimmers are for the nape area. The razor comb will help you take off a little length if need be and the full-sized clippers are for the advanced students who want to go that extra mile and really stretch the time in between salon visits.
All the supplies you need should run you less than $60.00. When you consider that those $60.00 will keep you looking good, it’s a small price to pay.
Before you dive into any of this, take a few minutes to ask you stylist some questions on your next visit. Let him or her know that you want to learn a couple basics so that you can maintain things at the house if you can’t make it to their chair.
They should be able to guide you because they know your hair type, your style, and most importantly, they know the hair cut they’ve given you. Don’t be shy. These tidbits of information are invaluable to you.
Around the three to four week mark, the hair over around your ears will begin to grow out a little. When you visit the salon bi-weekly, your stylist likely trims this without you even realizing it. But, when you’re missing appointments and you notice it, don’t fret. Comb your hair over your ear. With the shears, you want to slowly trim away the excess hair that touches your ear. You should still be able to see the outline of your original cut. Follow the shape that’s been created by your stylist. You will be trimming less than an inch of hair, so this should be easy to do.
If more time has passed, the nape of your neck may need some attention. This is where the beard trimmer comes in. Take it and again you want to follow the line on your nape that your stylist created. Take two mirrors and be careful. Use your dominant hand and take off less than you think you should and then slowly increase the amount you trim. You can’t put hair back, but you can cut more off.
A razor comb can be used to blend the longer parts of your hair into the shorter parts. The area of hair just above the nape of your neck is very short compared to the hair that falls from the crown of your head backward. You can use the razor comb to gently comb the section where those two lengths intersect. The razor comb takes off very little hair so it should just give you a bit of a neater appearance more than it actually cuts and removes large amounts of hair.
If you are skilled and comfortable enough, you can use the full-sized clippers to re-cut your entire head of hair. Many women have taught themselves how to do it at home. Before you do this, be sure to have consulted with your stylist and have a backup plan for what to do it things go wrong.