How to Use Electric Hair Clippers

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Using electric hair clippers to cut your hair is one of the easiest ways to maintain a neat appearance. Electric hair clippers can be easy to use for anyone and require no experience. There are a few basics that can be helpful to understand before giving yourself a haircut using clippers, and can help you to avoid making any mistakes.

Things You'll Need

  • Snap-on adjusters
  • Towel

Start by deciding how long you want your hair. Your electric hair clippers should come with snap-on adjusters that are various lengths. It is always a good idea to start with the longest length first, and then work your way down to the length that you like. If you clip your hair too short, you can't put it back on. Once you decide on which adjuster to use, snap it into place on your electric hair clippers.

Wrap a towel around your neck to prevent any hair from falling in your shirt when you clip. Some people take off their shirt before clipping their hair. Either way works fine. Always clip your hair when it is dry. Plug in your electric hair clippers, and flip the switch to turn them on. Start at the top of your head and run the clippers with the blade cover parallel to your head. Always shave against the grain. this means to shave your head in the opposite direction of the hair's growth. Continue to shave your head with the electric hair clippers until the entire head is finished.

Trim the ears. this can be delicate, and you may want a friend or partner to help you. You will need to remove the adjuster and use just the blade cover on the clippers to trim the hair closely enough around the ears. Using small strokes, carefully trim around the ears, following the curve of the ears. It is always better to do a little at a time than to trim too much.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never submerge your clippers into water. Clip hair only when it is dry.

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