How To Cut Hair with Clippers

Cutting hair with clippers
There are a few things about cutting hair with clippers that are different than when cutting the hair with scissors.
First and foremost is that the hair should always be dry when clipper cutting. Wet hair will simply clog the blades and can damage your clippers and make them difficult to clean. Trying to clipper cut wet hair can also result in water seeping into the unreachable places on the clippers, potentially causing the blades to rust.
Second, for best results, always guide the clippers against the direction of the hair growth. This assures that the hairs are evenly cropped according to the length of the clipper guide. You should use a comb to keep the hair directed in its growth pattern between passes with the clippers.
You should also avoid trying to overload the clippers in any given pass. This is especially important when dealing with fine or lank hair. Finely textured hair will bend easily when the clippers meet resistance and you can find that your cutting attempts are less than satisfactory.
When dealing with finer textures of hair, try cutting tracts of hair that are only half the width of the clipper blades at most. This technique is also useful if you find that your clippers are clogging with hair.
Finally, if you are nervous about using clippers on a live subject without practice, contact your area cosmetology schools about purchasing used haircutting manikins from either the faculty or the students.
Most Cosmetology schools focus only on scissor and razor cutting techniques, and once the hair of the manikins has become too short for the students to continue using for scissor and razor cuts, it will still be sufficiently long to allow you to practice with your clippers. Barbering Schools are unlikely sources for used manikins, simply because they do train with clippers and usually cut the manikins' hair down to the scalp.
Stacy - Hair Stylist    ©
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See also:
How to cut hair
Clipper cutting techniques
The length of clipper guards and what the numbers mean
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