As a style expert and founder of the site Real Men Real Style, Antonio Centeno knows a thing or two about looking and feeling your best. The site’s mission is to provide guys with the tools and knowledge they need to build individual style. One of the secrets to Antonio’s personal style is to cut his own hair. Learn the 5 reasons Antonio thinks you should cut your own hair too.
5 Reasons Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair
Haircuts. They’re often the only part of a man’s appearance dependent on someone else. But that doesn’t have to be the case. We live in a DIY world where how-to videos on cutting your own hair are now just a click away. You might be surprised to know that about three in 10 guys cut their own hair.
I started cutting my own hair with a clipper during my time in the Marine Corps. We would deploy for months at a time, but were still required to adhere to the grooming dress code. Learning how to cut my own hair allowed me to maintain great style no matter where I was in the world. Cutting my own hair has been an invaluable skill set that I continue to practice back home. Not only is cutting my own hair fast and convenient, it’s not as hard as you might think.
This article lays out 5 reasons why you should consider cutting your hair at home.
1. Enjoy Newfound Convenience
The 24 hours we have each day are precious and convenience is king in today’s busy world.
Cutting your hair at home takes as little as 10 minutes, which fits into most grooming routines. That could free up 2-3 hours that could be spent doing other things.
To save even more time, select a clipper with a powerful motor and good blades. This will ensure an even cut and eliminate having to do multiple passes to cut every hair.
2. Style On The Go
The hustle and bustle of everyday life leaves little time to spare. Last-minute client meetings, business trips, hot dates...When you have the art of cutting your own hair under your belt, you can take your style with you. For starters, invest in a cord-cordless clipper. It will provide you the freedom to cut your hair almost anywhere. Technology and power are an important combination to look for in a clipper. Look for a clipper powered by Lithium Ion to ensure you get the power and long run-time, all in one clipper.
3. Take Control
You know yourself best. Find a haircut that fits your style. You just have to block out 20-30 minutes for the initial cut and then 5-10 minutes every few weeks to maintain it. You take back convenience and control.
Cutting your own hair also allows you to experiment with other styles. Make sure to get a clipper with a variety of guide combs and a detail trimmer. The combs allow you to adjust the length of the cut and customize your look. The trimmer helps you touch up and trim around the ears and back of the neck. If you want to try a new trend, have at it!
Maybe you have time to schedule a haircut once a month but would like to do some maintenance in between. Having the right tools at home gives you the control to trim up between haircuts. Whether you are at home or traveling – you can always keep your haircut looking sharp.
4. Show Off Your Skills
Skills impress people.
When you have a unique skillset, you’re entitled to bragging rights. If people ask you who cuts your hair you can stand proudly and say “I cut it myself.” This is a conversation starter.
People are impressed when you master a skill that few know how to do. It’s something to be proud of, and a skill that you can teach your kids or future kids.
That being said, it’s a skill that takes practice. Keep it simple at first. Choose a style that looks good but doesn’t take too much effort to achieve. Once you have the basics down you can experiment with more complex styles.
5. Maintain Great Style with Minimal Effort
With the initial cut done, all you need to do now is maintain it. This requires 5-10 minute trim-ups every two weeks or so and can be easily worked into your grooming routine. A clipper with self-sharpening blades allows you to get the job done faster and leaves the maintenance to your hair.
Just like any job, having the right tool makes all the difference. When selecting a clipper, look for power, blade quality and guide combs. Personally, I use the Wahl Elite Pro clipper. It packs plenty of power, has the industry’s best blades and comes with new SECURE-FIT guide combs that are steel-reinforced so they latch on strong to provide an even cut. Plus it has a sleek retro look that fits my style.
If you take pride in the DIY title, have a busy schedule, or enjoy a life of autonomy, this may be the perfect solution for you. After all, we control every other aspect of our image, why not our hair?