A smiling man with a peaked haircut.

How to Cut your Hair to have a Peaked Cut

Whether you call it a Peaked Cut or a Faux Hawk haircut, this style is perfect for anyone looking for a trendy, young look with a bit of an attitude.

What you will need:

  • Wahl clipper
  • Wahl trimmer
  • #2 (1/4") guide comb attachment
  • #3 (3/8") guide comb attachment

How to Do a Peaked Haircut Step-by-Step

  • 1

    Select attachment guard #2 (1/4") or #3 (3/8") for your Wahl clipper. Begin in front of the ear, blending the back of the neck and under the rim of the head (Sections 1 and 2. See infographic below.) as you move around the head. When working over the ears, bend them down and out of the way so you can easily cut the hair.

  • 2

    Continue cutting the hair at the nape of the neck. Cut up to the rim of the head (section 3) but do not cut the Faux Hawk section on top of the head.

  • 3

    Cut the left and right sides of the top of the head (section 4) to desired length, leaving the center long for now.

  • 4

    Blend the rim of the head into the top of the head (section 3 into section 4) using an upward rocking motion.

  • 5

    Trim the hair in the center of the top of the head (section 4) using your clipper and attachment guards #2 (1/4") or #3 (3/8"). Then push the hair up and away from the head.

  • 6

    Use a preferred hairstyling product to make the hair on top of the head stand up into a peak.

     Infographic showing the sections of the head for cutting your own hair.

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