How To Cut Your Hair At Home

23 March 2020
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As we’re further encouraged to stay inside, it looks like it’s time to turn to a good old bit of DIY: in this instance, cutting your hair at home. We spoke to the GQ Barber and asked for his top (simple) tips if you get desperate and plan on making the chop...

Staying at home might seem like a straightforward instruction to follow, but the truth of the matter is that our regular routines are most likely going to take a bit of a battering if we no longer have the ability to leave the house. Not least those related to our personal upkeep. With that in mind, it might just be time to start considering (whisper it) cutting our own hair.

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Don’t freak out. We’re not suggesting you grab some shears and chop extensively, or that you just shave it all off for ease, but in order to keep your hair looking remotely passable, it’s probably a good idea to pop some regular self-trims into the diary. 

Which is where Joe Mills (of Joe And Co) comes in. For London residents, Mills’ Soho-based salon is offering services straight to your door if you register your interest online. But for those of us who are considering turning to our own resources, Mills has the following advice...

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Joe Mills: First things first, cutting your hair yourself is not for the faint-hearted. But if you find yourself locked down, what’s the worst that could happen?

If you have a cropped haircut, then running a set of clippers over your own head with a guard on the blade isn’t going to be too risky. If you want to do this, make sure it’s the right grade and run the clippers over multiple times in all directions to get those stray hairs.

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Super Taper Clipper by Wahl, $93 at

If your hair is longer, you need a decent enough pair of scissors that will cut cleanly, as well as a decent comb. Wash your hair and while it’s a little more wet than damp, comb it down over your forehead and ears. 

Using the points of the scissors, lightly cut into your hair on the diagonal so you don’t create any hard lines and take the ends off. Then take a piece of hair on the top and comb upwards (this will be a bit tricky, FYI) and do the same. Try to work around the head as much as possible, consistently taking the same amount off.

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Professional scissors by Lotus, $18 at

Remember: your hair doesn’t grow as much as you think, so less is more. Don’t get too carried away.

If you have a short back and sides, you’re going to need some clippers with guards. Starting with the longest strands, slowly and gently flick the clippers up the sides. You may need someone to help you with the back or have a well-placed mirror to hand. Then swap the guard for the next one down and repeat. The key here is no hard lines, which will take some practise (and don’t go too high up your head and get carried away).

To keep your hair looking great at home, be sure to invest in a decent shampoo and conditioner. This set below by Triumph & Disaster is my favourite.

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Shampoo by Triumph & Disaster, $29 at

Conditioner by Triumph & Disaster, $29 at

Via GQ