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How to Give Yourself a Buzz Cut

The buzz cut is a sure-fire way to make a statement. And while it isn’t for everyone, there are a ton of people feeling the urge to shave their heads these days. If you’re considering a buzz cut, you must read these tips first, including how to DIY step-by-step, and how to determine if it’s actually the right cut for you. We chatted with celebrity stylist Cash Lawless for all things buzz cut, including how to give yourself a buzz cut. Read his expert advice below!

Should You Get a Buzz Cut?

There’s a lot to say about the buzz cut, but Lawless points out that it often comes with a high level of buyer’s remorse. Before you boldly buzz, you must “develop the proper mental fortitude,” says Lawless. “Buzzing your head is something most people regret right after doing it, and later chalk it up as ‘something I did once.’”

However, he admits that there is a small minority of buzzers who wind up loving the cut, which can actually be quite stunning. “A lot of this depends on features, head shape, and personal style. It can look out of place on certain people and in certain professional arenas,” notes Lawless. He adds that while social acceptance of certain hairstyles is becoming more diverse, there is still a long way to go. “If life has you feeling like you need to buzz, just take a moment,” he suggests. If you’ve committed to it and you’re really ready to buzz your hair off, here are the steps you need to take for an immaculate cut.

How to Give Yourself a Buzz Cut

Step 1: Go in stages.

The first step is also the most important. When you buzz, go in stages. “You can’t put hair back on very easily, so I suggest leaving the top long and cutting the sides first. if after you cut the sides, you still want to cut it all off, you can, but it’s nice to try different haircuts in between, as you might fall in love with a look halfway through,” says Lawless. If you have long hair, create two pigtails and cut them off entirely above the rubber band, so you can donate your unwanted tresses.

Step 2: Section.

Section out the hair on the top of your head from the edge of your eyebrow. Tie it up and clip it out of the way. 

Step 3: Start with the largest guard.

Grab your clippers (Lawless recommends the Oster 76 hair clipper), starting with the largest guard. If this doesn’t cut the hair short enough, go to the next smallest unit until you find a comfortable length. 

There are a few don’ts to keep in mind when buzzing, both for your safety and the outcome of your cut. First off, avoid pressing the guard into the scalp. “This can move the skin, create bumps, and end up leaving your haircut looking like you’re missing chunks,” says Lawless. “Apply even pressure so you don’t move the scalp,” he advises. Like, any other work of art, the devil is in the details. “Make sure to get the edges really nice and clean,” notes Lawless, as this can elevate your cut tremendously.

Step 4: Go to town.

Don’t hold back. Now is the time to “go to town with your clippers,” says Lawless, who advises running them over and over your hair, “until you don’t hear hair cutting anymore.”

Step 5: Finish with the top section.

Let the top section of your hair down and move it around. If you want to chop it off, keep on moving those clippers with the same guard. Where you start is not important.

Step 6: Bam!

That’s it, you’re buzzed!

Need a little encouragement to take the buzz cut plunge? HERE is how a buzz cut empowers various women!

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