I posted this "how-to" article on my other blog a few years ago. I was going through some old blog posts when I ran across this one. Since it received a lot of 'hits' I thought it might be a good resource for this blog.
I've been cutting my families hair for over 30 years. I first taught myself to cut hair with my youngest son when he was just a baby. I had a friend teach me a few more techniques when my children were older so I was then able to cut my husband's hair. I've saved us a ton of money. I will oftentimes trim my own hair inbetween hair appointments just to extend my haircut a couple of weeks.
Meet my handsome assistant.... Mr K.
Step One: I started at the back of the neck. I combed most of the hair up so that there was just a thin layer of hair at the base of the neck. I made a cut for my guideline and then used that guideline to cut the hair up to the crown.
Step Two: Pull the hair straight out and cut using the baseline cut on the back of the neck as your guide.
Step 3: Make your first cut at the front. Use this cut as your guideline. Pull up a thin layer of hair behind the guideline and cut to match the guideline cut. Continue this technique until you hit the crown.
Step 4: Decide where you want the hair over the ears and make your guideline cut. Use this as your guide and work up to the crown pulling the hair out to the side.
Step 5: Comb the hair over the ears towards the eyes and cut as shown.
Step 6: Shave the neck
Doesn't he look nice?
It helps if you can practice on a young child first. I also found instructional videos on U Tube which looked helpful.
I hope I explained this clearly.