At-Home Pixie Cut Using Clippers
What started as a pandemic necessity has now become a thing I love. I started cutting my own pixie cut.
In March 2020, I was desperately in need of a haircut, but the whole world was shut down. Salons in my state wouldn’t open again for another four months. And some of them shut down for good.
It was time to take matters into my own hands. I reasoned that, even if cutting my own hair turned out to be a disaster, the pandemic lockdown had given me the grace (and social isolation) to handle a wonky cut.
So, I purchased secondhand clippers on Ebay, watched some YouTube videos, and got to work. And the result was better than I expected!
With a few products and skills, you can cut your own pixie at home, too.
How I Cut My Own Pixie Cut with Clippers and Scissors
What You’ll Need:
I suggest Wahl Clippers, because they’re specifically made for haircuts and are better quality than a lot of other trimmers. This one comes with guards.
Mine are secondhand Super Taper II (similar linked), a professional grade variety that is suitable on textured hair. Since clippers were sold out everywhere earlier in the pandemic, I bought mine on Ebay. If you go that route, try to find some under $60, preferably with clipper guards.
Hair Shears and Thinning Shears
Like these. Some clipper kits come with scissors so you won’t need to purchase separately.
My clipper kit came with guards, but if you purchase separately, make sure to get an 8 (1″) Guard that is compatible with your clippers. You can go bigger or smaller depending on your preference.
You’ll want a comb with a fine tooth that is easy to hold and has a straight edge. I use it to make sure my hair is placed where it should be before trimming, and to aid in trimming clean, consistent edges and bangs.
While you don’t absolutely need a salon mirror, it is extremely helpful for checking the back of your head when paired with a bathroom mirror.
Plastic bag or easy-clean mat and Broom
For easier cleanup after cutting. I sometimes take a kitchen garbage bag and cut it down the side and base to make a long plastic sheet, then bundle the clippings and throw it away. Not eco-friendly, but good in a pinch, especially if you’re working in a small space that’s hard to clean effectively.
You will also want a broom or vacuum cleaner to sweep up stray hair clippings.
Optional: Feather Razor with Blades
After cutting my hair for about six months, I discovered this feather razor, which does a great job of adding texture. I also use it to transition the line between the lower part of my head that I cut with clippers and the top of my head that I cut with scissors.
You can use the feather razor all over for a piece-y cut if you desire.
I used this very simple tutorial for the cut, with some adjustments for cutting the top, which I’ll share below.
I used this video to get a better idea of how to section off the top of my hair, which I wanted to leave longer.
After I use clippers on the sides and back, I start trimming the top section of hair. Unlike the tutorial above, I want to cut quite a bit of length off the top. So, I start with blunt shears all over the top section of my head, using my fingers to pull the hair up in sections and check for uniform length as I go.
Then, I blend the longer hair on the top of my head into the clippered sections with the thinning shears or feather razor. For mid-cut touch-ups, I use just the feather razor to take some weight off the longer sections of hair. There are many feather razor tutorials on YouTube and Instagram.
As I’ve gotten more comfortable cutting my own hair over the past few months, I have started to use a shorter guard, often a 3/4″ instead of a 1″.
Even with access to tutorials, cutting your own hair will always carry risk and involve some experimentation. You need to prepare yourself for imperfection, and commit to going with the flow. After all, your hair will always grow back.
If you live with someone who is willing to take it on, you can ask them to help you trim your edges in the back, or even trim your whole head. But it’s good to know that is IS possible to do this yourself with a bit of preparation.
If anything was unclear or you have your own suggestions, let me know in the comments!
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