Step Wise Guide to Get a Buzz Cut

5 Essential Tips To Get Buzz Cuts For Men

The buzz cut is one of the coolest hairstyles to sport. Not everyone can carry it off confidently. But the best part is that it is extremely low maintenance and you can actually get one by yourself, at home. Here’s how.


Thinking of getting a buzz cut? Do you know how cool it can make you look, and feel? This is one of the most low maintenance hairstyles a man can ever get. And it is also one that’s really easy to do at home, by yourself.

All you need is the right tools and a little practise, and before you know it, you’re ready to give yourself a cool buzz haircut.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind before plunging right in. Read on to know more about creating buzz cut hairstyles.

Gathering up the right tools

#1 Good quality clippers

  • You need to invest in a pair of quality clippers. Don’t be stingy now
  • Think of all the money you will be saving on haircuts from here on
  • Pick up a well-made one with blades that will stay sharp for long

#2 Look for multiple blades

  • The clipper should come with an assortment of blades, like the Gillette Trimmer
  • It should give you the precision needed to trim around curves and delicate areas

#3 Two mirrors

  • You’ll need a large mirror – the one in the bathroom should do – and one handheld one to use when cutting the hair on the back of your head
  • It also doesn’t hurt to keep a comb and scissors handy

Creating the buzz

#1 Get familiar with the clippers

  • A clipper isn’t a plaything, you know?
  • Get to know how it works. Understand all the settings, how to turn it on and off, changing blades, the different speeds, etc.
  • You don’t want to be referencing the user manual while you’re trimming your hair, do you?

#2 Choose the space

  • The best place to get a buzz cut is your bathroom
  • Easy to clean and closer to the showerhead
  • Also, with the door closed you can get the cut with no clothes on, so there are lesser things to clean (getting hair off clothes is not easy!)
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#3 Chop that hair first

  • If your hair is long, cut it till about a few inches long
  • Don’t bother with doing it well; the trimmer will do the rest of the job for you

#4 Buzz in the opposite direction

  • Buzz opposite to hair growth
  • Before you start off, you might want to check to see if there are many directions to your hair growth

#5 Start slow

  • If this is the first time with clippers, start with a blade that doesn’t cut too short
  • Once you get a hang of it, you can go finer. This also helps if you don’t know your way around your scalp – bumps, scars or any other issues
  • Begin at the sides and slowly move up towards your ears
  • Clean the area around the ears, and then trim the hair at the back. Keep checking to make sure you don’t cut too high or crookedly
  • To cut the top, drag the clipper from your forehead to the crown. Stop and check after every few rounds
  • Using your hand as a guide, give a clean finish to the back of the neck

Styling and maintaining

#1 Look after the blades

  • Keep your blades clean. Remove all hair and keep the trimmer in its case 
  • Every few uses rub in a few drops of oil. If the blade pulls or cuts unevenly, you need to sharpen or replace the blades

#2 Do not overheat

  • If your clipper overheats, switch it off, unplug it and let it cool down a bit
  • Don’t continue using it if you feel it is generating heat

#3 Use a hair gel

  • Get a good hair gel or wax to style your buzz cut 
  • Apply a small amount on your head and run your fingers through the hair to spread it evenly

Buzz cuts for men don’t mean trips to salons and expensive cuts. With a little practice you can get a sharp look at home very easily.

Also, check out trendy hairstyles for men here.

Read more grooming tips for men here at our blog, Reward Me.

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