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Cutting hair using a buzzer (aka clipper) is not only really easy, but also super fast, and once you've invested in a buzzer, totally free!

I used to get haircuts once every month or so for around $20 a pop, which can really add up over the course of one's life. One day I finally drew the line, bought a buzzer and started cutting my own hair and, after a little practice, my friends' hair too.

Here's a video with the condensed info. Read on for the full details.

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Step 1: Assemble Your Materials

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Find a nice stool or chair for your subject to sit on. Choose one that is easy to clean (made of vinyl or wood - not fabric) because it's going to get lots of hair on it.

Get a buzzer. Buzzer's from Wahl and Conair are really cheap if you look for them online. I got a buzzer with all the fixings from Amazon.com for $25.

Find something slick to make a gown out of. We used a piece of kite material because it was so slippery that the hair just slid right off.

Step 2: Put a Gown on the Subject

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Tape the gown onto the subject. Remember to get it close to their neck so all the little cut off hairs don't fall down their shirt. Those things drive me crazy!

Step 3: Start Buzzing at the Top

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Start the buzz by selecting a blade guard size. The number 7 guard is usually the longest, and even that isn't that long - maybe 1" or so. I usually choose about a 6 on the top and a 5 or 4 on the sides. Anything less then a 4 shows the skin underneath, and that's not really an effect I like to do unless it's really hot and I am trying to cool off.

Turn on the buzzer and slowly move from the front of the persons' head to the back. Be careful not to move to quickly as you'll catch their hair in the buzzer and give them a nasty tug.

Make consecutive passes from one side of their head to the other until you've got the whole top cut nice and short.
Your haircut subject is a dollbaby! (Dirty old ladies are everywhere!)
pecker7 years ago
Started doing this after getting my first no. 8 cut in a barbers in Feb 08. Bought a Wahl the next week. I'd recommend it..... Remember! A penny saved is a penny to squander.
Nice Noah! Wow.... you uh.... did that in the main entrance... Interesting! What'd the unsuspecting pedestrians say when they saw you cutting some serious hair?
"How much is it?" ;P Engineering firms are almost a barber shops, right?
do you know how to do a "high and Tight" haircut
Babyshoes7 years ago
Good instructable, but I think your subject looks better with longer hair - in your 'before' picture he looks young and innocent, but afterwards he looks older and more business-like...
Not to be sexist, but would you happen to be female? I've come up with a theory, but Girls (and most loudly, my girl) hate it when I cut my hair short. I go to the barber shop and tell them to use a "1 1/2 blade-guard (about 1/4 in) and just hit it all around". I like it, it's keeps my head cool, my dandruff under control, and isn't a pain in the 455 to take care of/style in the morning, etc... But all the girls I interact with are put-off by it, begging me to leave it longer next time. Dudes on the other hand either don't care (which is just regular male understanding of / apathy to aesthetics that don't really concern them to begin with) or understand my logic or even think it looks better. I dunno, again, just a theory.
i aggree with you he looks like a crim with the short hair cut..............great instructable tho by the way.
camp6ell7 years ago
do people really call these hair clippers"buzzers?"
cool, great instructable too!
That compressed air made me laugh. Can you do zig zag lines?

I would so let you cut my hair
Bran7 years ago
If you ever have any people who are nervous about getting their hair done, just remind them:

"It will grow back!"
Patrik7 years ago
Just ask "can I get a Britney?" :-D Wish I had a compressed air hose handy, for when I trim my beard. (I have a feeling people would look at me funny if I tried to trim my beard at the gas station...)