How to Shave the Back of Neckline (without a Mirror!)

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Im a female. Which means that by most social standards I am supposed to be a size "6" with long flowy, feminine, Jhirmack "bounce back beautiful" hair, and should enjoy things like fields of daises, puppies, and unicorns, all whilst riding my pale pink beach cruiser on the boardwalk with a basket full of cupcakes. What would a girl like me know about shaving the back of my head? Nothing. Which is why I have enlisted the help of my male counterpart! Apparently, before we met, he was able to do things for himself like cook, clean, and do laundry. And every once in a while, I give him the opportunity to prove that he doesn't "need" me. So today's lesson is how he managed to shave an even line in the nape of his neck without the use of my assistance, extra hands, or a mirror.

Who needs a barber when all you need is a baseball cap and some decent clippers.

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Step 1: Line Up Baseball Cap Bill

Take a baseball cap. Its helpful if the bill is nice and curved. So if you are going to use your fancy limited edition, never been worn, tags still hanging on the top, silver hologram sticker still on the bill, black and white Lakers hat, id rethink that.

Place the bill across your neck and use it as a stencil or a straight edge.

Then start clippin baby!

Step 2: Admire, and Wait for the Women to Flock

Ta Da! Your done. Now go out into the wild and catch that lioness with your freshly shaven, cleaned up neckline. rawr.

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    75 Discussions

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    Everlong

    7 months ago

    Great instructable! Thanks!

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    bginlalaland

    5 years ago

    Great idea! Love your humor too: D

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    ShyBlueEyes

    5 years ago on Introduction

    OMG thank you for this. My fiance keeps asking me to do this and I'm afraid I will mess it all up and make it crooked. Now he can do it his dang self ;)

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    DaveS002

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Works great!

    Want to clean up the loose hair on your back or shirt when done? Use the compressed air can that you dust your keyboard or cell phone with. Makes quick work of it.

    Just wanted to add my .02 and thanks as well. I just started cutting my own hair about a year ago and couldn't quite figure out what to use as a template for the back. Simple, straightforward, and ingenious - what more could one ask for in an Instructable? Well done.

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    notwally

    8 years ago on Introduction

    OMG! I did 20 years in the military and no one else thought of this!?!? I've been cutting my own hair forever and I still keep my hair in a short buzz cut and am going to try this tomorrow. Many thanks and my wife will thank you too! I usually wait until she's available because I'm double mirror challenged.

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    angelabchuanotwally

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    How did the hat trick work? I'd imagine it takes a bit of practice still to do it with ease

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    notwallyangelabchua

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I've only done this once so far. I ended up with a minor slant on the hairline, but it was totally my fault and not a problem with the technique. I blame the 65 watt equivalent (14 watt) CFL bulbs in the bathroom and my eyesight. It still beats the heck of just cutting blind. Thanks again!

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    SpicySaffron

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I use to use an extension cord for this, but I believe this is a much better idea. Tried it and it works wonderful.

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    exactly. It was a thin extension cord, so it worked. but I couldn't get the tapered edge that the hat makes, so your solution is definitely better.

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    Dream Dragon

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I have cut my own hair for a long time now and tend to work mostly by feel, but this idea is an excellent thought.

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    chrstn

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Gracias, Gracias... GRACIAS!!!!!!! (Thanks o sea)

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    reddxx

    8 years ago on Step 2

    Wow! Awesome, ten years of contorsionism solved here :-) thanks!

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    wyrless2002

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Bravo! Great job! Thanks for sharing. Ditto on everyone else's comments. This is one of those AH HA! moments, an epiphany; I grok this.

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    XenoMorphPT

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely fabulous (very logic) idea... the logic ones are always the best!

    I cut my hair for more than 10 years now, and finally thanks to you, no more mirrors!!!!

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    kikkoman7347

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant use of common items to enhance your life. And yes, Virginia (jk) men can help/fend for themselves. Tho, I must admit, having a better half keeping us straight is brilliant also.