The Self Trim
In most towns, you can get a barber to cut your hair for about 20 bucks. That’s a beer and a burger at your local pub, or a few cups of coffee at your overpriced espresso joint. So why must you insist on grabbing your kitchen scissors, or beard trimmer, and attempting surgery yourself? “Proceed at your own risk,” cautions Charles McCoy, master barber at Kiehl’s Barber Shop in New York. “You may find yourself with patches left over and a poorly finished head of hair.” What’s that? You’re just trying to even out your neckline? “I have a friend who sees a little hair on the back of his neck and grabs a razor to ‘fix’ things,” Zorian adds. “From the front, it looks okay, but what he can’t see is the little tail he leaves in the back from the spot he missed.” Worse, Zorian says, are the guys who turn their razors upside down and shave the back of their neck up into their hairline. “I’ll go to trim it and there is a huge hold underneath the hairline from running the razor too high.” At better approach: Pop into your barber shop for a trim every four to six weeks — unless you’re going for a buzz cut, in which case “it’s fine to do solo, as long as you understand the fundamentals of proper hair care,” McCoy says. In other words, see a pro.
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