I have seen many people with a fantastic haircut but get it all wrong with the edge up making the whole hairstyle look bad. To enhance the beauty of your hairstyle, a clean line up and hair edging after a clipper cut can make all the difference. However, this requires the right hair edgers such as the T-edge clippers in the hands of a haircutter who is equipped with the skills and hair edging techniques.
A hair edger is designed to create sharp and straight hairlines across the forehead, the nape of the neck and through the sideburns giving you a crisp and clean haircut you desire. The most appropriate hair edging techniques is highly determined by the size of your hair, type of beard and the shape of the face to ensure that it is well balanced and proportional to your facial features. Some of the popular hairs edging up techniques are:
- Grained or Against the Grain – Though the decision to have an edging line with or against the grain is your decision, it is important to understand the hairstyles that works best with each option. A skilled haircutter or a professional barber should be able to advice you on this to avoid ruining your neat and attractive clippers cut. Curly or fairly wavy hair which is a half to an inch long is smarter with a hairline cut with the grain, but if your hair is short than half an inch, it is advisable to choose against the grain hair edge.
- The Hairline Length – It is important to analyse the natural shape of the hair edge up and the size of the hairline to determine how short or long to cut back the hairline to retain the good look. For the nape of the neck edge, it is recommended not to cut the line above the end of the earlobes. It always takes effort to learn your hair shape and how far your hair grows to come up with an accurate hairline that comes out natural and attractive.
- Evenly Cutting the Hairline – One of the trickiest techniques is to ensure that the edge up is uniform on both sides of the head. A good hairline is cut straight across both sides making sure that no side is cut longer than the other. This can be done with the help of a pen technique where the hairline is first edged on one side and then use a pen across the line cut and make a light mark on the opposite side where the hairline should end ensuring an even hairline length on both sides. The pen mark is then removed using a wet towel.
- Final Touches – This is a close examination across the entire head to identify and rectify minor errors such as stray hairs outside the cutline, or hairs that jump above the desired hair size. This cleanup is done using a special hair edger like the T-edge clippers.
Five Top Hair Edging Tips
- Arsenal of Tools – To produce perfect hairline cut results you will need a collection of the right tools. These tools comprise of:
- Extra Fine-teeth Trimmer – To provide high precision when making the cut
- T-shape blades – To produce smaller details much easier
- Wide & Aggressive-teeth trimmer – to help make softer edges and fluffy cut lines.
- Narrow blades – to make cut in extreme areas such as snap and ear back.
- Get the Right Angle – Angle between the blade and the scalp determines how sharp the edges will be. Depending on the position of the head, tilt the trimmer to achieve a right angled position in order to produce the best cut line. You also need to pay attention to direction and the pattern of hair growth – attention to details is required.
- Make use of the Mirror – Let the mirror guide you. The station mirror mounted on the wall is one of the assets of any home or professional barber. Work on one side first and turn to face the mirror so that when cutting the hairline on the opposite side you can have a good view of the two sides to get a uniform and even line on both sides.
- Top Hair Edge up Secret – Once you have studied the hair style and the shape of the head determine the best hairline for the cut and if you are working on a client, you can advise them based on your professional skills and experience. You can slide the scalp a little bit to alter the cut line if need be. Use your thumb to apply tension on the scalp to make any necessary adjustments.
- Tidy up Your Work – The last thing should be wiping off any hairs and refining the cut by removing any stray hairs you may find. You also need to clean all your tools, oil the edger after every trim and keep them safely for use next time. If you are shaving more than one person it is important to sterilize the tools before you can use them on the next person.
Do not be discouraged if you didn’t produce the best cut for the first time pay attention to the above tips and keep trying until you achieve the best result. Hair edging is a technical process and you need practice to perfect it.