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How to Cut an Afro

Cutting an afro is surprisingly simple and with the right tools and a little bit of patience, you can learn to cut your own hair or give someone else the perfect haircut.

Step 1 - Start with the Ends

The best way to begin your haircut is to set your clipper to the highest blade and begin with the outside-in theory. Begin at the back of the neck and, while holding a comb hovering over the top of your blade, move the blade gently up to the top of the head. Use this measure over and over, taking care to go evenly around the back of the head.

There are many different ways to cut afros. If you are cutting the afro down to a sleeker style, then use the previously suggested movements. After going over the back of the head, begin around the ears, one at a time, and move the blade upwards to the top, stopping close to the crown.

Step 2 - Determine the Amount You Should Cut

To be on the safe side, it is recommended that you set the blade on the highest setting. This will result in fewer mistakes and an overall even appearance. Be sure to take time to communicate with the person’s hair you are cutting and see exactly how much they wish to have taken off their head.

Some people will want just a minor tidying of ends and others will desire a fade. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of cutting an afro, it is best to go slow and take your time. Once the hair is off, it cannot be put back on.

Step 3 - Work on the Intricate Parts

If you are going for a fade, after using the larger setting on the clippers to do the rough ends and the higher growth, you will then need to switch to a smaller blade. Make sure the person’s hair you are cutting sits still and upright. Take the time to adjust the chin and move the head to a position where you will be able to easily tell if you have the fade even on both sides.

It is wise to trim a small portion at a time. Once you have the afro trimmed to the style that the person wishes, you will need to go around the back of the neck and on the sideburns to trim these. Use your smallest blade to glide over the back of the neck. This will result in a nice, clean appearance.

Step 4 - Make the Finishing Touches

If a person completely wishes their afro cut away, use the largest setting on the blade and glide it over the head from outside to the top of the head. Repeat this method until you are at the desired length.

Switch to a medium-sized blade to fade near the ears and the back of the neck if the desired length is a short and sleek length. A style this long will result in the person being able to wear their hair in waves, as well as other hairstyles.

Taking time and patience to do the job properly will go a long way. The best advice you can take, if you are new at cutting afros, is to go slowly and to communicate exactly what the person wishes. Your end result will be a pleasing one if you follow the steps and understand what is required.


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