photos: glen allsop, conair, andis post designed by kristin ess
Sometimes our boyfriends, manfriends, husbands and best guy friends don’t prioritize hair the same way we do. That’s totally fine, but what about when there’s a wedding, birthday, holiday or just a night out with friends and there’s a jungle growing on the back of his neck? I mean, a man on the run doesn’t always have time to line up his side burns symmetrically. Here’s how to help him out if he can’t make it in to see his hair stylist.
1: Trimmers… Use these on the back of his neck to get all the stray, wild hairs. Don’t go in to the actual hair line and mess up the cut. Anything that’s part of a”solid” line of hair shouldn’t be touched. Ask him where he thinks you should stop and simply take off anything that looks out of place. If his hair is longer, have him hold it up while you clean his hairline or clip it up out of the way so your hands are free. Make sure he’s standing straight and not leaning to one side. That will keep it from getting crooked. Take a towel and dust the loose hairs off after, then check your work. Go back in if you need to. After you’re done, avoid putting anything wet on it like lotion or aftershave as they can irritate the skin when it’s freshly done with electric trimmers.
2. Comb… Use this to help trim up his side burns. The comb will be your guide and to keep you from making the side burns too short. Ask him to hold the comb wherever he wants them to stop. Take the trimmers and buzz whatever falls below the comb. Then stand directly in front of him to see where the other one should go. Use your thumbs to line them up. Put one thumb at the bottom line of the finished one, and the other thumb where the second side burn should stop. Use your comb and trimmer to repeat the process on that side. Last, go back to front and center to check that they’re even. Dust with a towel.
Don’t forget, you’re not cutting his hair so it doesn’t need to be perfect. You’re just doing simple grooming and keeping him from looking like a sasquatch before an outing.