Buzz Cuts ?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Sonero, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Sonero

    Sonero Practically Family

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    I thought it would be fun to do a Covid-19 BUZZ CUT thread. I had no choice but to take clippers to my head. During the process I found out I have thinning hair on top. Yikes ! but that explains why the center portion of my hair was dry and of bad quality hair. I am glad to get rid of it.

    The adrenaline was RUSHING through me when I did this.....

    This is a 3 1/2 all over.

    It was either this or run the risk of looking like a run down FABIO :)

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  2. galopede

    galopede One of the Regulars

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    I've been doing the buzz cuts with the clippers for quite a few years now. I'm bald on top and I think it looks better. Certainly better than a comb over that lifts up in the wind!

    I decided to get some clippers years ago when a barber charged me £8 for five minutes with the clippers!

    It's been getting shorter over the years and now I do it all over without the guard, so almost shaven.

    I like it. Saves on shampoo!

    Gareth
     
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  3. Bfd70

    Bfd70 One Too Many

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    Barbershops are back open around here.
     
  4. Sonero

    Sonero Practically Family

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    I won't be going to one of those for a while. One barber infected 90+ people...lots of stories along those lines.
     
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  5. Bfd70

    Bfd70 One Too Many

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    My barber wears a mask as did i during most of the cut. Has shower curtains to the floor between stations. No waiting inside. Make an appt and he comes to the door and waves you in. He takes your temp and asks that you use hand sanitizer. I’m guessing thats what the requirements are in these parts.
     
  6. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Started with the buzzcuts when I realised I was thinning at 28. Started at a 2; four years later I was down to a 1 twice a week and it still wasn't hiding it on top, so I dropped the electric trimmer and went straight to blade. Been shaving my head completely for over fourteen years now, and my only regret is I wasted those four years trying to hide the bald with a buzzcut. Wouldn't go back to having hair now even if it was an option... in fact, knowing what I know now with my time over again, I'd have started shaving it long before I needed to. Not set foot in a barber's since, I think, early 2004.
     
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  7. Sonero

    Sonero Practically Family

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    I researched the guard numbers thoroughly before choosing 3 1/2. I actually have a 3 3/4 attachment that I have not tried yet. I figure I will try that before going down to a 2 if need be. The changes in blades can be dramatic if you aren't used to them.

    Agree that thinning or balding hair should be cut short. Would love for these self cuts to work out for me. I hate locating decent barbers and all the effort and luck that it takes.

    I need to figure out how to do the straight line in back with more ease. I did ok but it is a very awkward stretch of your arms to reach it. I tried one of those pre made tape strips but they seem to move too much.
     
  8. Bushman

    Bushman My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I used to wear my hair longer as a teenager, but over these years in my 20s, I've been keeping it shorter and shorter. I foresee permanent buzzes, and possibly even shaves ala @Edward in my future. I won't deny, shaving my head has already been a consideration.
     
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  9. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    It took me a little while to build up to doing it myself; as I recall, it was a last resort when noone else was available. Like anything, it took a little practice, and was best done at least weekly. It's actually easier shaving it with the razor; if I'm keepnig on top of it (i.e. a shave every other day), I can have it done in five minutes or less. If it gets longer (five or seven days if I'm being ridiculously lasy and not going out anywhere), it's a much long process. With the razor, you just have to remember not to lean too hard on a fresh cartridge (tried the DE, but couldn't get the angles right all round - it was....messy), and beyond that it's basically feel. These days, I'm morel ikely to cut my face than my head. Mach 3 type for over the bonce, always DE for the face.
     
  10. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Funny! Me since early 2003 (age 18).

    The 11 mm-shorty just doesn't need a barber. Less of the nerving appointments! :)
     
  11. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    I've been buzz cutting myself since 1995. I bought a Wahl that summer, and finally replaced the blades last year. Oil them after every use and they last.

    I'm currently using the #1 attachment on my head and facial hair because my curly facial hair irritates the $%^& out of me under the mask.
     
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  12. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 Call Me a Cab

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    I am blessed to have a real barber who is also a good friend. He uses a straight razor and shaving cream around the ears, neck and will gladly trim beards, etc. He has also managed to get into a good situation as we "open" from Covid. I get mine done every 5 weeks or so, cannot eliminate all risk in life.
     
  13. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton One Too Many

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    Key advice. I recommend after every substantial use, like a head or full beard. Not necessary for the maintenance trim.

    Lots of partners out there learning how to do fades. Youtube is full of videos of people learning how to give their fellas fades.
     
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  14. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    No.1 (long) these days due to MPB, quite liberating really..no worries.. no helmet or hat hair..just 5 minutes twice a week
     
  15. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Yes, head, facial, and, um, other areas is what I was talking about, so thanks for the clarification.
     
  16. CNYC

    CNYC New in Town

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    Pre and Post buzz. Better or worse ?
     
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  17. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 Call Me a Cab

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    Looks good, but wish mine would grow on top like your does! :)
     
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  18. redlinerobert

    redlinerobert One of the Regulars

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    No buzz for me. Just can't do it. Going to let my hair grow until this covid is over. I am however trimming the beard every few weeks. I'm probably a few weeks away from a pony tail.
     
  19. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    I'm a minimalist. I disliked the maintenance and feeling of hair and using product, so I started my no 3 buzz in the mid 1990's and only grew my hair back briefly three years ago, only to discover there wasn't much left. Back to number 3 and no 2 on the sides. I quite like the look of head stubble and don't like the look of a shaved head.
     
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  20. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    Same as Seb,

    I've gone to fine stubble but never 'clean shaven'.....
     

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