Give Yourself a Military Haircut
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Give Yourself a Military Haircut

Never go to the barber again: Save time - be thrifty - always look good! Give yourself a haircut from home.
4.0 (27 ratings)
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Created by Ross Zeiger
Last updated 9/2017
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will be able to give yourself a good-looking military haircut.
  • You will have the basic skills to begin experimenting with other types of cuts.
  • You will be able to cut your hair in the comfort of your home, for free, whenever you'd like!
  • No prior haircutting experience is required.
  • You will need a pair of hair clippers to do this training.
  • Additionally, you will need the handheld mirror and comb included with most hair clipper kits.

Update Spring 2020: Many students are finding this course during COVID-19 induced lockdowns. Safe healthy out there, cut your own hair!

Learn to give yourself a military haircut! I designed this course specifically with military folks in mind because we tend to need haircuts on a weekly or semi-weekly basis. However, whether you are in the military or not, this video course will be a useful investment of your time and money. You will be well-prepared with the knowledge and skills to forego the barber for the rest of your life.

What will I learn? This concise, easy-to-follow course will teach you how to cut your own hair. You will never have to see a barber again. 

Why should I learn it? Barbers are expensive, time-consuming, and you never know what you will get. Quit subjecting yourself to that! With this course you will save money, save time, and always look great. 

Now for some numbers:

If you need a haircut every week, like me, that's 52 cuts per year. The national average men's haircut costs *$28 but military cuts tend to be a bit cheaper. So, let's use half that to be conservative: $14 including tip. 52 * $14 = $728 per year! If you are in the military for four years, this equates to $2,912. Ten years? $7,280. Twenty years? $14,560. And that's not even accounting for inflation and the opportunity cost of that money, but that's a discussion for another time.

Now, let's look at the time cost of going to a barber. You need to drive there (and hope that they are open), wait in line, get the actual haircut, pay, then drive home. Let's very conservatively say this only takes half hour. 52 weeks * 30 minutes = 1,560 minutes = 26 hours. That's right, you are spending at least an entire day every year getting your hair cut. Now, let's say it takes an hour. 52 weeks * 60 minutes = 3,120 minutes = 52 hours. Over two days per year! It takes me less than ten minutes to cut my hair (and so will you after practicing a few times). 52 weeks * 10 minutes = 500 minutes = 8.33 hours. Barely the equivalent of a full work day. 

Is it worth saving all this time and all this money? I think the numbers speak for themselves.

For years I have been perfecting the technique taught in this course. After taking it, you will have the skills to perform the same cut on yourself. This will give you the know-how and confidence to perform my technique and it will get you proficient in using the equipment. With practice, you will be able to use what you learn here and begin experimenting with other hair styles. 

*According to a recent study by a well-known website

Who this course is for:
  • Military members.
  • Anyone who wants to learn to cut their own hair in a military style.
  • Anyone interested in saving money by cutting their own hair.
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 33:10
+ Introduction
2 lectures 07:12

Update: I was honorably discharged from the US Marine Corps in 2019.

Welcome! My name is Ross. I am the haircutting instructor for this course. As an active-duty member of the military, I've been cutting my own hair for six years. During this time, I have saved tons of money, time, and I'm always guaranteed a good-looking cut. I am always being asked how I do it and this course is my answer! I've tried to make it as concise and easy-to-follow as I possibly could. 

Thank you for watching and I welcome your feedback.

Preview 02:04

If you are not convinced that you should cut your hair, you need to see how much money and time you are wasting! It adds up to thousands of dollars over a few years and entire days out of your life! On top on that, you will learn how to give yourself a cut you like so that you will always be looking good. Every single male member of the military needs this course!

Preview 05:08

What are the reasons you should be cutting your own hair?

Why should I cut my own hair?
1 question
+ Selecting the right equipment and preparing your space
2 lectures 04:06

You will need a large mirror, a power outlet, and a sink/trash can/toilet/shower or any other spot where you can easily catch the falling hairs as you cut.

Preview 00:39

Let's see what you learned from the first section!

Section 1 Quiz
1 question
+ The Cut
4 lectures 17:22

Here we will begin by using our shortest clipper without a guard installed. This will be our lowest layer of hair. This is if you want to begin your fade almost to the skin. Feel free to start at a higher setting by using a guard of your choice. 

We begin with the sideburns and cut up to form a line even with the top of the ear. Then, working backwards we cut a 1-3" layer around the entire circumference of the head.

Starting from the Bottom

Now that we have the shortest layer cut, we will begin working our way up by fading into longer layers of hair. We will install the next smallest guard size to fade from shortest to an intermediate length. From there, we will go up one more size and fade from intermediate into the long hair on the top of the head. 

If you have an Oster 76, as I do in the video, we will swap out the #000 guard with the #1 guard and repeat the process as move up the head.

Fading Up

If you desire to smooth out or cut the hair on the top of the head, then we use the desired length to "mow" the top of the head. I use the longest guard I have which is a #10. Use whatever length you desire.

This part is less precise. Move the clipper from front to rear, side to side, and repeat until you have cut every part of the top.

Touching Up the Top

Here we will straighten out the bangs by first combing the front of the hair forward. Then, using scissors we will clip off any uneven hairs until it looks nice and straight.

We will then use a razor to get that sharp look in the neckline.

Finishing Touches
+ Cleaning Up
3 lectures 04:30

Clean up is fast and simple! All you need is a microfiber towel and a broom/dustpan.

Clean up

Thank you for taking the time to watch my first Udemy course! I hope you have found it useful. Keep practicing, refining, and customizing the techniques you've learned here and you will never have to go to a barber again!

Thank You for Watching!

Clippers shown in this video:

<a target="_blank" href="">Oster Classic 76 Universal Motor Clipper with Detachable 000 & 1 Size Blades</a><img src="//" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

<a target="_blank" href="">Wahl Color Pro Complete Hair Cutting Kit 79300-400T</a><img src="//" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Also recommended:

<a target="_blank" href="">Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit 79602</a><img src="//" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

<a target="_blank" href="">Wahl Professional 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic Clip 8148 - Great for Barbers and Stylists - Precision Cordless Fade Clipper Loaded with Features - 90+ Minute Run Time</a><img src="//" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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Bonus Lecture: Recommended Clippers and an Announcement