Step 2: Start With Dry, Clean Hair
Like with all haircuts, you'll want to work with clean hair that's "free of any product buildup like gel or pomade," Saviano said. But note: hair must be dry before cutting it with clippers. Then, cover yourself with a towel to keep hair from getting all over your body, and find a comfy spot in front of a large mirror.
Step 3: Cut Hair Before You Shave, If Necessary
If you have short hair already, you can dive right in with the clippers, but if you have longer hair, there's an additional step you need to take. "If your hair is longer, chop it off with scissors before starting the buzz cut with clippers," Saviano said. Trimming your hair back before shaving your head will allow the clippers to move better through your hair.
Step 4: Trim Longer at First
When it comes to selecting your hair guard length, don't take this step lightly. The number, or length, you choose will affect how short your haircut turns out. "Always start with a higher number guard; remember, you can always go shorter," Saviano said. If this is your first time shaving your head, a few practice runs on a longer length can't hurt before you attempt to go for your end result.
Step 5: Hold the Clippers Flat, and Go Against the Growth
"Work with small sections at a time; move the clipper with gentle and small strokes and holding it flat against the head, going against the direction your hair grows," Saviano said. "For cutting the back, top, and sides, move the clipper from the hairline to the crown." To ensure you don't miss any areas and that it looks even, you'll want to go over the same section multiple times.
Word to the Wise, Don't Attempt Anything Fancy
Shaving your head is fairly straightforward, but don't attempt anything too fancy if you're inexperienced. "Fades are not recommended and extremely difficult to do," Saviano said. "The results can be really bad." Stick to the basics.