How to Shave the Back of Your Own Neck

Barber brushing man's neck, close-up, rear view
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Keeping those hairs on the back of the neck under control is essential for a well-maintained look. Many guys don't pay attention to this area because it's not the first thing they see when they look in the mirror.  But, just think of all the people who see you from behind every day. If your neck is not well maintained, you tend to look sloppy. Keeping it in check is important. In this step-by-step guide, we'll explain how to shave the back of your own neck to keep a well-groomed look between trips to the barber.

Before you attempt this at home, talk to your barber. Many offer very inexpensive or even free touch-ups between regular visits.

You'll need a good trimmer such as the Andis Outliner, a hand mirror or swing arm vanity mirror, and a little patience.

Here's How

  1. Remove your shirt and stand with your back to the bathroom mirror. Hold your hand mirror (or place your swing arm mirror) in front of your face and position it so you can see the back of your head in the bathroom mirror. I highly recommend using a swing-arm mirror as it allows you to have both hands free. I really love the Jerdon 8" Wall Mount Mirror for this purpose. It looks great and works really well.
  2. Hold the trimmer with the teeth of the blade facing the back of your neck and parallel to the floor (the clipper should be held with blade side up) and shave a straight guideline horizontally across the back of your neck. Keep this line as close to the bottom of the natural hairline as possible. You should be able to follow the outline left from your last haircut.
  1. Flip the clipper over so the teeth of the blade are facing upward. Start at the bottom of your neck and shave upward in vertical sections until you come to the horizontal guideline you shaved in step two.
  2. If you desire a more rounded look, shave off the corners at each side of the neck. If needed, you may also remove any stray hairs behind the ears.
  1. For those who would like a closer shave than a trimmer can provide, you may shave the area with a razor. The Gillette Fusion Power Razor works well for this because of the detail blade on the back of the razor's head. Use a very thin layer of shaving cream (so you can see the hairline) and shave the neck in the direction the hair grows. Use your trimmer lines as a guide.

Tips

  1. Holding the clipper or razor with the hand on the same side of the neck your shaving makes it easier.
  2. Invest in a swing arm mirror and mount it on the wall so you may stand between it and the bathroom mirror. Not having to hold a hand mirror makes the job far less complicated.
  3. Go slowly. Rushing through the job will ensure an uneven result.
  4. Stick as close to the natural hairline as possible -- shaving into the hairline will result in an undesirable effect as the hair grows out.
  5. For proper shaping, check out  Choosing the Right Neckline Shape.