How Long Does a Men’s Haircut Take?

Still think it takes less than a female haircut? Let’s see who is right here!

Written by Kate Holmsy. Updated on How Long Does a Men's Haircut Take

Have you ever wondered whether guys need less time to have their hair cut in comparison to ladies?

It might seem that this is obvious since women typically have much longer hair (well, not all of them, but still). However, things are not as simple as they may seem!

Today, we have prepared quite an interesting article for you on this subject!

You will learn how much time an average men’s haircut should take, and also, what the difference is in time needed for a men’s and a woman’s haircut.

Also, we will tell you what factors affect the amount of time needed for a guy to cut his hair, and you will find out how often guys should cut or trim their manes in order to look neat and tidy!

Let’s go!

How Long Does a Haircut Take For Guys?

In general, a proper men’s haircut should take a minimum of 15 to 35 minutes (that’s if hair wash/shampoo time is not included).

No matter how skillful a barber or a hairstylist is in this case, if it takes him or her less than 10 minutes completing a men’s haircut, he or she is most likely crushing it. But does it mean that a male haircut takes less time than a female one?

All right, we bet that most of you here believe that cutting a man’s hair needs significantly less time in comparison to how much time is required for cutting hair on a pretty lady’s head!

And some of you may even think that even doing a mere trim for a lady takes much more time than a trim that is done for a man.

We all know very well where these beliefs come from!

Guys, those of you who have girlfriends of wives, and who have been in a hair salon with them even once – you know better than others what it means for a woman to have her hair cut. It can literally take endless minutes, dozens of minutes that seem to never end!

Naturally, most of us tend to think that a male haircut needs significantly less time.

However, we would recommend you folks not rush with your conclusions so much. There are several factors that influence the amount of time needed for a hairdresser to cut your hair.

Some of those factors are well known:

  • the haircut you want
  • the length of your hair
  • the current state of your hair
  • the level of your hairdresser’s experience

It is obvious that, if you come to a salon with your hair being not cut or at least trimmed for quite a while, your hairdresser will have to spend more time on it.

Also, if you want a complicated haircut, it will also take more time in comparison to a mere trim.

Finally, if your hairdresser is a newbie and lacks enough experience, he or she will be working pretty slowly – respectively, you will need more time on a procedure that might take a professional only twenty minutes.

This is why even a short man’s hair might take quite a lot of time to be cut, for example, if a guy wants his barber to cut off pretty much hair or if he wants something unique on his head.

And just the same, long female hair might be trimmed or cut pretty fast if the mane is initially in a good state and a lady just wants to cut off a good amount of it to make the overall length shorter!

How Long Does a Haircut Take For Guys
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How Long Do Haircuts Take?

All right, you may say, but what is the average haircut time then? Well, there is no universal answer to this question in fact.

The amount of time you will spend on a haircut typically depends on the same factors that we described above when we were talking about men’s haircuts.

But just for you to know, in case you don’t need any special hair treatment or any specific styling, when you visit a salon, a good barber or a hair stylist should be able to finish a haircut in fifteen to twenty minutes.

Of course, if you have really long hair (and especially if your hair is thick and/or wavy or curly), that might take some more time. Also, certain types of haircuts, such as buzzcuts, can be done much faster!

What Affects the Amount Of Time Needed For a Man’s Haircut?

Above, we have provided you with a few factors that influence the amount of time your hair stylist or barber might spend to cut your chevelure.

So now you know that the state of your hair, its length, as well as the type of haircut you want will affect the amount of time you will spend in a barbershop.

A general rule of thumb says that a good man’s haircut should last long after you leave the barbershop. But how long, exactly?

To a large degree, the lifespan of a regular cut depends on the style, however, it also significantly depends on how fast your hair grows back.

This is why most of the guys, on average, return to the hair stylist’s chair once every three to six weeks.

This is why your hair stylist often asks you about the desired style you want to have on your hair, as well as other related questions. You should not get annoyed since this is not mere chatting! The dialogue with your barber at the start of your session (how long since your last cut, how do you like to wear it, etc.) is far from being just a small talk!

In fact, it is all the vital information your barber needs that will lead to a cut that will still look good once you have run it through a shower and may even improve as it grows out.

So the more you can tell your stylist, the better.

What Affects the Amount Of Time Needed For a Man’s Haircut
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How to Make Your Haircut Last Longer?

In our busy world, having a haircut may be quite a relaxing procedure: you just make an appointment in your barbershop, you come there on the set date, and while your barber is doing his magic over your hair, you are simply enjoying the moment relaxing in a comfy armchair.

However, if your hair tends to grow back pretty fast, those visits to a barber may turn into a tiresome obligation instead!

And as you all probably know, a man should visit his barber every two to six weeks to keep his haircut sharp. Of course, this is the approximate time frame since quite a lot depends on your hair growth rate!

But here is the question: if your hair grows back pretty quickly, is it possible to do something to make your visits to a barber less frequent? You will be surprised, but yes, it is possible to deal with this issue!

Of course, it does not mean that we can somehow help you and slow down your hair growth, but there are ways that can help you and make your visits to a barbershop less frequent without making your hair look untidy or messy at the same time.

For example, you can choose to have a buzz cut style and even learn to cut it yourself!

If that is not an option for you, you can choose a fuller, longer hairstyle that sports more natural borders.

With this kind of haircut, which has a little texture already, the growth of your hair won’t be as noticeable. It means that you can get away with having it cut less often.

However, if you have a haircut with harder edges (we mean the one that is longer on top and shorter on the sides, and that is tapered with a tight hairline around your ears and the back of your neck), then the growth of your hair will be much more noticeable.

The shorter your hair, the more regularly you need to have it cut. But you can still postpone these haircuts by touching it up in between your appointments to the hair salon.

Barbers actually sometimes offer to do this quick clean-up job for half the price of a regular haircut. But you can also do it yourself for free, and in less time.

Anyway, here we have a few handy tips for you on what you could do in order to pay visits to your barber as seldom as possible and still have an awesome haircut as if you have just left the barbershop!

How to Make Your Haircut Last Longer
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Get a Sharp Haircut

For an in-between and at home maintenance trim to be most effective, it is best to start with a quality haircut in the first place.

See, hair that has been accurately cut by a skilled hairdresser will grow out much better than chevelure that was processed by an amateur. And in addition, professionally cut hair will be much easier to return to proper form.

In comparison, hair that has been cut in a more poor way will grow out awkwardly and thus it will be harder to tighten up.

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Trim Your Sideburns

To do this, take your electric trimmer and work on the bottom edge of your sideburn. Make sure that it is straight and at a length to your preferences. In general, you can make use of a common rule of thumb: cut it parallel to the middle of your ear.

Once the first step is done, take your comb and work on your hair or the sideburn towards your face. At this stage, you can also use your scissors to trim these overgrown hairs along the vertical hairline of your sideburn.

Repeat this process, this time combing your sideburn hairs towards your ear, and then trimming these hairs along the hairline. If there is the hair covering where the curve of the top of the ear starts, snip that too.

It’s possible to use your electric trimmer to cut all along the arch of your ear, but that’s hard for an amateur to get right, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Then repeat on the other sideburn.

Trim Your Neckline

This is a rather tricky thing to do on your own, so if you can, ask someone to help you with that. In case you have no such possibility, do the following:

  • stand in front of a mirror with a trimmer in one hand and a hand mirror in the other. You need to be able to see the back of your neck in the mirror that you’re facing.
  • move your trimmer in upward strokes until it meets the hairline created by your barber.

Keep Your Hair Styled

In addition to cleaning up your hair in between appointments with your barber, try to shampoo your hair less often, and finish off your ‘do with some styling product; overgrown hair looks more unkempt when it’s dry and frizzy, so you’ll want to keep it tamed and tight.

Following this DIY maintenance routine can let you go as much as 2 weeks more before you have to get a real haircut, reducing your visits to the barber by a third to a half.

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Well, this is all that we wanted to share with you on the subject of men’s haircuts today.

Now you know how much time an average male haircut takes to be done, and whether it is true or not that ladies’ haircuts always take more time.

In addition, you have learned what factors influence the amount of time needed for a barber to cut men’s hair, and we even taught you a few tricks that will allow each guy to always have a flawless haircut!

Frequently Asked Questions

⭐Does cutting straight hair take less time than cutting curly hair?

Typically, it doesn’t. No matter whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly, doing a haircut takes approximately the same time.

⭐Is it possible to trim your own hair at home?

It is possible but it’s pretty hard to do. So unless you’re a professional hairdresser, you’d better visit a salon.

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Kate worked in "The Fashion Magazine" for four years as a freelance writer and loved to consult and help people with their style. How to create your own style, how to look beautiful, and select trendy colors for your hair - these are just a few of many issues Kate will happily explain in Beezzly Beauty blogs!
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