By Elizabeth (Lisa)Thompson

A shape-up haircut, often sported by African-American men, refers to a haircut that is trimmed all over the head. Some guys combine it with other hair styles, but others prefer to use it alone. After a short haircut, you might want to shape up your hairline yourself in between visits to the barber. With the right tools and a little practice, you can perfect the art of shape-up haircuts.

Shape up your hairline with clippers.

Step 1

Stand in front of a mirror in a well-lit area, like a bathroom.

Step 2

Use your dominant hand as you trim around your head. This helps keep your hair line straight.

Step 3

Follow the hairline all the way around the head, including sideburns, by the ears and around the back of the head. You need to look in a mirror as you do this. Stretch your arm around your head as you trim.

Step 4

Trim any stray or visible hairs around the lower neck, down into the shirt area as desired, for a clean-shaven look.