Cutting Shaq Haircut: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Best Shaqtus Cut Ever

What is a Shaqtus Cut?

The best way to describe a typical Shaqtus cut is this: The stylist cuts your hair into a rectangular shape, about twice as long as it is wide, leaving you with about an inch of hair on top. And that’s pretty much it. We’ve used the word “shaq” (pronounced sha-CUT) in this article because a haircut that sounds more like a video game character could be a great way to get attention from your crush.

Section 2: What cuts will you need to look like a Shaqtus?

You’ll need to choose between three types of cuts: a close shave, a faux hawk, and a samurai cut.

SHOW YOURSELF: Go to our high-resolution celebrity hair page to see the hairstyles celebrities wear to the gym, red carpet, and in real life.

How to Get the Best Shaqtus Cut

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This is it. Shaquille O’Neal is waving goodbye to his luxurious, shaggy locks. The NBA legend shaved off all the hair on his head and the mane on his shoulders to be bald like a true champion. The Internet is not only feeling the reality of his new look but, so are the athletes he inspired to take their own trims . Here, a step-by-step guide for O’Neal’s new ‘do:

Step 1

Go to any barber shop on Miami Beach.

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Get a color consultation. “You need to know what you want before you go in, especially since you don’t want to go in there for one quick trim,” explains hairstylist Lawrence Heath. “You’ll be in for a little of both. You need to know how to style a buzz cut properly, and how to cut the hair to be all the same length and what kind of texture you want to go for.

Equipment you will need

A trusty kitchen knife

A flexible handsaw (optional)

Comb, hairdryer or hair straightener

Eye of Newt*, a very small file (optional)

Step One

Choose your area

Shaq wants a two-inch strip of hair on his shoulders. To do that, you will need to remove the hair on the back of his head (you can see the shaggy hair here). Then, you’ll have to cut to his natural line of hair growth, known as his ‘neckline.’

Step Two

Make it look the part

The neckline is obviously the first and most important thing to decide on. Because of its importance, you will probably need to practice a few times before taking the plunge.

“The simplest technique is to use some type of triangular hair tool,” says Stan Ford, Creative Director of Celebrity Hairstylists.

The Process of Getting the Best Shaqtus Cut

For Shaquille O’Neal, being Shaqtus is a lifestyle.

Even though his basketball days are long gone, he still loves to step out to his local barbershop or corner store, and get his hair trimmed. Of course, it’s not like your ordinary barber; Shaqtus has his own beard trimmer, curling iron, towel for his robe, and handy travel supply of hair gel.

He’s just that important, and that popular.

At Shaq’s summer camp, which will be held for the third time this summer in Atlanta, players will be joined by a slew of sponsors from Beats headphones to Hydro Flask who will be giving away prizes and swag to all attendees.

But before we get to that, Shaq and I sat down to talk about the ins and outs of one of the best haircuts of all time and learned how to get the best one of your own.

Shaq’s Haircut: What’s The Big Deal?

The Basics

The first step in getting a new haircut is figuring out the basic shape that you want your new do to be. Many men have a specific style they like, and finding a way to make it conform to their build is the first step in the right direction. This gives you a starting point, and shows you what other options you have in terms of length and shape.

Everyone’s Head is Different

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the shape of a man’s head. Each head is just a little bit different.

Women typically have a rectangular shape, and everyone’s neck seems to be shaped slightly differently. This isn’t usually a big deal, but just be aware of your differences.

Preparing Your Tools and Equipment

Many of you with magnificent snazzy home barber setups already know the basic set-up. You have your clippers, scissors, a trusty hand-held guard, a grooming brush or brush, a spare blade or two, and a long piece of synthetic hair tape. You could use any or all of the above, or not. This time we’re going to concentrate on the ties that bind them together to form a functioning barbering system. A new pair of clippers for your clippers should be more than enough to do the job. I use a Pankow JK-II Finishing Clipper, $29.95, the BJK Rambler III Cordless hair clipper, $29.95, and the Remington Advance2 Sport electric clipper, $29.99.

Whatever you’re using to cut with, you need a nice sharp and clean blade.

Head Preparation and Hair Cleaning

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-Shaq Fuze

Hair Preparation

1. Shampoo and Conditioner

3. Styling Gel

4. Hair Heat Styler

5. Styling Wand

6. Leave-In Conditioner

7. Hair Dryer

8. Blow-Dryer

9. Hair Razor

Shaq Haircut: Pre-Styling

1. Starting with Right Angle Cut – This is important to do so the main ‘vista’ (or most prominent part) can be reached after shearing off the hair down the front and sides.

2. Attaching the Heater Brush – This is not for using for heat styling as the hair should not be heated with hair dryers. But the HEAT BRUSH IS NEEDED for getting the hair off the head in one smooth sweep as well as for post-shaping and building-up the ‘vista’

3. Carefully Scissors – This is for moving the hair to be shorn down the front and sides.

Sectioning the Hair

Start by removing any leftover pieces that remain from your last haircut. These little bits of hair can go to the trash or make great doggie food.

Create a Care Index to Help You Make Your First Cuts Safer

One thing about going to a local barber: It’s always important to keep track of the number of haircuts you’ve had and how often you go back to this same person to get one. This can be a great way to gauge if the same person is cutting your hair properly or if they are abusing you.

We’ve found that many salons don’t provide you with an easily accessible way to track the number of times you have been there, so we’ve created a helpful, printable graph that helps you keep track. You can use this chart to see if you can safely cut your hair elsewhere.

Cutting the Hair on Top of the Head

Step 1:

Turn your chair around 180 degrees.

Step 2:

Position your hand underneath his neck and hairline.

Step 3:

Unlock his head with your right hand and pull up the skin by his ear.

Step 4:

Attach your hand to the front of his head in a V shape and bend it.

Step 5:

Take your right hand and pull up on his hair on the side of his head.

Step 6:

Grip the back of his head as you pull forward.

Step 7:

Take your left hand and grab the back of his head and pinch his head in.

Step 8:

Unlock the hair as you turn your head the opposite direction.

Step 9:

Pull forward and release his head from your hands.

Step 10:

Push his head back slightly and detach your hand from the back of his head.

Step 11:

Grab the hair from behind him and secure in place with a small ponytail holder.


Shaqs’ amazing hair may have passed the prime of its life but it’s one of the best haircuts one can make to feel extra-crispy every single day!

There are tons of celebrities who have a unique coiffure, and it’s a near miracle that most of them manage to look the same day in and day out. In the same way, there are tons of haircuts to experiment with. However, Shaq’s majestic head of hair deserves a different cut every time you feel like updating it, that’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide of how to get Shaq’s signature hairdo.

First, grab the shears and get your hands on the product. Although, I personally wouldn’t go for shaving Shaq’s head, because his head is too big for such a simple task. Instead, opt for the same quality shampoo and conditioner you use to cut your hair.

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