How to Cut your Hair to have a Fade Cut

Tapered, tight and never out of style, the Fade Cut is easy to do and easier to maintain. It’s why it’s never faded from popularity.

How to Get a Fade Cut

  • 1

    Moisten the hair with water and comb through it.

  • 2

    Using your Wahl clipper, attach the number 2 guide comb and then begin around the ears, moving towards the back of the head, using an upward, rocking motion. To get a tighter taper around the ears, pull the skin taut while cutting.

  • 3

    Once you’ve taken care of the sides and back, put on the number 4 guide comb and focus on the top of the head, using a front-to-back, rocking motion as you move the clipper across the top of the head.

  • 4

    Detailing makes all the difference with the Fade. Use the rocking motion or inverted clipper technique. And when it comes to the cowlick, make sure you cut in the opposite direction of the growth.

  • 5

    The Fade is a polished look but some still like to add styling product at the end to finish it off.


    Infographic showing the sections of the head

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