How to Cut your Hair to have a High & Tight

The popular High & Tight haircut has the back and sides are shaved to the skin while the top is blended or faded into longer hair.

How to Achieve a High & Tight

  • 1

    Dampen the hair and comb it down so that it lies straight

  • 2

    Attach guard #1 or #2 and buzz sections 1 and 2 at this length using upward rocking motions, starting from the bottom and working your way up. A #1 guard will leave hair 1/8 inch long and a #2 will leave hair ¼ inch long

  • 3

    Use guard #5 or #6 to clip the hair in section 4 of the head. A #5 guard will leave hair 5/8 inch long and a #6 will leave hair ¾ inch long.

  • 4

    Blend into section 3 using the #2 guard

  • 5

    Use the inverted clipper technique to clean up the area around the ears and the back of the neck

  • 6

    The high & tight requires a trim every two to three weeks


    Infographic showing the sections of the head

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