A man with a fade haircut.

How to Cut your Hair to have a Fade Cut

Tapered, tight and never out of style, the Fade Cut is an easy haircut to do and easier to maintain. That's why it has never faded from popularity.

What you will need:

  • Wahl clipper
  • Wahl trimmer
  • #2 (1/4") guide comb attachment
  • #4 (1/2") guide comb attachment

How to Do a Fade Haircut Step-by-Step

  • 1

    Dampen your hair with the spray bottle. Comb your hair down so it is lying straight.

  • 2

    Using your Wahl clipper, attach the #2 guide comb (1/4"). 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 of the head, put on the #4 guide comb (1/2"). 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 haircut. Use the rocking motion or inverted clipper technique to get your hair fade just right. And when it comes to the cowlick, make sure you cut in the opposite direction of the growth.

  • 5

    The Fade haircut 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 for cutting your own hair.

    Find more tips for how to cut a fade from Men’s Health Fashion Editor Dan Michel.

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