A man giving himself a high and tight haircut with Wahl hair clippers.

How to Cut your Hair to have a High & Tight Cut

The High & Tight haircut features a shaved back and sides, while the top is blended or faded into longer hair. It was a popular military hairstyle for men.

What you will need:

  • Wahl clipper
  • Wahl trimmer
  • #1 (1/8") guide comb attachment
  • #2 (1/4") guide comb attachment
  • #5 (5/8") guide comb attachment
  • #6 (3/4") guide comb attachment

How to Do a High & Tight Haircut Step-by-Step

  • 1

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

  • 2

    Attach guard #1 (1/8") or #2 (1/4") and buzz the back of the neck and under the rim of the head. (Sections 1 and 2. See infographic below.) At this length, using upward rocking motions, start from the bottom and work your way up.

  • 3

    Use guard #5 (5/8") or #6 (3/4") to clip the hair on the top of the head (section 4).

  • 4

    Blend into the rim of the head (section 3) using the #2 guard (1/4").

  • 5
  • 6

    The high & tight haircut requires a trim every two to three weeks to stay fresh, but overall is easy to maintain.

    Infographic showing the sections of the head for cutting your own hair.

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