This is a classic haircut that you will see worn by men and boys of all ages. It is referred to as a temple fade, taper fade, or temp fade. This haircut is very versatile and can be cut to many different lengths just by adjusting the blade length up or down a few sizes. It is also very low maintenance. It just needs to be cut every few weeks. A sharp outline up will show off the different dimensions to the haircut which make it a timeless classic.
How To Cut A Temple Fade – Taper Fade – Temp Fade
1. Cut the top. Determine the length the client would like the top cut. Use the 1 ½ (1/8”) blade on the detachable blade clipper and cut with the grain from the crown to the fore head.
2. Cut the hair on the round of the head and the crown. Make sure to cut with the grain in the crown area. Move on to the round of the head and continue to cut the hair from back to front in the direction it grows.
3. Start the taper in the temple areas. The taper will be on a diagonal from the temple to the top/front of the ear. Start out with the ¼” attachment on the adjustable clipper in the closed/shortest position and cut in an upward motion on a diagonal from the temple to the top of the ear.
4. Repeat step 3 with the 1/8” attachment on the adjustable clipper with the lever in the open position followed by the closed position.
5. Repeat step 4 with the 1/16” attachment on the adjustable clipper with the lever in the open position followed by the closed position.
6. Repeat step 5 with the adjustable clipper’s lever in the open position without an attachment.
7. Put the 1/8” attachment back on the adjustable in the closed position and run it over the fade/taper from top to bottom and front to back. This will take any of the remaining curl or wave off for the final blend.
8. Taper the back and hairline. Use the ¼” attachment on the adjustable in the closed position and run the clipper up to the occipital area or to the middle portion of the ear and slowly pull the clipper away from the head.
9. Repeat steps 4-6 on the back of the head and hairline.
10. Repeat steps 3-7 on the opposite temple area.
11. Complete the outline of the haircut. Face the client toward you and make the center cut on the forehead. Do not go too far off the hairline. Gently press the clipper into the hairline creating the center guide. Make a straight line to each temple area off of the center guide.
12. Line off the temple area. Make sure to leave a distinct corner connecting the front to the temple area. Create an arc from the corner of the temple area down to the side burn area into the desired width of the side burn.
13. Draw the outline around the ears and trim the beard or fuzz off the back of the neck. Cut in an upward motion toward the taper and stop about an inch below so you do not cut into the taper.
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