Short Men’s Clipper Cuts – The Prep School Taper

In this blog series I am going to cover in detail some of today’s most popular short clipper cuts. The first haircut in this series is a 1/8″ taper or fade blended into a longer top with texture to be worn with a messy look with wet or dry finish. I like to call this haircut The Prep School Taper. It is a modern day version of the Ivy League haircut popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It is a low maintenance and easy to style haircut. Excellent fading and blending skills are a must to complete this haircut. This haircut is very popular with the private school guys who are required to dress up for school and are not allowed to use wet looking product in their hair.

Short Men’s Clipper Cuts – The Prep School Taper         Short Men's Clipper Cut

  1. Start on the top section in the center. Use the scissor over comb technique and start with a center section. Keeping the comb parallel to the floor move the comb slowly toward the crown. Repeat the right and left sides of the center section. You will have a center guide and a previous guide in the comb.
  2. Cut the round of the head section. Use the scissor over comb technique. Start in the center of the back area. Work through to the right side and then to the left.
  3. Cut the sides and back section. Use the blade on skin technique with the 3 ½ (3/8”) blade and the detachable blade clipper. Work your way around to the left side.
  4. Repeat step 4 with the 2 (¼”)blade on the detachable blade clipper. Start to bevel the clipper slowly away from the head about ¼ of an inch below the previous section. Follow up with the 1/8” or (1 ½ )blade.
  5. While the 1 ½ (1/8”) blade is on the clipper finish the blend from the sides and back into the round of the head section. Use the clipper over comb technique to soften the blend if there are any heavy spots. Use the tip of the blade over the comb to cut and blend at the same time.
  6. Move on to the semi finish area with the adjustable clipper. Open the lever all of the way leaving it at the longest setting. Use a scooping motion about 1-2 fingers width around the outline of the haircut. Follow up with the blade halfway closed and then all of the way closed.
  7. Complete the finish. Use the t-trimmer to edge off the side burn area and clean up around the ears. Trim up the beard on the back of the neck in an upward shaving motion.
  8. Style the hair. A light to medium hold paste will work best for this dry look. Rub the product all of the way down into the roots of the hair and style to the customers’ preference.

The Barbering Basics DVD includes this haircut video as well as a complete clipper guide video to assist you with all of you short men’s clipper cuts.