Short Clipper Cut – Part 2

This short clipper cut is a modern version of the side part. This hairstyle is generally shorter on the sides with a longer top. It is also a very versatile haircut which can be styled in many different ways. This haircut can also be referred to as a short pompadour as well. The most common ways this haircut is styled:

1. Parted to the side with a wet look and some height in the front

2. Parted to the side with a messy dry finish and some height in the front.

Short Clipper Cut – Part 2

1. Use a detachable blade clipper with a number one blade. This clipper and blade combination will remove a large amount of hair with ease. Also use a large clipper comb to control the hair. Start in the right side burn area and use the clipper over comb technique. Cut to but not into the previous guide from the round of the head section.

2. Cut one panel at a time and work your way around the head. Make sure to move the comb slow so you don’t miss any sections. The slower you move the comb the more blended the haircut will be.

3. Dip the comb down slightly in the back to allow for the crown. This will keep the crown length longer so it does not stand up.

4. Complete the above steps to the left side burn and temple area.

Short Clipper Cut – Part 1

This short clipper cut is a modern version of the side part. This hairstyle is generally shorter on the sides with a longer top. It is also a very versatile haircut which can be styled in many different ways. The most common ways to style this haircut are: parted to the side with a wet look and some height in the front, or to the side with a messy dry finish and some height in the front. This hairstyle can also be referred to as a short pompadour as well. 

Short Clipper Cut – Part 1

1. Cut the top section using a thinning shear over fingers technique. The hair is very thick so it needs to be thinned out and cut at the same time.

2. Start with a center guide. Hold your fingers parallel to the floor and  close the thinning shear three times starting halfway down the shaft of the hair. Use the first cut as your traveling guide and work your way back to the pivot.

3. Repeat step 2 on the right side of your center guide.

4. Repeat step 2 on the left side of your center guide.

5. Cut the front of the hair in the same manner with the thinning shears. Hold your fingers parallel to the forehead instead of parallel to the floor. This will remove thickness and length at the same time.

6. Start in the crown or pivot area and repeat step 5 to the right temple. Hold your fingers parallel to the top part of the round of the head or occipital and parietal areas.

7. Repeat step 7 to the left temple.

 

Stay tuned for part 2 of The Short Clipper Cut coming soon…

How To Cut Hair With Clippers

One of the most common things beginning barbers as well as cosmetologists wanting to specialize in men’s hair cutting want to know is how to cut hair with clippers. The common misconception is that men’s hair cutting is referred to as clipper cutting or  a clipper cut. Nothing can be further from the truth. The clipper is one of many tools used to cut men’s hair not the only one. With that being said the clipper is a very valuable tool.

How To Cut Hair With Clippers

The most common techniques for cutting men’s hair with clippers are clipper over comb and blade on skin also referred to as freehand clipper cutting.

Clipper Over Comb: The comb is used to pick up the hair and the clipper cuts the hair over the comb just like scissor over comb.

Blade on Skin: This is when the clipper blade is placed directly on the scalp using a hair fading motion. This barbering technique is also used for creating the outline with a trimmer by placing it directly on the neck, forehead, and temple area to create the outline of the haircut.

It will be necessary to familiarize yourself and practice both of these valuable techniques when you are learning how to cut hair with clippers in the beginning of your career.

How To Cut A Low Fade – Low Taper

This haircut is one of the most difficult and popular hairstyles you will come across. Learning how to cut a low fade or low taper requires the ability to blend from a skin length to a professional length on the top without a leaving a line of demarcation. The fade or taper must be kept low so there is enough weight left in the corners for the hair to be combed into place. The client that generally gets this haircut is a young professional that is extremely meticulous. If one hair is out of place they will notice it.

Step by step instructions to for cutting a low fade- low taper:

1.        Start on the top area and using the scissor over comb technique. Pull the bangs up at a 90 degree angle and work your way back to the crown. Move the comb slowly so you can always see your previous guide in the comb.

2.        Take 1-2 sections to the right and left of the center guide. Keep using the scissor over comb technique and be sure to keep the comb parallel to floor to insure a square shape (leaving weight in the corners).

3.        Cut the round of the head section. For this step you can either start in the back or either side depending on if you are right or left handed. Use a scissor and comb technique holding the comb parallel to the sides and back area of the head and blend to the top area guide.

4.        For the sides and back section use the 3 ½ (3/8”) blade on the detachable blade clipper and the blade on skin technique. You will start to bevel the blade out slightly just below the temple area.

5.        Repeat step 4 with the 2 (1/4”) blade and then the 1 ½ (1/8”) blade. Make sure each time you drop down a blade size you start beveling the clipper about 1/2 inch below your previous guide (where you left off with your previous blade).

6.        Use the clipper over comb technique with the detachable blade clipper and the 1 ½ blade to finish the blend into the round of the head section.

7.        Cut the semi-finish area. Use the adjustable clipper with a 1/16” attachment. Set the lever to an open position to allow for a longer length. Next close the clipper blade for the next shortest length and repeat.

8.        Use the adjustable clipper without an attachment and repeat the previous step 3 times. First with the lever all the way open, next with the lever closed half way, and last with the lever closed all the way.

9.        Move on to the finish with the trimmer using the blade on skin technique. Stretch the skin around the finish area using a scooping motion to complete the fade.

10.      If further blending is needed in the fade area, use the scissor over comb technique with the finishing comb and the 40-44 thinning shears.

11.      Optional: The final step of the finishing area is the straight razor shave on sideburns, around the ears, and back of the neck. Apply shaving cream on the areas to be shaved. When finished with the shave wipe off excess shaving cream with a clean towel and apply aftershave.

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