How To Fade Hair – The Most Effective Hair Fading Techniques

Throughout my 20 year career as a barber and an educator the most common question I am asked is “how do you fade hair without leaving a line?” My answer is simple. If you don’t make a line in the first place you won’t have to worry about fading it out. I want you to repeat this statement to yourself every time you are about to begin a fade. FADING HAIR IS SIMPLE. IF I DON’T MAKE A LINE I DON’T HAVE TO FADE IT OUT.

Now I will explain how to make your job as a barber much easier. Start the haircut on the top instead of the bottom. The first advantage of this technique is you are removing length so you can see your work better. When you start the fading technique with the clippers you won’t lose site of the cutting blade in the excess hair. The next advantage is the clipper will cut through the shorter amount of hair much easier. As the head rounds in at the top take an imaginary line parallel to the side of the head until you run out of hair. This one technique will save you an enormous amount of time and improve your fades drastically.

This technique works best with the Oster 76, Andis BGRC, or Andis MVP. These are all detachable blade clippers with metal blades. The power of the clipper plus not having any of the teeth covered with a plastic attachment allows the blade to move through the hair with ease. It also works very well with a powerful adjustable clipper such as the Andis Master or Envy, Oster Fast Feed or Topaz, and Wahl Senior and Designer. Make sure the attachments used with this clipper fit extremely tight so you don’t run the risk of it falling while you are fading the hair.

If you follow these steps, not only will you be giving better fades, you will be able to work slower and more relaxed while finishing your fade haircuts faster.

How To Blend Hair – The Tapered Hairline

In the barbering world the words taper and fade are often used. By definition a tapered haircut means longer hair gradually tapered to shorter hair. By definition a faded haircut means hair that is cut from short to long without a line of demarcation. As you can see both terms have the same meaning. It all comes down to blending a men’s haircut from shorter to longer without a heavy weight line.

The following questions are where the confusion comes in:
–          Should a taper/fade show skin on the sides?
–          How high should the taper/fade be cut?
–          Should the outline of the haircut be tapered, faded, or squared off?
All of these questions should be answered in the customer consultation.

In this blog I am going to expain the tapered/faded hairline. A tapered/faded outline is a great way to finish off a man’s haircut or a boys haircut. It looks more finished and professional than just making a line on the back of the neck. Visualize a 1 finger width area around the perimeter of the haircut. Instead of blocking or lining this area off create a 45 degree bevel which will leave a soft finish that TAPERS/FADES down to the skin without a line of demarcation. The adjustable clipper is the ideal tool to use combined with the clipper over comb and blade on skin men’s haircutting techniques.

Finishing off a men’s haircut in this manner will allow the haircut to grow in much more naturally. A line of demarcation will not be visible when the haircut is  growing out. Probably the most important benefit of finishing a men’s haircut this way is it is difficult to do. This will keep your customer in the barbershop or salon instead of a friend, wife, or girlfriend trimming your customer’s neck in between haircuts.