If the words DIY taper fade scare you, you just don’t have enough information. Did you know that a taper fade can easily be done in the comfort of your own home? Most men start by asking for some help from their friends and girlfriends while others have no trouble making one themselves. All you need to do is buy the right tools and get ready for the ride.
Let’s Get a Taper Fade!
At first, you might need to spend about an hour creating a more or less feasible hairstyle. But once you get some experience, a simple taper fade will take just about 20 minutes. So we suggest you stop being afraid of experiments and give a simple taper fade a try. After all, you can always go to the barber shop to fix your hair if something goes wrong.
What You’ll Need:
- Sharp scissors
- 2 mirrors
What To Do:
- Wash and dry your hair as you usually do. If your hair is curly, try to straighten it out with a comb and a hair dryer. Straight hair is easier to manage.
- Carefully run a comb through your locks to make sure that it’s not tangled. Otherwise, clipping might be difficult.
- Start with cutting the top. You can either use the scissors to do it or the longest guard of the clipper. This depends on your preferences.
- Decide where the fade line will be.
- Take off the guard from the clippers and remove the hair just about your ears and in the back, including your neck. Do it up to the fade line.
- Use the shortest clipper guard so the length of the hair will be about 1/8 of an inch. Start just above the fade line and run the clippers all the way around to achieve the first level of the fade.
- Switch the guard to the next length (1/4) and repeat the same procedure below the next level.
- Repeat the same with the next two clipper guards (3/4 and 1/2).
- Blend your hair with the shortest clipper guard.
Watch the below video tutorial on DIY Taper Fade Haircut
DIY a Taper Fade – Tips & Cautions
Tip #1: If you want the process to go smoothly, you need to make sure that the tools you are using are clean. After the haircut is done, meticulously clean the clippers. Ensure that all the hair is removed, otherwise, the next time you use them, you won’t get a proper precision and might even hurt yourself.
Tip #2: When using the clippers, cut the hair off little by little in order to ensure that you are getting the right results. Once you get a hang of it, the process will go faster.
Tip #3: If you are not sure you can create a neat cut on top of your head. Use the longest clipper guard to shape it.