DIY: How to Get Tapered Hair for Men

When it comes to haircut for men, taper haircut definitely deserves a mention. Tapered haircut is among the popular hairstyles for men. For those who don’t like unkempt hair, this is one hair that gives a clean and tidy look. It is regarded as one of the classic haircuts for men. Sometimes, it is also referred to as the businessman’s haircut. In this haircut, while the top layer or the hair at the crown area is kept longer, as you go towards the nape of the neck, the hair is progressively cut shorter. The degree of tapering and length of the layers makes all the difference. It’s a subtle graduation from the longer layer at the crown to the short tapered hair till the lowest edge which is razor outlined.

Tapered haircut can provide low-maintenance hair without resorting to a bald look.  A tapered haircut, however, must be done step by step. This includes having good knowledge of the clipper guards, tapering in increments and maintaining the clippers. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to get the perfect tapered haircut on your own below :

Things You’ll Need

Scissors Clippers

The Steps

  1. Choose how long you want the shortest hair to be cut. It is easiest to do this using a set of clippers and clipper guards. Most people would be comfortable using a #3 guard (3/8 inch) on the clippers, but you can also go shorter with a #1 (1/8 inch) or #2 (1/4 inch) or slightly longer with a #4 (1/2 inch).
  2. With the guard attached, use the clippers starting at the base of the neckline and slowly pull the guard away from the back of the head as you move up with the clippers. The amount of tapering is all up to you. Repeat this process on the sides.
  3. Starting from the base of the hairline, roll up the hair with a comb. Using the clippers, move further up the sides and back of the head, cutting the hair that sticks through the comb to your desired length. The hair should be cut from shorter to longer as you work upwards around the head. This clipper-over-comb technique is useful for tapering hair at lengths longer than your guards will allow.
  4. Use your scissors to trim the bangs. After combing the hair straight down, use your fingers to cut the desired amount off by allowing only that amount to stick through the comb, and then snip off the ends.
  5. Using the same technique as in the last step, take clumps of hair between your fingers and cut according to your desired length all along the top of the head. Combing the hair after each snip ensures that you get all the hairs.
  6. Review the hair from all angles, snipping off any excess and fixing any irregularities you may see. The hair should have a gradual curve to it–longer on the top and shorter on the sides and back.
  7. Remove the guard from the clippers and clean up around the neckline and ears, being careful not to cut too far into the trimmed hair. On this setting, the results of a mistake are usually obvious and irreversible.
  8. Clean up the mess of fallen hair on the floor, rinse out your hair and admire your tapered look in the mirror.

Note :

  • Since tapering hair is far easier when you have a partner to help, trade haircuts with a friend to save time, money and the risk of accidentally butchering your hair.
  • Part of giving a tapered haircut is to ensure your blades and guards are in optimal shape. By not doing so, you could damage hairs, get the clippers stuck on the scalp and cause you or your customer unnecessary pain. Start by regularly cleaning the clipper blades using the clipper brush or a fingernail brush. You may also need to unscrew the blades to reach unseen hairs caught between the blades. You will also need to regularly oil the blades to keep them sharp. Apply two or three drops of clipper oil to the blade tips and turn the clippers on. If you have a taper adjuster lever, slowly move it up and down for 30 seconds after applying the oil.

For those of you who like their hair short, a tapered haircut is definitely a great choice. If you want to style your hair in a trendy haircut, go for the edgy taper fade haircut.


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