The Flat Top Haircut

flat top haircut is a type of very short haircut that similar to the crew cut. The largest difference between this and a crew cut is that the hair around the top of the head is left longer. This means that a flat top will grow out quickly and will need maintenance cuts performed every few weeks to keep it from losing the ability to stand upright. This is the most popular haircut for men that serve in law enforcement or the military.

If you plan to try a flat top haircut at home than most likely you will need a good set of clippers, flat topper comb and don’t forget the scissors. A pair of mirrors will be needed if you plan to give yourself the haircut. Adjustable clippers are the most convenient as they can make fading easier to accomplish than clippers with detachable fixed sized blades. Cutting a flattop takes a steady hand and a good eye, but it’s actually a fairly easy haircut to master.

Here’s the steps :

  • For a perfect flat top haircut you have to remove the hair from the base of the skull and up the sides to the temple. Choose a clipper guard size that fits your client; the lower the number, the shorter the hair. Many stylists use a 2 guard but you could use a 3 or a 1 depending on how short the client wants the rest of his head. Start clipping the hair at the base of the head going slowly in an upward motion but stopping at the temple. You will be left with long hair at the top of the head in the formation of a circle. Go over the area you just did for a second time. If you go up too far you will be creating a crew cut instead of a flat top. You can go back in with the scissors to remove any hair that the clippers missed.
  • The flat topper comb is used at this point on in order to get the proper height to the hair. You will also be using the clippers without a guard. Never use a guardless clipper without the flat topper comb. Place the comb inside the hair and turn it to create the angle you want. This is a personal choice as some people want the flat top on an angle while others like it perfectly straight. Once the angle is confirmed you run the clippers along the comb against the grain of the hair. Do this all along the sides and back of the head. Make sure your angles are all the same. When you begin working on the top of the head you may have to come back here for touch-up work.
  • The flat topper comb comes with a bubble level that is built inside the handle of the comb and this is where that feature comes into play. Make sure the client knows to remain still. Pull the comb through his hair at a 90-degree angle. Lay the comb on top of the head to check the level. Once you are have it right use the clippers to remove the hair. Continue doing this until you have reached the desired length.
  • Go over your work to make sure it is all level and at the proper taper. Remove any longer hair with your scissors. Shave the neck and around the ears.
  • Done!

If you are not ready to try your own hand at giving a flat top haircut, then leave it to your professional hair stylist or barber. They may also be able to provide some useful tips and pointers to help you out when you are ready.




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