The fade haircut is a contemporary hairstyle that blends your hair from top to bottom. The haircut continues to be the best way to cut your hair on the back of the head and on the sides. This tapered style offers a clean-cut, fresh look that fits well with other cool hairstyles for men. 

While most guys prefer to get their fade haircuts at the barber shop, there are ways you can achieve this cut on your own at home. For beginners, it’s necessary to follow step by step instructions to achieve a simple, easy fade haircut.

In this easy-to-follow guide, I illustrate how to do a fade haircut easily with the right tools and a bit of practice:

1. Get Quality Clippers

Cutting a nice fade requires quality hair clippers to help you taper and blend the hairstyle. These types of clippers have the sharpest blades and very powerful motors. 

They also have corded and cordless use options to make things easy for you. You also will want to consider them because of their long battery run-times, and a complete set of combs and accessories for your haircuts. 

Some of the other qualities to look out for in a suitable clipper is the flexibility, dependability, ease of use, convenience, and how easy the clipper is to grip and use over a long period. This in-depth guide by WiseBarber.com on the best clippers for fades makes choosing the right clippers for you easy.

2. Choose Your Fade Line

The fade line will determine where the tapering will start. It will indicate where the hair transitions from one length to another. 

There are different types of fades to choose from, depending on how low or high the fade will look. If you do not want to expose the scalp on the sides and back, you’ll want to begin the tapering process just above the ears and work towards the top of the head.

3. Choose A Guard Size For The Fade Line

Choose the right clipper guard size for your intended fade line. Clipper guard sizes indicate how long or short the fade cut will be. A lower guard size indicates a shorter cut. Be conservative at first and pick a higher guard size like #3 or #4. 

To achieve the fade look, you have to switch to shorter guards as you move down. But by starting with a larger guard size, you can easily achieve an even fade.


4. Move the Clipper Across The Fade Line

Start from the sides and move the clippers in a vertical motion as you back towards the head. 

To give the hair a clean transition and make the fade lines disappear, you need to angle the clippers so that only a quarter of the blade is actually in contact with the head at the fade line. 

Easy, isn’t it?

5. Work On The Hair on Top

You will need to blend the fade into your longer hairstyle on top. Once you get close to the top of the sides and back, use a comb or your fingers and pull the hair up and run the trimmer along the comb.

You can either use scissors if you want to keep the hair long, or a higher guard if you want a short hair on top.

6. Trim The Hairline and Neckline

For final touches, you need to shave the bottom of the hair and trim the neckline with unguarded clippers or beard trimmers. 

If you want a line up, you can make use of the outliner to create sharp clean cuts along the sideburns and temples.

Review Your Hair

Now that you’ve finished trimming, you’ll want to delicately inspect your fade and fix any errors. If this is your first time cutting your hair by yourself, I would advise that you ignore little uneven areas and avoid being a perfectionist. 

There is no doubt that a fade haircut is one of the simplest ways of adding detail to your hairstyle. You can also explore and get inspiration to decide on the fade style you want to go for.

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