Tapered haircuts, also called regular haircuts, are the most popular haircuts in the world. Their popularity has held for decades, and it has to do with the easy haircare they make possible. These haircuts can be done with just scissors and comb, and they can also be done with an all clipper over comb cutting. However, most of these haircuts are done with the clipper in direct contact with the scalp around the lower portions (more or less) of the sides and back. Then clipper over comb cutting occurs so the hair is gradually left longer on the upper sides/back, and eventually blending into the top hair which has the longest length.
Where the direct contact cutting ends and the over the comb cutting begins is the place where a smooth transition is required. If it is not a precision cutting here, the hair will be left with a “bowl” appearance, or worse. Achieving a nice gradual increase in length is quite easy if you follow this approach:
1.On the direct contact cutting, use a coarse cutting blade that leaves the hair 3/16 of an inch, but preferably 1/4 inch or longer.
2. Always finish the direct contact cutting path up the sides/back with a taper out movement with the clipper. Do not stop your pathway cutting with the tips of the clipper blade still touching the scalp.
3. Switch to a closer cutting blade and comb. The thickness of the blade and comb combined must equal the length the hair was left on the direct contact cutting.
4. Do the over the comb cutting with the tips of the teeth of the comb, held farther from the scalp than the backbar of the comb.
The sample video for “Precision Clipper Cutting #2” demonstrates this way of getting a smooth taper on the sides.
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