One of the four haircuts on my first video was all about a precision tapering method I call the “3-Blade Fade”. This three blade cutting method works well on extra short sides and back (first clip up the lower sides using a 000 blade, then switch to a 1 blade to clip up another inch or so higher, then to an 0A blade to smooth off the unevenness that’s left where the first blade stopped and the second blade began). Another way to do this cutting is with an adjustable blade clipper (Andis or Wahl) first in the closed, shortest cutting position, then in the open, longest position, followed by an in-between position to do the smooth-off cutting. A longer, medium haircut can also use this method—-first use a 2 blade (1/4 inch) followed by a 3 3/4 blade (1/2 inch) smoothed off by a 3 1/2 blade (3/8 inch). Using an adjustable blade clipper with attachments works well too—an extra full cutting would start with a half-inch attachment, then the three-quarter inch attachment, followed by a five-eighths attachment for the smooth-off cutting. Whether it’s a short or longer cut or any length in-between, always finish your cutting paths up through the hair with a taper-out movement with the clipper. This three-blade way of cutting produces a nice smooth taper, but you may need to finish it off with a little extra smooth-off cutting using the clipper-over-comb method.
Give yourself a little time to get comfortable with this cutting method—you’ll find it’s a fast, effective way to get expert results!.