One of the fastest, best ways of tapering large areas of hair is what I call “stepping out” cutting. You might get the idea that this horizontal, over the comb cutting method will leave uneven “steps” in your tapering efforts. While my wording choice may have led you to that notion, be assured that this cutting method does NOT leave the hair with choppy, uneven notches in your tapering efforts.
If you were to use only two of these cuts over the comb to taper the back of the head, you would have plenty of uneveness back there. But that’s not my way of doing it. Here is the how-to:
• Always positon the comb with the tips of the teeth farther from the scalp than the comb’s backbar—you repeat this same positioning for each cut made across the comb.
• Make one cut for each one to one-and-a-half inch travel up the sides or back–if your cuts are every inch, stay with that one cutting per inch all the way up.
• Be consistent with the increasing distance from the scalp on each cutting you make across the comb. This five-cut example is fairly common: 1/2″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″.
• Go over a series of stepping-out cuts you’ve made one more time, however on this second cutting you only cut any hairs that are longer than the majority.
Of course you’ll need to start out slow and purposeful, but before long using this method will be second nature to you–a great way to get hair precision tapered in a hurry.
KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM
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