How to Taper a Long Hair Style

Tapered hair adds texture and lightness to long, straight hair. Tapering can be done several ways to achieve various different looks, but overall the process is easy for even a beginner. Using proper materials and being steady with your hand allows you to taper a long hairstyle to achieve the look you want with ease.

Spritz your hair lightly to make it only slightly damp.

Run the hairbrush through your hair briskly to detangle it and smooth it.

Start at the back of your head by grabbing a small, 1-inch thick section of hair at the end. Separate this chunk of hair completely by running the fine-toothed comb through it.

Pry the small trimming scissors open and place the lock of hair between the blades. Close the scissors ever-so-slightly to barely touch the hair.

Slide the scissors in a downward motion as you slowly squeeze the blades together. This creates a soft, layered tapered effect.

Repeat steps 3 through 5, moving around your entire head. Do this only at the ends of your hair to add texture to your long hairstyle.


Tapering comes in useful when shortening your hair as well. For example, giving yourself a tapered bob hairstyle is a timeless look in hair fashion.

Things You'll Need

  • Hairbrush
  • Small, sharp scissors (trimming scissors)
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Water spritzer
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