How to Line Up a Haircut & Fade With Spiky Hair

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How to Line Up a Haircut & Fade With Spiky Hair
Ditch the scissors and clip a fade. (hair cut image by MLProject from

The fade haircut is a popular style for men as it looks clean and can be done by any skilled barber or stylist. Much practice is necessary to become skilled in the art of cutting hair, and mastering a fade is no different. Whether you want it longer on the top or short and faded down even shorter, a good fade is a classic hairstyle that isn't old fashioned. It will take some time to learn the proper way to make a fade, but the end-result is worth the hard work.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Clippers
  • Guards (#1 to #5)
  • Thinning shears (as necessary)

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  1. 1

    Use the larger blade first. Typically, the higher the blade number, the more hair it leaves on the head. The many different ways blades can be utilised are dependent on the hair length desired by the person getting a haircut.

  2. 2

    Wet the hair on top and cut a desired length for the spike hairstyle on top. Once a desired length is achieved, you can move to the fade around the sides.

  3. 3

    Starting with a #5 blade, cut around the sides. Be sure to work on the area past the "round" part of the head.

  4. 4

    Move to the #4 guard and, starting on the sides, cut straight up. You should reach the point where the #5 guard was used on the hair. At that point, cut outward on either side, as well as the back, repeating once more to catch any stray hair.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 3 with the #3 guard. After using the #3 guard, repeat the process with the #2 guard.

  6. 6

    Look for any lines between where different guards were used. If lines exist, use a larger guard than what was used the first time. If necessary, use thinning shears to clean up the remainder of the hair.

Tips and warnings

  • A fade haircut is very difficult, so extensive practice is required to master the technique.

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