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How to Do a Burst Fade
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How to Do a Burst Fade

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The burst fade is one of the hottest styles going around right now. It goes great with a lot of different wardrobes. You might have seen celebrities and athletes wearing it. Actually, it’s not hard to do it yourself. Or at least if you know how to do it, you can ask your friend, girlfriend, or family member to do it for you.

What You Need

You’ll need a pair of decent clippers with guards, a comb, and a mirror. If you’re doing it yourself, cordless clippers are much easier to use. You’ll also need to make sure that you have good lighting in the room you’re cutting your hair in.

Even if you decide to go it alone, it always helps to have someone else there to make sure you don’t miss a spot. The upper part of the back of your head is the hardest part to reach, and it’s often the spot that people have the most trouble with when cutting their own hair.

Never Cut Your Own Hair Before?

If you’ve never given yourself a haircut before, don’t worry. It’s not as difficult as you might think to figure out how to do a burst fade. It’s a relatively basic haircut that doesn’t necessarily require the skills of a hairstylist or barber. The key to giving yourself a haircut lies in doing it slowly and carefully. Cut small amounts at a time to make sure you’re doing it right. Once you get the shape, you can start to cut your hair shorter and touch it up to look just the way you want it. This may take a long time, but if you have the right tools and a fair amount of patience, it is definitely doable.

Step one

Use the number guard that you want the top to be. Depending on how short you want it, a number five or six guard might be good. Alternately, you can do scissor length on top. That might be a bit of a challenge if you’ve never done it before, but as long as you hold a piece that has already been cut  in between your fingers along with a piece that you are about to cut, you should be able to accomplish a consistent length throughout.

Step two

Once you have trimmed everything down to your desired length, go ahead and use the number four guard on both sides of your head. That will be the foundation you’ll use to blend it later and fade it downward to a lower length.

Step three

Trim around your ear as closely as you can with no guard with a width of ½ inch to 1 inch. If you havebalding clippers or a beard trimmer that is shaped right, you can use that to get as close to bald as possible.

Step four

Depending on how close you were able to get the first circle around your ear, either use the no guard with the lever open instead of closed, or use a one guard to make another ½ inch to 1 inch circle above and around the previous circle made.

Step five

Use a three guard to edge down from where the number of the top meets the number four, leaving roughly ½ inch to an inch of number four length. Use the comb with your other hand as you go to make your hair lay flat as you buzz it against the grain. A bit of hair from your sideburns leading up to your temple should be present with a length of about a two or three.

Step six

Use a number two the same way you used the number three to bring it all together.

Step seven

Use the one guard open to blend the number two with the number one. If your middle layer is already an opened number one, you can switch to the number two guard and close the lever.

Step eight

Blend all of the sections together by carefully trimming the edges of each to make a smooth fade from virtually bald all the way up to a number four.

Step nine

Run through everything with a comb and look closely for missed spots. If it’s all even then you’re done!

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