How to Cut a Medium Fade

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If you are looking for a low maintenance, trendy hairstyle the medium fade fits the bill perfectly. A medium fade is a hairstyle that has the hair cut very short around the sides and back of the head and gradually becomes more wild the top of the head. With a pair of hair clippers and a few other hairstyling tools the medium fade you can cut one in less than half an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush or comb
  • Electric clippers
  • Mirror

Brush hair out smooth into a preferred style and make sure it is completely dry before cutting.

Use your electric clippers on the highest setting and start cutting from the neckline up. This bottom layer will be the shortest fade and will have the least amount of hair, but the overall length for each fade is left to personal preference. Continue cutting hair in this way from the neck line about a third of the way up your head.

Switch to a medium setting on your electric clippers and continue shaving the middle section of your head, beginning where you've ended the first fade. Cut in the same upward motion until you reach the top of the head. This fade section will have slightly more hair than the first. After finishing the second fade, check the top of your head, if the top layer of hair is short enough you may not need to cut it, but if necessary switch to the lowest setting on your electric clippers and trim the top layer of hair slightly. This last fade which should have the greatest amount of hair.

Use the lowest setting on your electric clippers to go back and trim the lines where each separate fade section meets so that they blend together. When finished you may wish to continue using the lowest setting on your electric clippers to clean up any sideburns and edges of hair around your face.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start with longer blade guards first and work your way down to shorter lengths until you have the length you want.

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