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My fade game is alright, probably not as clean as most barbers. I struggle a little bit on tapers, just wondering what's the most effective way to fade & taper so i can get em clean, or what's some of the techniques you use? Also what's the difference between temple fade & taper?
1. Just keep cutting man. Take pictures to monitor your progress. I'm only 4 months in the game now. It gets better. Just keep cutting.
2. Technique wise, I'm sure there are a lot of guys who can give you great advise on this. A lot of things for me just depend on the client's hair type and how tight they want their taper or fade. Sometimes if it is gonna be tougher to get the line out, I use the top to the bottom method (reverse fading, longest to shortest). With straighter hair I tend to do that more, because it's easier to see and not get lost. Curlier hair I'll stick with a more conventional method because it's easier for me to see the blend. I've also recently incorporated "point cutting" this has helped a lot on the tapers. Point cutting is using only the corner (last 2-3 teeth) of the clipper to help blend it out. I also have begun to use the side of the blade and cut vertically into the head. That has done wonders to my taper game. There are some very helpful barbers here who I'm sure could help you out.
3. Difference between a temple fade and taper? Depends on how much you want to confuse yourself LOL. From a definition stand point, all a taper is-is going from long to short. So any haircut that is longer on top and blended into a shorter length on bottom is a tapered haircut. All a temple fade (temple taper, taper, temp fade,etc.) is a taper in the temple area. That's technical and a lot of people don't know or use these technical definitions. So street wise, the way I think of fades and tapers is that anything on or above the parietal ridge (widest points of the head) and occipital bone (bump in the back of the head where skull and spine connect) is a fade. Anything below those points are tapers.
Hope that was helpful. I tend to ramble.