How to cut a High and Tight (2)Previous Page
The “High” part of “High and Tight” (with tight referring to the shortness of the hair) comes from this positioning of the tapering and the fact that the only length to the hair comes at the top of the head. Even in its longest areas, a ‘High and Tight’ style will probably never be more than 3/8ths to ½ inches, and it may be shorter depending on the texture and wave pattern of the hair.
A practiced barber, who does this particular cut often, can usually create the look for you freehand or using clippers-over-comb. But if you’re looking to do it yourself (or with a non-professional’s assistance), you can simply take your clippers and line up the guides from the smallest length possible with a guide, to the guide for the length you want as your longest length.
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Start cutting the hair using the guide for your longest desired length. With this guide, cut all the hair to the length of the guide, then remove the guide and cut the lower portions of the scalp to the middle of the parietal ridge with no guide to get the hair as short as you possibly can. If you have a trimmer that has a smaller length setting than your bare clippers, you can use it on the lowest portions of the scalp to reinforce the tapering effect, should you desire.
Now, at the “transition zone” place the next longest guide on your clippers and cut upward around the head, stopping before you get too far onto the top of the head. You will want to have decided your “top section” before you start this process so that you can have it in mind where to stop.
Continue to change out your guides, going smaller and smaller, and working around the scalp. Always stop short of your previous stopping point along the top, so that you maintain the tapering effect. Once you’ve worked your way through all the guides, you can take a fine-toothed comb (an actual barber’s comb would be ideal) and drag it vertically along the tapered section to see the “steps” that may be left behind by the guides (unless you were successful at sweeping upward in your cuts to blend the lengths). Use your clippers without a guide to carefully clipper off any “points” in the hair. You can also use your scissors for this purpose.
Once the tapering has been blended, finish the look by using a safety razor (or straight razor if you prefer) to “clean” up the perimeter of the haircut. This includes the nape of the neck, and the sideburns.
Stacy - Hair Stylist ©Hairfinder.com
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