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High Taper Fade Haircut: Tools, How-To and Barber Tips

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The High Taper Fade Haircut…

  • What is it or how does it look like?
  • What do I need to know or do to master it?
  • How do I ask for a high-taper fade haircut?

These are just some of the many questions I get from my clients and sometimes even my fellow barbers.

In truth:

The high taper seems to be trending these days…

If you are wondering: Why?

Well, I’d say, the high taper fade combo is only one of the few types of haircuts that guarantee you a hot, sharp, and stylish look.

It’s basically the perfect blend of haircut styles


What do you need to know about this amazing hairstyle?

What is a High Taper Fade Haircut?

In the simplest of terms, a taper fade is basically a combination of a Taper and a Fade haircut.


Each of the two styles looks great independently, but sometimes the barber – as instructed by the client – may mashup the two hairstyles to come up with a taper fade.

Aside from the high taper fade, there are many other types of taper fades that exist including the taper fade afro, taper fade curly hair, low taper fade, taper fade long hair, as well as the taper fade with waves just to mention a few.


When it comes to the high taper fade, a few things set it apart from other taper fades.

Some of its unique qualities include:

  • A tapered top characterized by long hair on top of the head that gradually decreases in size as you move down to the side and back of the head.
  • But, unlike normal tapers, a high taper fade features a smooth fade just above the ears – that’s where it gets the “high” title.


Getting a high taper fade with beard is always a great choice especially when you have black hair.

This is probably why a taper fade black male always looks great!

Knowing what it looks like – which you now know – makes it easy for you to explain to your barber when you want a High Taper Fade Haircut.

So, if want to master the art of high taper fades, below are a few things that you may need to know and have!

The Tools Used

To professionally cut a high taper fade, you’ll need to have these tools:

    • Balding Clippers – Here you can use the Wahl Magic Clip and the Oster fast feed. But, to achieve the perfect razor-bald fade, you may also need an Andis ProFoil Lithium Ion Shaver.
Wahl Cordless Magic Clip Clipper
Wahl Magic Clip
Oster Fast Feed Clipper
Oster Fast Feed
Andis Profoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver
Andis ProFoil Lithium Ion Shaver
    • An Outlining Trimmer – For the perfect outline and ear edge-ups, you can use the Andis GTX, the Andis T-Outliner, or the Oster T-Finisher.
Andis GTX T-Outliner Trimmer
Andis GTX
Andis T-Outliner Trimmer
Andis T-Outliner
Oster T-Finisher Trimmer
Oster T-Finisher
  • Other Accessories Include – Sturdy guide combs, brushes, razors, scissors and

Learning How to Do a High Taper Fade Haircut

In my years as a barber, I’ve learned that learning becomes easy when you take the practical rather than the theoretical approach.


Instead of documenting the whole process, I’ll use this very interesting YouTube video guide from a fellow barber, 360Jeezy, about the high taper fade.

It’s well explained with all the tools and procedures used being highlighted!

Assuming you’ve watched the video, it’s safe to say that you’ve picked up most of the basics and info you need to do a high taper fade cut.


It won’t be that perfect for first-timers, but with a little practice, you’ll definitely get there.

As I wrap this up:

Here Are a Few Useful Tips to Remember

  • Remember to do the ear edge-ups to ensure you don’t mess up the hairline.
  • A taper fade comb over is essential if you are to maintain the “boxy” look of a high taper fade.
  • And lastly, your measurements don’t necessarily have to be exact figure as long as you maintain consistency when doing the haircut.
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  • January 12, 2018

    My barber gives me a high taper fade style whenever I go to to have my hair cut, but he doesn’t use the scissors most times. Perhaps I’ll share him this article to get some ideas that’ll help improve his craft. Thanks for this!


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