12 Clipper Tips for a Perfect Fadefeaturing Andis
Get your clients looking FRESH for summer! Andis Global Educator and master barber Eric Cheek (@eclipsllc) stopped by @MarloBeautySupply’s Instagram for a Live detailing his foolproof system he uses for taper fades, bald fades, light fades and everything in between.
“A lot of people lack a systematic approach to executing a fade,” says Eric. If you don’t have a system - aka a consistent method that ensures the same result - watch Eric’s approach below and you’ll be a fade master in no time.
12 Clipper Tips for a Perfect Fade
1 If you have any extra bulk in the nape area, you can remove it with the Andis Cordless Envy Li Adjustable Blade Clipper and #4 attachment comb using a clipper-over-comb technique.
Pro tip: establish a rhythm - you should be able to move all the way across the head without coming off the scalp, like this:
And here’s what rhythm DOESN’T look like:
2 In the back, create two sections (or foundations) - one below the occipital bone and one above the occipital bone. Eric always fades from the top down and then marries these first and second foundations. Why? Simply put, it’s easier than working from the bottom up! Start your fade using the Andis Master Cordless Li Adjustable Blade Clipper with a #3 attachment comb.
Pro tip: From point A to point B is one pass. Point B back to point A is another pass. Eric recommends only making two passes.
3 Using a #2 attachment comb, move to the next section of the first (lower) foundation, making about two passes and reducing your travel by a step (not going as high). Follow with the #1½, #1 open and #1 closed.
4 To start the skin taper, with the Master Cordless Li all the way open, create a line of demarcation in the nape area, halfway between the nape and the occipital bone.
5 Move the blade to #4, then #3, then #2, then #1, reducing your travel by a step each time. Now your first foundation is complete.
Pro tip: make your C stroke less broad each time you move down from open to closed, only using the corner of the blade by the time you get to the nape line/#1 closed. This is what your C stroke should look like at #2:
6 Using the Master Cordless with the #4 attachment comb, start your second foundation at the top of the occipital bone.
7 Move to the #3 attachment comb, then #2, #1½, then #1 open, then #1 closed, making about two passes each time and reducing your travel by a step.
8 Using the Andis Slimline 2 Cord/Cordless T-Blade Trimmer, remove as much hair as you can at the nape line.
Pro tip: Do NOT do this (which could be seriously painful for your client!):
Do this instead:
9 For a true bald fade, bald out the very bottom of the nape with the Andis ProFoil Lithium Plus Shaver.
10 To fade on the side, start with your Masters all the way open and bevel out, off the scalp, using the temple as a reference to create a line of demarcation for your first foundation.
11 Fade down from #5 to #1 , using this line as a guide and again making about two passes each time and reducing your travel by a step.
12 In the second foundation (above the temple), follow the same process as before, moving from #4 to #1 closed to bring the two foundations together.