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Classic Taper Haircut

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The classic taper haircut features longer hair on top with shorter, clippered hair on the back and sides. In a classic taper, the blending between the top and the clippered sides and back occurs at the round of the head, just above the ears. The length of the sides can vary, and is typically indicated by the clipper “guard number,” which ranges between 1 (the shortest guard length at 1/8 of an inch) through 8 (longest guard length at 1 inch). Taper haircuts are great for both textured and non-textured hair.

Cut frequency 3-4 weeks

Style the look at home

5 mins

Towel dry hair. Spray a detangler, and use a comb to remove any tangles. Add a curl taming cream or mousse specifically for curly hair. Let hair air dry, or use a blow dryer while scrunching hair for added definition.

5 mins

Towel dry hair. Use a detangler and brush through to remove any tangles. Blow dry hair with medium heat, lifting at the roots. Finish with a gel or pomade to hold hair in place.

What to tell your stylist

Love this haircut? Here's what to tell your stylist so you can get this look.

I’d like a classic taper haircut. I’d like to leave the top long enough so that it will still lie down, then gradually fade down through the back and sides. I’d like to clean up the back of the neck so his hair is even across the back.”

Unsure of how short you should go? Ask your stylist what clipper length will work best for your kid's hair!

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