One of the most important things to consider when you are learning how to fade hair is how high it is going to be. There are a lot of things to consider as you think about this question. Some of them include cowlicks, hair thickness, hair color, head shape, surface of the scalp (lumps, bumps, and/or dents), moles, scars, customer’s age, customer’s job, desired hairstyle, the customer’s preference.
A very important note to keep in mind is that no matter how good you are at fading hair, if the fade is too high or too low your customer will not think it is a good haircut. I will say it another way. If the haircut is 100% technically correct but it is not exactly what the customer wants they won’t be happy. This is especially true with the fade haircut customer. It doesn’t matter if they are a young kid or older suit and tie professional. These are the most particular and hardest customers to please.
This article will cover head shape. If the client has a rectangular shaped head there are a more options. You can fade the hair high, medium, or low and it will look balanced. If the client has a round shaped head DO NOT fade the hair higher than the widest point of the head. This will lead to an unbalanced looking haircut. If the client has a protruding occipital bone (big lump in the back of his head), fade the hair low below the bone.
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