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How to ask for a men’s haircut
Speak up: For barbers, “an overly fussy client is better than an uncertain one,” so don’t be shy when asked what you want. Consider having photos ready on your phone—either selfies that show your hair at its best or of guys of similar hair and head shape.
The top and sides: Warn the barber about cowlicks to avoid having the top shorn too close. Ask for “a fade” only if you want the hair above your ears shorn close with clippers or even shaved with a razor, creating “a skin fade.” If you simply want a gradual transition between the sides and top, ask that they be “blended.” A No. 1 clipper blade leaves 1/8 inch of hair; a No. 3 leaves 3/8 inch.
The neck: “Tapered,” “faded,” and “natural” are all ways of asking that the hair be shortened gradually as it approaches the nape of your neck. “Square” is a good option for longer cuts, and “rounded” is similar but with more shaping at the corners.
Source: Men’s Health