How to do a fade haircut
Doing a Fade haircut by yourself is no easy task. I'm a barber but i'm cool telling people to tyr to cut their hair if it's an easy cut, but for a fade haircut, I recommend you to see a good barber as doing a right fade is not easy and making a small single mistake can ruin your fade and you'll have to clip it all in the end and do a High and Tight haircut if you got lucky and didn't ruin the edge of the fade (top blends with side and back).
To do a Fade haircut, you must have a high quality hair clipper, this is very important because you want one that can stand overheating, has calibrated guards and will not turn off half way through the fade haircut (in case of cordless hair clipper). You will also need a good mirror, better one with several sides so you can see all fo your scalp with one look.
Once you ensure you ahve the right hair products for yoru fade haircut, then grab the clipper at the highest guard you want, say a 3.5 or 4. Buzz the sides and back (all), then grab a lower guard (a 3 for example) and buzz everything on the sides and back except for a one inch wide band on the top of the sides and back which remains with a 4. Once you clip with the 3, then use a number 2 (for example) and clip everything down on the sides and back except for another 1 inch band that remains with a 3 (and your higher band with a 4). Continue decreasing guards until you reach the nape hairline.
Because a fade blends into the skin, you want the last clipped band to be clipped with no guard, so make your bands (with each guard number) a wide as you want. you truly have to experiment with the width of the bands as the shorter the band the higher up your fade haircut will "fade". If the transition between guard numbers leaves sharp edges, then retouch them with a guard number that is half way through the two bands: if you used a 4 for one band then a 3 for another band, use a 3.5 to go through the edge between the bands to smooth it.
Hair products for a Fade haircut
Get any of these high quality hair clippers for your fade haircut
Hair clippers with electric cord
Oster Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper:
among the best hair clippers money can buy, used by barbers and is heavy duty.
Oster Professional 76023-510 Fast Feed Clipper:
powerful (step down from the Classic 76), great for thick hair
Wahl 79524 24-Piece Deluxe Hair Clipper Kit:
great value hair clipper
Cordless hair clippers
Wahl 79600-2101 Lithium Ion Cordless Clipper:
powerful and light
Panasonic ER224S All-in-One Cordless Hair and Beard Trimmer:
lots of lengths to choose from and great for defining the hairline.
Wahl Sterling Eclipse Clipper Lithium battery:
battery lasts super long and clipper is very easy to use.
The above hair clippers are taken from a discussion thread on the forum on hair clippers, I recommend you to also read that thread:
We have a thread on this forum on the best hair clippers so check it out:
Mirror for your Fade haircut
Conair 3 panel mirror:
excellent mirror by the same guys who make hairstyling products
Jerdon tabletop 3 mirrors:
really handy and similar price to Conair one.
Single magnifying mirror:
ideal to put behind your main mirror, helpful for retouching and assessing the final fade haircut.