What is a number 1 fade?

Answered by Edward Huber

A number 1 fade is a specific hairstyle that involves using a clipper guard with a length of 1 at the bottom of the hair and gradually increasing the length as you move up towards the top. This creates a fading effect, where the hair transitions from shorter to longer.

To achieve a number 1 fade, the barber or hairstylist will typically start by using a clipper with a number 1 guard attached. This guard allows for a uniform length of 1/8 inch (or 3mm) all over the hair. The clipper is then used to trim the hair at the bottom, creating a clean and even base for the fade.

As the hair is gradually blended and faded, different clipper guards or adjustable blades may be used to achieve the desired length. This could involve using a number 2 guard to create a slightly longer length above the number 1, then transitioning to a number 3 guard for an even longer length, and so on. The specific guard lengths used will depend on the desired outcome and the individual’s preferences.

Alternatively, an adjustable blade clipper can be used for a number 1 fade. With an adjustable blade clipper, the barber can gradually open up the blade as they move up the hair, allowing for a seamless transition from shorter to longer lengths. This technique requires skill and precision to achieve a smooth and well-blended fade.

In my personal experience as a barber, achieving a number 1 fade requires attention to detail and a keen eye for symmetry. It is important to take the time to carefully blend the different lengths and ensure a seamless transition between each section of the fade. This can be achieved by using a combination of techniques, such as clipper over comb or scissor over comb, to create a natural and gradual fade.

It’s worth noting that a number 1 fade is just one of many fade hairstyles that can be customized to suit individual preferences and facial features. Some people may prefer a more dramatic fade with a larger contrast in lengths, while others may opt for a more subtle and gradual transition. Ultimately, the choice of fade style will depend on the individual’s personal taste and desired look.

A number 1 fade is a hairstyle that starts with a clipper guard length of 1 at the bottom and gradually increases in length as you move up towards the top. This creates a fading effect that can be achieved using different clipper guards or an adjustable blade clipper. Achieving a seamless and well-blended fade requires skill, attention to detail, and the use of various techniques.