Clipper Over CombPosted: May 7, 2013
Simply put this technique is superior because it cuts the hair evenly at the exterior rather than to the uneven scalp. The scalp has bumps and ridges. If you slap on a blade or guard the hair is cut like a lawnmower, just grazing over the surface and showing all the bumps in the road. When you want a haircut that grows out nicely, you cut the exterior evenly despite what is going on at the scalp. It will last longer, I promise.
Granted this only works for cuts at a “#2”, 6.3mm, 2/8 inch, or longer. Anything shorter and you must use your blades directly.
I have tried every clipper out there, even the American Crew approved version of Oster clippers- pretty much the highest quality available in U.S.. My preference is the Oster Fast Feed, simply because the blades and motor are high quality and there is a trigger on the side. I still have the same clipper from 2000, at a whopping $90 and I have worked in barbershops as well as salons where we did a lot of clipper cutting. They work well on damp or dry hair, even function better than those with a fan on the motor because the dry hair clippings don’t blow in your face. You can purchase new blades for somewhere around $18 and they last a decent couple of years before dulling.
The trigger is key for these clippers because you can do fades. You can graduate any lengths to the scalp by “feathering” or flicking your wrist gently and angling the clipper perpendicular to the scalp with the trigger manipulated at different levels to blend those weird bumps, dents, and ridges in the scalp for a smooth fade.
You got it, I’m a white girl that can do a fade. Not one of those chop shop clipper guard fades either, mine actually look faded, like from dark (hair) to light (scalp) with a soft shadow graduating between the two.