Anatomy of a haircut

If you insist on using words you have heard or read online to describe the haircut you want (instead of showing your barber pictures), it's safer to get it right down to a T, so there are no communication mishaps.

We've broken it down by sections; you're welcome.





Hair length starts longer at the top and gets shorter as you go down.

Length of taper can vary.

Comes in High, Mid and Low.


High Fade

Fade starts in the top third of the head

The edgiest look out of the three

Not suitable for people with long heads


Mid Fade

Fade starts half way up the head - between a third to two thirds of the side of the head

Usually just above eyebrow height

Elongates the appearance of the head


Low Fade

Fade into longer length starts at a third of the way of the head

Great for those who want a softer look


Skin Fade

Like a fade but it is blended all the way down to see skin




The spaces between your hairline and your ears.

Comes in High Arch and Natural Arch


High Arch

More space between ears and hairline.

Great for men with smaller ears

A very neat finish

It will look messy and untidy as the hair grows out

Dorky looking when done incorrectly


Natural Arch

Follows the natural shape of the hairline around the ears

Most common type

Looks neater compared to High Arch as hair grows out



Side Burns

The way the hairline finishes under the temple with varying possible lengths & thickness

Comes in Top of the ear, Mid-ear, and Bottom of the ear.




The way the back of the neck looks.

Just because you don't see your neckline doesn't mean it is not important - remember those who stand/walk behind you will be staring right at it.

Keep your neckline neat and tidy, so you don't appear unkempt.

Comes in Blocked, Rounded and Tapered.



A straight line is cut across your natural neckline, giving it the appearance of a squared block.

Good for thin necks as it makes it look wider and thicker.

Requires frequent visits (ideally once a week) to your barber for a tidy-up



Corners of a Blocked neckline are taken off - ie. less angular

Requires frequent visits (ideally once a week) to your barber for a tidy-up



Most common neckline type & often paired with a fade

Follows the natural hairline - gradually shortens as the hair gets closer to the bottom of the neckline.

Less frequent touch-ups compared to Blocked & Rounded as neckline looks more blended and neater as the hair grows out.

It also makes thick necks look thinner.





Different textures and layers give the haircut a different finish



Hair is cut at 45° angles at different lengths

Provides a varied texture and look more volumized

Great for styling the 'messy' look



Hair of varying lengths - longer hair resting on top of shorter ones

Great for thinning / balding hair

Emphasise the appearance of depth & volume of the hairstyle



Reduces hair's volume by removing selective strands of hair

Great for thick bushy hair


There you have it - the simplest way we can explain various haircut terms. It might be a lot to remember, but trust us, read this through and then go talk to your barber - before you know it, you will remember them off the top of your head.

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