A Thin Line Between Bald and Fade


Dear Barber Shop Patron,

What do you do when your hair line is thinning or receding and you’re worried about it being taken back or further thinned out by your barber? You should first asses whether your barber is skilled enough to be proficient at maintaining that which you are holding on to. Start observing what kind of clippers your barber uses. If he uses a pair of clippers on your thin spots that look like this,

76er he is not qualified to maintain your hairline. Most barbers use these Oster 76ers because they have a rotary motor and cut hair in bulk versus cutting hair with detail and precision. You can cut three times as fast with a clipper like this than you can with some other models. However, clippers like these were primarily designed for cutting sheep and dogs. If you go to a dog grooming place and watch dogs get cut, you will see that they are using either this exact clipper, or one that is its equivalent. A dog’s fur is thick and matted, so this kind of clipper is ideal for reducing the bulk expediently. But do you think it’s advantageous for your barber to use a dog clipper to de-bulk your thin spots? All this is going to do is reduce the density and volume of hair that you are holding on to and expedite the thinning process dramatically. It will look damn near bald if your barber cuts your thin spots against the grain with a clipper like this. NEVER allow any barber to cut your thin spots against the grain unless he is cutting the areas around your spot. You should ask him not to do this. Furthermore, NEVER let your barber cut your thin spot against the grain with a clipper like the above mentioned or you will go bald much faster than nature intended. Your barber should be using a clipper that looks something like this:andisThere are other brands of this same type of clipper, but the point of emphasis is that this clipper has an adjustable arm, which will always be on the right side of the clipper. This arm is what allows the barber to fade, or blend, which is exactly what you need done to the areas surrounding your thin spots. These kind of clippers don’t cut in bulk, they cut with precision, therefore if your barber chooses to go over your thin spots by cutting with the grain, you will not be in danger of de-bulking the area, which would make it look closer to bald and drastically speed up the process. You should always tell your barber that you want your thin spots on your hair line to be cut WITH THE GRAIN, not AGAINST THE GRAIN. Again, cutting these spots against the grain will only thin you out further. You should ask you barber if he can SPOT FADE around the thin spots. If done right, this will give your hair the illusion that is not thinning at all. Most thinning can be salvaged if you have a skilled barber that is keen on his equipment. Yet regretfully, few of us exist. If you have to instruct your barber not to use a dog clipper on your thin spots and to cut the spots with the grain as opposed to against the grain, you should choose a more qualified barber.

Yours truly,

Master Barber at The Funhouse Barbershop

524 N La Brea Los Angeles 90036



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