Start cutting the hair using the guide for your longest desired length. With this guide, cut all the hair to the length of the guide, then remove the guide and cut the
lower portions of the scalp to the middle of the parietal ridge with no guide to get the hair as short as you possibly can. If you have a trimmer that has a smaller length setting than your bare clippers, you can
use it on the lowest portions of the scalp to reinforce the tapering effect, should you desire.
Now, at the “transition zone” place the next longest guide on your clippers and cut upward around the head, stopping before you get too far onto the top of the head. You
will want to have decided your “top section” before you start this process so that you can have it in mind where to stop.
Continue to change out your guides, going smaller and smaller, and working around the scalp. Always stop short of your previous stopping point along the top, so that you
maintain the tapering effect. Once you’ve worked your way through all the guides, you can take a fine-toothed comb (an actual barber’s comb would be ideal) and drag it vertically along the tapered section to see
the “steps” that may be left behind by the guides (unless you were successful at sweeping upward in your cuts to blend the lengths). Use your clippers without a guide to carefully clipper off any “points” in the
hair. You can also use your scissors for this purpose.
Once the tapering has been blended, finish the look by using a safety razor (or straight razor if you prefer) to “clean” up the perimeter of the haircut. This includes the
nape of the neck, and the sideburns.