Most clipper guards, which attach to your clipper blades, run from length 1/2 or 1 to length 10 or greater. A length 1/2 or 1 guard will cut your hair very close to the scalp, while a guard with a higher number will leave your hair longer.
Which guard takes off more hair?
The Basics Of Clippers and Clipper Guard Numbers:
The lower the guard number the shorter the hair will be, a lot of the lower numbers are used in fades, so if you request a fade you’ll have extra brownie points for knowing what number you’d like to fade from and into.
What guard should I use for a buzz cut?
Most barbers perform buzz cuts based on the golden 3-2-1 rule. That means a #3 guard on the top, a #2 guard on the sides, and a #1 guard to trim up the edges. A #3 guard is common to start with because it’s about as short as you can go before you start seeing your scalp.
How do I know if a buzz cut will suit me?
Well, If you have a lean face, strong jaw, and good cheekbones, you’re a shoo-in for the buzz cut look. Just be wary that if your forehead is already on the larger side, or your jaw is something you don’t want to be drawing attention to, tightly cropped hair will probably not be for you.
How short should I buzz my hair?
Step #1: Choose a Length
1 around the edges. This will leave the hair about 3/8 inch long on top, tapering down to 1/2 inch on the sides and back and then finishing tighter at the hairline. The shorter you buzz it, the harder it will be to mess up or end up with an uneven result.