Haircut numbers and clipper sizes always make the men confused. Starting from visiting a barbershop for the first time or learning to cut the own hair with a clipper set. You need to know the lengths correspond to different clipper guard sizes. About the buzz cut, fade haircut numbers, and sizes by detailing the length of hair each clipper number represents. Haircut numbers especially the grade 4 refer to clipper guard sizes, so you can find the number etched into the guard itself. There are 8 guards for most clipper set and each hair clipper size represents the amount of hair. The larger the number means longer haircut like Oster, Wahl, and Andis that use increments of 1/8 of an inch.
You can ask the barber to make any kinds of haircut. You can tell what number that you want because most of the barber knows about it. Here are the haircut numbers and clipper guard sizes (lengths) that you need to know:
- Number 1 with one eighth of an inch shot
- Number 2 with one quarter of an inch shot
- Number 3 with three eighths of an inch shot
- Number 4 with one half of an inch shot
- Number 5 with five eighths of an inch shot
- Number 6 with three quarters of an inch shot
- Number 7 with seven eighths of an inch shot
- Number 8 with one inch shot
- Number 0 Haircut
The Number 0 Haircut has no guard attached that uses the permanent guard attached to the clipper for a short cut. This zero is often used to provide a very short buzz cut or almost skin fade and leaving the scalp exposed.
- Number 1 Haircut
The number 1 haircut is about 1/8 of an inch which is a little longer than a number zero. Remember about the biggest number means longer haircut. The number 1 guard is still ideal for buzz cuts or you can use it to taper or fade from different numbers. But do not choose number 1 cut if you don’t want your scalp to show.
- Number 2 Haircut
The number 2 haircut is one of the most popular and favourite clipper sizes for fade haircuts. Not too short or long, this number 2 gives you 1/4 of an inch in length and allowing for a fuller hairstyle that doesn’t expose the scalp. This haircut is a safe choice for guys with thinning hair and likely perfect for thick hair.
- Number 3 Haircut
The number 3 haircut is a hair down shape to 3/8 of an inch. Generally the longest clipper size that most barbers use is to maintain short faded sides. On the other hand, this haircut can also be used on the top for a longer buzz cut style just like the burr cut.
- Number 4 Haircut
The number 4 haircut make the hair 1/2 inch long. This is a medium length of the clipper guards. The barber can start to get a brush or crew cut which are similar to a buzz cut but include a skin fade on the sides and longer hair on top. This haircut works well for both thick and thin hair.
- Number 5 Haircut
The number 5 haircut length is 5/8 of an inch. Most brands often use the number 5 and 6 clipper guards for taper styling. Do you want it too?
- Number 6 Haircut
The number 6 haircut is 3/4 inches long. This haircut is reserved for tapering your hair. Most of the men like this haircut.
- Number 7 Haircut
The number 7 haircut is a 7/8 inch long cut. The length of number 7 make this cut is used to style a crew cut for men with thick hair. You need to use a smaller size guard such as number 1, 2, 3, and 4 to fade your hair on the sides.
- Number 8 Haircut
The number 8 haircut is one inch in length that represents the longest clipper size made in USA. If it is not commonly used to give a fade haircut, this haircut is a lazy way to trim the hairs on top of your head while using a 1, 2, or 3 on the sides.