How To Cut A 90s Low Taper With Pete Cranfield

Published 03rd Oct 2023 by Sian Jones
We joined BaByliss PRO Ambassador, Pete Cranfield, at The Social to find out how to cut a 90s low taper.

Pete's Tools

  • BaByliss PRO CustomFX Cordless Clipper 

  • BaByliss PRO CustomFX Skeleton Trimmer 

  • BaByliss PRO CustomFX Foil Shaver

  • BaByliss PRO Black Italia Brava Dryer

Follow the six steps below to learn how to cut a classic low taper:

  1. When working with hair this length I always start out the same way. First step is to create a horseshoe shaped parting to make the rest of the haircut much easier.

  2. Using your clippers, remove the bulk from the back and sides of the head and start the taper process. I used my BaByliss PRO CustomFX Clippers for this - they’re super sharp and powerful, so great for removing large volumes of hair!

  3. Go in with your trimmers and foilers to get a close finish and smooth transition into the taper. I’m using the BaByliss PRO CustomFX Skeleton Trimmer with the exposed 360 blade, and my CustomFX Foil Shaver here too.

  4. Using a club cutting technique on top, remove bulk from the top of the head using your clippers rather than scissors, this makes the process quicker and more precise.

  5. Add some texture into the top of the hair to support the shape and enhance the look. Tidy up the neckline using the foilers.

  6. Dry the hair into a style using a warm heat setting on a slow speed. Once finished, use a shot of cold air to lock in the shape of the style and to close the cuticle of the hair, before adding in some styling product for hold and to enhance the texture.


Looking for more online education with Modern Barber? Find out how to cut a medium fade with wave with Tariq Howes.
Sian Jones

Sian Jones

Published 03rd Oct 2023

Sian is Editor Modern Barber and Deputy Editor Hairdressers Journal International. She has over ten years’ experience writing for print publications covering Youth & Children, TV & Entertainment and Lifestyle. Sian graduated with a degree in journalism, and whilst studying was nominated for the Guardian Digital Journalist of the Year award in 2011.

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