How To Cut a Zero Crop with George Healey

Published 04th Oct 2023 by Josie Jackson
George Healey (aka @thebluntsidebarber) shares his method to cutting a zero crop in ten simple steps. Keep reading to check them out – and don’t forget to give the video a watch to really see the cut in action.


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1. After cutting the top to the desired length, de-bulk with the number three guard closed straight off the head and the guide set in with the scissor work.
2. Then, go under the number three with the number two attachment to make a clear canvas for our fade.

3. Use scissors over comb to connect the clipper work to the top using a fast cutting motion and a slow comb for better results.

4. With no guards, set in the number zero line using the clipper fully closed.

5. Under the number two, follow and flick out just underneath with the 1.5 guard closed.

6. Using the number one guard fully open, follow the guide line set in with the number zero.

7. After making sure all the hair has been cut evenly, use the number one just underneath.

8. Now you should be left with a flight line from your number zero, so you can now use the clipper with no guard, fully open to flick out the line and finish the fade.

9. Once all of these steps have been completed you now need to use your mirror to look for any imperfections and go through using the corner of the clipper with different grades to refine your fade.

10. Follow the hair's natural outline and sharpen it up using the trimmer - this will really help to make the fade stand out.

Watch George's ten steps to cutting the perfect zero crop here...


Looking for more education on Modern Barber? Why not check out how to cut a 90s low taper here?
Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 04th Oct 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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