Fresh Fade

Unswaggerful Hair Before Hair Cut

You can never go wrong with the taper fade when deciding on a hair cut. When you’re in Austin, simply exit 35 and head east on 12th street until you hit a barbershop called The Village. Danny (wears dreadlocks) will be sure to make sure leave with an accelerated level of much needed freshness.

Now why the taper fade? The taper fade is half way in between a regular hair cut even all around andĀ a bald fade where you have hair on the top of you head but fades to baldness along all the sides and back. With the taper fade you get the sophistication of an all even cut while still displaying an optical illusionĀ of the fade along the sideburns and kitchen area of your head.
Edge Up

Edge Up

Now Danny likes to first start off with an edge up using his Outliners before commencing to the actual hair cut. During the hair cut, Danny uses a series of different clippers and several blade length settings on each one to distribute an even fade behind the head and along the side burns. This is important because so often you see guys with taper fades that have only two or three tiers sometimes starting to high or too low. This is not a bald fade, the taper fade must start from the very top of the head all the way down to the neck and beard. It must have multiple levels of hair lengths every quarter inch causing a seemless transtion in the fade.


The dynamics of the blades going across your head causes billions of tiny hairs to become trapped with in your hair which shed through out the day. Because of this, people like to take immediate showers after their haircut. The dilemna is that sometimes you have to go straight to an event or back to work after your cut, so Danny offers a shampoo. After your shampoo you can brush your hair for the rest of the day and not have to worry about tiny little hairs falling all over your clothes, books, food, and friends.

Razor Edge (Line Up)

Razor Edge

Now the first edge up is great, but if you really want your line to stand out, a razor edge is how to accomplish that. Your edge up will last much longer and the seperation between hair and skin is much more apparent. Be careful as you are getting a razor edge up because the blade used is VERY sharp and can slice bits and pieces of your ear, nose, lips, cheeks, etc. To protect your skin from bumps the barber should put shaving cream on parts that will be cut and at the end of the haircut that liquid stuff that stings alot should also be applied to edged up areas.

After the haircut

Final Cut

There you have it, the “Fresh Fade”. To help out your barber, please maintain your hair properly by keeping it moisturized and brushed all the time. If you have waves, that will also make the barber’s job easier because it adds to the fade. Deep waves make your hair look like the ocean and your fade look like tides rippling over the sands of a beach.

For tips and tricks about how to maintain waves, please consult either Eugene Omenihu (Sooomenihu) or Kwame (K.B.) Cyrus.

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4 thoughts on “Fresh Fade

  1. I’ve been spoiled by Danny.

    One time I went to my barber shop back in Mesquite..Cuts by Adrian’s. I asked Adrian for a bald taper. After cutting my hair and edging me up, he asked if I liked it. I check my hair in the mirror.
    I was like “yo, this side aint straight.”
    He was like “okay, ill fix it.”
    After attempting to fix it, I saw that one side of the taper looked different from the other side.
    I was like “yo, this side aint the same as the other side.”
    He was like “okay, lemme fix it”
    After another vain attempt at fixing it, I check out my hair again in the mirror. I couldn’t see the typical definition on sides of my hairline that was so customary of Danny.
    I was getting kinda irritated and could see that Adrian was kinda confused. I guess he thought he had done a good job.
    I told him “there’s no definition on the sides”
    But he was “naw man, its supposed to be like that.”
    I was like “naw, there’s gotta be some definition on the sides”
    He was like “okay man, ill fix it”
    After another attempt, he was like ” is that alright”
    Looking in the mirror, I could see no change.

    Getting a little ticked off, I was like “DUDE, you can do ALOT BETTER than this, the sides aint right”
    I could feel him losing confidence in his work.
    He was like “OH, OKAY I know what you mean.” Then began the 4th vain attempt to fix his work.
    I took the mirror, and expected nothing to change..and guess what?
    Fuming, I was like “thanks.” I knew this guy sucked and that his work on my hair wouldn’t get any better.

    I paid my 12 dollars, no tip, and walked out.
    That was 2 years ago..
    Maybe I should have gone to Walter (another barber in the shop), maybe I should have not said those hurtful things, maybe I should have gave him a tip.
    Regardless, I have never been back since.
    I have become something like a legend at Adrian’s. They ask my little brother if they could have done a better job everytime he goes there…

    never cut my hair in mesquite anymore
    Only trust my hair to Danny.

  2. LMAO! “you can brush your hair for the rest of the day and not have to worry about tiny little hairs falling all over your clothes, books, food, and friends.”

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