Valerio Federico shows his artistic talent with this high top afro. The juxtaposition of super-sharp fade with a voluminous top is pure perfection.
- Find a barber who is experienced in cutting Afro-Caribbean hair.
- Need to keep the length in the top of the hair.
- Start the fade on a zero at the neck and keep it low.
- Finish the fade on a grade 3.
- The top needs to be trimmed, with a smooth finish so there isn’t a hair out of place.
- The shape should be square around the back and sides, with a slight curve on the top.
- Blow-dry using a diffuser.
- Start by using the zero guard on the clippers just around the side bones and nape area. You want to maintain the zero relatively low.
- Moving forward with the lever opened on the clippers start to fade the zero line no higher than 1 centimeter above, this will help to begin the fade.
- Continue with the same method by closing the lever completely to eliminate any remaining line.
- With the lever opened, use the 0.5 plastic guard and continue flicking the line away about a centimeter above to slightly extend the fade higher. Close the lever to eliminate any remaining line again.
- The whole haircut is carried on by repeating the same method until the number 3 is reached.
- Through the top use a free-hand technique to define the shape; rounding or squaring off where necessary.
- Finish the cut by detailing the front and back hairline to give a precise and finessed end result.
- To style, use some hair serum to control the frizz and gently dry with a diffuser.
- Avoid touching your hair, while blow-drying, to prevent any frizz occurring.
- Continue using the diffuser until the hair is 80% dry and then proceed by finishing off the look with some curl cream. This will give the hair a soft yet aesthetically-pleasing end result.