STEP 2: "Start the haircut at the bottom, and begin shaping by using your clippers to cut straight up the head (if using a guard, use no bigger than a 2 to do this, any bigger will make it difficult to cut the hair in a vertical technique like this), as vertical as possible, removing the shape on the sides and maintaining/creating the shape for the top. Do this all the way around the head to create the cylinder look- it will take some time. Be patient."
STEP 3: "Once you have the shape of the sides done, you should work on the fade. My client wanted a very low fade, so it would keep some length on the sides and still be a nice looking transition to his beard. Work from the top to the bottom. (eg use a 2 up to the parietal ridge, and then a 1 1/2 below that, to a 1 below that, then a half, etc, until you reach the bottom. Making sure all transitions are smooth, and there are no lines)."
STEP 4: "Cut the top (it will already be picked out). I prefer to use free hand, meaning i don't use a comb, its simply sculpting with the clippers closed all the way, and no guard. Cut until it appears level to you and the client, then pick out the hair again and repeat the same procedure of cutting the top until its perfectly level. Do this as many times as needed, usually it will require at least three rounds of picking and cutting. (The more rounds you do, the more likely the flat top will look great the next couple of days as the customer has to pick out the flat top themselves.)"
STEP 5: "Be sure to cut the vertical portion of the hair above the forehead as well. This is crucial for the look, and gives the appearance of additional height."
STEP 6: "Round the corners using the free hand method (if desired)."
STEP 7: "After using a spritz of water or a very light pomade on the surface, use a wide flat comb, or anything that you think will work (even a large book) to press down slightly on the top of the hair to finish off the FLAT look."