If you’re looking for a haircut that’s not too boring, not too wild, and never goes out of style, consider the ever-popular classic taper haircut.

The classic taper haircut is a low-maintenance, high-performance style that’s classic and timeless. It’s easy to get, and you can modify it to your personal style. It’s one of those styles for men that simply can’t go wrong.

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It works well with all face shapes and hair types, and it strikes the balance between casual and professional. If you’re in need of a tidy haircut for your job or simply want a polished style, the classic taper haircut is for you.

What do I need for the classic taper haircut?

Since the classic taper haircut is a flexible style, you can tweak it to your liking. Because of that, there are no set requirements for hair length. Shorter hair will give a more professional, classic appearance, while longer hair will give a more contemporary appearance and will almost look like a quiff in some regards.

The length is completely up to you. Take a look at some styles you like and use them as a reference guide.

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How to Get the Classic Taper Haircut

In many ways, the classic taper haircut is like the disconnected undercut. The hair on the sides and back is tapered quite short while the hair on top is left long. However, the classic taper haircut is more old-school and formal.

You’ll first want to tell your stylist how long you want your hair to be. While it’s up to your liking, a good starting point is two inches on top.

To get the classic taper haircut, start by tapering the sides and the back. (Make sure you tell your stylist how gradual you want the taper to be.) Your stylist may use shears or a hair clipper to achieve the taper. The clipper setting can be as short as #2 or as long as #5, depending on your preference.

Classic Tapered Comb Over

You can also specify where you want the taper to end. If you prefer a long taper that ends at the base of the neck, then the clippers should provide a good result. However, if you like a shorter taper that ends more near the bottom of the ears, ask your stylist to end the taper there. It’s possible they will use a straight razor to eliminate all the hair below the taper’s end. If you like this clean-cut look, make sure to ask for the razor trim as well.

Next, ask your stylist to trim the hair on top of your head to your desired length. This can be anywhere from half an inch to four inches. Your stylist will most likely use scissors for this.

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How to Style the Classic Taper Haircut

The classic taper haircut can be styled in tons of different ways, so choose a style that suits you. That said, there are a couple of elements that always work well with a classic taper haircut.

You can’t go wrong with a side part. A part used in conjunction with a classic taper haircut is a winning combination, especially if the part is dramatic.

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You’ll also want to consider some good-quality hair products to keep your taper at its best. For shorter hair, any regular wax, paste, pomade, or similar product will work. For longer hair, consider a product with a higher hold. Pomade or paste are ideal if you want your hair to have a glossy shine.

See the gallery below:
Broken Quiff with Brush Back
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Broken Quiff with Brush Back
Layered Quiff
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Layered Quiff
Side Pushed Quiff
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Side Pushed Quiff
Layered Push Back with Temple Fade
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Layered Push Back with Temple Fade
Layered Quiff
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Layered Quiff
Classic Taper with Part
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Classic Taper with Part
Textured Classic
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Textured Classic
Casual Brush Up with Taper Side
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Casual Brush Up with Taper Side
Confident Combed Back
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Combed Back with Confidence
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Confident Combed Top
Layered Taper Fade
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Brush Up with Layered Taper
Classic Short Haircut with Faded Neckline
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Classic Brushed Back Scissor Cut
Classic Scissor Cut with Beard
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Classic Scissor Cut with Beard
Classic Taper
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Perfectly Side Combed
Blow Out Taper Fade
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Undercut Taper
Classic Taper Haircut
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Classic Taper with Fade
Keep it up Taper Classic
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Keep it up Taper
Brushed Classic Taper Hair
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Brushed Taper
Taper Fade Classic School Haircut
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Elegant Taper Fade
French Cropped Emo Cut
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French Cropped Emo Cut
Slicked Back Undercut
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Slicked Back Undercut
Simplest Low Key Scissor Cut
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Simplest Low Key Scissor Cut
Regulation Cut
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The Regulation Cut
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