prep is important for styling and shit. shower, towel dry to dampness, apply some base/clay (tiny) then blow dry, then do whatever your routine is. this is for medium/longer/thicker hair and shit. heat helps a lot too. that is if your haircut consists of like blending, texturzing and only scissor/razoring/thinning in some area cuts.
for the niggs who dont fuck with the taper shit and lil boosie fades and shit and have/want medium to longer hair, never use a fucking buzzer, even for the sides or if youre fading from a shorter to higher length. you can actually get buzzer length but textured which looks and feels fucking better, blended and falls down nicely with scissors, i know. just tell your barber to not be a lazy ass. when using a buzzer the surface area hair turns COARSE (this shit is fucking mj bad) resulting in a not healthy look and sticking up and shit.
in short scissors, texturzing, blending, thinning to get that luxurious shit. cigars, porn, gotta keep it luxurious.