The Best Fade Haircuts for Men

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Fade cuts are one of the most simple and stylish ways to add detail to any hairstyle. This classic technique has been used to effectively taper men’s hair for years. However, as they become increasingly popular it can be hard to know the difference between the looks. Well, fortunately, here’s a selection of the best fade haircuts for men. 

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Men’s Faded Haircuts

Taper Fade

This is one of the most popular modern haircuts as it is subtle and low maintenance. This simple fade gradually tapers the hair down to the neck. This classic look can be adapted for any man, keep it longer for a more understated look, or taper down to a grade zero for a bolder look.

Skin Fade

A zero fade haircut is similar to the taper fade in that your hair decreases in length as it gets further down your head. However, the difference is that the hair is shaved right down to the skin. A short back and sides fade is great if you want to create a break between your hair and beard.

Keep your facial hair around the same length as the hair on top to balance the look. If you prefer a longer beard, keep it trimmed straight and sharp around your face to maintain the clean cut look.

Skin Fade Undercut

When it comes to men’s fade haircuts, an undercut is the same as having a skin fade, however, the rate at which the grade shortens is much more sudden, leaving an undercut style. This style looks good if you want to grow your hair out on top and slick it back.

High Fade Haircut

The high fade, as the name suggests, comes the highest up your head. Much like the undercut style, this means that the hair shortens at a much faster rate down the side of your head. This is a nice cut if you want to put more emphasis on the top of your look, such as with a French crop.

Mid Fade Haircut

A medium fade starts halfway up the head using clippers. It’s a less gradual fade than the taper, but softer than the skin fade; perfect for men who want a modern look. It’s a good base style if you want to change thing up with a quiff or pompadour. If you have thicker curly hair you can afford to have some length on top. But for finer, straighter hair, as with the skin fade, it’s best to keep your style short and neat.

Low Fade Haircuts

A low fade comb over is similar to the mid-fade, except it starts lower down the head. It’s good for men who want a more rough and rugged look as they will have more texture on the sides. The low fade is a great cut if you want to keep your hair longer on top as the back and sides will be kept thicker. It’s also the best for those of you with a longer beard as it is easier to blend into your facial hair.

Bald Fade

The bald fade is best if you like to keep your hair extremely short or want to go for a buzz cut look. Although you could just shave your head to the same length, fading it down the sides and back is a great way to add some detail to a relatively plain style.

Temp Fade

The temp (short for temple) fade was made popular in the 90s by actor Will Smith and works best on men with an afro or tight curly hair. It starts off as a mid or low fade and is tapered around the temples, using clippers to create sharp lines. It takes a skilled barber to do this look so it’s not one you want to try to do yourself.

Scissor Fade

If you don’t want to commit to one of the shaved fade haircut styles, you may want to try the scissor fade. It’s a similar look created using scissors instead of clippers. Your hair stays longer at the sides but still keeps the tapered faded effect. This is a good choice if you want a more textured look.

Fade Hairstyles

Side Part Fade Haircut

The side part is a classic look that can be given a modern twist by combining it with your choice of fade. Use a comb to part the hair when it’s wet or damp. Apply a pea-sized amount of wax or pomade to manipulate your style and hold it in place. You can also use a hairdryer to set it whilst you style.

Pompadour Fade

The pompadour has been around since the 50s and is easily one of the most classic men’s hairstyles around. Combining a pompadour with a fade is a great way to modernise this iconic look. Using a wet look product like pomade is better for creating the slick formal style that suits a pompadour.

Fauxhawk Fade

The fauxhawk fade is probably the most unique and daring hairstyle you can rock. Although you probably experimented with mohawks in school you might not have thought about styling one now. Grow out the hair on the top of your head whilst keeping a short fade on the sides. Use a drier product like clay to create a textured fauxhawk look.

Fade Hairstyle Products

Shampoo & Conditioner

Using good quality shampoo and conditioner is the best way to keep your hair soft and healthy. Although you shouldn’t wash your hair too often, keeping it conditioned will make your locks easier to style and manipulate.

Wax

Wax is arguably the most versatile styling product you can get. Apply a pea sized amount to your hair and work it into any number of different looks. Use a comb to help structure your locks with a bit more control.

Clay

Similar to wax, clay is good for a whole host of hairstyles. However, clay is a lot drier than wax, making it great for creating more rough and natural styles.

Pomade

Pomade is the wettest type of product and is perfect with more formal styles like a pompadour fade. This is usually a water, gel or oil based product and doesn’t always offer the firmest hold, but is great for creating a wet look.

The Best Fade Haircuts for Men

  • A Mid or tapered fade is best if you want a smart, simple look.
  • Choose a scissor fade if you don’t want to commit to shaved sides.
  • The skin fade looks best when hair is kept shorter on top.
  • A low fade will suit men with a beard or stubble.
  • If you have tight curls or afro hair try a temp fade for a polished look.
  • A side part fade needs cutting and styling professionally to create a slick look.
  • For fine hair use clay to create a matte, textured look.
  • For thicker hair uses creams and pomade to hold it in place.
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On That Note

Now you know everything there is to know about men’s faded hairstyles you can take your pick and experiment with the different hairstyles. Whether you’re feeling like Elvis or just want something simple, there’s a faded cut for you.

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