By: | Updated: 10/31/2018

Sporting a Fade Haircut is Cool

A fade haircut – we all have heard these words, but what do they denote? It is a popular haircut that has bald back and sides with the hair emerging gradually as we move towards the top. Basically, it is a variation of a tapered cut, but here the length of the hair is drastically lower. Hairdressers often use a razor for the area around the back and sides and then when they move upward, they taper this cut so that the hair becomes thicker and thicker towards the top. As a result, the look is ‘faded.’

And this quality is common for all tapered types of haircuts, including the fade one: the very long top above really short hair.

There are several kinds of fade short haircuts, but low fades and high fades are the most widespread. High fades tend to fade completely towards the top, while low fades fade completely downward the back and sides.

Your search for a haircut that is edgy and sexy ends with fade haircuts. The popularity of this ultra-stylish haircut is on the rise and our special gallery of inspiration pictures will definitely end your quest for the perfect fade haircut for your hair type and face cut. Check out the gallery below!

1. Side Shaved Pixie Haircut

Side Shaved Pixie Haircut


An excellent variation of the fade haircut is a pixie haircut that has the longer section of your hair ending just above your chin. Dirty blonde hair with dark roots look amazing in this haircut. Keeping a side shaved section adds oomph and edginess to the look. Keep the shaved section to a bare minimum length and style the major part of your hair, which is of pixie length, in the form of a side-swept hairstyle. Add lowlights or highlights if you desire to add some more dimension to your hair.

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2. Extra Short Haircut With Shaved Line

Extra Short Haircut With Shaved Line


Super short haircuts like the model’s in the picture is definitely a bold decision to make. The fade is kept high with the center section of hair having just a slightly longer length than the fade. To make a generic short hairstyle edgy and different, add a shaved line in between the shaved section and the top section of your hair. Such a hairstyle is stylish and at the same time, it can be a good break for your hair and scalp from all the treatments and straightening. It will also give your hair a chance to grow naturally and become more luscious!

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3. Low Fade For Short Pixie Cut

Low Fade For Short Pixie Cut


This is really easy fade haircut to create and looks great not just on platinum hair like the picture but also on other hair colors. You can save you some money too when you get this haircut because you don’t need a fancy hairstylist to create it. It is an easy maintenance short pixie cut as most of your hair is not longer than two to three inches in length. A simple low fade makes the haircut vogueish and chic. Such a haircut looks great even when it is growing out.

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4. Naturally Curly Fade Hairstyles

Naturally Curly Fade Hairstyles


Our busy schedules always work better if we have an easy to style haircut. This hairstyle is one of those easy care short haircuts for women that takes no more than 60 seconds to style. For women who want to flaunt their naturally curly hair, this fade haircut is a great option. You can keep the sides shaved in a true fade haircut fashion. Their short length will be convenient during the hot, summer months. The small section of curly hair on the top of the head will need just a little bit of gel to style.

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5. Updo Hairstyle With Fade Undercut

Updo Hairstyle With Fade Undercut


This picture signifies the epitome of adding edginess to the classic updo hairstyle. Long hair just at the center of the head that are colored and braided when paired with a fade undercut looks edgy by itself. Pick a color you like and get the hair colored overall. You can also get an ombre or highlights using different colors that complement each other. The braids will stand out even more then. Add an exquisite geometric pattern to the undercut to take the edginess of this fade haircut to the ultimate level.

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6. Faded Buzz Haircut

Faded Buzz Haircut


Fade cut for your hair means getting a considerable section of your hair cut into a super short length, usually with the help of a hair trimmer. But, taking another step ahead would be to get a buzz haircut with the high fade. This haircut looks casual and fashionable for blonde hair and can put emphasis on your facial features. It is the easiest haircut to maintain and involves no styling whatsoever. You can simply get ready and step out of the house without having any worries if your hair is looking good or not.

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7. New Type Of A Bowl Cut

New Type Of A Bowl Cut

A bowl cut has been in and out of fashion for many years now and this year, it has come back in fashion again. Let your spunky personality stand out even more by closely shaving the sides of your head and keeping the center hair from the forehead to a few inches above the nape of your neck long and luscious. The one-inch of hair around the center is trimmed to a short length and a surgical line is added to add emphasis on this section. Add color like the silver hair in this photo and look classically chic.

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8. Bleached Super Short Hairstyles

Bleached Super Short Hairstyles


While you may not be able to fancy hairstyles and braids with short hairstyles, their transformation over the years have made them a popular choice among women in the current day. If you have high cheekbones, then a fade haircut like this one can highlight them even more. Bleach the top section of your hair to a light grey like the model or a color you like. Two toned versions of this hairstyle also look smart. To blend punk and sophistication, add an undercut design all around or just on one side.

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9. Shaved Hair Design

Shaved Hair Design


A hairstyle with shaved hair can be made interesting by adding offbeat designs at prominent locations on the head. The fade in this undercut design is low but the overall look almost resembles a buzz cut because of the minimum length of the hair everywhere. Extra short hair at the nape make the hairstyle hassle-free. The wave pattern seen in the photo looks stylish and punky. For non-generic options, think of a design or pattern that signifies something and add it to your hairstyle by shaving the design into it.

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10. Creative Fade Haircut

Creative Fade Haircut


People often assume that short haircuts or fade haircuts do not leave many options when it comes to variations or creativity. Well, it is time to break the bubble because the creativity can be as large as your imagination even with undercut hair. Take this picture for example – the side shaved hair go high up and the hair in the center are also pretty short like a buzz haircut. But, the placement of the shaved line is what makes the hairstyle creative and sets it apart from the regular short hair you see often around you. Off-center placement of the line that starts right in the front is a bold choice and makes the hair look artistic.

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Super Short Fade Haircut

Opting for a super short fade haircut as a short hairstyle for women is a major decision, but it can make you look really attractive when done right. We do agree that this look with fade on the sides and back of your head and a chunk of hair on the top is a bold look, but it is nevertheless one that should not be tried.

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Ask your hairstylist to keep the fade low and bare minimum and keep going longer is a smooth gradient that ends at the top of the head to get this easy care short haircut for women. Such a hairstyle will take the attention of the viewer to your facial features like those brilliant green eyes or that sharp nose. As mentioned, a short fade haircut is super-easy to care for and maintain.

You’ll save up some money on your shampoo and conditioner too!

Easy care also comes with easy styling! A simple mousse or hair gel is all you need to set the longer hair on the top of the head in the way you want. Many a times, just water might also do the trick as the hair is still pretty short. Add some punk to the look by going in for patterns in the fade and with the sideburns.

Mid Fade Taper Haircut

After becoming popular among black women, fade haircuts for white women are also on the rise. The clean feeling that comes with one definitely attracts women who want minimum maintenance and maximum oomph.

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Be the undercut girl or get a few streaks on just one side of your head – this hairstyle is definitely going to make you stand out. Keep the hair on the top of your head short if you have naturally curly hair. Another great option would be to transform the look into a pixie cut with a fade or undercut by keeping the top hair up to a few inches long. Style this long chunk of hair by keeping them side swept or add a sharp part where you prefer. Straight hair look the best when side swept; however, you might have to use a good hold spray or a mousse to keep them that way if you have unruly hair.

When it comes to taking care of this fade haircut, opt for a shampoo that will give the longer section of your hair some volume. If you prefer the slick look, then a regular shampoo session followed by combing the hair through using some hair grease it all you need to do.

High Fade Haircut

Pairing a high fade haircut with a Mohawk is not everybody’s preference. Nonetheless, it is definitely a hairstyle that will people stop and stare. It oozes confidence and coolness at the same time. All you need to do get the sides of the head trimmed as a high fade style and leave the hair in the center right from the front of the head to the back, until the nape of your neck.

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How long you keep this center section is completely upon your preference. Curly hairstyles look the most marvelous for this part of your hair. It is important to understand that a Mohawk haircut like this is not easy maintenance like the haircuts we have discussed already. You will need to make sure to style the top section on a daily basis for your hairdo to look ‘on point’. Use a curl defining spray or a medium strength mousse in damp hair to keep your gorgeous curls shining through all day.

If you have straight hair, opt for a strong hold gel to let this undercut design with Mohawk stand out even more. For women who prefer adding some color, add a bright blue or green for some fun.

Fade Pompadour

Well, a pompadour hairstyle for women is becoming as popular as it is for men. It might seem like going the extra step but with this haircut, you have the options of keeping the hair as long or as short at you want. Shorter length is best in a professional setting whereas longer hair in the pompadour is something that will make a statement for sure.

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Combining a pompadour hairstyle with and undercut fade gives you the ‘fade pompadour’, which in the last year or so has become an extremely popular hairstyle variation that women are getting done. Keep the fade high or low according to your preference and ask your stylist to add a design for some extra panache.

If you are wondering how to pompadour for women as the haircut does look a little daunting, worry not! All you need are three items – a hairbrush, hair spray, and a hair-dryer. Here is what you need to do –

    1. Use a flat nozzle attachment for your hair-dryer and slowly comb through your center hair.
    2. First brush it towards one side and then switch to the opposite side to add volume.
    3. Set the hair in place with a good hairspray.

Give it a try and you’ll see that it is not as difficult as it looks.

Fade Haircut Styles Pixie

A pixie hairstyle with a fade has also become equally popular. For women looking for an edgy look but also something that they can easily carry off, such a hairstyle is apt. Add an undercut to a cute pixie cut for a sleek hairstyle.

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You can keep the length of your pixie cut short and add some gradients of hair color (like the grey in the picture) for an easy to maintain but still stylish look. Alternately, keep the front top section of hair long and style them like unsymmetrical bangs using a hair straightener to add a flirty touch to your haircut style. If you prefer to keep the hair longer, you have the option of braiding it too. Braid a side-section going from the front to the back or braid the entire center hair. Do as you please as longer hair gives you more options. Also, with such long hair, a higher fade looks smart and polished.

Such short haircuts for women can be styled to look feminine or androgynous as well.

No matter which option you pick from our list, a fade haircut is definitely going to catch attention and make you stand out in a crowd!

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