By: | Updated: 02/15/2019

High Top Fade Will Treat Your Thick Hair With Respect

High top fade haircuts have been around since the rise the of golden age of hip hop culture. Also known as a hi-top, the haircut was a calling card of contemporary black teenagers of the funky 80s and 90s. Well, some things have changed since then.

Nowadays, the contrastive haircut with neatly faded sides and a voluminous high tops can be seen on any men that rocks a thick texture. Besides the versatility, this haircut has lots of different styling and cutting options which allow a wearer to customize his own unique cut: from high dreads with skin fade to temp fade with a nappy afro.
Get to know the eternal variety of the modern cut: check out the latest, creative ideas we’ve prepared for you!

Voluminous High Top Fade Haircut

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Whatever type of black men fades you choose will go awesome with a high top cut. This guy chose to go pretty high to make the neat sides gradually transit to the thicker top. To recreate this idea, you will need to find a skilled barber who not only knows how to fade hair but also can build a perfectly even hi-top silhouette.

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Curl Sponge Look

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These funky, sponge curls look extremely authentic with the outlined finish of a black fade haircut. This time, it’s a soft taper with a precise temple fade that keeps the natural texture visible, yet pretty well-groomed and edgy.

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Curly Top And Mid Fade

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Men who are into a sense of balance of their looks will love this curly hair fade. The smoothly balanced medium fade that seamlessly connects two thicknesses is nothing but a perfect complement to the distinctive curly mane. Of course, this style wouldn’t look that sharp without a temp fade.

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Line Up High Top

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There are no better hairstyles for black men than those featuring edgy details that enhance the appearance of afro fade. Here, facial hair follows the same pattern as the faded portion, but with a smooth disconnecting line. And the full, textured top serves as a balance-building touch.

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Medium Textured Hair

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Here comes something that is not short like black short haircuts and not long like a classic afro mane. It’s a medium length version of the hi-top cut that focuses on the top texture, involving the cleanest mens fade – skin fade.

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The Arabic Style

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As we’ve mentioned before, curly top fade haircuts are no longer black men’s privilege.
Dark and unruly Arabian locks can also find their best shape with the help of hi-top cut, getting a sophisticated and immaculate look.

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Curly High Top + Mid Fade

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When you’re not sure how to fade hair, choose a mid fade: you just can’t go wrong with that. As for the high top, if you sport very curly hair and would like to loosen some tension, try out this idea; it features a texturized top that gives the needed sense of lightness.

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Textured Hi-Top With Long Curls

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Everything in this idea starts with a high fade haircut black men can’t do without. First off, the neater the sides, the more attention is brought to the top. And when you are about to rock such head-turning, long curls, you do need to make the contrast big.

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Mohawk Style

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While most guys need to apply loads of styling products to achieve a Mohawk, haircuts for black men have other approaches. This Mohawk fade is created with clippers and trimmer that keep the sides shaved and help the top stretch along the back of the head.

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Dreads & Shaved Design

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Don’t forget that you can turn your top into any style you want and highlight it with shaved haircut designs. These top with dreads are a perfect example of customized fade haircuts. The temp fade nicely accentuates the dreaded top while two shaved stripes give the look a lot of individuality.

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Sleek Top

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How about you to diversify the classic high tops with fade haircut men love to pull off today? With the right approach to the top, you can make it fit your image. For example, this sleek top and even fade give a new definition to the hi-top while following the classic pattern.

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Neat Short Flat Top

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Though most hi-tops have a common structure, nothing can stop you from playing around. If you prefer a smooth and neat finish to a dramatic and edgy look, a flat top fade is a good idea. A shadow fade that connects the sides and a slightly longer top is the needed harmonic finish.

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Kinky Top With Surgical Line

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Truly best hairstyles for men with natural hair always go with a haircut fade that saves the scalp from thick and heavy tension. This outstanding, even fade with softly tapered graduation keeps the unruly top well-groomed, giving it an awesome, steady shape. Needless to say, two shaved lines serve as a cool individual detail!

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Zero Fade With Frizzy Top

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When the shortest cuts ever meet the funkiest Afro hairstyles, they give birth to looks to remember. Here you can see how a zero fade roughly turns to a breathtaking, messy, and kinky top. And to stay away from frizz, this style was spritzed with moisturizing oil.

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Blow Out Straight Pomp

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The blowout fade or temple fade is probably one of the most popular mens fade haircuts. It can come in many variations, but they all have a common feature – a tapered contour line that accentuates temples. And you know what? It will go awesomely with an upswept, pomp-like hi-top.

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High Top With Fade Design

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Another good thing about men’s fade haircuts is that they give a lot of room for creativity. To spice up your fade with a unique design, make sure to bring a pic of the pattern you like to a steady-handed barber.

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Quiff Pomp

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There’s a hi-top option that embraces the main characteristics of a quiff haircut. Super clean and high fade hair with a slight temple shave and a chic, blow-dried top are a staggering idea for modern gentlemen.

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Fresh Classic Afro Cut

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A drop fade haircut features a drastic gradient and a noticeably tapered hairline. It’s meant to enhance the texture of Afro American haircuts and make them look more graduated. But this immaculate afro haie stands out not only because of the fade: the pop color also takes part!

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Blonde Sponge Curls

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Besides all the various types of fade haircut, there are some more ways to create exciting contrasts! Some light color to your natural locks won’t hurt, especially if you want your style to be seen from a mile away. A high skin fade gives this style an exceptional length contrast, and highlighted curls create a fresh play of colors.

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Now that you know how different a high top fade haircut can be, it’s time for you to show the world its another unique variation! Don’t be shy to bring your favorite designs to life, cut and style the top in any way you want, and find a barber who knows how to make a style show off your personality!

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