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All You Need To Know About A Fade Haircut To Perfect Your Looks

A mens fade haircut, whatever it is, can drastically freshen up the way your favorite haircuts and hairstyles look. It splits into many types, forming an endless variety where every stylish gentleman can find a finishing detail for his polished looks. With a properly chosen faded cut, you can work on your facial features, make your hair appear fuller, and even tame your unruly texture. In this post, we’ve prepared everything you should know to amp up your look with a fade: from types of fade to breathtaking styles you can create with them.

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Fade Haircut Types

You may have seen a whole lotta different haircuts with length graduations called “fade”, so you probably have a big question raised in your mind: “what is a fade haircut, after all?”. Before taking you to the diverse world of fade hair, we’d like to make things clear about the basics. In general, a fade involves cutting the area on the sides close to the scalp, creating a shadowed length transition with smooth graduation to the thicker top. The faded portion is achieved with the help of clippers.
While you can customize your cut and tell your barber how to do a fade haircut based on your preferences, there are three main types to start with: low, medium, and high fades. Below, we’re telling the differences between each of the three, showing you their magnificent modern variations you can get at your next salon appointment.

Low Fade


Low Fade


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A low fade haircut is the most balanced and natural option that offers a tidy finish and a comfortable feel at the same time. The length transition in this type of fading takes place on the back of the head, increasing the length towards the top. As a result, the sides are clean, yet not bold, which is a nice way to get a neat, well-shaped short haircut.

Mid Fade Haircut


Mid Fade Haircut


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A mid fade, or medium fade haircut, hits the area above ears, taking more length than a low fade and thus offering the middle ground between the two extremes. While low fades are reserved and high fades are too dramatic, this fade type embraces the best features of the two. Such a haircut can be a classy base for anything from Quiffs to Pompadours, giving a nicely shaped touch of modernity to the look.

High Fade Haircut


High Fade Haircut


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As a high-contrast style, the high fade haircut involves cutting most of the hair on the sides and back closely to the skin, creating a tight finish. It’s surely meant to turn heads with its dramatic contrastive look. Apart from being attention-grabbing, this haircut is very versatile: you can pair it with a super short haircut, medium afro, and even longer styles like elongated undercuts.

Skin Fade


Skin Fade


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Also known as the bald fade, the skin fade is a variation of the high fade. Before you jump to conclusions, it has nothing to do with baldness. We would say that it’s all about boldness that escapes from the top and graduates right down to the skin, leaving a transparent layer of contrast. What makes the bald fade cut different from the high fade is that this option can take place at any point you want.

Temple Fade


Temple Fade

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Temple fade is a technique that can give a stylish modern twist to any fade haircut men would like to pick. It comes as a clear, well-structured, and outlined finish at the temple area that gives a very sharp and neat look for the haircut. Initially, it was popular with natural-haired men from the hip-hop community. Today, every man who loves to keep things defined can go for the look.

>Scissor Fade


Scissor Fade


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If you want a haircut that is tailored based on your individual features, look no further than a scissor fade. As the name suggests, this haircut fade is done using scissors instead of clippers, which implies a softer, more customized look. To achieve it, barbers run their scissors around the nape, using taper scissors through the length to get as close to the skin as possible.

Drop Fade Haircut


Drop Fade Haircut


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A drop fade is more than just a haircut; it’s rather a cool update for your regular haircut. There’s no need to go deep in the details about its structure, as this cut speaks for itself: it drops behind the ear, forming an arc from the temples to the nape. The best thing is, you can combine it with other fades. In this way, you can have a high, medium or low drop fade.

Taper Fade


Taper Fade


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The taper fade haircut has an approach for any men, and that’s the main reason it’s considered a crowd-pleaser. At this point, you’re probably starting to have a taper vs fade confusion, as they may look similar. And here comes the difference. First of all, a taper fade isn’t as sharp as the classic fades are. Second, most fades feature relatively short tops, while tapers can go with much longer lengths. What you should keep in mind is that this haircut will work equally well at your desk and for your casual look.

Undercut Fade


Undercut Fade


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A variation that was born when two trends met together. A fade undercut is a timeless combination of the most requested haircut and the most popular finish. Since the classic version of the undercut features short sides and long top, modern barbers decided to add more character to the lower portion. In fact, there are lots of ways to create men’s undercut fade, as you can always switch between types of fades, diversifying your looks.

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Hairstyles To Wear With A Fade Haircut

Now that you’re familiar with the technical side of the fade haircut, it’s time to see what happens when you let creativity and inspiration into your styling routine. The main reason why men ask their barbers for fades is that they can take their favorite hairstyles to the next level. Scroll down to see Mohawks, pompadours, undercuts, and quiffs in a totally new light.

Side Part Fade


Side Part Fade


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Side-parted hairstyles are extremely popular not for no reason. While they’re pretty easy to achieve, such styles are enough to make a man look sophisticated. As for side part fade hairstyles, they’re better versions of the good-old look. Not only does this low taper fade add some precision and clean finish but also turn a simple hairstyle into something fresh and brand new. Some wax or lightweight pomade will help you get the most of the style.

Hard Part


Hard Part


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Hard part fade is a sharp and edgy response to the overwhelming side-parted hairstyle that has a greater visual impact and a more detailed look. When it comes to details, we can’t do without a bald fade haircut. Here, the distinctively separated top and sides look contrastive, yet harmonic. How? The blurred transition of the skin fade add the needed neatness to the whole look, making the shaved part even more outstanding.

Mohawk Fade Hairstyle


Mohawk Fade Hairstyle


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Curly hair fade is a stylish and practical solution for those trying to tame their unruly natural texture. And this mid fade haircut is a perfect example of how you can give yourself an unforgettably awesome look and feel comfortable with your hair at once. The cleanly faded sides are what make the curly fade transform into a Mohawk, giving a hip look to the wearer.

Faux Hawk Fade


Faux Hawk Fade


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How about a subtle version of the dramatic Mohawk? Although a faux hawk fade is less drastic, it still looks striking and unique. Choose a type of fade depending on what look you want to achieve. If you want to put the top in the spotlight, nothing will work better than a high fade. And if a well-balanced graduation is what you seek, medium or low skin fade will do.

Pompadour With Fade


Pompadour with Fade


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Who says that Pompadour is good only for retro-themed parties? The rockabilly-inspired hairstyle isn’t that one-sided, especially if you are familiar with the modernizing power of fade haircuts. This pompadour fade is a fresh new take on the classic version that makes the retro style fit the current men’s image. By the way, if your hair isn’t long enough to form a pomp, you can go for a slick back fade look. Just brush your well-gelled top toward the back!

Curly Undercut Fade


Curly Undercut Fade


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Skin fade undercut can be as different as you want it to be. You can put a signature to your hairstyle by pairing the fade with a shaved design. To add more individuality to the look, you can play around with the top and wave or curl your hair, enhancing the contrast. You can do anything your soul pleases. And to make it right, don’t forget about the accentuating fade!

High Top Fade Haircut


High Top Fade Haircut


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Now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fade haircut black men build a whole culture with! Yes, that’s the high top fade your favorite hip-hop bands can’t do without. No wonder! The cut looks extremely fly and non-boring while keeping the hair perfectly tamed. Needless to say, you will need to see your barber regularly to keep up with the look. But, it’s worth that.

Quiff Fade


 Quiff Fade


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And that’s how you can change the common picture of the quiff, showing it from an even edgier perspective. The good news is, the faded sides will not only emphasize your messy textured top but also build the contrast that will make your hair look thicker visually.

Buzz Cut Fade


Buzz Cut Fade


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Even the ageless minimalist buzz has its contemporary side! To unfold it, you need to let the fade do the talking. At first sight, it’s just a short fade haircut. But if you look a little bit closer, you will notice the smooth graduation, outlined details, and stylishly leveled front.

Long Top Short Sides


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Faded Crop Haircut


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Comb Over Fade Haircut


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Fade Haircut With Line


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Spiky Faded Haircut


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A fade haircut is something that you can’t go wrong with, as you can always make it work for your hair type, face shape, and style. The variety of faded options has a beginning but has no end: the gallery of trendy looks is constantly updating. So how about you to stay up to date with the latest ideas and rock the best look you could ever dream of? Just call your barber and ask for a fade.

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