By: | Updated: 05/31/2018

Taper Vs Fade

A taper fade haircut is what one used to think of men’s haircuts. However, they are becoming quite popular with women as they are a great style for the woman who wants a trendy short style.

A tapered cut is one in which the hair is longer on the top and then gradually shorter on the sides and back. A fade haircut basically has no hair on the back or sides. Fades can either be a high or short fade. A high fade usually “fades” away about 2 inches for the top which a low fade, or a taper fade, fades gradually down the back and sides and then completely fades at the nape and above the ears.


  • faint
  • long crown
  • short tapers
  • long tapers


  • high
  • mid
  • low
  • bald

Taper Fades:

    • temp fade
    • side part taper fade
    • undercut fade

Faint Tapers

Source: shorthair.losangeles via Instagram

Faint Tapers #taperhaircut #taperfade #shorthaircuts #fadehaircut

There are several versions of a taper fade haircut that have varying lengths. This photo is an example of a short taper haircut. It is classified as this due to the extremely short length in the rear and sides of the cut. A fade, while also short, isn’t cut as close to the scalp as a taper.

Long Crown

Source: khimandi via Instagram

Long Crown #taperhaircut #shorthaircuts #naturalhair #blondehair #curlyhair

Some people think that due to their curly hair they can’t obtain a taper haircut. This is simply not true. If you hire a stylist who has been properly trained they can guide you in the right direction to help you achieve a look that works for you and your hair type. This photo is a prime example of a taper hairstyle on a woman with curly hair.

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