The fade haircut has become the most popular way to cut men’s hair on the sides and back. Chic, sexy, and versatile, the fade is a short cut that creates contrast and focuses the eyes on the hairstyle on top.
With so many different types of fades to pick from, it’s important to see examples before making a decision. Here are the best fade haircuts for men to get this year. Check out these modern faded hairstyles to find a clean look you’ll love!
Cool Faded Haircuts
Faded haircuts have a timeless and effortlessly cool feel, but they come in many cuts, lengths and styles. As a result, it can be hard to pick the one that will suit you best, especially if you’re not familiar with the variety of cuts you can choose from.
A fade haircut can be classy and clean-cut or bold and edgy. The look you go for depends on how high or low the fading starts, and how short you cut the hair. To help you get a good barbershop haircut, we will take a look at the best fade haircuts for men. From the taper to the skin fade, here are the different types of fades to consider this year!
A taper fade is one of the most requested haircuts due to its versatility. Typically applied to medium length hair, it involves gradually tapering the hair down to the neck.
The barber leaves the ends of your hair, around the hairline and neckline, longer than a traditional fade. This means that, instead of blending down to the skin, your hair will just get very short.
The taper fade is a crowd-pleaser due to the fact that it’s bold enough to grab the eye, but tempered enough to ensure that you won’t expose too much skin in a professional setting.
The taper fade starts from the nape of the neck and extends to the top of the head, creating an awesome shadow as it gets higher up the sides and back. It’s a good fit for someone who is on the market for a posh haircut but wants something that can still be perceived as natural.
If you do plan on fading your own hair at home, the taper fade is an excellent cut to experiment with. Although best to invest in one of these professional hair clippers and trimmers for barbers to get a close smooth cut, a beginner’s set can get you started.
As the name suggests, the skin fade involves a very short cut that buzzes hair down to the skin. The logistics are the same as with every fade. Your hair decreases in length as it gets further down your head. However, this time around, the barber will shave the hair and blend it into your skin.
The skin fade is sleek and fashionable and can give a guy a bad boy look. It works nicely with a number of different men’s hairstyles. While it can be a more high-maintenance cut since it involves serious upkeep, guys can temper the cut by asking for a low skin fade.
Plus, it’s a godsend during the warm months and styling it is a breeze. Pair it with a well-groomed beard and you’ll turn heads with minimal effort.
On the flashier side, a high fade starts very at the highest point on the sides and back of your head. This haircut instantly draws attention due to the striking contrast. Fortunately, it requires no styling and can enhance any trendy hairstyle you get.
The cut suits most face shapes and ensure a dapper finish. Great for a comb over, pompadour, afro, high top, mohawk, and basically any hairstyle that fits into the short sides, long top look. All in all, if you’re a classy guy who likes to make an impression, a high fade should be right up your alley.
A mid fade haircut gets you a balance between the high and low fade. It starts halfway up the head and can be a great medium haircut if you want something edgier than a low cut but with less exposed skin than a high fade.
Medium fades are well-suited for many different styles, including the side part, crop top, crew cut, faux hawk, pompadour, and spiky styles. Additionally, it looks elegant accompanied by a beard and it’s adaptable to all sorts of styling options.
The mid fade is a popular choice among men who work in a corporate environment and have to embrace a more tempered look. As for maintenance, it shouldn’t take a lot of time. Just remember to use a quality pomade, wax or gel to keep your look clean and stylish.
Recommended for guys who prefer the look of a modern gentleman, the low fade starts just above the ears and curves around and down to the neckline. While conservative, it’s still a good-looking haircut for guys who want a more conservative look.
Generally paired with longer hair on top, because more hair is left on the sides, it needs a medium to long hairstyle to create the necessary contrast. Either way, this is the perfect cut for hair with more texture and personality.
The low fade can beautifully complement a triangular or diamond head shape, but you shouldn’t be discouraged to give it a go if you don’t fit those features. Just talk it over with your barber to make sure that the end result will meet your expectations.
A temp fade starts off focused around the temples. Featuring sharp cuts along the hairline and temples, this type of cut is often seen on black men with buzz cuts, afros, mohawks, dreads, high tops, twists, waves, and tight curls.
While this is a low -maintenance cut that requires no styling, the upkeep can be more challenging since it requires frequent trips to the barber. And while you can try to do a mid or high fade cut yourself if you have some dexterity, for a temp fade, we strongly suggest you leave it to a professional. Those clean cuts are difficult to master.
A scissor fade involves using scissors instead of clippers to achieve the tapered faded effect. As a result, the hair on the sides will be longer, ensuring a more textured, natural finish. This is a popular cut among celebrities during awards season since it is easy to maintain and looks neat and classy. As an added bonus, this cut will definitely work in a smart-casual office setting.
The great thing about the scissor fade is that it basically fits everyone, regardless of hair texture and head shape. You’ll likely need to use wax or pomade to style your hair, but other than that, your hairstyle will look dapper and trendy.
Furthermore, the cut won’t get messed up if you miss a barber’s appointment. Since it’s not as elaborate as the other types of fade mentioned above, your hair can grow a bit without losing its shape.
Best Types of Fades
Fade haircuts come in many cuts and styles. Before visiting your barber, think about whether you want a high, medium or low cut and how short you want the tapering to go. Cutting down to the skin for a nice bald fade can be hot and sexy, but a taper fade is likely more appropriate for your office. Whatever style you prefer, the different types of fade haircuts can accommodate you.