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Men’s Fade Haircuts: Types, Descriptions, Tutorial


A fade haircut is a simple way to change your look. Fade haircuts are easily done, look stylish, and are low-maintenance. Such variations of fade haircuts as long top, taper, and high fade, have been gaining more and more popularity in recent years. It’s important to select a variation that would suit your face shape and lifestyle. Leave the rest to your barber, although some fade haircuts can be easily done at home. Let’s look into it.

Peculiarities of Men’s Fade Haircuts

In fade haircuts, the hair gradually tapers from the top of the head to the nape of the neck. This is a popular technique that is used in 80% of all such haircuts.

All types of fade haircuts:

  • leave the hair on top longer and create contrast with shorter hair at the back of the head and on the sides
  • can feature either a gradual or a sharp transition
  • help to conceal a receding hairline or asymmetrical shape of the head
  • suit almost everyone.

Recently, barbers have gravitated towards a smooth transition, which looks neat and businesslike.

Who Can Rock a Fade Haircut?

A fade haircut will flatter almost all men. Super short variations, like bald or skin fade, will suit men with coarse hair and a regular shape of the head. However, such haircuts are not recommended for people with skin conditions of the scalp or a noticeably asymmetrical face.

Skilled barbers can easily choose the right type of a fade cut to flatter a round, square, or heart-shaped face. A variation with shorter hair on the sides and longer hair on top make the face appear slimmer, and asymmetrical haircuts soften angular features.

Athletes prefer super short fade haircuts that are both stylish and are low-maintenance. Young men often go for such trendy types as high fade, a variation with a sharp transition, a shaved line in the middle or on the side, with shaved designs or coloring.

Types of Fade Haircuts

If you’re aiming at a neat look, go for a classic haircut with a gradual transition. For this type, a barber makes the hair gradually shorter, from 4 to 6mm on the sides and back of the head, leaving the hair on top longer. Fashionable variations of this haircut allow for longer hair — up to 10cm — on the top of the head.

Types of fade haircuts also include the following ones:

  • A bald fade. The contrast between the hair length is dramatic, as it ranges from the shaved back of the head to strands up to 5cm long on top. Such a haircut can be styled in many ways, allowing for creating a different look every day.
  • A low fade. This one provides for a gradual and smooth transition between longer and shorter hair. This variation looks the best on dark-haired men, as the temples and back of the head seem to be covered in a slight dark haze as the taper starts just above the ear.
  • With a sharp transition. This type has been trending for the past several years. Barbers play with the hair length on the top, taking into account the client’s style and appearance. The hair at the nape is shaved off completely or left up to 10mm long.
  • Taper. While most fade haircuts blend down to the skin, the taper leaves the hair shorter, making the transition between different lengths less prominent.
  • Temp fade. This haircut especially flatters men with the flat back of the head as the hair can be styled to add some volume.

Trendy Fade Haircuts for Men

High Fade


  • the sides and the back are shaved off almost completely
  • the hair on top is left 2-2.5cm long.

This haircut is for men with coarse hair and an oblong shape of the head.

Taper Fade


  • the hair gets shorter from top front to top back
  • the back of the head and the sides are short
  • the transition is not prominent.

It suits men with a square, round, or rectangular head.

Buzz Cut


  • the hair on the top of the head is left up to 5cm long
  • the hair gradually gets shorter down to the nape
  • the sides are cut short to create a soft contrast.

A buzz cut is for men with regular facial features and shape of the skull, coarse and thick hair.



  • the hair on the top of the head remains longer (it’s styled from the back to the forehead)
  • the bangs are cut in a horizontally straight line
  • the hair on the sides and the back of the head gets gradually shorter.

The Caesar cut perfectly suits dark-haired men or men with a receding hairline.

Flat Top


  • the hair on top is cut short and styled upright, creating a flat top
  • the sides are shaved short.

Flat top haircuts work great on men with an oval or round head, thick or coarse hair.

Undercut Fade


  • the sides and back of the head are shaved short
  • the hair on the top of the head is longer
  • the transition between different length is sharp
  • the bangs are styled to the side.

The undercut fade suits everyone except men with a round face.

Mid Fade


  • the hair on the crown remains up to 8cm long
  • the remaining hair on the top of the head is trimmed up to 5cm long
  • a barber makes a very smooth transition from shorter hair on the sides and back of the head to longer one on top.

A mid fade suits men with a round, square, or oval face and men with a receding hairline as the taper starts from areas with a receding hairline.

Fade Haircuts for Boys

It’s advised that boys choose haircuts that will look good without styling and are low-maintenance, for example, a short taper fade or a fade with a smooth transition to longer bangs that can be easily styled back for a trendy look.

Men’s Fade Haircut at Home

Doing a neat fade is a task for a professional. However, if your hair is short, you can manage it yourself at home. Get your hair clippers and follow the instructions.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

  • Decide where to start. The taper usually starts from the ears.
  • Trim against the direction of hair growth.
  • Hold the clippers vertically so that only the lower part of the blade touches the skin.
  • Trim from the sides in the direction of the nape.
  • If you plan to leave the hair longer on top, get it out of the way by securing it with a hair clip to get a clean and straight line.
  • Cut the strands from bottom to top.
  • To get a smooth transition, change the clipper guard from the shortest to the next size. For a sharp transition, choose guards a couple of sizes apart.
  • If you have longer hair, the transition is done with scissors instead of clippers.

Hair Care and Styling Tips

A fade haircut looks even better as the hair grows out, so you should visit a barber for a touch-up only once every 6-8 weeks. How do you know it’s time? When the grown-out hair reaches the ears and the line-up fades — the time has come.

Here’s how to style a fade cut:

  • take some hair mousse for long hair or hair clay or wax for short hair
  • give the hair a desired shape with the help of a round brush
  • style the hair with a blow dryer.

Finally, here’s the last tip: experiment with styling. Only through experimenting can you learn to create classy and neat hairstyles in no time.

Men’s fade haircuts have been on-trend for the past several years. When it comes to choosing a fade haircut, take into account your face shape and the tasks you want it to achieve: visually improve the shape of the head, conceal a receding hairline, or just make you look effortlessly stylish. Check out the theYou gallery for more ideas.

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