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This Year’s Best Fade Haircuts for Men

The fade haircut is fresh, fashionable and incredibly masculine all rolled into one. The versatility of this cut is second to none, and you will see a variety of takes on the fade in this article. From textured to tapered, from artsy to classic, there truly is a fade haircut for every man. Find your next style inspiration here!

  • Textured Gentlemen

    textured fade haircut that looks great on men

    Instagram @hairbyhaleyb

    Q&A with style creator, Haley Banks
    Hairstylist @ Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a textured gentleman’s cut. My favorite thing about this style is that it can fit most men. Also, in my opinion, this cut is timeless.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    I would recommend Baxter of California products. I like the Hard Water pomade or Hard Cream, depending on what the client prefers in regard to shine.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This look fits the modern male who wants something that is easy to style. To keep the fade clean, it usually suits someone who comes for a cut once every three to four weeks.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My best tip is to consider what you are confident in. Also, know that this look is low maintenance, but not no maintenance.

  • Taper Fade

    mens taper fade haircut

    Instagram @tray_fadez23

    Q&A with style creator, @treyfadez23
    Barber @ Prescription Hair Studio in Forth Worth, TX


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is called a taper fade. It is also faded from the sideburns to just in the back as you see in this picture. I love the shaded look to this style and the way it blends. Its dark edges give you a really smooth and soft look that stands out, but also brings out the rest of the cut.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    The only product I use is Coco Butter Oil Sheen. You can use any oil sheen, but I prefer the Coco Butter because it works well and smells great. My clients get a nice fade and they smell good too. That’s enough to make anyone feel new and refreshed!

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    To me this looks works best for anyone as long as they like it and have an interest for the style. I can and have made this work for all types of people and styles, from straight and course hair and blonde to dark.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My best tip for someone getting this hairstyle is ask yourself if you’re ok with a faded look. Look for pictures of a fade like this on hair that is the same color/type as yours. That always seems to help people decide if it’s for them or not. Most people who haven’t had it tried it out and loved it. Just give it a try! It can really stand out and make a difference in your hairstyle.

    Also, normally this looks starts with a zero but it can also be started with a one or a two. That’s called a light taper. The one you are seeing in this picture is called a bald taper. Tapers are the way to go. I love them!

  • Sporty & Futuristic

    sporty futuristic mens fade haircut

    Instagram @aztroo

    Q&A with style creator, Enrique Tapia
    Barber @ AZTRO Barber Studio in Hesperia, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a mid-skin fade with a beautiful sharp pattern consisting of four consecutive arcs containing subtle fading within them. This compliments the flow of the fade by giving it both a sporty and futuristic look. The top of the hair is heavily textured to resemble a popular European hairstyle known as a crop, making it a really unique haircut!

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    This type of haircut requires little to no maintenance as with most haircuts with lots of texture. Before applying any product, I make sure to blow dry the hair thoroughly while running my hands through the client’s hair instead of using a brush. After the hair is dry, I set the blow dryer on cool to help seal the cuticle and safely lock the hair in place.

    One of my favorite products to help bring out the wavy texture in a messy look is a matifying powder called Osis by Schwarzkopf. This particular product makes the hair a little “grippier” and helps you manipulate texture by simply pinching the hair in all directions. Another great product to help deliver texture that I love to use is Brut Styling Clay by Champagne Grooming. I use both of these products as they leave a more natural and effortless look.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    I would highly recommend this type of look for any athlete, whether a runner or a cage fighter. This hairstyle is really a haircut with an attitude of i’s own for those who are not afraid to express themselves and don’t mind the attention of others. This type of haircut best compliments a person with a sharp/sculpted jawline to express the fierce theme of the haircut.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Before sitting at the barber shop and going under the blade for a similar design, it is important to consider the following. A hair design grows back fairly quick. With just a clipper/trimmer, you are looking at three to four days before you start to see hair build up. With a razor blade finish, the design should be able to last you a good week or so. These are one of the cons of getting a hair design. I would recommend a person visit an experienced barber who is familiar with symmetric designs and great with a straight razor to avoid getting something completely off.

  • A Classic Fade

    mens fade haircut

    Instagram / @theliamkenny

    Q&A with Style Creator Liam Kenny
    Barber @ Baldys Barbers in Aylesbury


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a signature classic look. My favorite thing about this cut is the shape, the way it makes the client look, and the creativity it shows.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    The products I personally use when styling this are the Ruezel pomades. They give good texture and finish with a matte look that still has just the right amount of shine.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I recommend this look to any client looking for a retro but stylish look to their hair.

  • Mid-Skin Fade

    mid skin fade cut for men

    Instagram / @caseys_cuts_nj

    Q&A with Style Creator Casey Terramoccia
    Barber & Owner of Iconic Barber Shop & Shave Parlor in New Jersey


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a mid skin fade clipper cut. I used a number 2 on top, but since everyone’s hair is different, the size on top will vary based on the barber’s discretion and the client’s hair type. I like this look because it’s a very simple, classic, and clean cut look. The beard also stands out because the top length is so short.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    No need for products here. At the very most, maybe a beard oil might be used to add a smooth shine and softness to the beard.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This can vary. Someone who doesn’t want to fuss with their hair, maybe someone who wears head gear for work, is sweating during work, or someone who doesn’t have time to maintain and put product in their hair would be ideal candidates for this cut. A rounder head shape would work best with this look.

  • Low Tapered Fade

    low tapered fade

    Instagram / @justflippinhair

    Q&A with Style Creator Joseph Ramirez
    Hairstylist @ Bl!nk Beauty Salon & Spa in Tucson, AZ


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a low tapered fade that gives the client that faded skin look without it fully being skin tight. I like giving texture to the cut by blending the sides to the transition to the length on top. I like to be able to just go in and either point cut or just texture the hair to give movement. This look can either be slicked down or worn with a messy texture for whatever mood you’re feeling that day.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    As for products, any type of molding or craft clay is perfect for this look. The clay gives you room to sculpt your hair throughout the day while still getting the hold you need. If needed, you can finish the look with a light sculpting hairspray for added security.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Anyone can pull off this hairstyle from teens to college age or older. There’s no age specific rule to what I do for my clients or for anyone sitting in my chair. I feel this style can be worn with any face shape or hair type, even if you’re the “on the go no product” kind of guy.

  • Undercut Fade

    undercut fade haircut for men

    Instagram / @natejcutler

    Q&A with Style Creator Nate Juergensen
    Assistant @ Cutler Salon in New York, NY


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look could be described as a tight, undercut fade. The top was cut with a straight razor to bring out texture and remove weight. I really like this look because of the contrast between the clean and tight sides and the soft top with lots of movement.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    R+Co’s Jackpot styling creme was put in damp hair and blow dried using a flat wrap technique for strong hold. R+Co’s Continental glossing wax was put in dry hair to add shine and definition.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Fades work on most hair types to show natural head shape. Anyone interested in getting this look should be prepared to get the sides and back cleaned up monthly.

  • Taper 3-1 Fade

    taper fade for men

    Instagram / @dylanbovill

    Q&A with Style Creator Dylan Bovill
    Barber in Kilrea, UK


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This specific hair cut is a taper/3-1 fade and it really suits any young man’s lifestyle. My favorite thing about it is that you can see the different layers of the hair throughout the cut

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    The products I recommend are a Wahl clay called Gumma 7 and a volumizing boosting powder by got2be. This always helps give the hair the stiffness needed for the set style.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This look is best suited for an oval or round face shape, but really any face shape can pull it off.

  • Slicked Back

    Q&A with Style Creator Victoria Rivera
    Barber @ Sharper Image in Lancaster, PA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a slicked back type of look. I like the blend and darkness of the hair because it really makes the fade pop.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I used Elegance Gel to create this slicked back look.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This looks best on people who have straight or maybe even a soft wave in their hair. Hair that is thin to medium in thickness and not too coarse is ideal. This cut will look good on a variety of face shapes. It’s a very professional type of look, so it would work nicely for a business man or an important job interview.

  • Low/Mid Skin Fade

    low to mid skin fade

    Instagram / @jm_the_barber

    Q&A with Style Creator Josh Mathur
    Barber in St. Helens


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a classic low/mid skin fade. The fade isn’t too harsh, meaning this style works great for the “get up and go” guys and the more corporate ones, too! My favorite thing about this is just the overall end result. This gent came to me with a full head of thick, wavy locks. To see the transformation was refreshing and, to be honest, was a nice change from the never ending combovers I get!

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I swear by the boost powder for these types of cuts as it’s not only a superb “dry look” product, but also helps give the illusion of more thickness and volume on top, especially if your starting to thin a little bit.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I’d recommend this style to someone who isn’t afraid to visit the barber at least once a week and wants to achieve that clean and fresh look. To keep a skin fade looking fresh, a regular visit to your barber is key.

    Anyone can have this style, but I do find I get the best results with thicker and darker hair. This look works wonders for a longer face shape, but will also work on the more common oval shape. High fades on clients with a longer face shape are a big no no, so I tend to stay away from them if I can.

    All in all, this is a style for everyone, no matter the color or texture! It is the perfect cut for those holidays in the sun or if you’re just out and about on the weekend.

  • Mid-length Combover

    long combover for men

    Instagram / @ganiealvaro

    Q&A with Style Creator Ganie Alvaro
    Hairstylist @ Chaps & Co. in Cluster C JLT Dubai


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a high fade, natural medium length combover hairstyle.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    Use a sea salt spray product to create the texturized volume for loose and natural tousled waves, plus a texturizing clay and a bit of hairspray to finish.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Thick or medium thick hair type on a round or slightly round face shape wear this look best. Any kind of lifestyle can pull off this cut and style.

  • Low Skin Fade

    low skin fade

    Instagram / @cairan_mclaughlin

    Q&A with Style Creator Cairan Mclaughlin
    Hairstylist @ Weston’s Barbers in Perth, Australia


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a low skin fade. My favorite thing about this style is that it’s a nice clean look for a guy who doesn’t want too much maintenance.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I would recommend a dry look product, nothing too heavy.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I would recommend this type of style to someone who wants a look that us east to maintain, but still stylish at the same time. This cut always looks good when the client has thick hair because the fade is more pronounced.