29 Best Beard Fade Haircut & Hairstyle Ideas for a Modern, Rugged Look

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

A beard fade is a men’s hairstyle where the facial hair is transitioned seamlessly with the hair around the ears and temples. After all, a well-trimmed beard is the perfect way to show off your stylish masculinity!

Whether you want crisp lines or a natural fade, modern faded beard hairstyles can match this fade well. The polished combover, the edgy undercut, or the casual quiff – these are only a preview of the unlimited choices you’ll have!

Make sure your barber works with a good trimmer to effectively blend your beard with your mane. Check out the works of veteran barber Robert Marcotte. Get inspired by his excellent bearded creations!

His best advice for men wanting to get a beard fade haircut? “Have several different references with you on hand, even if it comes straight from the barber’s own social media to help achieve your desired look,” he shares.

When it comes to maintenance, Marcotte says, “The beard hair is dry. Make sure you hydrate the hair with a decent conditioner formulated for dry hair.” He recommends a beard balm that is coconut oil-based. “It will not only keep the skin hydrated throughout the day, but it doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your face,” he explains.

Before your next trip to the barber, check out these inspiring photos of the trendiest beard fade haircuts and hairstyles.

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#1: Long Messy Top with a Faded Beard

Incorporating a long messy top with a faded beard and a skin fade can give a perfect finish as can be seen with this dude. There is a disconnection between the sides and top, this is necessary to keep the length to create the long, shag look. The beard has been shaped to create a masculine jawline, disconnected from the fade leaving the focus on the style on top. Be prepared to style this every day to achieve the look, however, the natural shag will complement.

Faded Beard with a Messy Top and Mid Fade
Instagram @spukthebarber

#2: Faded Beard with a Messy Top and Mid Fade

If you want more relaxed than a slick back or a buzzcut, you may want to try this faded beard with a messy top and mid fade. Not only is this a clean zero fade on the sides, but you also get the satisfaction of a blended beard. It’s a textured yet clean scissor cut on top. I suggest matte clay for this style for a dry, spiked feel.

Messy Top with Highlights and a Beard Fade
Instagram @hosein.brz

#3: Messy Top with Highlights

You can try this messy top with highlights if you want to try to add a twist and bring some life back to your hair! Ask your barber for a low skin fade and an applicable length on top that works for your face and hair texture. Dry textures such as this are created using matte clay. You will want to stay away from a pomade that adds weight to your hair and creates shine.

Faded Beard with a Short Spiky Top for Guys
Instagram @nikolaymezhva

#4: Faded Beard with a Short Spiky Top

A faded beard with a short spiky top is the way to go for men who want to make a bold, rugged impression. This classic style pairs best with thick hair and an oval or diamond face shape. Ask your barber to use clippers on the sides and back of your head to get this look. All while keeping the top longer than usual before styling it into spikes. Finish using American Crew Pomade or a similar product for hold and shine.

#5: Dark Caesar Squared Front with a Beard

A caesar with a beard complements the dark hair perfectly. It has been lined in at all of the edges to keep the style sharp. The fade has been dropped around the ears and base of the neck leaving just enough to line it all in. You will need to see your barber every 2-3 weeks to keep the style and the lines fresh. A sea salt spray and styling powder will be easy to use and create all of that texture.

Short Blonde Hair with a Faded Beard for Men
Instagram @kompaniettowe

#6: Short Blonde Hair with a Faded Beard

Short blonde hair with a faded beard style is a tidy classic cut to suit most men. It works better with a fuller hairline so as to not expose too much of the top of the scalp. It also works well on a rounder face as the length of the beard and the height of the fringe can elongate the face shape. This style does need styling every morning. For best results, blow-dry the hair back with a volume spray and hold with a matte clay or paste.

#7: Mohawk with Beard Fade

Mohawk with beard fade gives plenty of options for men to style. You should leave no less than three inches of hair on top for styling. Don’t forget to tell your barber to taper your beard to make a seamless transition from the beard to the haircut.

See more mohawk fade haircuts and hairstyles.

#8: Short Curly Top and Shaped Beard

A short curly top and shaped beard is a good choice when considering a new curly top haircut. Curly hair can be hard to maintain at times. Tapering the sides to a shadow is an option when exploring hairstyles for men with curly hair.

#9: Blurry Fade with Beard

Blurry fade with beard is a tricky yet great haircut for men to try. I suggest having a well-experienced barber execute a blurry fade. It should have a flawless transition from the skin to the desired length, leaving no room for any blending flaws. A razor-sharp hairline takes this blurry fade to the next level of excellence.

Beard Fade into Goatee
Instagram @chechecuts

#10: Beard Fade into Goatee

Turn your beard fade hairstyle into a goatee, and see the unique flair it can provide you. What makes it unique from the other beard styles is the pointed facial hair on the chin part. It’ll even allow your cheeks to look neat and stylish, which is perfect with a sharp faded haircut.

High Top Fade with Sharp Beard Neckline
Instagram @omithebarber_

#11: High Top Fade with Sharp Beard Neckline

Want to flaunt your medium-length kinks with style? Here’s a high-top fade with a sharp beard neckline to give prominence to your black hair’s natural texture. The sides and nape gradually fade to suit the shape of your neat facial hair.

Full Beard and Undercut Fade Hairstyle
Instagram @barber_gin

#12: Full Beard and Undercut Fade Hairstyle

The full beard and undercut fade hairstyle are an excellent combo for men with mid-length black hair on top. It’s a modern take on what a manly beard style looks like.

#13: Beard with Mid Fade

The refined finish of a beard with a mid fade will look dope on you. Styling it with texture gives your black hair a fuller-looking payoff.

#14: Low Beard Fade

Let your natural texture do its job. A low beard fade is sure to work nicely on your black and wavy hair. For maintenance, a good beard trimmer is a must-have.

Bald Fade with Beard Cut
Instagram @nik_hairdesign

#15: Bald Fade with Beard

Consider a neat faded beard cut for your fine brown hair! This bald fade haircut with a beard will provide you a dapper edge that’s very easy to maintain.

Medium Fade Haircut with Beard
Instagram @re_malia

#16: Medium Fade Haircut with Beard

Working best on thick and black hair, a medium fade haircut with a beard is very masculine! Texture forms flow and movement, creating contrast between the hair on top and the sides.

Low-Maintenance Buzz Cut with Beard Fade
Instagram @barberodessa

#17: Low-Maintenance Buzz Cut with Beard Fade

A shape up with a full beard haircut will not harm your entire style. Ask your barber for a buzz cut with beard fade to show off how stylish your black hair can be.

Comb Over Fade with Beard Hairstyle
Instagram @17cuts

#18: Comb Over Fade with Beard

Go for a comb-over fade with a beard if you’re thinking of trying a sleek style. Part your hair to one side, comb it into place and put it together with gel. Now, that’s how you rock a modern men’s hairstyle.

Beard Fade for White Guy
Instagram @joey_shakes

#19: Beard Fade for a White Guy

If you’re a white guy, consider a beard fade  that puts emphasis on the dense, black hair on top. Add a little texture for a more handsome style.

Beard Fade Cut for Black Man
Instagram @aaronmybarber

#20: Beard Fade for a Black Man

There’s always a perfect beard fade for a black man. Get this toned-down look by trimming your hair neat and short. Your curly hair will form waves, creating dash and charisma to your style.

#21: Taper Beard Fade

Grab the opportunity to pull off a taper fade. All it needs is a taper beard fade plus a well-styled and textured hair on top.

Beard with Temp Fade Haircut
Instagram @jeffthebarber

#22: Beard with Temp Fade

Deal with every mood of yours by wearing a beard with temp fade. Its sharpness and dapper-looking finish suit whatever vibe you’re going for.

Mid-Length Curly Hair with Beard Fade
Instagram @barbermour

#23: Curly Hair with Beard Fade

There’s a lot of movement going on here. Opt for curly hair with a beard fade to flaunt your innate texture. Your black hair contrasts with the skin fade sides nicely.

Short Beard Fade Cut
Instagram @rikzothebarber

#24: Short Beard Fade

Tapered sides that complement shaped-up facial hair makes one short beard fade with a tight and neat neckline. Black hair on top shouldn’t be too short or too long — just enough length to result in a textured look with short bangs.

Drop Fade with Beard
Instagram @aztroo

#25: Drop Fade with Beard

You got to love the gradually faded sides in this cut! Partnering a drop fade with a beard like this will level up your styling game.

Hairstylist Enrique Tapia from Hesperia, CA created this haircut. “This is called a mid fade with hooks on the side, a textured top, and a beard lineup. I would describe this cut as being easy to style as the top has been point cut and follows the theme of a rugged choppy texture look. My favorite thing about this cut is how the fade radiates a clear contrast in length that stands out to the eye. It is the focal point of this cut,” states Tapia.

“I would advise a dude who’s interested in beard fade cuts to first consider going with a shadow fade (a fade without going skin) in order to avoid a tan line on the skin. After having a shadow fade, you can slowly work your way down to a bald mid fade. From experience, this will make the transition appear more gradual in the long run. Overall, beard fade hairstyles are very popular and currently trending,” Tapia explains.

High Beard Fade Haircut
Instagram @jazthebutcher

#26: High Beard Fade

Pull off this high beard fade with enough length of hair on top for easy styling. This look is called a 0.5 fade into the beard with a spiked back top by barber Jaz Bailey of Toronto, ON.

“My favorite thing about the look is the seamless transition from the middle of the head from light to dark, going both ways. The hair fades into the top as well as the bottom,” Bailey notes.

The advice that Bailey would give to a man who wants this look is to consider the top of the hair. He adds, “I work on trying to see how we can get the top looking exactly how they want it, whether that is through texturing or styling with blow-dry and product.”

#27: Long Beard Fade

Merge a long beard fade with a delicate faded cut to spice up your brown hair.

Created by stylist Gleb Morozov of Russia, this is the look of a modern hero, a man who cannot afford to spend a lot of time caring for his hair. “I really like that despite the simplicity of the design, this bow has its own details, and the density and structure of the hair and beard allow you to add personality to the image,” Morozov emphasizes.

What’s great about beard fade haircuts is their versatility. Morozov explains, “By combining the beard shape and the haircut shape, we can achieve the perfect balance on any head with any bone structure of the face, and the fade of the beard will emphasize the accuracy and character of the person.”

Skin Fade with Short Bangs and Beard Fade
Instagram @eseesvita

#28: Skin Fade with Short Bangs and Beard Fade

The short bangs are what make this skin fade haircut full of spirit.

This beard fade cut is called a crop fade with a beard fade, designed by barber Gabriel Silvagnoli of Ponce, PR.

“I first saw the crop fade in European men. The best part is that it’s really not time-consuming to style at home. If you have a fast life and consider yourself edgy, bold, and fashionable then this style is for you,” says Silvagnoli.

short spiky beard fade
Instagram @spukthebarber

#29: Short Spiky Beard Fade

Try a short spiky beard fade if you’re looking for a textured haircut with clean lines. Tightly tapered sideburns blended into a trimmed beard create a visually seamless flow. Be prepared to visit your barber every 2-3 weeks to keep your cut fresh.

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