Curly Hair Fade Haircuts: 20 Awesome Examples

Pictures of the best curly hair fade haircuts for men

A curly hair fade is a type of fade that’s slightly similar to the undercut but is cut short and tapered. It’s known that curls are harder to work with, so keeping the hair on the sides of the head short and tight guarantees easier maintenance for curly-haired guys.

Texture and volume are the prime traits that a curly mane proudly boasts of, and as an extra factor, curly hair fades add contrast to the hair on top, highlighting your curls’ definition to the next level!

Hollywood actors George Clooney’s wavy hair and Adrian Grenier’s curls are examples of how sexy a fade for curly hair can be.

The main goal is to keep those side hair short and tidy, so if you want to maintain a sharp look, monthly barber visits are necessary. Products for hold and definition would also help keep your hairstyle regal.

Before your next trip to the barbershop, check out these trendy photos of curly hair fade haircuts!

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Men’s Curly Fade with Shaved Line

Men's Curly Fade with Shaved Line
Instagram @_srlucaslima

Here, the smoothness of the faded curly hair haircut for men meets a sharp, defining line. This cool curly hair fade with hair design sure gives the best of both worlds that create a wholesome look!

Burst Fade for Men’s Curls

Burst fade for men's curls
Instagram @moe_better_cuts

Burst fade for men’s curls is if you need a short haircut while keeping your curls in check. Make sure to ask your barber for a skin-tight burst fade keeping in mind to have your edges dark. It gives the perfect blend that you would want with this cut.

Fade with Curly Blowout Haircut

Fade with curly blowout haircut
Instagram @_rickthebarber

Volumize your hair by getting a fade with curly blowout haircut to keep a tight, clean edge around your hairline. This haircut allows a disconnected length with all the shapes on top. Ensure that you hydrate your curls, whether they are natural or blow-dried, with Aveda’s Brilliant Humectant Pomade for extra shine and light hold.

Curly Hair with Shadow Fade

Curly hair with shadow fade
Instagram @mikey_3k000

Curly hair with shadow fade is a great way to show off your curls with a clean cut. The blended fade around the perimeter of the hairline avoids the curls from becoming bulky. Add a few drops of Aveda’s Nutriplenish Multi-Use Hair Oil to keep the curls well hydrated.

Curly Crop + Low Fade

Curly Crop + Low Fade
Instagram @style.by.jessica

This is one of the cleanest curly fade haircuts. Enrich your curly textures while keeping them clean. This combination of a low fade and curly hair is a must-try, and it sure helps you grow out your natural texture in a fine way.

Mid-Length Curly Strands with Mid Fade

Mid-Length Curly Hair with Mid Fade
Instagram @hair.cules

Matching a mid fade and curly hair gives you a classic look that never goes out of style. The hair color on this curly fade creates a shadow that makes the whole look sexy, too!

Long Curly Afro with Fade for Black Men

Long Curly Afro with Fade for Black Men
Instagram @rocketbarbershop

A fade with curly hair highlights the curls while they give the fade a nice striking look. Go ahead and see for yourself. What a nice combo this long curly hair and fade make!

Medium-Length Curly Hair + Mid Skin Fade

Medium-Length Curly Hair + Mid Skin Fade
Instagram @farhad_barber_vip

Faded curly hair can be super clean like this one here. This cut’s all about being in the middle. Medium cut, long top and shaved sides, and semi-curled hair too. This fade with curly hair on top is to die for!

Curly Mohawk with Temp Fade

Curly Mohawk with Temp Fade
Instagram @detroitbarberco

A fade with curly hair is just what every mohawk needs. This combo of curly mohawk and temple fade creates balance.

Drop Fade Haircut on Curls

Drop Fade Haircut on curls
Instagram @ezzy_el_barber

The drip in this curly drop fade is real! This smooth fade cut for curly, thick hair is easy to wear, too.

Disconnected Undercut Fade for Curly Hair

Disconnected Undercut Fade for Curly Hair
Instagram @hairby_courtneylynn.517

Sometimes, disconnected connotes a positive meaning. For this undercut curly hair with fade, the top is left bushy and full for a contrasting appearance. The beard also plays very well with the whole look.

Black Afro with Bald Fade

black afro with bald fade
Instagram @xbigwesx

This is one of the more classic curly hair fades for black guys. Having full hair is a gift from above because it’s a character on its own. This bald fade on short hair tones down the wildness of an afro but doesn’t remove its attractive impact.

Natural Twists + Temple Fade with Hair Design

Natural Twists + Temple Fade with Hair Design
Instagram @wender_moustache

Tame curls with a nice curly fade cut are so striking! Add a hair tattoo for that nice little bow on top. This temp fade on curly hair works with a matching beard, too, for that fun and younger-looking finish.

Curly Hair Fade with Beard

Curly Hair Fade with Beard
Instagram @prez_cuts

Curly hair and a skin fade are the likely tandem that still serves fresh looks. Then, a full beard seals in the whole deal. Since straight hair on men is too mainstream, why not try this trend instead?

Messy Curly Hair + Taper Fade

Messy Curly Hair + Taper Fade
Instagram @darladoeshair

You have a lot to work with if you have curly hair, so this type of fade style can suit you very well. A taper fade on curly hair is a classic look for the semi-professional man.

This chop also proves that a taper fade haircut doesn’t always mean perfect and sleek, it can also look messy!

Curly High Fade

Curly High Fade
Instagram @liam_g_1992

This fade for curly hair is an easy, manageable, fashionable haircut for most teenagers. It has a short fade with a natural curly finish, as described by stylist Liam Gardner from Crediton, Devon.

“My favorite part of this haircut is the natural finish to the top and the gradual smooth fade between the short and long hair,” says Gardner.

Gardner highly recommends a salt spray to style this haircut. “Simply spray onto the hair and do a scrunching motion while blow-drying and leaving it a bit damp to keep the natural curls,” the stylist explains.

This high fade with curly top haircut is also recommended to young, trendy men with a busy lifestyle but still, want something a little bit different.

High Top Fade on Curly Hair

High Top Fade on Curly Hair
Instagram @cutbytap

This fade haircut for curly hair is a medium to high bald fade with the top curled up. It’s a creation by a superb barber from North Carolina, Shawn Tapley.

“This high top fade for curly hair is a very low-maintenance hairstyle because it requires very minimal upkeep. All you have to do is put a light moisturizer in the top and keep the sides faded every 2 to 3 weeks,” Tapley explains.

Slightly Curly with High Bald Fade

This curly cut with a fade is tight, edgy, and undone. Style creator Sarah Turowski of Oregon thinks that the best thing about this look is that it’s a really enticing balance of elements that contrast and complement each other: the sharpness of a skin fade and the soft edge and activation of curls.

According to Turowski, men must be open to using a product or embracing their natural movement. Turowski adds, “a skin fade and curly hair require regular maintenance so if you want to keep up this cut, it is a bit more of a commitment. It’s also easy to grow out when you decide to transition into something else. I brought out his natural curls using a diffuser and Kevin Murphy Killer Curl. Highly recommend for curly hair!”

Short Curly Hair + Skin Fade

Short Curly Hair with Skin Fade
Instagram @jessicadorais

This short hair is an updated faded curly men’s style, cut by cosmetologist Jessica Dorais of Huntersville, NC.

“My favorite thing is the skin fade because it’s flawless and blends beautifully! If you are carefree and a “no fuss” kind of guy, it’s for you. Styling product for this look would be a gel or paste,” Dorais explains.

If you’ve got a personality that’s a little on the wild side, Dorais recommends an edgy men’s hairstyle like this! She also warns that maintenance is a must in this style and the round face shapes work best.

Long Curly Fringe with Fade

Long Curly Fringe with Fade
Instagram @beaaastyles

This curly fade haircut is a modern curl crop, which was designed by hair artist Bea Petty from Monterey, CA.

Petty’s styling tip for creating this is to make sure your hair is slightly damp. No need for pre-product (unless you want to, doesn’t make a huge difference), and then use the diffuser on your blow-dryer and crunch the hair. Petty emphasizes, “Make sure the blow-dryer is set on low with medium to high heat. Dry until there is no more moisture in the hair.”

To finish, Petty used the Cloud Dust Powder from Schwarzkopf and lightly sprinkled the dust around the top while crunching the curls. The powder helps hold the curls in place without the look and feel of any product. You can always add hairspray or a shine spray for a little extra hold if you feel the Dust Powder isn’t enough.

“This easy tossed curl look is great for guys who work in a professional setting to anyone who is in a rush. This style takes less than 5 minutes to do. All you need is a blow-dryer with an added diffuser and any kind of hair powder. Then you’re set for the day,” Petty points out.