46 Best Men’s Fade Haircuts

Fade haircuts for men

Men’s fade haircuts are fresh, fashionable and incredibly masculine all rolled into one. The versatility of this haircut is second to none.

So kick back and get ready to see a variety of takes on the fade haircut right here. From textured to tapered, high, low, artsy to classic, we featured the most popular fade haircuts that can work for almost any man, including black men. Check’em out!

Tight Fade

Tight Fade
Instagram @hair.by.ashmichelle

Buzz out the sides in a clean manner while making the top hair fuller and in shape. Stylist Ashley did an amazing cut to this dapper gentleman.

Straight Up High Fade

Straight Up High Fade
Instagram @tulio_magalhaes

Fresh-faced lads get to enjoy this skin fade. Good news is you still get lots of hair to style at the top.

Burst Fade

Black man with burst fade haircut
Instagram @vitabarber

A popular black men fade that tapers around the ears.

Boosie Fade

Black men's boosie cut
Instagram @under8edbarbers

This is a very popular style for black men.

Beard Fade

Men's beard fade
Instagram @mikeyyyyyyy_

High Top Fade Haircut

Black men's high top fade
Instagram @merit_universoul

Temp Fade Haircut

Mens temp fade
Instagram @riskythetempest

Straight Up High Fade Undercut

Instagram @braidbarbers

This is a straight up undercut with a high fade. The deep weight line with a quick skin fade really makes this look pop.

High Skin Fade

A tight high skin fade haircut
Instagram @mr.7_t7barbershop

This is a great cut for guys with medium to low facial hair. It uses the whole head as canvas to draw sharp clear lines, whether it’s on the cheeks or on the sides of the head.

Faded Sharp Edges

Faded haircut with sharp edges
Instagram @billysbarbershopgr

Somehow reminiscent of the Backstreet Boys, but taken down a notch, this cut promotes the spiky look. Pointing those spikes horizontally makes it approachable and cool-modern.

Piecey Skin Fade

Piecey skin fade for men
Instagram @jarredsbarbers

This is a faded cut with full and rebellious top. It’s like drawing teenage spirit through hair. Still playful on top, with a touch of grown-up on the sides, coming down.

Clean Slick Pompadour Fade

Pompadour fade
Instagram @maxi_privilegebarbers

You would have never believed a haircut can be soothing. Long, clear, uninterrupted lines, frontside and fading to the back. This cut is slick, it’s soothing and will go best with monochromatic outfits. This is definitely one of the more popular fade haircuts for white men.

Spiked Medium Fade

Instagram @13byblackstar

Not for the faint of heart or bank tellers. This cut is bold, is noticeable and here to make a statement. It fades on both sides only to create more emphasis where it matters.

A Fresh Comb Over Fade

Comb over fade haircut
Instagram @ambarberia

Style creator, Antonio Mateo
Barber @ Ballester Barber Shop Valencia in Barcelona, Spain

Clean and Slick Fade

Clean and Slick Fade
Instagram @james_beaumont

The ultimate gentleman’s cut. Long streaks are neatly kept together by gel or pomade while the puff up top holds up certain confidence to the look.

Q&A with style creator, James Beaumont
Barber / Keune Global Ambassador @ Allure Hair and Beauty in Exmouth, UK

How would you describe this look?

This style is a contour hairstyle that has a low skin fade, parting on the left and at the front top. The hair pulls towards the back creating a sculptured shape, almost silhouetting a pompadour shape from one side angle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Have a consultation about having this look! The ideal head shape would be flat and smooth as possible, avoiding indents or ridges which can cause shadows within the fading.

Medium to fine hair texture is best, avoiding a thick density so the hair can be manipulated to grow backward. If the hair is thick then we would require a longer length of that style.

This hairstyle needs to blowdried, so it’s only ideal for a gentleman who is willing to put a little time into preparing their style daily.

Moving to style, the hair has to be in the most relaxed state and very wet to enable the hair to be manipulated, dried, and set. A tiny touch of 1922 BY J.M Keune Classic gel into wet hair is the ideal product to be blowdried within the hair, as it creates structure and strength for the hair to set and last throughout the day.

To finish, you have two options to this style – a classic, vintage approach using 1922 BY J.M Keune Original pomade to give a shiny sculptured sheen or using 1922 BY J .M Keune premier paste to slick the hair back and set to a more natural matte finish.

A wide-tooth comb is always best for these styles enabling you to create wide style layering through the movement without breaking down the structure.

Kids Fade Haircut

Kids Fade Haircut
Instagram @rosie.designs

Q&A with style creator, Rosie Fernandez
Hairstylist @ 9037 Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a clean, short fade combover.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is pretty versatile for any hair type as long as you have the personality to carry it off. If the client has curly hair, I would recommend a high shine pomade for a clean, detailed style. If the client has straight hair, I would go more for a dry paste for a matte, messy style.

Drop Fade

Q&A with style creator, Christopher Pickin
Barber @ Jim The Trim Barbershop in Briton Ferry, UK


How would you describe this look?

This look is a masculine text crop with a skin fade, and my favorite about this cut would be how the layers sit just about his fringe, creating a lot of texture and movement. I also think it complements a short fringe towards his hairline that we textured using point cutting technique.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering having this type of cut and have thick hair with a strong jawline then I would consider having a longer fringe. If you have finer to thin hair consider more of a blunt short fringe

This hair cut works so well with all types of hair. It’s easy to maintain for kids as well as adults, simple to style, and great to make a statement if you’re going on a night out with friends. Using a matte clay or even using powder for body and texture is great. It’s a style for any generation and any occasion.

Temple Fade

Temple Fade
Instagram @_flakk_da_barber_

A cool way to add flavor to a seemingly simple cut. The Brooklyn fade gives a suave cut at your temples and leaves clean edges for a smooth finish.

Taper Fade Haircut

mens taper fade
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!

Mid Fade Haircut with Design

Mid Fade Haircut with Design
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 fade 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.

Slick Back Haircut with Fade

Slick Back Haircut with Fade
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
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.

Shadow Fade

Shadow Fade
Instagram @_ceci_lie_

To be honest, a fade really never gets old. And it isn’t for young gents only. Try and see for yourself what a nice shadow fade can do to you.

Undercut Fade

undercut fade 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.

Mid 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.

Asian Fade Haircut

Asian Fade Haircut
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 haircut. 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.

Long Hair with Faded Shaved Sides

Long Hair with Faded Shaved Sides
Instagram @ashirich

A slight nod goes to the innovative styling of the top long hair. The rest of it goes to the undeniably smooth transition from thick to shaved along the sides. Over-all, the package looks wonderful.

Afro Fade Haircut

Afro Fade Haircut
Instagram @herb_the_barber

A fade is inarguably one of the most decent pairs of a 4C type hair.

Low Triple Zero Fade

low fade for mens hair
Instagram / @jasminekathleenn

Q&A with Style Creator Jasmine Shipley
Master Barber @ Traveling Barber & Educator in Gold Coast & Melbourne, Australia


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

I would describe this hairstyle as an “Ivy League” side part with a low triple zero fade. My favorite thing about this haircut that it will last and look good for great amount of time. Even when the customer comes back for a trim, it will still look presentable.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I like to use Modern Pirate Superior Hair pomade with a gloss finish. It is the perfect polish to finish such a neat and precise haircut. It will hold all day and simply washes out with water.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut for people who want to look sharp and fashionable. Medium to thick hair is preferable. Since this is a sharp and square cut, the look can he worn by most face shapes giving them a straight and sleek appearance.

Black Fade Haircut with Waves

Black Fade Haircut with Waves
Instagram @freshcutcorey

Natural-looking waves like these come at a hundred to one chance. So when you’ve got flavor this hot, you know you could let the durag down and let your faded waves be seen by the world.

Box Fade Haircut

Box Fade Haircut
Instagram @themarstouch

You don’t need any ruler to make a cut this straight! Just go to your favorite barber and let him do the trick!

Disconnected Undercut Haircut with Fade

Disconnected Undercut Haircut with Fade
Instagram @hairbyharley

Leave hair on top sleek and thick while sides remain tapered for a contrasted look.

Short Fade Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Dale Hince
Barber / Color Specialist @ Clip House Barbershop in Shrewsbury, Shropshire


How would you describe this look?

This was such a great opportunity for me, as Phelan came into my shop and asked me to shave his head! We then decided after a thorough consultation that we were going to go with a style/image I had in my head for him. I would describe this look as “shaved with a mid skin lined up.”

I decided to create this look based on Phelan’s hair/skin color naturally and overall his image/clothing/lifestyle. I love the impact I have created how short/ textured the top is against the crispy clean box line up along with the mid bald skin fade which really makes this look pop! Phelan is actually a YouTuber so when he first posted his new image it really did go out with a bang of over 26,700 likes (@pheeeelan).

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this look then go for it! Let your barber loose!

Your barber should always recommend his/her opinion depending on suitability. This style is very low maintenance in a way that it’s so short you do not have to do much in the mornings. Just add your matte clay or slick Gorilla texturizing powder, rough it through and spray, and you’re away!

Mohawk Fade Haircut

Q&A with Style Creator Moises Gutierrez
Barber/Owner @ Andy’s Barbershop in Mexicali Baja California, México


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

This haircut is called a skin low fade without a drop and scissors on top, which means about an inch off cut into a mohawk on top. What I really like about this haircut is the skin fade. The like how the low fade goes from light to dark from bottom to top and it blends perfect on top leaving a perfect blend.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I really only recommend one product for this look. I really like how Johnny B gives that bright look on the hair, plus it does not leave you with dandruff as most products do. Johnny B has a variety of gels and pomades, and each one gives you a different look. For this look, you definitely want to use Johnny B styling gel mode

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for younger kids, young adults and teenagers. This cut works best on mostly thick hair, wavy hair and straight hair. Any face shape can wear this look. I would also recommend this type of haircut to any type of athlete.

Ivy League Haircut with Fade

Ivy League Haircut with Fade
Instagram @dbarber203_

That fade might give you the smoothest mood you’ve ever had. All in a very proper ivy cut that will definitely cut you above the rest.

Textured Quiff with Classic Taper Fade

Textured Quiff with Classic Taper Fade
Instagram @cutskillah

A schoolboy’s cut, this one is boy and man-friendly. Professional and playful in one endearing package!

Frohawk Fade Haircut

Frohawk Fade Haircut
Instagram @jose.crespo_

Q&A with style creator, Jose Crespo
Barber @ New Heights Barbershop in Orange, CT


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle for me gives a tropical fun look!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love how the top texture continues down the back of the head and the natural curls!

High Skin Fade

High Skin Fade
Instagram @nick_kinsley

A clean, professional cut that is funky-fresh as well. Stylist Nick is truly skilled!

Curly Hair Fade

Curly Hair Fade
Instagram @javi_thebarber_

If you’re a natural curlhead, then a fade most likely suits you. For the straight-haired men though, a little curling iron and styling cream would get you the job done.

Military High and Tight Fade Haircut

Military High and Tight Fade Haircut
Instagram @galvezgrooming

A crew cut with an attitude! That skin shave is tight and the side swept hair is charming.

Bold Fade w/ Combover

hairstyle with combover
Instagram / @mr.scissor

Q&A with Style Creator Abe Alobaidi
Hairdresser @ Cream Barber and Shop in Riverview, MI


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

This is a bold fade with a combover. What I like about it is that it’s very clean cut and keeps your fresh for a long time. With this look, you could go at least three weeks before you need another cut.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Rodex Suavecito or uppercuts.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for clients with dark hair.

High Bald Fade

high bald fade haircut
Instagram / @_moozilla

Q&A with Style Creator Martika Mitchell
Apprentice Barber @ Ultimate Barber Lounge in Charlotte, NC


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

This cut is a high bald fade haircut with the fade starting at the parietal ridge and fading to the desired length on top. My customers would describe it as the “money cut”. This is my favorite cut to perform on my customers because they always walk out feeling like a million bucks.

What products would you recommend to recreate this look?

For someone with curly hair, you can use a curl sponge to maintain the top. For straight hair or any other hair type, you can use a pomade or nothing at all.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a very versatile cut that can be cut on any hair type. I’s best for the “get up and go” lifestyle and it requires little to no maintenance.

Low Fade

Q&A with style creator, Edward
Barber & Owner @ Ed & Guys Barber Shop in Haltom City, TX


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

This is a low fade style. My favorite thing about it is recreating it and being able to make it look clean and fresh. I also suggests complementing a low fade with a well groomed beard. This creates a contrast in textures between your fade and your facial hair.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend Suavecito Pomade because it provides moderate hold and matte finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The low fade starts extremely low with skin at the very bottom, then blends up from that point, following the natural curvature of the head. It’s a good option for a more oblong, diamond or triangular head shape.

Fade Haircut with Line

Fade Haircut with Line
Instagram @barbearianavalhada

Don’t fret looking all messy with this dappered-up tight fade. Surgical line and side part makes the look all put together.

Medium Spiked Fade

Medium Spiked Fade
Instagram @pendarbakhtyari

Create a faux hawk with your layers. Then shave the sides in a graduated manner.