A fade haircut is 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 a faded haircut right here.
From textured to tapered, high, low, artsy to classic, we feature the most popular fade haircuts that can work for almost any man, including black men.
Before your next haircut appointment, check out these photos of the best ideas for men’s fade haircuts.
#1: Afro Fade Haircut
This afro fade haircut for men is inarguably one of the most decent trends for 4C type of hair.
#2: Casual Slick Back Haircut with Fade
This is a signature classic slick back haircut with a fade. The product I recommend using when styling men’s hair is the Ruezel pomades. They give good texture and finish with a matte look that still has just the right amount of shine.
#3: Military High and Tight Fade Crew Cut Haircut
A crew cut with faded sides like this has an attitude! That skin shave is tight and the side-swept hair is charming.
#4: Nice High Bald Fade
This cut is a high bald fade haircut with the fade starting at the parietal ridge and fading to the desired length on top. For men 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. Bald fades are very versatile, and they can be cut on any hair type. They’re best for the “get up and go” lifestyle and require little to no maintenance.
#5: Textured Quiff with Classic Taper Fade
A school boy’s cut—this textured quiff with a classic taper fade is boy and man-friendly. Professional and playful in one endearing package!
#6: Undercut with Medium Sleek Hair
Some guys like to keep it long with a fade hairstyle. This undercut with medium sleek hair is a great option. Along with many undercut styles, the high fade is disconnected from the top so the top can grow long. This haircut has been disconnected at the temples, then blended at the back. This version is preferred by many so the back looks tidy and blended. The hold on this style looks natural. I would recommend using a light hold such as hairspray.
#7: Side-Parted Fade Hairstyle
A side-parted fade hairstyle is a tidy and dapper style that can be pulled off by many. The fade has been taken up just past the midpoint. It’s then blended at the back and disconnected at the side parting to create the comb over. There are a few preferences for a side part, this version has a parting razored in, this is what we call a ‘hard part‘. With any tight fades and razored lines, they will need some upkeep. I would recommend seeing your barber every 2-3 weeks.
#8: Edgy Brushed-Up Front with Faded Sides and Back
Some men like to experiment with different styles. This edgy brushed-up front with faded sides and back is a good example. One of the best fade haircuts transitions to the top keeping to the shape of the head. This haircut has been styled to leave the finished look choppy and textured. I recommend using sea salt spray with some good styling powder to give you a natural finish with a strong hold.
#9: Skin Fade and Razored Edges on Short Hair
Crew cuts are easy to look after and can look tidy and stylish too. This skin fade and razored edges and short hair have been faded high. This looks better at the temple point to keep the transition to keep shape. If you choose this for your haircut, you can leave it natural if you prefer. But a small amount of pomade can give you a shiny finish. The lineup at the front and temple finishes off the whole style, leaving it tight and tidy.
#10: Low Drop Fade Haircut with Bangs
Some like to keep the top a lot longer, this low drop fade haircut with bangs is a great example. The popularity of this style has grown over the years. The hair on the back and sides has been dropped at the back leaving more weight to transition into the top. These are the main types of fades that work with these styles. The finish of this cut looks very natural. A matte paste will give you the least shine and strong hold.
#11: Low Brush Up Style with Short Sides
For guys with a round face type, brushed-up styles with short sides will suit you. This will then give the illusion of a longer face and slim your look. The fade has been kept low around the ears and nape of the neck, this helps to blend into the top keeping the shape. To match this look, I recommend drying some volume spray blowing up from the root to create the lift. Finish off with styling powder for a natural finish.
#12: Brushed Back
If you want a change of haircut then you might want to consider this brushed-back style. Keeping the sides short and neat is generally a preferred option. This will keep your hair off of your ears and grow out nicely. If your hair grows forward then you will probably need to use products to style it. I recommend using a volume spray and drying it in. Then, use a matte paste for an all-day hold.
#13: Messy Low Curly Fade Style
Skin fades are very popular, and they come in many different styles. This messy low curly fade style is a good example. These afro curls are very tight, and when left to grow, you can create volume to suit your face type. This particular cut will rock a round face as the volume on top can give the illusion of a longer face. It has been disconnected on the back of the head as well as the side to leave weight for the curls to grow.
#14: Short Faux Hawk Fade Haircut
The mohawk is a traditional cut that has been adapted over the years. This short faux hawk fade haircut is a daring and attention-grabbing cut. It has been faded over the ears and length has been left down the center of the head to create the hawk. This is a good option if you don’t want to commit to a complete disconnection. It could leave you with a combination of a hawk and a faded style.
#15: Modern Mullet with Textured Top and Fringe
Mullets have burst back on the scene in a dramatic way. Many of them are done with modern adaptions like this mullet with textured top and fringe. This mullet has been tapered around the temples leaving length on the top for structure. The back is left to grow to the client’s liking. This looks like it’s been layered and texturized to give more movement when styling. I would recommend using a sea salt spray and finishing off with a styling powder. It will give you a natural look.
#16: Sharp Razor Fade
With darker, thick hair, you can get a really sharp razor fade. Just keep the skin to the midpoint and start the blend. This will give you lots of room to create a blurry blend. If you struggle with styling your hair, then this look will suit you. The hair has been combed out from the crown area, and then the front has been tousled with a bit of product. Try a matte paste to style.
#17: Curly Hair Fade
If you’re a natural curly-haired guy, then a fade most likely suits you. For the straight-haired men, though, a little curling iron and styling cream would get the job done.
#18: Simple Temple Fade
Here’s a temple fade cut on curls to achieve a cooler way to add flavor to a seemingly simple hairstyle. The Brooklyn fade gives a suave cut at your temples and leaves clean edges for a smooth finish.
#19: Silver Brushed Up Faded Cut
The simplest of cuts can be the most effective, and this brushed-up silver faded cut is tidy with a clean finish. It has been cut to a grade 1-2 and faded at the midpoint at the temple. The length has been left at the fringe to be able to create the brushed-up quiff. To get the silver fox finish, I would recommend drying some volume spray in and using some styling powder to get the natural finish. Embrace your silver, you will never see it go out of fashion!
#20: The Beard Fade
One of the best types of fades for men is a beard fade that helps define the jawline. It makes a smooth transition, too!
#21: Dapper Classic Tight Fade
This is how you achieve neat and tight fade hairstyles for men! 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.
#22: Low Taper Fade with a Buzz Cut
#23: Scissor Fade
Try a scissor fade if your hair seems to grow back heavily with a clipper cut. The beauty of a scissor fade is that it is unique to your hair and head shape. It is altered based on your measurements and preference. It’s pricier than the clipper cut, but the grow-out is softer and maintains the shape of the haircut for a long time.
#24: Straight Up High Fade Haircut
Enjoy this high fade haircut with lots of hair to style at the top of your head. The short sides would really add emphasis to the style.
#25: The Popular Burst Fade
A popular fade for black men that tapers around each ear, is also known as the burst fade. It’s perfect when trying to achieve a mohawk style.
#26: Popular Boosie Fade
The Boosie fade is one of the most popular black men’s hairstyles. Such short haircuts are the easiest to style and maintain.
#27: Trendy High Top Fade Haircut
A high top fade is a men’s haircut that stays with us forever. It won’t go out of style because of its uniqueness and head-turning vibe.
#28: Sharp Temp Fade Haircut
Temp fade haircuts for men are great for guys who want shorts sides and a sharp style. Though this short haircut works on any hair type, it would look best on gents with natural curls or waves.
#29: Straight-Up High Fade Undercut
#30: Classic High Skin Fade
This is a great high skin fade cut for guys with medium to low facial hair. It uses the whole head as a canvas to draw sharp clear lines, whether it’s on the cheeks or on the sides of the head.
#31: Faded Sharp Edges
These faded sharp edges are a faded cut that promotes a spiky look. Pointing those spikes horizontally makes it approachable and modern.
#32: Piece-y Skin Fade
This is a faded cut with a 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.
#33: Clean Slick Pompadour Fade
You would have never believed a haircut could be soothing, like this pompadour fade. 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.
#34: Spiky Medium Fade
Spiky medium fade hairstyles are not for the faint of heart. This cut is bold, noticeable, and here to make a statement. It fades on both sides to create more emphasis.
#35: A Fresh Comb Over Fade with a Hard Part
A fresh comb-over hairstyle with a hard part is sure to look suave with faded sides! Men with straight to wavy hair will love wearing it.
#36: Clean and Slick Fade
The ultimate gentleman’s cut is here—it’s a clean and slick fade haircut. 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.
My advice for men wanting to adopt this look is to have a consultation with a stylist or barber. The ideal head shape would be as 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 your hair is thick, then we would require a longer length of that style. Cool fade haircuts like this need to be blow-dried when styling. Thus, these are only ideal for gentlemen who are willing to put a little time into preparing their style daily.
#37: Cute Kids’ Fade Haircut
This kids’ haircut is a clean, short fade pomp. It’s pretty versatile for any hair type as long as you have the personality to carry it off. If your boy has curly hair, use a high-shine pomade for a clean, detailed style. If he has straight hair, go more for a dry paste for a matte, messy style.
#38: Drop Fade on French Crop
This look is a masculine French crop with a drop fade. What’s great about this cut is how the layers sit just about the fringe, creating a lot of texture and movement. This cut also complements a short fringe towards the hairline that was textured using the point-cutting technique. If you are considering having this type of cut and have thick hair with a strong jawline, then consider having a longer fringe. If you have finer to thin hair, consider more of a blunt short fringe.
#39: Stylish Taper Fade Haircut
This is called a taper fade haircut. Its dark edges give you a really smooth and soft look that stands out, but also brings out the rest of the cut. My best tip for getting this hairstyle is to ask yourself if you’re ok with a faded look. Most dudes who haven’t had it tried it out and loved it. It can really stand out and make a difference in your men’s hairstyle. Normally this look starts with a zero, but it can also be started with a one or a two.
#40: Mid Fade Haircut with Design
This is a mid-skin fade with a beautiful sharp pattern consisting of four consecutive arcs containing subtle fading within them. The top of the fade is heavily textured to resemble a popular European hairstyle known as a crop, making it a really unique haircut!
It 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.
#41: Fuss-Free Mid-Skin Fade
This is a mid-skin fade clipper cut done with 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 your 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.
No need for products here. At the very most, use beard oil might be used to add a smooth shine and softness to the beard. This mid-bald fade is recommended for a guy who doesn’t want to fuss with their hair. A rounder head shape would work best with this look, too.
#42: Shadow Fade
To be honest, a fade really never gets old. And it isn’t for young gents only. See for yourself what a nice shadow fade can do to you.
#43: Trendsetting Undercut Fade
This is a tight, undercut fade. The top was cut with a straight razor to bring out texture and remove weight. I really like this faded undercut because of the contrast between the clean and tight sides and the soft top with lots of movement. Fades work on most hair types to show a natural head shape. Men interested in getting this faded cut should be prepared to get the sides and back cleaned up monthly.
#44: Cool Low to Mid Fade
This is a classic low/mid skin fade that isn’t too harsh, meaning this style works great for the “get up and go” guys and the more corporate ones, too. I’d recommend this style to guys who aren’t afraid to visit the barber at least once a week and want to achieve that clean and fresh look. To keep a skin fade looking fresh, a regular visit to your barber is key. Most men can have this style, though the best results are seen 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 fade haircuts on men with a longer face shape are a big no-no.
#45: Asian Fade Haircut
This is an Asian high fade, natural medium-length comb-over hairstyle. 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.
Guys with a thick or medium-thick hair type on a round or slightly round face shape can wear high fade haircuts. Any kind of lifestyle can pull off this cut and style.
#46: Everyday Low Skin Fade Haircut
This is a low skin fade haircut. The best thing about this low bald fade is that it’s a nice clean look for a guy who doesn’t want too much maintenance. A dry look product, which is nothing too heavy, is recommended to style this hair.
I suggest this type of style to guys who want a look that’s easy to maintain, but still stylish at the same time. This cut always looks good when the man has thick hair because the fade is more pronounced.
#47: Colored Long Hair with Faded Shaved Sides
A slight nod goes to the innovative styling of the top long hair and pairing it with the faded shaved sides. The rest of it goes to the undeniably smooth transition from thick to shaved along the sides, going down to the neck area for a fresher feel.
#48: Low Triple Zero and Side Part Fade
Here’s a hairstyle that’s an “Ivy League” side part with a low triple zero fade. I recommend this side part fade for men who want to look sharp and fashionable. Medium to thick hair is preferable. Since this is a sharp and square cut, the look can be worn by most face shapes – giving them a straight and sleek appearance.
#49: Old School Faded Sides with Black Waves
Natural-looking waves with a fade like these look best on black men. So when you’ve got flavor this hot, let the world see your faded waves.
#50: Easy Box Fade Haircut
You don’t need any ruler to make a box faded cut this straight! Just go to your favorite barber and let him do the trick!
#51: Long Hair Fade with Disconnected Undercut
Leave the longer hair on top sleek and thick while the sides remain tapered and faded for a contrasted look. What’s great about a long hair fade with a disconnection is how you can wear it up in a man bun style if desired.
#52: Short Fade Haircut with a Line-Up Cut
This short fade haircut is shaved with a mid-skin lineup. I love the impact I have created on how short/ textured the top is against the crispy clean box lineup, along with the mid-bald skin fade.
Your barber should always recommend his/her opinion depending on suitability. This style is very low-maintenance because it’s so short you don’t have to do much in the mornings. Just add your matte clay or slick Gorilla texturizing powder, rough it through, and spray!
#53: Perfect Mohawk Fade Haircut
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. I like how the low fade goes from light to dark from bottom to top and it blends perfectly on top leaving a perfect blend. Low fade haircuts such as this are 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 faded cut, too.
#54: Ivy League on Men’s Fade Haircut
An ivy league cut on a men’s fade haircut might give you the smoothest mood you’ve ever had.
#55: Frohawk Fade Haircut
This frohawk hairstyle with a fade gives a tropical fun look! I love how the top texture continues down the back of the head with the natural curls!
#56: Clean High Skin Fade on Men’s Hair
This high skin fade is described as a clean, professional cut that’s funky-fresh, as well. Stylist Ali is truly skilled, seeing how neat this short hair is.
#57: Unique Bold Fade with a Combover
This is a bold fade with a combover. What I like about it is that it’s very clean-cut and keeps you fresh for a long time. With this look, you could go at least three weeks before you need another cut. I recommend this look for guys with dark hair.
#58: Legendary Low Fade Haircut
Here’s a low fade style. I suggest complementing a low fade haircut with a well-groomed beard. This creates a contrast in textures between your fade and your facial hair. The low fade starts extremely low with the 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.
#59: Fade Haircut with a Line
Don’t fret about looking all messy with this dapper tight fade. A surgical line and side part put the look altogether.