55 Dapper High Fade Haircuts for Men to Show Off

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief
High Fade with a Combover for Men
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#1: High Fade with a Combover

A high fade with a combover is a classic haircut with a textured twist. This style suits most hair types. It showcases a mid-skin fade on the sides that blends into a shorter length on top. This shorter length, designed to suit your face shape, should not exceed 4 inches. We notch texture into your length to support volume, ease of styling, and movement. For outstanding results, use a matte clay like R Co. Texture Paste. It works well with most straight-to-wavy hair types. Apply it from roots to ends using your fingertips on dry hair. Then, comb your hair into place.

Highly Faded with Fringe for Men
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#2: Highly Faded with Fringe

A hairstyle with greatly faded sides and a fringe offers a smart yet daring look! This sleek hairstyle showcases a unique blend of texture and order. It features a bald fade on the sides, complemented by a purposefully trimmed and textured top. The fringe, styled forward using hair powder, adds a finishing touch. This look works best for straight-to-wavy hair types. That said, with guidance from a skilled barber, similar styles can be adapted for curly and textured hair.

#3: Higher Fade on Curly Hair

A sharp blade is required to make a curly high fade this sleek! Complementing a high skin fade with curly hair will surely emphasize the hair’s natural texture.

#4: Messy French Crop with Faded Sides

Cutting the sides short on a messy French crop can give you a trendy and professional look. Applying some texturizing powder can enhance this hairstyle perfectly. Ask your stylist or barber for a high-top haircut with high fading and skin-short sides.

High Fade with a Full Beard for Men
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#5: High Fade with a Full Beard

The high fade is a stylish haircut option for bearded men. This look features a shorter cut on the sides, gradually fading into longer hair on top to create a bold contrast that adds dimension to your hairstyle. Combined with a full beard, this haircut offers a masculine and rugged appearance as it helps to highlight the facial structure. To maintain this look, regular grooming of both the hair and beard is essential. Use a quality beard oil or balm to keep the beard soft and moisturized.

Fresh Crop and High Fade for Guys
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#6: Fresh Crop and Fade

The fresh crop and high fade is a stylish haircut with a modern twist on the classic crop. This hairstyle has a shorter cut on the sides. It blends gradually into longer hair on top. This creates a bold contrast and adds sophistication. It’s great for men wanting a clean, polished look. The haircut can adapt to fit different face shapes and hair types. Tell your stylist to use point cutting if you want a textured look. Then, blow-dry the longer hair on top away from the face with a vented brush.

Highly Burst Faded with a Platinum Mohawk for Men
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#7: Highly Burst Faded with a Platinum Mohawk

During your next salon or barbershop visit, consider discussing an edgy and fun hairstyle – a burst fade with a platinum mohawk, with your stylist. Your stylist will evaluate your hair type, density, and texture in the consultation. They will check if a burst fade suits you. They will suggest the best hair length for the top and back of your head. They might also recommend a hair care routine for you and advise when you should revisit the salon to maintain the hairstyle.

Edgar Cut with a High Fade for Guys
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#8: Edgar Cut with a High Fade

The Edgar cut with a high fade is popular and will suit people with strong hairlines. The hair is faded to the skin around the ears. The blend transition aligns well at the temples with the fringe. To wear your hair forward, first, dry it with some sea salt spray. Then, finish it off with a decent styling powder.

Highly Faded with Textured Fringe for Guys
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#9: Highly Faded with Textured Fringe

A stylish haircut for men involves a highly faded crop with a textured fringe. It provides added movement. At your next barber visit, request a high bald fade. Also, ask them to style the top with a textured scissor cut into a forward-cropped style. For a wispy and spiky texture in your hairstyle, apply matte clay to dry hair. Consider blow-drying to add volume.

Classic Side-Parted Hair with a High Fade for Men
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#10: Classic Side-Parted Hair with a High Fade

The classic side-parted haircut with a high fade is timeless. This style is slick, dignified, and never goes out of fad. It features a neat side part combined with a high fade that trims the sides and back of the head. The high fade modifies the old side-parted style. It adds a bold effect and a sleek finish. The side-parted haircut and high fade combo suits men who desire a neat and elegant style. It’s apt for both work spots and high-end events. To keep this hairstyle intact, use a decent hair product. It holds the side part and boosts the all-over texture and shape of the hair.

#11: Sharp High Fade for Messy Textured Hair

I suggest this sharp, high fade for messy textured hair. It’s for guys wanting a little bit of hair left on top of a high fade resulting in a cool appearance. For best results on the daily, I recommend a quick blow-dry on top. Finish with a pomade of your choice after your hair is dry.

High Fade with a Long, Messy Top for Guys with thick hair
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#12: High Fade with a Long, Messy Top

Tis the season when I get asked for shorter cuts, the hotter it is the shorter they want me to go. This high fade with a long messy top is a popular &ldquogo-to&rdquo cut for many. It has faded to the skin around the ears and blended quite high into the top, it needs a bit of upkeep to keep it short. You will need to spend time on styling in the morning, I would keep it simple and use Crazy Bull Styling powder.

Highly Faded Edgar Cut for Men with thick hair
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#13: Highly Faded Edgar Cut

Edgar cuts have become more popular. They get their name from a celebrity. As a barber and for clients, it’s a good idea to keep up with celebrity hairstyles as we will get asked to emulate them. The Edgar is a modern take on the blunt crop. The hairline at the front is cut dead straight, and the sides fade short, giving you a strong look.

#14: Beard Fade with a Very High Fade

Did this beard fade with a very high fade catch your eye? somewhere between an Edgar cut and a modern crop, this has been a popular haircut over the last few seasons. Avoid using any type of shiny product in this style, as it may make your hair appear thin. I recommend reaching for matte clay instead.

Simple Messy Top and High Fade for men with thicker hair
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#15: Simple Messy Top and High Fade

Let’s get you from the old school to the new school with this simple messy top and high fade. This style is an evolution of your traditional men’s crop with extra texture. It’s combined with a mid-fade on the sides, too. Don’t forget to talk to your barber about any product to keep your hair hydrated and locked into place. I suggest Hans De Fuko Hybridized Wax for a medium hold and shine finish for your textured locks.

High Fade with Spiked Hair for Dudes with a beard
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#16: High Fade with Spiked Hair

If you have needed that warm weather cut, ask for this high fade with spiked hair. This hairstyle features clean-cut barbered sides with a short textured style on top. I recommend showing this photo to your stylist. Inquire about a styling product such as matte clay to keep the top portion in place and purposeful. Have fun recreating this awesome look!

High fade undercuts
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#17: High Fade Undercut

The high faded style is highlighted more by an undercut. The textured hair resembles a light mohawk for a diversified men’s undercut fade.

High and Tight Fade
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#18: High and Tight Fade

Such a skin-bound high and tight haircut produces a bald-like appearance that makes everything look well-put. A high and tight fade like this adds contrast when worn with a sharp line-up around the hairline. This cool cropped cut also looks great on a low fade if that’s your thing. A low-maintenance style is always a good way to go, especially for military guys.

Brushed Up High Bald Fade for Guys
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#19: Brushed Up High Bald Fade

The short back and sides have been around for decades. This brushed-up high bald fade is a good modern example. Men’s high fade haircuts are probably the most asked for style. They’re easy to maintain and look sharp and tidy. This cut has been blended perfectly at the temple following the flow of the head shape. One of the best products to use for hold is a matte paste, this will give you all day hold and a dry finish.

#20: Stylish High Fade with a Beard and Mustache

A classic side part will always be in fashion. This stylish high fade with a beard and mustache is a great example. It has been taken down to the skin and faded high to the top. The hair sweeping over will be left longer for the weight to hold it. The side of the beard has been faded into the bulk of the big beard; this makes the whole style flow much better. Remember to ask your barber for product advice for your beard. Most shops will stock an array of suitable items.

Blonde Waves with a High Fade for Guys
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#21: Blonde Waves with a High Fade

No matter your hair type, these blonde waves with a high fade will add height and texture to your style. One of the most popular versions of this look, for men who don’t have naturally wavy hair, is a mohawk section with a perm. Don’t forget to use curl cream or pomade to tame your frizz and show off the blonde highlights.

Thick Brunette High Faded Cut for Men
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#22: Thick Brunette Faded Cut

An option for thick hair is to keep it short and easy to manage, and this thick brunette faded cut is a good example. My favorite way to fade thick hair is to take it high; you can create a nice transition into the top. You might be tempted to keep the fade low, but mushrooming is possible as it grows out. I would use sea salt spray and a good styling powder for a natural finish.

#23: High Fade for Thick Hair

If you have blonde thick hair, then a high fade will suit your cut very well. Taking it high and working it into the top tightly creates a nice illusion of color contrast. The back of the hair has been dried in the direction of the crown, and it’s important to do this to avoid any of it sticking up. The front has been scrunch dried to form the wave and finished off with a design known as tiger scratches.

Handsome Short Cropped High Fade
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#24: Handsome Short Cropped High Fade

If you want an easy-to-maintain style, a short-cropped high fade will suit you. The back and sides have been taken down to the skin and faded at the temple to keep the sides and back sharp. The top has been cut short. This length doesn’t need a lot of styling, so it can be left natural. If you like using product, my best advice is to use a matte paste for a strong hold and no shine. To keep it fresh, you must visit your barber regularly.

Dark Brown Mohawk with a High Fade for Men
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#25: Dark Brown Mohawk with a High Fade

Mohawks have been a classic for as long as I can remember. This dark brown mohawk with a high fade is a good example of the modern twist that can be put on them. The fade has been disconnected at the back to prevent cutting into it, but then faded into the top at the sides. The fade has been left heavy to complement the weight and length on top. Mohawks suit a round face shape as it’s helpful to elongate the face.

High Sharp Skin Fade with a Long Top
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#26: Sharp Skin Fade with a Long Top

If you have a square or round face shape, then it’s worth considering a sharp skin fade with a long top. The fringe length elongates your face, drawing attention away from the shape. Taking the sides down to the skin creates more emphasis on the style on top. Be prepared to style high fade with fringe daily, as it needs attention. Use a dry sea salt spray and finish with a good styling powder.

High Fade for Thick Coarse Hair for Men
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#27: High Fade for Thick Coarse Hair

This high fade men’s haircut for thick coarse hair has been kept quite tight around the crown area with more weight at the front. This allows you to style your hair into curls. It’s helpful to have the fade high as this will enable your hair to grow out well without leaving you with too much weight on the sides. I suggest a combination of sea salt spray and styling powder to give you a natural finish.

Textured Messy High Fade Crop for Men
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#28: Textured Messy Crop

Many gents are now opting for a longer top, which can be described as textured messy crops. The sides started at the skin and faded into a heavy blend, creating the illusion of an undercut and allowing more weight to be left on top to style. When I do these cuts, I leave length on the sides to style. I prefer to rough dry it with sea salt spray and use a styling powder to create texture and movement.

Fresh Blonde Waves with a High Fade
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#29: Fresh Blonde Waves

You’ll look styled to perfection with these fresh blonde waves. The fade finishes the look and leaves a lot of length for creative styling. One of the biggest advantages of curly haircuts for men is how easy it is to create volume without too much work. You can use styling powder on your dry hair to ensure a natural finish.

Dapper Sharp High Fade for Men
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#30: Dapper Sharp High Fade

More guys now want a nongreasy finish and slick sides, as seen with this dapper sharp, high fade. It has been faded high and heavily blended into the top to leave weight and length to carry off the sharp finish. One of the easiest ways to get volume is to dry some volume spray from the root up to get the height. The finished look can be achieved if you can use a hair dryer effectively. The best product to finish with will be hairspray, as you can spray small amounts and style each section.

Handsome Short Quiff and High Fade
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#31: Handsome Short Quiff and High Fade

A handsome short quiff and high fade leaves you with a very sharp and clean finish. It starts at the skin around the ears and then fades tightly to the top. The top is cut short and graduated, leaving a longer fringe to style into the quiff. Regarding styling, I recommend blow-drying your front up to hold it in for the day. If you have thick hair or your hair naturally goes forward, you will need a strong paste to hold it in place.

Amazing Sharp High Fade for Men
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#32: Amazing Sharp Fade

An excellent sharp fade is a very popular and on-trend style. You can see that the fade has been left heavy to work into the shape of the fringe to give an incredibly sharp finish. One of the best ways to describe this to your barber is to ask for a heavy blend and have a photo ready to back up your explanation. This has a very natural finish. It would be best to avoid heavy products like clays and pomades. Instead, it’s best to stick with a light styling powder to achieve the look.

#33: Brunette Combover and High Fade

If you’re looking for a mens haircut that is short on the sides and long on the top, this one is for you! A high skin fade is always the way to go for a crisp, clean look. If you prefer a wet look, ask your stylist or barber about a shine pomade. You’ll want one that has extra hold to keep the long hair on top in place.

High Fade with Platinum Frosted Tips for Men
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#34: High Fade with Platinum Frosted Tips

Men’s coloring is becoming increasingly popular, with blondes and greys being the most requested. The color has grown slightly, leaving platinum-frosted tips and brilliantly contrasting with the high fade and dark roots. You do need the right aftercare to keep the platinum look. If you can get the products from your barber, then do so. If not, a good purple shampoo once a week to tone it will work nicely, and remember to leave it on for a few minutes for the best results.

High Fade + Beard Fade + Natural Texture
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#35: High Fade + Beard Fade + Natural Texture

A popular cut is a high fade paired with a beard fade and lots of natural texture. This has been skinned down perfectly, disconnected from the beard, and blended heavily into the textured top. His beard has been faded at the base of the neck to keep a natural look and then lined sharply at the cheeks to create the perfect contrast. For styling, I would recommend a good sea salt spray and texturizing powder to give the volume and matte finish. You will need to see your barber every 2-3 weeks to keep this fresh.

High Skin Fade with Brushed Up Top for Men
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#36: High Skin Fade with Brushed Up Top

The skin fade remains a classic style that will be chosen for years. A modern twist can be seen in this high skin fade with a brushed-up top. It has been taken down to the skin and blended into the scissor work, leaving enough to line in the sides. The top has been cut in a graduation layer to create the volume for the finished style. Drying some volume spray into it will give the lift and finish off with a styling powder to create a hold and natural look.

#37: Purple Top + High Fade with a Beard

Men’s coloring is getting more and more popular, as you can see with this purple top. It pairs nicely with the high fade and beard, and it has been faded high and tight, creating a disconnection with the color. Keeping the fade and color fresh will require some maintenance, and a fade-up every 2-3 weeks will be needed. Vivid colors drop quicker than your natural colors, but this depends on the guy. Still, on average, you’ll need to get the color touched up every 6-8 weeks.

High Fade Comb-Over
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#38: High Fade Comb-Over

The trending high skin fade comb-over resembles a faux hawk, all defined by the hard line. The high fade haircut men love rounds the face and accentuate the comb-over even more.

#39: High Fade with a Man Bun

The ultimate cool guy haircut is the high fade with a man bun. You get the best of both worlds by keeping the sides short and cleaned up, with the option to wear your long locks up or down.

Super High Fade Haircut
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#40: Super High Fade Haircut

A super high fade haircut is suitable for guys wanting a low-maintenance style. Super high fades give anyone 3 weeks to a month between visits and a clean look along the way. This cut is mainly worn by military personnel, but it’s still a very effective style for any guy.

#41: High Fade Buzz Cut

A high fade buzz cut is a very sharp haircut for any occasion. Regardless of age or lifestyle, a high fade is a go-to. Low maintenance and very appealing for any man with any hair type or texture. Remember, make sure your barber executes a sharp hairline to tie the haircut together.

#42: High Fade with Dreads

High fade with dreads is a modern spin on the dreadlock style. This cut is for men if they’re having issues with their dreads falling on the neck or if they have too much hair but don’t want to cut it too short. It will give you everything your looking for and is very stylish when paired with dreadlocks.

#43: High Fade + Fringe

High fade + fringe involves clippering close to the head, on the sides and back, and above the midway line. Styling the hair with a fringe falling forward with either a blunt line or texturizing sweep softens the forehead height. It can add structure to a softer face shape or diminish angles for a strong conformation.

#44: High Fade + Slick Back

A high fade with a slick back style works well for men with long-shaped faces as it complements the head and face shape well. Plus, it’s quick and easy to style. This slick back has been faded at the sides from skin taken high into the sleek top. The maintenance of this style is relatively low. A good pomade will give you the hold required throughout the day.

Curly High Top with High Fade Haircut for Afro
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#45: Curly High Top with High Fade Haircut for Afro

Black men enjoy this well-kept high top fade, as it highlights their afro curls even more with all the ease of the fade around the head. A clean line-up and easy maintenance would also complete the package of this high top with a high fade hairstyle!

#46: High Fade Pompadour

This high fade pompadour tells us that if all else fails, you must pomp it up with a wide-tooth comb with your medium-length hair. The high fade cut matches the longer hair like the modern pompadour on top and makes a nice gradation with the clipper-shaved sides

#47: High Faded Cut with a Side Part

This side part haircut is a go-to for men’s high fade hairstyles. Stylist Dion made a precise skin fade that highlights the ducktail styling. What’s great about this high fade with part is its versatility, as you can play with various styles using the hair on top.

High Temp Fade
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#48: High Temp Fade

What’s good with a high temp fade is that it gradually gives a change in hair length in such a smooth manner as it reaches the back of the head. The sideburns add a contrast to the faded area and connect your whole look together.

Spiky Hair with High Bald Fade
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#49: Spiky Hair with High Bald Fade

Keep it straight and simple with a clean high bald fade that goes smoothly around your head. Pair it with a spiky texture to achieve one of those edgy high fade hairstyles worth flaunting!

High Skin Fade Faux Hawk
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#50: High Skin Fade Faux Hawk

Ask for zero on the razor to achieve this high skin fade around the sides while having a short, dense trim at the top. The added shaved hair designs on a high fade with faux hawks, such as this one, can make the casual look one of a kind.

#51: High Fade with Long Hair and Hard Part

This high fade cut gives the head a more rounded look while the quiff maintains an area to be styled freely. Ask your barber to clean up the edges on the side of the head when you have a high fade with long hair on top like this. You can’t go wrong with a simple matte pomade when it comes to hair products.

#52: Quiff with High Faded Line

Cool haircuts like this high fade with quiff are only for some guys. What more can you add to a seemingly normal fade? A stylish, geometric razor cut line and a combed-up faux hawk fade!

High Fade on Short Hair
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#53: High Fade on Short Hair

If the beard doesn’t say it all, this higher fade on a short hair cut is a work of art. A smooth fade style that cleans the ear area of any hair while maintaining a thick hair styled up the flat top. It’s a clean cut that only takes a pro who knows how to use their trimmers.

#54: High Taper Fade with Part

For all the sharp-edged shape faces out there, try this high taper fade to mimic a rounder look. It’s a very professional style. For something more rugged, go with slicked-back hair. It’s one of the more popular styles for guys in their 30s.

This high fade with taper takes more maintenance than most other styles, according to Allen, so be prepared to spend more time styling your hair. Check out more men’s tapered haircuts.

#55: High Drop Fade

This haircut’s fade is its maximum potential. It’s a nicely blended high drop fade. It’s razor-sharp for its sharpness and style. The ideal face shape for such short haircuts for men should be oval, round, or oblong. The length must be kept short and smooth to look sharp. A trim is recommended once a week.

A men’s high fade haircut is when the sides and back are shaved shorter, starting closer toward the top of the head. This popular hair trend for men has been proven to be a bold way to make a statement with your hair.

Notably worn by Hollywood hunks Zayn Malik, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, and Justin Bieber, a fade haircut is for men seeking to focus all attention on the hair on top.

High Fade vs Low Fade

High fades feature a blended shaved cut that begins at or above the temple area. On the other hand, low fades start an inch or less above the ears.

There are a bunch of trendy men’s haircuts and hairstyles that can be raised by the high faded cut – buzz cut, slick back, faux hawk, crew cut, man bun, and much more. You’ll surely have a long list of options to choose from before you head to the barbershop.

Before your next haircut, check out these photos of the most popular high fade haircut ideas!