A High Fade Haircut: The Top Ideas for Men in 2022

The best high fade haircuts for men

A high fade haircut is when the sides and back are shaved shorter starting closer towards 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 who are 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. Low fades, on the other hand, start an inch or less above the ears.

There’s a whole bunch of trendy men’s haircuts and hairstyles that can be raised up by the high faded cut – buzz cut, slick back, faux hawk, crew cut, man bun, and a lot 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!

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High Fade Comb-Over

High Fade Comb-Over
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The trending high skin fade comb-over resembles a faux hawk, all defined by the hard-line. The high fade haircut rounds the face and accentuates the comb-over even more.

High Fade with a Man Bun

High Fade with a Man Bun
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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

Super High Fade Haircut
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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 mostly worn by military personnel, but it’s still a very effective style for any guy.

High Fade Buzz Cut

High Fade Buzz Cut
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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.

High Fade with Dreads

High fade with dreads
Instagram @kingro_thebarber

High fade with dreads is a modern spin to 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.

High Fade + Fringe

High fade + fringe
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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 either add structure to a softer face shape or diminish angles for a strong conformation.

High Fade + Slick Back

High fade + slick back
Instagram @kieronthebarber

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 and 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

Curly High Top with High Fade Haircut for Afro
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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 high fade hairstyle!

High Fade Pompadour

This high fade pompadour tells us that if all else fails, you just have to 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.

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.

Higher Fade on Curly Hair

High Fade on Curly Hair
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A sharp blade is required to make a curly high fade this sleek! Complementing a high skin fade with curly hair will sure add emphasis to the hair’s natural texture.

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 really great about this high fade with part is how versatile is it as you can play with various styles using the hair on top.

High Temp Fade

High Temp Fade
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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

spiky hair with High Bald Fade
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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 that are worth flaunting!

High Skin Fade Faux Hawk

High Skin Fade Faux Hawk
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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 hawk such as this one can make the casual look one of a kind.

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. When it comes to hair products you can’t go wrong with a simple matte pomade.

Quiff with High Faded Line

Cool haircuts like this high fade with quiff aren’t for every guy. What more can you add to a seemingly normal fade? A very stylish, geometric razor cut line, and a combed-up faux hawk fade!

High Fade Undercut

High Fade Undercut
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The high faded style is highlighted more by an undercut. The textured hair resembles a light mohawk for a very diversified undercut fade.

High Fade on Short Hair

High Fade on Short Hair
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If the beard doesn’t say it all, then this higher fade on a short haircut 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 super clean cut that only takes a pro who knows how to use their trimmers.

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 30’s.

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.

High Drop Fade

High Drop Fade
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This haircut’s fade is its maximum potential, says barber Jorge Luis Barranco of California. “It’s a nicely blended high drop fade. It’s razor-sharp for its sharpness and style,” says Barranco.

The ideal face shape for such short haircuts for men should be oval, round, or oblong. The length must be kept short and smooth at all times to look sharp. A trim is recommended once a week.