The 12 Best High Top Fade Haircuts You’ll See

The high top fade (or hi-top fade) is a haircut for black men with a long afro on top that’s shaped flat and gradually fades to very short sides. Hailing from the 1980s, this cut is a favorite among black men for its indefinite variations of styles to choose from! You can even pair your look with a hipster beard and an impressive fade art to complete the freshest look!

One of the classic hi-top fade looks was popularized by the legendary Will Smith, and now its modern versions can be seen on son Jaden Smith and basketball star Nick Young!

The face shape plays a great role in deciding the shape of your high-top and how high you should go because you don’t want to end up with an imbalanced result. You get to choose the kind of fade to partner with depending on your style and personality. Visit your barber every once in a while if you wanna keep the shape of your top hair looking sharp and your sides clean.

Once you’ve decided on these things, you’re ready to own an outstanding haircut. Check out these dope looks on how to wear a high top fade!

Short High Top with Taper Sides

Short High Top with Taper Fade
Instagram @los_the_barber

Glad they kept that bushy afro up top that keeps the skin fade ever so smoothly.

Hi-Top for Long Hair with Fade

Hi-Top for Long Hair with Fade
Instagram @deucebarbershop

Keep rows of curls growing with this hairstyle. Keep it thick and full while having it short.

Afro Fade with Hard Part

High Top Afro Fade with Hard Part
Instagram @quincy.jones1

There’s a vast expanse of styles and cuts you can do with an afro. Take for this high top fade haircut, the skin fade and the surgical line is a playful way to spice up a fro.

High Top Fade With Surgical Line

High Top Afro with Temp Fade and Surgical Line
Instagram @barbershop.one

Marvel at those lines with this box fade. Now you are a walking piece of art! This high fade highlights the surgical lines across the head.

Nappy High Top

Nappy High Top with Temp Fade
Instagram @xbigwesx

I’m all for the frizzy look! The mess up top gives an attitude to the style, with the fade as its trusty sidekick. This high top fade haircut brings attention towards the front and sides of the facial area.

Flat Top with Drop Fade

High Flat Top with Drop Fade
Instagram @binhobarbeiro

With all sorts of tapers and shaves, this hedge haircut stands out. Definitely, a must try for those kinky afro curls.

Thick Hair with Fade

High Top for Thick Hair with Fade
Instagram @travisanthonyhair

Bush out the top mane then shave off sides in a gradual style. You’ll be rocking that mohawk-looking mane in no time.

Kinky Faded Hair

Kinky Hair High Top with Fade
Instagram @andyauthentic

Let those tight curls be free with tapered-off sides. This way, you can still play with styling, concentrating on the fuller hair.

High Top Fade Haircut

High Top with Mid Fade
Instagram @sami_barbershop

Fullness at the top gradients to a clean shave giving that smooth mid transition. The high fade gives more lift from the scalp and can be contoured around the hair lines.

Naturally Curly Hair with Bald Fade

Naturally Curly Hair with Bald Fade
Instagram @johnnyfades

Q&A with style creator, Jonathan Johnson
Freelance Barber in Los Angeles, CA

How would you describe this look?

It’s a mid-to-high skin fade with natural curls on top complemented with a dark blended beard. When it comes to creating this high top fade haircut, I enjoy every step of the process – blurring out the fade to doing the lineup to sculpting and perfecting the beard. However, my favorite part of the whole thing is the dry razor shave. Misting out a puff of hairspray on the beard and going over it with a razor gets that crisp line up that’ll have the cut lasting that much longer.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Clients who are considering this high top fade haircut would want to grow their hair on the top for a couple of months depending on the length they started at. This type of hair is considered to be tight curls. Styling it only requires a light pomade applied to the top, then I use the Twist It Up comb to make the curls more defined. This is an edgy look – the combination of a messy top and clean faded sides are synonymous to organized chaos. You can combine this cut with a suit or if you want to be comfortable hanging out on the weekends.

Curly Hair with Line Design

Curly High Top Fade with Line Design
Instagram @djerrycutz

Q&A with style creator, Rudjerry Medor
Master Barber @ My Spot Barbershop in Montréal-Nord, QC


How would you describe this look?

For me, a good looking fresh hairstyle means the beginning of something new, a good day or a new adventure is about to take place. Once your hair is done, one feels more confident about who they are, ready to conquer anything, and more importantly, feels pretty handsome or beautiful.

My favorite thing about this high top fade haircut is how I let my creativity, passion, uniqueness, and challenges take over. I love taking risks when it comes to my client’s satisfaction. I love to see that happy face afterward. For this special one, my client desired to have a fresh new haircut, modern, something unique, and fashionable

In that event, I let my imagination took place and created this beautiful work of art. The high fade allows more attention to the line design.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It depends on a variety of things such as their daily routine activities, the setting that they socialize more on a daily basis, style, and personality. In addition, be aware of what their hair type is, the products that suit them best since each hair type differs from one another, just as skin type. Define if their hair is thin, curly, thick etc. Finally, how this look will convene to their daily style and personality regarding their face shape such as oval, long, round, and so on.

Dreads with Skin Fade

Q&A with style creator, Oluwaseyi Omoyeni
Hairstylist & Professional Barber @ Skalashy Next Tho Gallant in Dubai, UAE


How would you describe this look?

This high top fade haircut can be described as a low fade with nice detailing. The haircut always comes from the professional barber which is me.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Automatically, when you have a good haircut people will ask to locate your professional barber. My client is always happy to get this cut. Because of the haircut, he flew in to meet me in United Arab Emirates Dubai. That’s because I always took my time to put the smile on my client’s faces.