A low fade is a haircutting technique that tapers down the sides of the hair towards the ear and neckline. Low fade hairstyles are also called skin fades, taper fades, and burst fades. Low fade haircuts are versatile and can add a touch of class and elegance to a man’s style.
A fade that’s lower works with any haircut or hairstyle, for men who are white, black, Latino, and Asian. All you need to know and decide upon is what kind of fade you’ll get.
If you feel disconnected and you’re tired of your classic fade or high fade, then this might be a great new option for you. Below, I’ve put together some of the best pictures of low fade haircuts from some of the world’s best barbers. Take a look and get inspired by your next fade!
The Best Low Fade Haircuts for Men
Short Crew Cut with Low Bald Fade
A low bald fade cut for guys doesn’t only have to be stylish; it must also make you feel something. Feel free and fresh with this clean cut chop! It’s a short crew cut with a low bald fade that suits men with thick hair.
Low Fade Faux Hawk
Looks neat and dapper—how can you say no to a nice low fade hairstyle like this? This low fade fauxhawk shows off the fullness of low cut hair. It’s a popular choice for men who love both business attire and casual street style outfits.
Textured Crop with Low Fade
Show your charm and cool vibes by having this subtle textured crop with a low fade style. This haircut looks great on men with oval faces and all hair types.
Modern Pompadour Side Part with Low Fade
A low fade hairstyle is popular due to its versatility. Here’s a modern pompadour side part with a low fade, which is a perfect example. It offers neat sides and nape that complement long top hair. This pompadour low cut works great on mens hair that is fine and dense hair, too!
Low Skin Fade
Aspire to look fresh and clean by pairing a line up haircut with a low skin fade for black men. The messy top and low razor fade bring it all together.
Low Taper Fade
This cut is known as a low taper fade. To achieve a more voluminous style, ask your barber to give you tapered sides, and leave your top hair long. When styling this low taper fade haircut, a hairspray or tonic is a good option.
Low Fade Comb-Over
A low fade short comb over is one of the best classic low fade hairstyles for gentlemen, that works great for any hair texture or length. Low fade haircuts like this are very trendy right now.
Slicked Back with Low Fade
A slicked back with low fade pompadour can be rocked in any style or matched with any outfit as long as your hair provides the length. Medium to long hair on top works best.
Cropped Curls with Low Fade
This cropped curls with a low fade haircut is edgy and messy. A haircut with a low fade will upgrade your simple mohawk to this kind of curly hair faux hawk and brings youthfulness and attraction without being too stylized.
Low Fade with a Beard
This is a low fade with a beard. If you have a long face, try this well-trimmed chin strap beard so you can freely wear any hairstyle without making your face seem longer.
Q&A with style creator, German Mena
Barber / Founder @ Gmena Elite Barbershop in Waterbury, CT
How would you describe this?
This haircut is a low skin fade with a little texture crop on the top and a combover for the finished style.
What’s your best advice?
If you want to try this low fade, you have to have a suitable hair type such as spiky or wavy hair.
Low Fade with Twists Blowout
Standout twisted curls look more modern when paired with a low fade hair cut and that tight line up, which will leave you feeling fresh all day.
Q&A with style creator, Yvonne Diogo
Director @ Nubian Crown Hair Studio in Gauteng, South Africa
How would you describe this?
This is a sponge twist low faded style that has an on-trend look for both gents and ladies who want to add texture to their afro.
This fade cut gives a clean finish and draws the eyes to the defined curls.
What’s your best advice?
In order to achieve this drop fade, your hair has to be shampooed and conditioned first, preferably with high moisture products that are mineral oil, paraben, and sulfate-free.
A leave-in conditioner should be applied liberally to the hair to add moisture. Follow it with a shea butter and castor oil cocktail to accentuate the curls. To make the cocktail, place a pea-sized scoop of shea butter and castor oil onto the palm of your hands, rub your hands together, then work the cocktail into your hair.
Now, you are ready to use the twist sponge. Simply rub it around the hair for 3 to 5 minutes depending on the extent of curl definition you want.
Low Fade for Curly Hair
With neat sides and nape plus the thick, fuller-looking hair on top, the contrast in this haircut + low fade is exquisite. Try this low cut fade for curly hair of yours, and you’ll embrace your natural texture with so much flair. Use a clay when styling to help define your curls.
Low Drop Fade
Go shorter and neater without sacrificing a stylish edge! Here’s a low drop fade cut you should try when you have thick, straight hair. You can style it however you want, but adding more volume makes a true statement. To get this hair, men blow your hair dry, then use wax to achieve this very suave finish.
Bald Low Fade Line Up
A bald fade haircut is so effortless to style! The thing about a fresh low fade haircut is it’s classic and never goes out of style. This bald low fade + line up will suit whatever vibe you’re going for.
Low Fade Buzz Cut
If you’re the guy with straight and thick hair who loves a sleek finish, this buzz cut with a low fade is for you! The fullness of your thicker hair is what will make it look so dapper. Opt for this low fade buzz cut, and you won’t have a problem with styling.
Low Burst Fade
Yes, short haircuts make a stylish look, too! This low burst fade will emphasize your hair texture on top. Your natural waves will bring out fullness to your brown hair. Finish it off with a sea salt foam to enhance your hair texture while acting as a heat protectant, as well.
Quiff with Low Fade Undercut
Low fade cuts are one of those trends that give elegant touch and cleaner finish to your style. So, here’s a quiff with a low fade undercut that you must try! With clean sides and longer hair on top, you’re gonna achieve a versatile quiff. Freehand styling will help you shape your hair after a good blow-dry.