The low fade haircut is a classic men’s haircutting technique used to add a touch of edge and style to any men’s hairstyle. With a lower fade cut, the hair on the sides of the head is tapered down towards the lower portion of the head. The fade is incredibly versatile, too, as you can combine it with other men’s hairstyles like pomps, faux hawks, and side parts.
A fade that’s lower works with any haircut or hairstyle for men who are white, black, Latino, and Asian. Just so you know, all you need to know and decide upon is what kind of lower fade at the sides you’ll get. If you feel disconnected and you’re tired of your classic fade or high fade, this might be a great new option.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of low fade haircut ideas from some of the world’s best barbers.
The Best Low Fade Haircuts for Men
#1: Hipster Low Drop Fade
Go shorter and neater without sacrificing a stylish edge with this low-drop fade cut! It would be best if you tried it when you have thick, straight hair. You can style it however you want, but adding more volume makes a true statement. To get this low fade with long hair, blow dry your hair, then use wax to achieve this suave finish.
#2: Low Fade with a Layered Long Top
Feeling like your same old fade is getting kinda boring? Opt for this low fade with a long layered top! I recommend asking your barber for a length on top that best suits your face. Use a blow dryer to help give that added length height and all-day hold. If your hair is on the coarse, dry side, use a pomade to style it.
#3: Side-Parted Low-Fade Cut
Dare to be different? I suggest this side-parted low fade cut. You can wear a haircut like this down and forward for a crop-type feel or up and blow dried for some spiked texture.
#4: Low Fade Brushed-Up Quiff
If you’re looking for a more subtle version of a mohawk, this low fade brushed-up quiff may be perfect for you! This haircut gives the appearance of a faux hawk shape in the back. But without being too long, and a textured top to style. I suggest taking a matte clay home with you to add height and a light-hold, textured feel to this haircut.
#5: Low Fade Haircut with Flat Fringe
Does this picture draw your attention? You can call it a low fade haircut with a flat fringe, otherwise known as a textured crop, next time you see your barber. A haircut like this consists of a taper fade on the sides with some extra length left for the hair on the top. It will allow you to effortlessly and easily style your fringe into an edgy, messy look! Pick up your favorite matte clay for the best results.
#6: Low Buzz Fade on Short Textured Hair
Wanting to try out a fade haircut on the sides and back? To wear this look, ask your barber for a low buzz fade on short textured hair. Or, bring this picture to your next appointment!
#7: Low Fade Cut and Loose Texture Style
Looking for something new and easy? A low fade cut and loose textured style is a hairstyle that allows you to have a nice, clean feeling on the sides. And, enough length left up top to suit your facial shape. Brush back away from your face when styling for a relaxed feel.
#8: Short Low-Faded Choppy Haircut
Like a short haircut that will stand out in the crowd and look neat and structured? Show your barber this short low-faded choppy haircut for some inspo. Your barber will know how to make this hairstyle work for you.
#9: Side-Swept Style with Low Faded Sides
A side-swept style with low faded sides is a haircut that is trendy, easy to style, and one of the most fun styles of the year. Pair with a matte clay such as Hanz de Fuko’s Quicksand for an edgy, piecey look.
#10: Low Fade V-Shaped Cut with Spiky Top
Fades can be done in many different ways. A low fade V-shaped cut with a spiky top is a good option if you want more hair to style. The fade starts at the temple and then shapes down to the nape of the neck on both sides. This creates the V. Texture has been cut into the top using various techniques, such as point cutting. A good styling product to use to create texture is styling powder.
#11: Sharp Low Fade on Thick Hair
Some like to keep a good amount of hair, but thick hair needs controlling. This sharp low fade on thick hair has been kept super low and blended heavily to keep as much of the hair as possible. It was then kept quite tight to the head on the transition up to the top. The length has been left to create style and texture. This will need daily styling to keep its shape. A good option for styling would be to dry sea salt spray and finish off with styling powder for added texture.
#12: Low Fade Cut and Curved Surgical Line
Dark, thick hair is great for creating blurry fades and sharp finishes. This low fade cut and curved surgical line fit perfectly with the hair type. The design has been razored with a cutthroat for a prominent finish. Razored designs only really last a week or so. The choice is yours to have the same one redone or leave it to grow out and have a new design cut in.
#13: Textured Layers with Temp Fade
Thick hair is great for creating a smooth fade. Being dark is another added bonus. This style has textured layers cut in with a blurry temple fade. It has been arched down to the back of the head to compliment the head shape. For a natural-looking finish, use sea salt spray and styling powder for extra texture.
#14: Low-Faded Slick Back Style
Longer hair is preferred by some, so to keep with the choice, a low faded slick back style has been used. This has been faded short around the ears and transitioned into the top at the midpoint. This style is relatively easy to upkeep, and little time is needed in the morning for it. An easy way to do this is to apply some pomade to slightly damp hair and let it dry naturally.
#15: Low Drop Fade on a Caesar Cut
Shorter hair is a good choice for ease of styling and upkeep, this low drop fade on a Caesar cut fits perfectly. The fringe and temple lines have been cut in sharply. The fade has been dropped around the ears to add to the flow of the cut. To keep the style smoothed out, I recommend drying some sea salt spray forward into the hair. Finish off with some matte clay.
#16: Mini Afro with Low Fade and Line-Up
Afro-Caribbean hair is cut in a different way. Because of the curls, it needs cutting from all directions. This mini Afro with low fade and line up has been dropped around the ears and to the nape of the neck to keep the shape. Enhancement sprays are often used to aid the line up. These are sharpened using a cutthroat razor for a better finish.
#17: High Volume on Top with Low Taper
If you wanted a longer style, a high volume on top with low taper could suit you. The fade has been kept low and tapered to leave more hair to transition into the top. For extra length on top, these styles are disconnected at the front, leaving more hair for shape. I recommend using a volume spray and finishing off with matte clay.
#18: Textured Mohawk with a Burst Fade
A very popular choice of style that I see more of now is a textured mohawk with a burst fade. It’s similar to a textured crop with a low fade, but more length is left at the back and base of the neck. The curls add to the texture and are great for creating volume. A good way to style this would be to apply some curling cream and leave it to dry naturally. If you manipulate the curls too much, it can create unwanted frizz.
#19: Low Tapered Wavy Hair with Shaved Lines
This low tapered wavy hair with shaved lines is popular with younger gents. The textured waves with low fade really suit the shape of the head and make the style flow. The lines have been cut into the fade at the point where it looks most prominent. These are generally razored in with a cutthroat to make them stand out more.
#20: Curly French Crop with Low Fade
Styles can be adapted to suit the hair type. This curly French crop with a low fade suits the shape of the head and flows nicely. The transition has been kept low, and the edges tapered to the skin. This will let the cut grow out into a nice shape. Generally, curls like this are best left natural, as too much manipulation can cause frizz.
#21: Low Fade with Shaved Lines and Fringe
This cut works best for guys with short to medium-length hair and longer faces. The sides are faded up to the temples, leaving length at the top for styling options like a quiff or fringe. To add extra definition, you can also ask your barber to add some shaved lines into the cut as well. Styling wise, I suggest a product with light hold. Try Hanz De Fuko Quicksand. It will give you enough texture without weighing down your hair too much.
#22: Casual 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.
#23: Textured Crop with a Lower Fade Haircut
Show your charm and cool vibes with a textured crop with a low fade style. This haircut looks great on men with oval faces and all hair types.
#24: Classic Low Fade with Bangs
The classic low fade with bangs is one of the best men’s hairstyles. You can easily keep your length on top and boost your overall look with an expert fade around the ears and neck.
#25: Stand Out Low Faded with a Curly Top
Many guys are rocking mullets, and this low faded style with a curly top is a modern take on a classic style. It has faded over the ears, and a lot of weight has been left to style. There is a drawback to this style with thick hair, and that is that it can become a little voluminous. So, one of the best ways to control that is to ask to have it thinned. This, in turn will make it easier for you to manage and style.
#26: Stylish Low Fade with a Messy Top
Your hair can have some texture up top, too, with this stylish low fade with a messy top. Ash your barber your a skin fade with just enough length left on top to style. With the right dry clay styling product, I recommend Malin + Goetz hair pomade, you can scrunch the product into damp or dry hair for the right amount of controlled chaos up top for style.
#27: Cool-Toned Red Hair with a Low Fade
You might like a bit of length on top but tight around the ears. If so, consider something like this cool-toned red hair with a low fade. The low fade works well with his complexion. Keeping some hair is the most effective way to make his face glow more. With skin fades, the skin underneath can be very pale as it doesn’t see the sun much. So this can create the illusion of a pale complexion. Tell your barber that you want a skin taper, not a skin fade.
#28: Thick Curls + Low Fade
The thick curls and low fade style is getting more and more popular. Keeping a low fade, almost even a skin taper around the edges, keeps them tight and clean. You will need to treat and style your curls to avoid frizz, and matting a good styling cream or curling mousse will help. The beauty of this cut is that you control how often you want it done, as a good low fade will grow out nicely.
#29: Handsome 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 fade that suits men with thick hair.
#30: Easy Low Fade and Hard Part Hairstyle
A low fade and hard part hairstyle is an excellent choice for any young adult. Any man with any lifestyle can rock this cut. A great option when growing out the top of your hair and don’t know what to do, don’t forget to ask your barber for a hard part to make this cut a head turner.
#31: Low Fade Blowout for Textured Hair
A low fade blowout for textured hair is a go-to for this hair type. While textured hair, and the areas around the ears and nape can be annoying, a low fade blowout is a perfect solution. It gets rid of the area annoying you the most while looking sharp.
#32: Short Textured Waves with Low Fade
Short textured waves with a low fade are a very trendy hairstyle. A bit high-maintenance, considering the styling on top. The texture waves give a fuller look. Any dude suffering from thinning hair would benefit from this style.
#33: Messy Pompadour with Low Fade
Messy pompadour with low fade is a sleek, stylish look. The low fade gives the perfect amount of contrast to complement the pompadour. Any light pomade will complete the look and is ideal for all working professionals.
#34: Classic Low Fade Faux Hawk
Looks neat and dapper—how can you say no to a nice low fade plus faux hawk hairstyle like this? This fade fauxhawk shows off the fullness of low-cut hair. It’s a popular choice for men who love business attire and casual street-style outfits.
#35: Modern Pompadour Side Part with Low Fade
Here’s a modern pompadour side part with a low cut. It offers neat sides and nape that complement long top hair. This side-parted pompadour with low fade works great on men’s hair that’s either fine or dense.
#36: Dapper Low Skin Fade for Black Men
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.
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#37: Trendy 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. Haircuts like this are very trendy right now.
#38: Cool 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.
#39: Cropped Curls with Low Fade
These cropped curls with a low fade haircut for men are edgy and messy. A haircut with a low fade around the sides will upgrade your simple mohawk to this curly hair faux hawk and bring youthfulness and attraction without being too stylized.
#40: Awesome Low Fade with a Beard
This haircut is a low skin fade with a little texture crop on the top and a combover for the finished style, plus the beard as the finishing style. 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. If you want to try this low-top fade, you must have a suitable hair type, such as spiky or wavy.
#41: Low Drop Fade with Twists Blowout
Standout twisted curls look more modern when paired with a low drop fade cut and that tight, which will leave you feeling fresh all day! Seek a barber if you want a sponge twist low faded style like this. It has an on-trend look for gents who want to add texture to their afro. This fade cut gives a clean finish and draws the eyes to the defined curls.
In order to achieve this fade, your hair must be shampooed and conditioned first, preferably with high-moisture products such as mineral oil, paraben, and sulfate-free. A leave-in conditioner should be applied liberally to the hair to add moisture. Follow it with 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! Rub it around the hair for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the extent of curl definition you want above your low faded sides.
#42: Lower 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 your curly hair, and you’ll embrace your natural texture with flair. Use clay when styling to help define your curls.
#43: Bald + Low Faded Line Up
A bald fade haircut is so effortless to style! The thing about a fresh faded haircut is it’s classic and never goes out of style. This bald low fade + lineup works on thin hair and will suit whatever vibe you’re going for.
#44: Easy 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 will make it look dapper. Opt for this low fade buzz cut, and you won’t have a problem with styling.
#45: Perfect Low Burst Faded Cut
Yes, short and low faded 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 with sea salt foam to enhance your hair texture while acting as a heat protectant.
#46: Amazing Quiff with Low Fade Undercut
A low fade quiff is one trend that gives elegant touch and cleaner finish to your style. So, here’s one, paired with a low fade undercut that you must try! With clean sides and longer hair on top, you’re going to achieve a versatile quiff. Freehand styling will help you shape your hair after a good blow-dry.