16 Awesome Low Skin Fade Haircut Ideas

Picture of the best low skin fade haircuts for men

A low skin fade haircut is a men’s haircut that involves long hair on top which gradually gets shorter until skin-level as it goes down to the sides and nape area. Also commonly called a bald fade or a zero fade, the skin fade brings with it a crisp contrast.

Plus, having it low makes it an awesome match for modern hairstyles like pompadours, faux hawks, quiffs, high tops, undercuts, and a lot more others! No matter the length of the top hair, Afro barber Matthew Odediran exhibits how to work the low skin fade magic on various styles, textures, and lengths.

Cutting your hair down to the skin creates a low-upkeep, laidback, and clean look that could last for weeks, meaning that it’s a perfect fade for both business or casual settings.

See how celebrity dreamboats Cristiano Ronaldo, Zayn Malik, Tom Hardy, and Adam Levine flaunt their low skin fade cuts handsomely in and out of action!

For the most recent and popular examples, take a look at this collection of low skin fade haircuts that will make you look no further!

Faux Hawk

Low skin fade faux hawk
Instagram @andrei_staicu98

Style with gel or mousse to create a spiked fohawk. The low shaved sides balance out the fullness up top.

Slicked Back

Slick back hair with low skin fade
Instagram @cheobarberpr

Combed over the back creates a cleaned up look. The mid-fade is the contrasted addition that you would want to try.

Disconnected Undercut

Low skin fade disconnected undercut
Instagram @barberamazan

Ask your barber for a shave that is close to the skin while having the top portion full. Style fluff accordingly.

Comb Over

Comb Over
Instagram @alexis_barber24

All the hair hat remains after that sharp shave can be slicked towards the sides. Gel those streaks up!

High Top

High Top
Instagram @barberstylespain

The curls do all the work here but the skin fade complements it nonetheless.

Low Skin Fade with Beard

Low skin fade with bear
Instagram @_srlucaslima

A little rough around the edges wouldn’t hurt. Tousle up those layers, shave the sides instead of the beard and you’ll be good to go.

Caesar Cut

Caesar cut with low skin fade
Instagram @ghostbarberjv

Revolutionary and bold, a caesar cut is just what you need to amp up your style. The shaved sides give it a nice taste of balanced volume.

Quiff

Quiff
Instagram @reyesthebarber

Partner anything full like a quiff to skin shaved sides and you’ll surely rock any party!

Long Hair on Top

Low skin fade with long hair on top
Instagram @bryanfadezz

If you’re still not ready to let go of your long locks, try this fade that will surely ease you into having shorter hair in the future.

Wavy Hair

Wavy hair with low skin fade
Instagram @mancavebarbershopaus

Mesmerizing waves that fades into a clean cut puts in that feminine factor that is quite attractive.

Pompadour

Pompadour with low skin fade
Instagram @real_barbers_

Go home or go hard indeed! This attention-seeking puff with a fade is the real definition of extra.

Textured and Messy

Textured and messy haircut with low skin fade
Instagram @rabstarbuzz

The ready-to-go hair. The bed hair. The not so bad hair day. With a full hair on top and minimal hair to style at the sides, the possibilities are endless for this super easy to maintain cut.

Crew Cut

Q&A with style creator, Dominic Grech
Barber @ The Blind Barber in Mosta, MT

How would you describe this look?

I would describe the faded mohawk as “awesome is what it is”. This haircut carries a lot of benefits when it comes to styling. Having the upper section of the hair longer than the rest makes it more easy to style, depending on the client’s mood, outfit, or occasion. The faded mohawk will always have you covered.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this look for someone who is fashion forward, strong-charactered, and who can own the look. Having well defined facial characteristics would also bring the best out of this hairstyle.

With regard to products, I would say that to create a volume and scruffy effortless look, the boost powder would be the best option. A matte dry look, a clay, or a matte wax would be another suitable option.

Ivy League

Q&A with style creator, Alexandra Barber
Barber @ Suave Barber Club in Coventry, UK


How would you describe this look?

This is a really stylish, modern, and versatile look. The fade in this style has been left low and very short and then it starts to blend into more length and volume around the temples. This hairstyle looks really good when the hair is slicked back, creating a polished and well-groomed look.

I especially love the fade style, as it’s a very popular cut at the minute. All fades look different and create a different effect on each head and hair types.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Always blow dry into shape after washing and depending on the overall look they were after to use either a strong wax or hair powder (which has the same effect but more natural look).

With this particular hair cut, I believe it allows people to see themselves in a different, tidier, polished light. It creates a sense of hair pride which encourages them to take more care of their appearance – this look changes lives.

As stated before, this is an extremely versatile hairstyle. Men, women, and children can all have this hairstyle. It also works on all hair types too, hence why the style is so popular.

As this style is so short, it does require regular maintenance. A visit to the barber every 2-3 weeks would suffice.

For Curly Hair

For Curly Hair
Instagram @rdrgzhair_

Q&A with style creator, Lolín Rodríguez
Owner @ Supremo Professional Hairdressing in Málaga, Spain


How would you describe this look?

In this style, I was inspired by the type of hair that in this case presented, one forward direction and one medium undulation. Thus enhancing its undulation and giving it a natural effect accompanied by a very soft blur while maintaining harmony.

What I like most about this style is to take advantage of its natural form and not alter it, thus giving a very comfortable result for day to day.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this type of styles, we usually apply a curl-enhancing styling base and dry naturally.

Hard Part

Hard Part
Instagram @capo_thebarber

Q&A with style creator, José Manuel Guzmán
Barber / Stylist @ Skilled Barber in Levittown, Puerto Rico


How would you describe this look?

This is a low skin fade haircut with a blended beard and a hard part and a pompadour hairstyle. My favorite thing is doing the blow drying process to create this awesome classic look with a nice definition with a custom comb created by SJ precision by Sherwin.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Let your hair grow and take care of it with quality products to give the hair the nutrition it needs to be healthy, so the hairstyle can be done correctly and look awesome as it is. Don’t expose the hair too much to the sun because it can be damaged. For blow drying, I use some serum or leave-in conditioner, and after blow drying it, to create the hairstyle, I use Skilled Barber Hair Pomade to create a nice natural shine and mold the hairstyle before finishing it with some hair spray.