17 Best Low Taper Fade Haircuts and Hairstyles for Men

Low taper fade haircuts for men

A low taper fade haircut is a type of fade where the hair gets gradually shorter starting from a lower level, just above the ears. If you’re not a fan of fading too close to the skin on the sides and exposing your scalp, this one’s the most ideal to try.

Low fade means less contrast – meaning you’ll need more length on top to balance the look. Cuts like the pompadour, comb-over, side part and undercut fit this description excellently, working nicely with all hair types and styles. Tapered sides and back is a superb low-maintenance cut that’s perfect for business professionals and outgoing gents.

Here are the coolest low-taper fade haircuts for guys!

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#1: Classic Low Taper with Loose Curls on Top

Men’s low taper fade haircuts are becoming more and more popular as the styles are getting longer. This works really well with thick dark hair and the transition looks sharp. The style has been skin tapered at the ears and base of the neck blending seamlessly into the tight curls on top. This will allow your cut to grow out well. A good sea salt spray and styling powder will achieve a matte finish.

#2: Fresh Curly Kinks with a Low Taper

Curly hair with a low taper is a popular style in the afro Caribbean community. Because the curls are so tight, they don’t need cutting regularly. Your taper fade will need seeing to more often, though. I recommend some curling products or specialized afro carribean curling products to keep your hair fresh and tidy.

#3: Simple Bald Fade and Crew Cut

A simple clean trim like a skin fade could make or break a haircut. This is a good choice as the skin shave will show a bit of contrast to your crew cut.

#4: Low-Maintenance Shaggy Low Taper Fade

A shaggy low taper fade is cut with scissors using lots of layers and texture. Some barbers will use the point cutting technique and others may use a fishbone scissor. The sideburn can be tapered from the beard into the haircut, and this allows for a neat transition into the style. The style will suit most face shapes as it’s a uniform cut. This is relatively easy to maintain as you won’t need as many visits to the barbershop. To style, dry some sea salt spray into it and finish off with styling powder.

The Crew Cut with a Seamless low taper Fade
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#5: The Crew Cut with a Seamless Fade

The crew cut is a popular haircut for men that looks even better with a seamless fade. If you’re looking to try a faded style should opt for the crew cut as it is universally flattering and grows out nicely between trims.

#6: The Pompadour with a Maintained Beard

The taper fade just comes to life with a little bit of front hair teasing. The pompadour increases your hair’s volume that partners very well with the greatly maintained beard.

Trendy textured blonde wavy fringe with low taper fade
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#7: Trendy Textured Blonde Wavy Fringe

The texture combined with the fade and the delicate wavy curls is flawless.

#8: Legendary Tapered Afro for 4C Curls

Make your 4Cs stand out with a clean fade around the head. Scrunch it up just to give it body and hold it up using your favorite pomade.

Noticable Low Taper Side Part Fade with Disconnection
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#9: Noticable Side Part Fade with Disconnection

Bring out your best self with a side part that shows off your tapered fade. Puff out those parted locks for the ultimate volumized hair.

Fade undercut with beard and Rounded Layers
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#10: Undercut with a Beard and Rounded Layers

A mid fade with rounded layers is what you need to partner this undercut with. The staggering facial hair that will make you stand out.

#11: Youthful Disconnected Comb Over with a Hard Part

The hard part does its job of disconnecting the tapered fade and the comb-over. With this differentiated look, a more youthful vibe is appealed.

Perfectly cleaned up low taper fade with 360 waves
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#12: Perfectly Cleaned Up 360 Waves

The best clean-up look for a man of color is achieving the perfect waves with a neat shave and edge. This is a low-maintenance look that requires just a little bit of product.

Perked-Up Low Skin Taper Fade and Brooklyn Fade
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#13: Perked-Up Skin Fade + Brooklyn Fade

This Brooklyn Fade starts at a much closer point to the ear area. Nonetheless, a smooth transition from the temple to the top gives your a nice venue for the perked-up locks on top to stand out.

#14: Vintage Slick Back Long Hair

Long, blonde locks, just like a prince! Make it one of a kind with a cleaned-up undercut and beautiful dark roots. This cut is a modern-day disconnect using barbering techniques with fading and tapering. My favorite thing about this is the severe disconnect from the short to long. Maintenance is about every two weeks to keep up on the fade and taper on the sides. I recommend not washing your hair every day but maybe every other day to maintain the color and health of your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner to revamp the style and a protein spray to keep the color from fading.

#15: Noteworthy Mohawk Undercut Fade

Shaving approximately 2 inches above the ear and continuing around produces the right look for an undercut and a mohawk. This way, you’ll have a bigger space to play around with styling your hair. This look has a modern twist on a traditional mohawk haircut. My favorite thing about this hair cut is the transition from long to short tapper on the sides. Styling is easy – all you have to use is Redken brews clay pomade, put it in your hair while it’s damp, and let it naturally air dry. This style is great for any guy who marches to the beat of their own drum, a free spirit.

Natural Curly Hair with a Clean Drop Low Taper Fade
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#16: Natural Curly Hair with a Clean Drop Fade

When you want a quick clean-up of your curls, why not choose a clean and natural-looking cut like a low taper fade? This brings out your curls more, plus you have less hair to worry about! This is a sporty look with a clean drop fade. The top is shaped with forwarding movement. Little to no product is needed for this style if this is your natural texture. This style requires dense curly hair. It’s well suited for sports or daily life in general. It can be worn naturally or with curl lotion or a light matte pomade to accentuate the curls up top to give texture, luminance, and shape.

#17: The Versatile Pomp-Style Drop Fade

The low taper fade is a very versatile haircut and is suited to most dudes, as you can adapt the height and shape of the fade to suit any man. By combining a low skin taper fade with a pompadour, it offers short sides with a long top hairstyle, helping your if you have a round face shape due to the length of your hair on top. It gives you a modern but classic look at the same time. It’s really important to choose the proper products for the specific hair type. Since it’s a versatile haircut, you can style it in different ways depending on your hair type and the products you are using. I think if you combine the low taper fade with a pompadour style, it will give you a professional and classic look according to your personality.

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