The Top 13 Examples of Mid Fade Haircuts for Men

Popular mid fade haircuts for men

A mid fade is a type of fade cut that starts at a level between the temples and the ears. Starting the fade halfway down gives you the benefits of length and contrast simultaneously, allowing for the perfect balance in any cut.

Everyday styling’s a breeze when you’ve got a fade like this paired with a long-top-short-sides haircut. There’d be no problem if you decide on showing off a quiff, a pompadour, a brush-back, and even a simple side part or an edgy undercut.

If you’re the type who digs short haircuts, the middle fade is still your prime choice. Believe it when you see Will Smith, Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Bieber, and Tom Hardy’s signature looks matched with this fitting fade!

Whether you decide to keep volume, texture, or neatness for your mane – this fade always manifests how versatile it can be. With regular barber visits and trims, it’s candidly easy to maintain your desired side and back faded lengths.

Impress your peers with these strongly popular mid fade haircuts! Choose one now and see the difference.

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Long Hair Slicked Back with Mid Skin Fade

Slicked Back with Skin Mid Fade
Instagram @nickbarford

A clear canvas like a mid bald fade is the unmatched partner for long hair that is combed straight. You can even style it slicked back by using wide-tooth combs to create patterns.

Hard Part Comb Over with Medium Skin Fade

Mid Fade Hard Part Comb Over
Instagram @abu_barber

A hard part haircut with a mid fade creates a majestic frame for the brushed up top to really be the star of the cut. Of course, a smooth medium fade shave around the head must be done to balance out the whole look.

Short Top Crew Cut with Mid Taper Fade

Short Top Crew Cut with Taper Mid Fade Taper
Instagram @morgthebarber

Geometric edges give this mid taper fade hairstyle the shape it needs to appear all tidy against the full-on crew cut. Even with a short trim, the top can be styled in any manner, like side-swept like this one.

Mid Fade with Short Waves for Black Men

Mid Fade with Short Waves for Black Men
Instagram @vicblends

Yes, you can still do waves on short hair with a mid fade! Get the latest clean-up with neat edges, a zero shave around the head, and some distinct waves.

Mid Fade Cut on Curly Hair

Mid Fade Cut on Curly Hair
Instagram @zackthebarber

A clean shaved arch sets a wonderful stage for medium length curly hair to stand out. Make sure to trim the sides short enough for texture then leave the top curled and long.

The Medium Fade Quiff

Quiff haircut with Low Mid Fade
Instagram @josielschaper

The medium mid fade hairstyle is the essential partner of this brushed up quiff that has longer hair on top. The surgical line on the fade further highlights the short chops.

Disconnect Undercut with Mid Bald Fade

Disconnect Undercut with bald mid fade
Instagram @bolly.c.u

This middle skin fade and the textured wavy mohawk-like hairstyle is just separated with a blunt line. Forward but also innovative, this cut is a revolutionary one that brings masculinity to another level.

The Mid Drop Fade on Short Hair

Mid Drop Fade on short hair
Instagram @ramirez.el.barbero

Even with short hair, you can still achieve your desired mid drop fade haircut with a little bit of layering. Clean up along the temples and the beard for an overall connected look.

The Long Top Pompadour with Mid Fade Side

A mid bald fade haircut that grows to have thicker hair as you go to the top is the perfect base for this high pompadour. Set with a strong spray to keep the form last all day.

Q&A with style creator, Anthony Giannotti
Barber / Owner @ Victory Crown Barber Co in Sacramento, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a mid skin fade pompadour with lots of texture. I really love classic cuts like this. It allows for a modern approach to style with a classic look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You’re definitely going to need the right barber and product for this look. The bangs need to be cut longer than the crown, so it folds over correctly. You’ll need a light feeling but heavy hold product like my Victory Crown Barber Co Matte to hold it in place.

This cut is great for guys with wider faces. The long narrow top will square out the corners of your head and thin your face out.

Messy Hair with Mid Zero Fade

The layers are much more evident with this mid fade cut. Even a shorter trim is just like a simple fade but indeed contributes to a tidier cut.

Q&A with style creator, Luke Queen
Studio Stylist @ Sharp As An Errol Barber School in West Virginia, USA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a drop fade undercut. The client wanted to style it himself, so he touched it up after I did the cut. My favorite thing about this cut is just the drop fade itself. In my opinion, a good drop fade gives a much more natural look and complements the head shape better than just a low fade.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use a product like a paste. I gave my client Original By Blumaan Styling Meraki to try, and he loved it. It has a nice fresh mint scent with a good hold and low shine.

The Buzz Cut

The Buzz Cut
Instagram @jord_thebarber

Q&A with style creator, Jordan Giles
Barber @ Pellier Barbers in Brighton, UK

How would you describe this look?

This is a very clean mid fade cut and smart look that can be incorporated with many fashion/outfit styles.

I love the straight cut fringe with just enough length left so that it can also be worn messy (maybe with some matte clay) and still look very cool and natural. Here, I used an 8 grade on top.

The skin fade is smart and timeless, giving a very masculine touch to a haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When going to the skin, the hair will appear to grow a lot quicker, giving you the desire to get more frequent haircuts. I get mine cut every fortnight.

Also, some corporate companies frown upon skin fades, as it looks too militant. That’s why it’s best to check with your employer depending on where you work.

This is a very easy haircut to maintain if you have straight hair. I would just recommend getting a light hold product to keep it in place and maybe some hairspray.

If you have curly hair, I would recommend blow-drying the hair forwards then using a strong dry look clay, but it’s always good to experiment to see what works best for you!

The Faux Hawk Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Gustavo Vieira
Barber @ Gustavo Vieira Barber in Minas Gerais, BR

How would you describe this look?

The faux hawk cut with a mid fade is a very modern cut that lavishes joviality, but it can also be discreet. It is also a very versatile cut because it can be made in any type of hair (smooth, curly, or wavy), assuming different shapes in each type. It is also free to use in any face format.

The main feature that I love about a faux hawk is the convenience and the ease of combing since it is a “messy” cut and is not as static, as it can have many variations on each client.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My main tip is to use matte effect ointments or powdered ointment and always remember to pull the tuft to separate the threads and make it fall on the forehead.

Textured Spiky Hair + Medium Fade

Textured Spiky Hair + Medium Fade
Instagram @stevestyles__

Q&A with style creator, Steve Olivares
Barber / Stylist @ House of Fade Barbershop in Artesia, CA

How would you describe this look?

My favorite part of this hairstyle is how evenly the contrast from the mid fade and the beard fade is flowing throughout the whole head. Also, I like how the weight around the crown is being conserved but blended into the hairstyle as well. The texture on the hairstyle is what makes this all stand out. Adding the right amount of texture and style will allow your haircut to have the right balance with the fade and style.

One thing to consider as a stylist or barber while doing a style like this is to know what type of fade to give the client and how much weight the stylist will want to retain to have balance throughout the head shape to fit the client.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hairstyle was created to fit models or clients with long oval face shapes and men without sharp edge ups or receding hair to help add more volume and density to the hair.

I recommend low maintenance styling products such as texture volumizing powders, matte or clay paste that allow the client or model to have a two-day-old look type of style. This hairstyle fits people with a modeling lifestyle, academic lifestyle, or even for business professionals. Any lifestyle can fit this style for the simple fact that it is eye-appealing and gives a great good impression.