21 Classic Taper Haircuts To Try Right Now

Classic taper haircut

So, you’re considering a classic taper haircut? Read on to learn what it is, what it looks like and which of these men’s hairstyles are most popular right now. The great thing about this cut is that it works with all face shapes and hair types. All you need is a little length on top to make this work. Also, the benefit of a classic tapered haircut is that it grows back evenly, which means you can allow more time in-between cuts.

What is a Taper Haircut?

The taper haircut features longer hair on top and the hair on the sides and nape gradually get shorter. Your barber or stylist will typically use scissors or shears for this haircut rather than clippers. This cut is a classic, but lately, it’s been cut shorter around the sides and back of the head.

You have several options on how you want to fade this cut down to your neckline. You can have a low, medium or high taper. You’ll see what these look like in the pictures below.

You’ll also want to consider how you want the back of your neckline cut. Rather than having a hard line where your hair stops, you can ask your barber make it tapered, which makes it blend more nicely into your skin for a clean and modern look.

Now, check out these pictures of some of the best taper haircuts this year.

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Taper Squared Neckline Haircut

Haircut with taper fade and squared neckline
Instagram @gema_moren

Blocked or squared necklines make thin necks look thicker and wider. Just be sure to visit your barber regularly for a trim as the hair can grow out faster than the usual faded necklines.

Quiff Taper Fade Haircut

Quiff with taper fade
Instagram @misterkekebarbershop

For dapper men who enjoy styling their hair every day, quiff taper haircuts are perfect, as you’ll never run out of ideas to style it. Textured, messy, straight, or curly – just make sure you’ve got the best gel or pomade with you and you’ll be good to go.

Medium Taper Haircut

Medium taper fade haircut
Instagram @barbermacp

This medium length taper haircut offers you so much versatility and attention. With the contrast the fade gives you, you can style your hair any way you want from a simple pompadour to a man bun, and it will always be legendary.

Mid Taper Haircut

Haircut with mid-taper fade and line-up
Instagram @l0udabarber

This cool mid tapered haircut with short sides gives you the advantages of having low maintenance hair in the long run. A neat line up like this would also complement your thick hair and beard giving you an outstanding sharp look.

Low Taper Haircut

Low taper haircut
Instagram @ckbarber

Taper hairstyles are never out of style because it’s easy to do and easy to maintain with any type and length of hair. Like this low taper cut, leave the length on top so you can show your personality through many options of styling.

Slicked Back Tapered Haircut

Slicked back hair with tapered fade
Instagram @michaelmartinthebarber

Tight and clean sides and neckline and a slightly longer top are all you need to have this sharp slicked-back tapered cut. This men’s haircut should be trimmed every month to keep it looking polished and tailored. For a more masculine look, grow out some facial hair like this guy.

Wavy Tapered Hair

Wavy hair with tapered brush up
Instagram @patty_cuts

All face shapes can wear this stylish haircut with a brush up. Its versatility makes it a great style for wavy, or curly hair that has fine to medium density.

High Taper Haircut

High taper fade hair
Instagram @landrokutz

You’ll get no rough edges and messy sides with a sharp and clean high taper haircut like this. There’s also a ton of variation when it comes to styling the hair with this type of fade.

Side Part Tapered Hair

Side part hair with taper hair
Instagram @barbergreg

The best look for any formal occasion or business event – this striking side part will do all the work. Use your favorite pomade or gel for a lasting hold on this Ivy League hairstyle.

Textured Taper Hairstyle

White textured hair with tapered sides
Instagram @magali_thebarber

Super stylish and legendary – this very clean icy hair with tapered sides will look great on any textured haircuts. Though this taper hairstyle needs high upkeep, anyone with the dedication to look this cool everyday should try it.

Tapered Undercut

Tapered Undercut
Instagram @donkeykongbeardsley

If you prefer to keep your hair a little longer, the undercut would be a great choice as it gives you endless styling options while looking neat at all times. This temple taper works best for younger guys with longer hair.

Short Taper Haircut with Beard

Short taper cut with beard
Instagram @donkeykongbeardsley

This is short taper haircut is one of the coolest with a beard for the everyday man. Just look at the smooth transition from that fresh cut to the beard. Short taper cuts like this are perfect for a guy who has an active lifestyle.

Side Swept Combover Scissor Cut

Side Swept Combover Scissor Cut
Instagram @barbergreg

This side swept classic taper cut is slightly disconnected for a modern, on-trend hairstyle. The longer length on top gives the bonus of more styling versatility.

Tapered Afro for Black Men

Afro with taper fade and line up for black men
Instagram @reggiethabarber

A popular haircut for men of all ages – the afro taper is most suitable for men in the business profession as it has a professional yet sharp look to it. You can style it with a neat line up to add some edge.

Long Taper Haircut

Long Tapered Haircut
Instagram @jesspealerhair

Q&A with style creator, Jess Pealer
Hairstylist @ Lunatic Fringe Salon in Holladay, UT

How would you describe this look?

This is a long taper haircut. It is cut with the direction that the style will be worn, the clean-cut perimeter on the hairline and tapered sides.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take into consideration that it looks best on men with the oblong or oval face structure and a man with either a decent amount of hair or hair that is individually thicker.

This style also requires some grooming creme. I prefer the Bumble and Bumble texture creme. Then to get the best results, taking a paddle brush and a blow dryer and brushing it back and off to the side will give the most volume, cleanest look with shine.

Some men let it air dry but the results will look different. Finish it with a tiny bit of Sumotech matte clay pomade that is emulsified in your hands before application. This just seals the style in place.

Taper Crew Cut

Q&A with style creator, Josh Paoli
Professional Hairdresser @ Studio NN in San Diego, CA

How would you describe this look?

Simple, modern, and timeless. This cut was buzzed short on the sides and left slightly longer on top. The taper crew cut is a classic men’s hairstyle.

What I like the most about this hairstyle is being able to roll out of bed, put a little product in your hair, and walk out the door looking so dapper.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is great for guys who are active and don’t like to spend a lot of time fixing their hair. Just use a little fiber pomade or wax for texture and height.

Because of its short length it will lose its shape quickly, and you’ll need to get your haircut every 2-3 weeks for maintenance. Also, beware of the sun. You might want to consider using sunscreen to protect your scalp.

The best suited face shapes for the crew cut are oval, round, and square.

Classic Taper Haircut

Classic taper haircut
Instagram @aliltaste

Q&A with style creator, Kandarah Cuthbert
Hairstylist @ Daniel Christopher Aveda Salon in Regina, SK

How would you describe this look?

I’d say this is a pretty classic cut with a taper on the sides that can work for a lot of men/people. I like it because it works for varying ages and styles.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always like to consider how much effort someone wants to put in. For this guest, his hair is naturally quite straight and dense and all he needs to do is push it back with his fingers and let it air dry.

A style like this can be easy but also difficult to style depending on hair texture and growth direction, so it’s important to look at a lot of different pictures to make sure you pick the version of this style that will work best for you.

Taper Hairstyle For Thin Hair

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Hastings
Stylist @ CRAFT Hair + Co. in Nashville, TN

How would you describe this look?

I call this a low-maintenance taper. My favorite thing about fades or tapers is that they are perfect for men who can’t make it to the salon or barber shop every three weeks like clockwork. Tapers and fades, when done well, can last 4-6 weeks.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel like this look is for any man! It is very customizable for every head or face shape and texture. This look does require hair products and styling on top. In this pic, I used Evo Crop Strutters which is a medium hold styling cream.

You can add it in wet and blow dry it or you can slightly air dry your hair and add it in later for a more casual style. You can comb it out smooth for a professional look or rough it up for something more playful. I have done this type of style on many different types of men – musicians, restaurant managers, salesmen, college students, etc. Tapers are a very versatile cut.

Taper Pompadour Scissor Cut

Q&A with style creator, Jon Franklyn
Barber Shop Manager @ Smooth Operators Male Grooming in Battle, Sussex

How would you describe this look?

This look is the classic pompadour which has always been favorite to cut and style. This style has been around for a long time and its popularity always remains. I love the sleek finish that can be achieved from this cut, and it can be worn by anyone.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style can be tailored to suit any face shape as it can be modified quite easily. If you have a round face then get as much height in the fringe as possible and keep the sides really tight. This will then lengthen the look of your face.

If you have a long face then blow dry the fringe back as not to get as much height and leave some length on the sides. This will then bring a bit of width to the face. If you have an oval face shape then you can adopt any of these techniques to create any outcome.

This is a very clean cut finish and can suit any personality. It’s favoured by many walks of life. It does take time to style this in the morning, so if you want to take this on you will have to allow yourself some time in the morning to do it.

With styling products, I always use a 3 tier approach to maintain hold and longevity. First I will apply a volume spray throughout and then blow dry it into shape with a small roller brush to get height and smoothness. I will then go in with a small amount of matte paste or clay to keep a dry and natural finish. Then comb it into place with a wide toothed comb to create the streaked effect. I will then finish it of with a dusting of strong hold hairspray or gel spray.

Taper Hairstyle For Thick Hair

taper hairstyle for thick hair
Instagram @hairbymercer

Q&A with style creator, John Mercer
Independent Stylist in Dallas, TX

How would you describe this look?

This is a great example of classic taper haircuts. The thing I like most about this taper fade and cut is that a classic shape is always in style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it. It looks great on most face shapes and is a perfect fit for the business professional.

It can be modified for recessions and thinning. Products, such as Living Proof Multi-tasking Styler, work well with most textures. Pomades by Ruezel give a great finish for thick, coarse textures.

Long Taper

Long Taper
Instagram @apostoloscutz

A really long comb over like this, partnered with long cut tapers keep the hair growth to a manageable level. Keeping it sleek while having a neat cut!