21 Awesome Taper Haircut Trends in 2018

So, you’re considering a taper haircut? Read on to learn what it is, what it looks like and what styles are most popular. 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 taper is that it grows back evenly, which means you can allow more time in-between cuts.

What is a Taper Haircut

The taper haircut is when your hair is longer on top and gradually gets shorter towards the bottom. 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 hairstyles this year.

Long Tapered Haircut

Long Tapered Hair
Instagram @brvsek

A fresh and neat taper emphasizes your hair on top allowing you to style it anyway you want and always get super dope results!

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 enjoys styling their hair everyday, the quiff is 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 Fade

Medium taper fade haircut
Instagram @barbermacp

Tapered sides paired with this length of smooth straight hair offer 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 Fade

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

This cool haircut has your hair cut short giving you the advantages of having a 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

Tapered is never out of style because it’s easy to do and easy to maintain with any type and length of hair. Leave 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

A tight and clean sides and neckline and a slightly longer top is all you need to have this sharp slicked back look. This men’s haircut should be trimmed every month to keep it looking polished and tailored.

Wavy Tapered Hair

Wavy hair with tapered hair
Instagram @patty_cuts

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

High Taper Fade

High taper fade hair
Instagram @landrokutz

You’ll get no rough edges and messy sides with a sharp and clean high taper fade 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.

Textured Taper Hairstyle

White textured hair with taper hairstyle
Instagram @magali_thebarber

Super stylish and legendary – this very clean icy hair with tapered sides will look great on any textured hair. Though it 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.

Short Taper Hair

Short taper hair with beard
Instagram @donkeykongbeardsley

This is definitely one of the coolest beard styles for the everyday men. Just look at the smooth transition from that fresh cut to the beard – the perfect hairstyle for a guy who has an active lifestyle.

Combover

Comb over blonde hair
Instagram @barbergreg

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

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.

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 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

Classic taper
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 look 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 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.

Tamper Pompadour

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 cut is a classic taper fade. The thing I like most about this 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.

Rounded Neckline

Haircut with rounded hairline
Instagram @bennyblvnco

Q&A with style creator, Benny Montanarello
Barber @ Pugsly’s Barbershop in Kingston, NY


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a classic, slightly modified from the traditional pompadour. This look leaves you with enough weight to play with all around.

With the contrast from short to long, you can see all of the movement in the styling from front to back. That has to be, by far, my favorite part of this haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering going for this look or a similar look, just know it will take some patience and work with a blow dryer and a round brush or comb, whichever you prefer. I blew dry this hair from damp with about a cupped palm full of hair tonic with oil.

After blown into its initial shape, the next step would be to choose your final setting product. Using one fingertip worth of pomade, I spread it evenly into my palms and worked into the hair. Using a wide tooth comb, I set it into the shape you see and voila! Styled and ready to roll.

My client’s hair was pretty course and thick while at the same time straight with a few cowlicks in the crown region of his head. In this case he is growing out the back of his hair into a mullet, so I figured this would be a great way to start.

I left the back lined on the sides and as natural as possible on the bottom for natural growth. All around a timeless look and could be worn at any event.

The products I used were Jeris Hair Tonic with oil and Uppercut Deluxe Matt Pomade.