We’ve always been told that first impressions are everything, but how can you possibly show someone who you are at a glance? What if you only had one moment to show someone who you are?
That my friends, is why hair was given unto men. Men’s hairstyles are like billboards for our heads. All it takes is one look, and they know what you’re all about. Today we’re here to talk about the fade haircut.
Taper fades are huge right now. This type of haircut is a modified version of an undercut that replaces the normal disconnect with a fade from hair to skin.
How to Ask Your Barber For a Fade
As you can see, this is a great style to pair with a beard. They don’t call it manscaping for nothing after all.
There’s some serious sculpting to be had with this style. Of course, a beard isn’t required, just highly suggested.
Tell your barber what you want on top (pomp, short, slicked back, etc)
Specify a tapered length down the sides and the back of the neck.
This is more of a standard taper, the length fades consistently, unlike other types of fades
This type of fade starts long and tapers the length done until about an inch above the natural hairline.
This distance can be tweaked based on user preference, but typically the hair will fade out entirely halfway down the sides and back of the head.
You can also get your hair dried with a good hair dryer.
The cost of a good hair dryers starts at $100, but that one-time investment can give you long term benefits.
Notice how the hair in this image starts long on top and fades to almost bald within inches. That is the definition of a high fade.
This is a Caesar fade, although it has a lower taper around the temples, hence the name.
This is another great fade hairstyle for black men. It has also gone by the name of Brooklyn fade, low fade, or blow out.
Alright folks, this is where we reach the advanced course. Don’t try this at home, instead seek out an experienced barber.
This is a fade done entirely with scissors. No razors are welcome here. Yeah, it’s intense, but you can’t argue with those results.
This style is for those who like long hair. Go see your barber and ask for this:
- Long on the top, short on the sides.
- No razors, only clippers to taper the sides and back of the neck
High top fades are also great for men with curly hair as it can be molded easily into this type of fade.
This is an African American hairstyle that is very popular among young black men with afro textured or curly hair.
Your namby pamby hairdressers aren’t cut out for this kind of work.
Sorry, they’re cool and all, but this is something that only your cornershop barber can do you for you.
High Top Fade
In terms of maintaining your fade, start by having a barber do the initial styling, and then you can keep up the maintenance every four weeks or so by using a pair of clippers and a razor.
You should also consider using mousse, hair gel, or hair spray depending on your type of fade, to keep your style in place throughout the day.
The Fresh Prince Fade
Andis Fade Master is a recommended trimmer that you can use to get to maintain your fade haircut.
If there’s one kind of style that isn’t fading anytime soon, it’s this one.
Where to Get Your Fade Haircut (and How to Maintain it)
These fade haircut styles are sure to inspire you, so head on over to your local barber and get your style in check. Remember, your style defines you.
What type of fade do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!