Remember those days when choosing a razor number was the only customisation you could ask for in a barber shop? Those were the times when everyone had the same haircut, only longer or shorter. However, the low fade cut was invented, and honestly, it was about time. The basic idea behind this style is that hair decreases gradually (fades) from the upper head towards the sides and back of the neck. Find out what you have been missing about this timeless haircut.
The most significant appeal of a low fade cut is its versatility. It is suitable for kids, grownups and can be adjusted to match different textures and colours. There are other iterations of the shave known as the high and mid. However, the cut is still the most popular owing to the full range of customisation options available with it.
Popular low fade haircut varieties
You can have this haircut in different types depending on factors such as razor number, hair texture, arch shapes and how close the shave is to the skin.
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1. Low skin fade
To wear this style, you should have your barber shorten your hair gradually down to the skin and all around the head. This creates the effect of a raised hairline resulting in a simple, clean look.
2. Low fade comb over
This shave involves fading everything downwards towards the neck but leaving a volume combed across the top of the head. The cut is rather popular among celebrities and apparently, among the hardest to pull off.
3. Low top fade
It is quite straightforward as hair disappears less gradually around the halfway point between the top of the head and the neck. It is a modern iteration of the classic cut and will take a highly skilled barber to pull off.
4. Low drop fade
This one gets its name from how the fade drops around the arch to the back of the ear. It is popular with bearded men since it creates more contrast as compared to other types of shaves.
General steps for men's low fade haircut
Modern-day low fade haircuts have evolved from the simple variations that existed upon inception to sophisticated cuts. However, the basic idea behind the cut remains. The steps involve:
- Choose the desired hair length on the top of the head as well as the sides. This will serve as your guide towards the fade section near the neck.
- Trim the back and sides of the head using a long guard size. You should trim against the grain of the hair to achieve a smooth look as opposed to trimming along the grain.
- Shave the back of the head with the next lower guard size from what you used in the previous step.
- Start at the nape of the neck using the lowest guard setting available and cut upwards towards the centre of the back head. Make sure you get a smooth edge as you move upwards.
- Clean up the edges to make sure you get a neat low cut fade. This will generally involve clippers and a brush to ensure there are no loose clippings. You can style the top of the head with your favourite styling product. However, this is optional.
- You should trim your low fade undercut every month to maintain a consistent length, fade and contrast.
The best men’s low fade ideas in pictures
Here are the trendiest ways to wear a low fade today.
This is known as the curls with a fading touch. It is achieved using a styling product to bring out the curls.
The natural flow drop follows the natural growth patterns and gradually fades from the centre of the head downwards.
This clean cut is perhaps the most common. It involves a brushed-back look using your favourite styling product.
Some additional modern ideas
For those who would like to wear modern versions of the classic cut, here are several options.
The low skin razor line gives this style that extra oomph.
This scissor cut is harder to achieve and requires more frequent maintenance. However, it has some elegance to it that cannot be achieved with other options.
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The spike at the top disappears gradually and blends with a beard or moustache.
This textured top haircut will appeal to those looking for a more conspicuous look.
This side part shave is achieved by using a product to part the hair into two.
The Afro cut is among the popular low fade haircut black men styles.
The top styles for a dramatic effect
While most people prefer a laid-back look, others want a look that is out there. Here are several options.
Adding a fade to the trendy slick back hairstyle makes it even more appealing.
The buzz cut will not make the list of trendiest hairstyles. However, it is among the most functional haircuts available.
This will bring out the pompadour in you especially when combined with a beard.
This variation of the fashionable mohawk shave involves tapered sides for a less dramatic effect.
Top fade looks for young men
Here are several suitable fade looks for young men.
This fade is ideal for blending a high top with short sides.
This cut draws attention away from the sides to the top of the head. It works extremely well for people with round faces.
It is evident that the low fade shave is among the most versatile haircuts in the modern day. The different customisation options available make it suitable for a variety of face shapes, textures, colours and looks. There is an appropriate variation of the cut for mild, moderate and very conspicuous looks. Which one appealed most to you?
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