Fades and Tapers

Low Fade Haircut

The Low Fade is the most popular kind of taper.  It’s considered safe but stylish for most men.  The low fade has a subtle increase in length beginning right above the ear and slowly blends into the hairstyle on top.

Medium Fade Haircut

The mid fade is similar to the low fade but starts in the middle of the side of your head and slowly blends into the the haircut on top.

High Fade Haircut

The high fade is the one you want if you like short sides.  This fade starts higher than the mid fade and provides a lot of contrast.

Bald Fade Haircut

The bald fade begins with no hair, just skin.  Similar to the high fade but starts with no hair.

Fade Haircuts and Taper Haircuts

Fade and taper haircuts are two popular styles that often get confused due to their similar gradual blend of hair length. However, they have distinct differences in technique and final appearance. A fade haircut typically involves a close trim along the sides and back of the head with the hair gradually ‘fading’ into longer lengths as it moves upwards. In contrast, a taper haircut maintains some length on the sides and back, blending into longer hair on top without the stark contrast seen in fades.

Both styles offer versatility and can be adapted to suit various hair types and face shapes. The fade is particularly favored for its clean, sharp lines that create a bold statement, while the taper is preferred for a more subtle transition that can be easily styled for both casual and formal occasions.

Professionals in the hairstyling industry use these techniques to craft personalized looks that complement an individual’s features and preferences. The choice between a fade and taper haircut ultimately depends on personal style and maintenance considerations.

A fade haircut is a type of haircut that gradually reduces the length of the hair on the sides and back of the head, creating a smooth transition from longer to shorter hair.

Fade Haircut Types

A taper haircut is a type of haircut that also reduces the length of the hair on the sides and back of the head, but leaves more hair on the top and creates a more defined contrast between the lengths.

There are different types of fade and taper haircuts, such as:

  • Low fade: The fade starts near the ear and follows the natural hairline, leaving more hair on the sides and back.
  • High fade: The fade starts higher up on the head, creating a sharper contrast between the lengths and exposing more of the scalp.
  • Mid fade: The fade starts somewhere in between the low and high fades, creating a balanced look that suits most face shapes.
  • Skin fade: The fade goes all the way down to the skin, creating a clean and sleek look that requires regular maintenance.
  • Shadow fade: The fade is very subtle and leaves a slight shadow of hair on the sides and back, creating a soft and natural look that works well with curly or wavy hair.
  • Taper fade: The taper haircut is combined with a fade, creating a gradual transition from longer hair on the top to shorter hair on the sides and back.
  • Scissor fade: The fade is done with scissors instead of clippers, creating a more textured and refined look that works well with thick or coarse hair.
  • Temple fade: The fade only affects the temples, leaving more hair on the rest of the sides and back, creating a sharp and edgy look that draws attention to the eyes.

Fades and Tapers

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