To say that high fade haircuts are popping right now would be
an understatement. The edgy cut has taken the men’s hair
industry by storm, capturing the attention of celebrities,
athletes, and stylish guys everywhere.
Creeping in from a tight shave at the base of the neck and ears
to a triumphant style on the crown of the head, the high fade
is a must this year. Without further ado, see how you can rock
1. High Taper Fade
To begin with, most high fade haircuts these days include a
good amount of tapering. Applying the technique results in an
even smoother fade. High taper fades are particularly
recommended for gents who want to keep a longer top and blend
out to an almost skin fade bottom.
2. Hard Part
We’ve always appreciated the precise art required for proper
hard part haircuts.
When paired with a high fade, a hard part hairstyle exudes
confidence and class. If you’re all about maintaining a
clean-cut appearance, a high fade hard part combo is
definitely for you.
3. High Fade Undercut
Undercuts and high fades go hand in hand. In fact, stylists
often mix the techniques to obtain a single eye-catching
haircut. To boost the wow effect of your already
daring look, consider maintaining the top part of your hair
4. Flat Top
Want a retro hairstyle that will make your friends shower you
with compliments? The flat top is the iconic look you should be
going for. Get yours with a high fade and you’re bound to be
the center of attention every time you hit the town.
Speaking of iconic hairstyles, feast your eyes on the high fade
pompadour. Similar to flattops, pompadours first gained
popularity among countless men in the 50s. Nowadays, they’re
just as stylish as ever.
6. High and Tight
We often turn to certain industries for hairstyle inspiration.
For instance, military haircuts transitioned to the mainstream
hair scene years ago. The classic high and tight is a fine
choice for men who want a practical approach to their
7. Slicked Back
A guy with slicked back hair is clearly in tune with his
personal style. If you want to take any slicked back hairstyle
to the next level, all you have to do is add a high fade
haircut. The outcome will undoubtedly complement an edgy
8. Short Dreadlocks
It’s easy to see why dreadlocks have been on the rise again in
the past few years. They’re fun and expressive, all while
incorporating a cultural note into the overall look. For an
easygoing hairstyle, don’t hesitate to try cropped dreadlocks.
9. Long Dreadlocks
On the other hand, you may be fond of dreadlocks in their
unmistakable long form. If you already have lengthy dreads, you
can simply get a high fade to sharpen the sides. As a result,
you can show off your fade when you tie the rest of your hair
10. Brushed Back
Slicked back hairstyles are indeed impressive, but not all men
want the fresh-out-of-the-shower look. For a more nonchalant
approach, consider brushing back your locks with your fingers.
The high fade will pull the entire look together.
11. Sponge Twists
Curly hair can become even more alluring with sponge twists. A
staple among African American hairstyles, sponge twists are
ideal for styling the tops of high fade haircuts. Any guys with
textured hair can benefit from the cool technique.
No collection of trendy hair references would be complete
without the quiff. Although it has its origins in the 1950s,
the quiff is surely here to stay. To add a modern touch, a high
fade is exactly what you need.
13. Long Textured Top
In general, there’s a golden rule attached to high fade
hairstyles. Essentially, the longer the top, the more contrast
you’ll enjoy in the end. If you’re all about showcasing your
bold personality, skip reducing any length on the top.
14. French Crop
The French crop has been trending for a good couple of years
now, and for highly obvious reasons. It has an endearing
hipster allure to it, completed by mysterious and romantic
European vibes. A French crop is a dreamy canvas for a high
15. Angular Fringe
In any group of pre-teens, teens or millennials, It’s nearly
impossible to not spot an angular fringe haircut.
Regardless if you have straight or textured hair, an angular
fringe with a high fade is the equivalent of having cool
written all over you.
16. Textured Pomp
You already know that we’re huge fans of the high fade
pompadour. However, you may not be aware of just how
many variations you can play around with. Aside from classic
long or short pomps, you can also explore layered alternatives.
17. Caesar Cut
Before the French crop started topping the charts, there was
the Caesar haircut. While no
less stylish than the longer hipster hairstyle, the Caesar cut
is more suitable for the practical man. The top will be shorter
and easy to style, while the high fade serves as the ideal
18. Line Up
No matter how you call it, the line up is one heck of a fresh
hairstyle. Also referred to as the temp fade, shape up or box
fade, the line up creates a picture-perfect hairline. The sharp
angles will contrast amazingly well with the sleek fade on the
sides and back.
There are no limits when it comes to the potential of your
hairstyle. If you were born to be a rebel, an iconic mohawk may
be just what your high fade needs. The well-groomed beard is
also a flattering addition to the edgy mix.
20. Faux Hawk
While not all guys may be up for a fully-shaved mohawk, many
will appreciate the faux hawk as an alternative. It’s not quite
as eccentric as its punk-inspired cousin, but it still packs a
punch. Also, high fade faux hawks tend to be easier to style.
21. Deep Waves
Treat your appearance as if it were your personal playground.
In the end, high fade haircuts are versatile enough to spark a
number of creative hairstyles. Deep waves, for example, provide
an awesome optical illusion while flattering any face shape.
22. Two Tone High Fade
Alternatively, you can put your imagination to the test through
colors. One of the most effective ways to highlight a clean
high fade is to change the tone of the upper part of your hair.
Whether you choose a neutral color or a bright hue, we’re sure
the results will be jaw-dropping.
23. High Bald Fade
Some men prefer natural, almost indistinguishable high fades.
Others live for the striking effect of a razor-sharp
transition. If you fall under the second category, seek your
barber’s advice about the idea of getting a high bald fade.
The afro is one of the retro trends that we were dying to have
back. Today, however, afro hairstyles can come with any twist
the bearer desires. As an example, a well-executed high fade
haircut is bound to do an afro justice.
25. Man Bun
In this day and age, it seems like man buns and high fades are
almost inseparable. Although there are still plenty of men who
rock full long locks in man buns, many younger guys are going
for the faded undercut. A beard will also increase the impact
of the look.
26. Curly Top
Flaunt those curls! High fade haircuts go incredibly well with
textured tops. You can form a curly angular fringe silhouette
or opt for a short and effortless crop. Either way, we strongly
recommend that you make the most of your natural curls.
27. Dapper Hairstyle
Make way, fellas – dapper is the new edgy. Own your classy
style with the right high fade haircut. Regardless of how long
the top is, make sure you use your styling product of choice to
get that polished allure.
28. Tall Spikes
Spiky hair is often associated with the late 90s and early
2000s. Nevertheless, the trend is back, but with a modern
upgrade. Instead of going overboard with jagged boyband spikes,
soften them into fewer blow-dried pieces.
29. High Burst Fade
You may know it as the South of France haircut. Alternatively,
you might call it the burst fade. In any case, we’re talking
about the super cool mohawk-like haircut for textured hair.
Here, you can use the high fade as a cutting technique for the
30. Bleached Top
Just like spiked hair, bleached locks are all the rage yet
again. However, the main difference is that most guys these
days prefer to bleach only the top part of their hair.
Therefore, a high fade can be the final touch you need to
become the ultimate showstopper.
31. High Fade with Long Bangs
If you ever run out of ideas for experimenting with your
hairstyle, always keep bangs in mind. With a high fade, you can
easily sport long or short bangs alike. Actually, a set of edgy
bangs is sure to make your overall look even more memorable.
32. Piecey Quiff
We’re back again with the timeless quiff, but now with an even
cooler approach. For years now, piecey haircuts have been the
icing on the cake for imposing hairstyles. If you decide on
getting a high fade, a piecey quiff is an excellent idea for
Whether or not you have a hard part, a combover is perfect for
guys with a strong sense of style. Provided your hair is around
two to three inches long, all you need to do is comb it to the
side to reveal your high fade. A drop of hairspray, wax or gel
can help secure it in place.
34. Ivy League Haircut
Nothing says stately quite like an Ivy League haircut.
It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, or anywhere in between
– it will make you stand out with class. To top it all off, the
high fade will bring out the manliness in your entire
35. Side-swept High Fade
We have yet another fresh idea for all you teens out there. If
your hair is naturally straight, you can grow it out and get a
high fade on the bottom half. You’ll be able to sweep the top
part to any side (and look cool while doing it).
36. High Fade with Highlights
Want to go above and beyond with your change of look? Think
about going through all three stages of the ultimate makeover –
cut, style, and color. You can get highlights in your favorite
color, adding even more definition and dynamism to your
37. Short Spikes
urceWould you rather go for an office-friendly haircut? A high fade
with low-cropped spikes is likely to respect any style and
dress code you may have at work. As a bonus, your family will
definitely approve of it too.
38. Braided Top
You can plan high fade haircuts with subsequent styles in mind.
For instance, if you like braided hairstyles, you can shape
your high fade to accommodate them. The example above also
works for guys who want to style their hair in man buns or top
39. Brushed Up
Men with thick hair can count on the brushed up hairstyle as
their go-to look. When combined with a high fade, a brushed up
style brings shape and volume to the table. You can also
further mold your thick locks into a small pompadour.
40. Rounded High Fade
A skilled barber will always know how to create the ideal
silhouette for your physical features and personality traits.
We believe the rounded high fade looks amazing on the polished
man. Nonetheless, we do encourage you to work with a
professional to obtain it.
41. Asymmetrical Bowl Cut
Believe it or not, bowl cuts are back with a bang. Like most
other hairstyle comebacks from the past decades, the modern
bowl cut has a twist. Don’t be afraid to play around with
asymmetry, especially if you want to show off the high fade
under the top layer.
42. Shaved Design
If you feel that a high fade isn’t enough for your bubbly
personality, you can bring it to life with a hair tattoo.
Although it may sound striking, a hair tattoo is basically a
shaved design in a strategic area on your head. However, if
you’re a kid, make sure you get your parents’ approval
43. Surgical Line
A shaved design that goes well for guys of all ages is the
surgical line. It’s somewhat similar to the hard part, just
that it’s usually shaved on a lower part of the head. For a
high fade, you can use a surgical line to define the limit from
top to bottom.
44. Gelled Top
You’d be surprised to see just how big of a difference a decent
hair product can make. If your hair is anywhere longer than one
inch, you should consider doing a bit of research to find a
good gel or wax. A high fade will take care of the lower part,
but you still have to get the longer area in tiptop shape.
45. Long Hair with High Fade
You can always use your hairstyle to make a statement. If
you’re all about attitude, you can take advantage of a high
fade to accentuate a longer hairstyle. No matter how long the
main part is, a partial or full undercut with a high fade can
work wonders for making it even edgier.
46. Disconnected Undercut
Like we mentioned earlier, not all guys want a dramatic high
fade. Quite the contrary, some just want an ever-so-slightly
undercut. You can get the undercut right
along the upper sides of your head or a bit lower, like in the
image above. It all depends on your desired effect.
47. Middle Part Hairstyle
By now, we’re sure you’ve come to realize just how
adaptable high fade haircuts are. In other words, imagine that
you can rock one together with a mid-length hairstyle and a
middle part. The sky truly is the limit when it comes to the
possibilities you have.
48. Buzz Cut
Want to escape styling-related stress altogether? Chop it all
off and go for a buzz cut with a high fade. Not only will you
appreciate the extra time, but you’ll also look like a total
tough guy. It’s a win-win for sure
49. Smooth High Fade
Some high fade haircuts can turn into works of art. If the fade
part is what you want to emphasize, deepen the transition as
much as possible. We’re confident that both you and your
friends will be blown away by the super smooth outcome.
50. High Fade with Side Bangs
We want to conclude on a creative note, with a high fade combo
that’s sure to inspire you. The rebellious look above mixes a
sleek high fade with a hard part, layered top, and side bangs
that would make an emo kid envious.
To conclude, high fade haircuts are outstanding for men with
any face shape, hair texture or personality. As one of the most
versatile cuts in the game right now, the high fade can be
tailored to suit your personal style with ease.
Feel free to use any of the ideas we provided as a clear high
fade reference for your barber. Finally, when you’re done, tell
us how your haircut turned out in the comments!
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