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One of the trendiest haircut for men is the fade haircut. This haircut is characterized by the hair having a gradient look, from longer to shorter hair, that adds detail to an existing hairstyle. Simply put, the hair either gradually fades lower in the head or is cut. It is a classic technique that increases in popularity as new styles are added to the selection. With this said, there are more styles expected to come.
If you are thinking about tweaking your hairstyle for a fresher look, now is the time to act! This style is the perfect one for men who dare to try out new styles. Read on to learn more about the fade haircut styles and how to tell them apart.
The Key Differences Between Taper and Fade Haircut
The taper and fade haircut are very similar cuts and are some of the favorite men’s haircut. However, people get confused and get the other instead of what they hoped to have from the barbers. This section then is dedicated to clear up the confusion. It is intended so that you may be able to tell the difference between taper vs fade haircuts.
Both haircuts involve cutting the hair length from long to short. One of the differences is the materials used in cutting. While barbers mainly use the scissors in taper cuts, they use the hair clippers in fade haircuts. However, some barbers still utilize hair clippers, along with the scissors, when doing taper cuts. It is really just a matter of getting the cut done.
Another difference is the choice of style. Taper cuts are more professional and casual looking while fade cuts look more cool and funky. In addition, fading is more obvious in fade haircut than in taper cuts. It ends above the hairline and blends into the skin. In contrast, the fading in taper cuts does not blend down to the skin.
Above everything that is mentioned, the main difference lies in hair length that remains after the haircut. Taper cuts are still relatively long whereas fade haircuts are much shorter than taper cuts (1-2 inches from top of the head).
Is a Fade Haircut for You?
The fade haircut is generally preferred by individuals who do not want so much maintenance or grooming. As already mentioned, getting this hairstyle can give one a funky and cool look. Still, the appeal can be different from one individual to another, depending mainly on the base cut. This hairstyle is also quite versatile since it is an additional style to an existing one.
Individuals with square and oval face frames look good with a fade haircut. Square faces have a masculine look; thus, having a fade haircut that is taller on the top can soften the look. They may also opt for the really short cuts with fade. Furthermore, oval face shapes will look good with most hairstyles including the faded cuts. They just have to be careful with covering their forehead as it would make their heads appear rounder than they already are.
6 Types of Fade Haircuts for Men
Regardless of the accompanying hairstyle, fade cuts are easily identifiable. It is usually seen in shorter hair length, but recent trends now include longer hair on top. To make you familiar with the most common types of fades, we have enlisted the 6 fade haircuts for the gentlemen.
1.CLASSIC FADE HAIRCUT
The classic hair fade is the go-to fade style when one isn’t sure which style to transition. The cut is usually faded at a length of 3-4 inches above the hairline. It fades at every level at a ½ inch thick from the parietal ridge. To maintain the style, damping the hair with wax may be necessary. Most, if not all, barbers mastered the style and is thus easily done. However, it would need a regular visit to your barber.
2.LOW FADE HAIRCUT
As its name suggests, the low fade cut involves fading the hair from just about 1-inch above the natural hairline at the back and front. The man getting the haircut can decide which part of the lower hair will the fading be. Depending on the intensity of the fading, he goes back to the barber for touch-ups. Typically, the lower the fade, the more frequent the visit will be. Consequently, one has to go back to the barbers more frequently than the other fade haircuts on the list.
3.MID FADE HAIRCUT
Mid fade is a balance between high and low fades. It lands below the middle side of the head and is shaved very close to the skin. It has a softer fade than skin fade, yet a more gradual one than the taper. This style is originally used by the military men but is now adapted by other adherents to the style who want a modernized look. The soft fade is a good base for a pompadour or other similar long hairstyles.
4.HIGH FADE HAIRCUT
High fade gives more shaved area than any fade on the list. Fading starts from about two inches’ top of the head allowing more perimeter for shaving. Since the style looks better with consistent skin tone, it is recommended for black men. But more than the style, this fade is loved for its low maintenance which can still vary depending on one’s hair growth speed.
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