Fade Cut Men's Haircut: Low Fade, Mid Fade, High Fade & More - Rank 7
It's hard to imagine a barbershop without the fade cut for men. The hairstyle has enjoyed great popularity for quite some time - not least because of its coolness. In this article we reveal what a perfect fade looks like and in which variations it is available.
What is a fade cut?
In this haircut, the hair is cut shorter and shorter at the sides and back of the head from top to bottom. This usually requires a clipper. Fade means "to fade". The hair fades downwards, which means that the hair on the sides and back of the head becomes more and more similar to the skin from top to bottom. A professional fade convinces with a seamless transition. This means that the individual sections blend into each other from top to bottom.
Who does the fade cut suit?
A fade cut suits almost every man. Those who want to have a fade cut for the first time should first go for the traditional fade, which really suits everyone. And by the way, there are also more and more fans of this cool look among women. Since there are so many different versions of the fade cut, you should look for a few pictures that you like before going to the barber or hairdresser and then discuss your wishes with the hair professional. It is important that your own hair structure corresponds to that in the desired look picture. As a general rule, fade cuts love thick, full hair.
With a fade cut, the scalp is visible:
- A high and low f ade looks best when the scalp is similar to the colour of the neck and face and not extremely lighter.
- If the scalp is very light compared to the face, Traditional or Scissor Fade are more optimal .
Of course, you also consider head shape and hair density before deciding on one of the many fade variants.
Fade cut variants: What are the different fade cuts?
The options listed here are the most common fade cut variations. Creative barbers are constantly inventing new haircut variations to delight their customers. A small overview can be found here:
Traditional versus Skin Fade
In the traditional version, the Traditional Fade Cut, the hair is faded a few centimetres above the nape and on the sides of the head. The skin fade is not traditional at all. It is also called Zero Fade or Bald Fade , where the sides are actually shaved down to the skin. This corresponds to a blade setting of 0 mm, hence the name Zero Fade. This hugely contrasting look shows a large area of the scalp - an absolutely attention-grabbing fade version.
High Fade, Mid Fade and Low Fade
- High Fade: This starts high up on the head, further up at the temples. The hair on the sides and back of the head is very short - sometimes shaved down to the skin. This shaving down to the skin is also called skin fade.
- Mid fade or medium fade: This starts lower than the high fade - about halfway above the ears. The shorter hair sections are therefore moved a little further down. Every hair type and every length will benefit from this - the perfect choice.
- Low fade: This is the ideal combination for longer top hair. With the low fade, the fade line begins approximately at the level of the ears, i.e. lower than with the mid fade. The low version can also be worn by anyone. The important thing is to show and tell your barber or hairdresser what you like.
High-Top Fade, Temple Fade or Scissor Fade
- High-top fade: Here, the hair sticks up on top of the head, but does not form sharp edges. A hairstyle that was very hyped in the 80s and is gaining fans again today.
- Temple Fade or Brooklyn Fade: This is a short men's hairstyle in which the hair tapers to a length of about 0.5 cm, starting at the temples. This cut is characterised by longer hair on the top and back of the head and originated in US salons with clients of Italian, Indian, Mexican and African American descent. In the meantime, the temple fade has become more popular.
- Scissor Fade: This hairstyle is cut exclusively with scissors. As a result, the hair stays longer than with other fade cuts that are created by machine.
Personalised Fade Cuts
As in many things, small details make the overall impression. Shaved designs or hairlines are a real eye-catcher. Even boys love these cool extras. They add an individual touch. The best place to look is on the social media page of the barbershop or hairdresser. There you can quickly see which looks are most frequently created by the hair professionals there.
Can I cut a fade cut myself?
Any man can shave a bald head on his own. Cutting a professional fade cut with seamless transitions seems to be more of an art without help. Especially the back of the head could be a problem. In addition, if you really decide to do it, you should first buy a good clipper with an adjustable attachment. There are plenty of fade cut instructions on the Internet - but they are not recommended.