All Things Taper Fades - What is it & How to Ask your Barber For it

Victor Young

Marketing & Business Development Manager

  • think of it like a fade, but packed into just the side and back of your hair
  • Not sure what exactly is a fade? It's a gradual gradient from short to longer hair which creates the 'blurriness'

I'm going to call them tapers (easier). And tapers have seriously gotten popular - especially from what we've seen with our customers.

With the previous trend of going with high-mid fades have now transitioned to a more subtle taper.

Giving off a clean but 'low-key' vibe to your haircut.

Seriously recommend you trying if you haven't already.

So let's break down everything Taper Fades and How to ask your barber for it.

What exactly is a taper fade?

A taper is a type of fade. Like a fade it has a gradual gradient of short to longer hair to create the 'fade' look.

Where a taper fade stands out is where the fade occurs.

A typical fade which has the fade connected from side to back.

A taper disconnects the side and back, giving off essentially two areas of fading (sides and back).

It's hard to think about but just focus on the colour contrasts and where they are.

Variations of Taper Fades

There are several variations of taper fades, each with its unique flair:

  1. Low Fade: The fade begins just above the ear, offering a subtle transition that is perfect for professional settings.
  2. High Fade: The fade starts high on the sides and back, making a bold statement. It's a favorite among those who want to stand out.
  3. Skin Fade: Also known as a bald fade, the hair tapers down to the skin level, creating a high-contrast look.
  4. Bald Fade: This is an extreme version of the skin fade, where the hair fades into complete baldness.

Popular Styles Incorporating Taper Fades

Taper fades can be incorporated into various hairstyles, adding a modern twist to classic looks:

  1. Pompadour Fade: This style features a voluminous top that gradually fades into the sides, reminiscent of the rock and roll era.
  2. Comb-Over Fade: A comb-over fade is a refined style, perfect for both casual and formal occasions.
  3. Afro Taper Fade: This style celebrates natural texture while adding a contemporary touch with the taper fade.
  4. Crop Taper: Short, boxed front and top with a taper on the sides - great for the athletic, don't care vibe!

Aftercare and Maintenance

Maintaining a taper fade requires regular trips to the barber to keep the fade sharp. Use quality hair products to style your hair and keep it healthy. Remember, a good haircut deserves good care!


Q: How often should I get a taper fade haircut?A: To maintain a clean taper fade, it's recommended to visit your barber every 2-3 weeks.

Q: Can I style a taper fade at home?A: While it's possible to style the top part of your hair at home, creating the fade requires skill and precision. It's best left to professional barbers.

A taper fade is a stylish and versatile haircut that suits a wide range of personal styles. Whether you prefer a subtle low fade or a bold high fade, there's a taper fade for everyone. So why wait? Step into the world of taper fades and transform your look today!

Remember, the key to a great taper fade lies in the hands of a skilled barber and proper aftercare. Happy styling!