Getting a Fade Haircut: Everything you need to know

Victor Young

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Alright, let's talk fade haircuts. If you're after the fresh and clean look - a fade is what you want to ask your barber.

There's a whole bunch of different fades you can get but as a summary it's this:

  • Getting a fade haircut is when there's a blurry and gradual gradient from light to dark for the sides and back of your head.

Now what type of fade should you get?

Let's explore this below.

Types of Fade Haircuts

There's a fade haircut for every man, and part of the fun is finding the one that suits your style and personality. Here are some popular types:

  • Low Fade: The fade begins low, around the ear, and extends to the nape of the neck. It's subtle and suitable for professional settings.
Low Taper Fade
  • High Fade: The fade starts high, near the top of the head, creating a bold contrast. It's a statement style for those who like to stand out.
High Fade
  • Mid Fade: A happy medium between the low and high fade. It starts in the middle of the sides and back, offering a balanced look.
Mid fade
  • Skin Fade: Also known as a bald fade, the hair fades into the skin, creating a sharp, edgy look.
High Skin Fade

Choosing the Right Fade Haircut

Choosing the right fade haircut depends on various factors, including your hair type, face shape, lifestyle, and personal style. A good barber can guide you, but it's always helpful to have an idea of what you want.

Here's a general guideline:

  • Low Fade: Great for a low-key clean look. Great when growing out your hair
  • Mid Fade: Most versatile (in my opinion). If you have a flatter back of head shape, ask for a mid-drop to create a more flattering shape
  • High Fade: Sporty, super clean, crisp. I personally think it suits shorter hairstyles like a buzz cut or a crop.
  • Skin Fade: This goes right to the skin level (so starting at super super light). Great for extra blurriness!

How often will you need a fade haircut?

A fade haircut looks sharp and fresh, but it requires regular maintenance to keep it that way.

All hair grows back eventually!

Here are some tips:

  • Regular Trims: Visit your barber every 2-4 weeks to keep your fade looking its best.
  • Proper Washing: Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair healthy and manageable.
  • Styling: Use a suitable hair product for your hair type and desired look. Pomades, waxes, and gels can help you achieve various styles.

Variations of Fades

I'm their content guy so I've seen 10000s of haircuts now.

Lately I've been seeing a huge trend in taper fades and burst fades.

And to be honest, this is going to change as the barber industry continues to grow and develop.

Here's some photos of variations you might want to try.

Unsure which fade to get? Ask your barber or experiment

Look fellas, there are going to be haircuts that suit you and haircuts that don't.

Barbers can give you advice on what they recommend and ultimately its your taste and style at the end of the day.

Experiment with different haircuts to find what best suits your hair growth, face shape and head shape!

A bad haircut only lasts 2 weeks right? Lol.


  • What is a fade haircut?A fade haircut is a men's hairstyle that involves a gradual transition from short hair at the sides and back to longer hair on top.
  • How often should I get a fade haircut?To maintain a sharp look, it's recommended to get a fade haircut every 2-4 weeks.
  • Can I style a fade haircut at home?While it's possible to maintain a fade haircut at home with the right tools and skills, it's usually best left to a professional barber for the best results.
  • What's the difference between a low fade and a high fade?A low fade starts low around the ear and extends to the nape of the neck, while a high fade starts near the top of the head. The choice between the two depends on your personal style and preference.