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Fade with Short Hair: 6 Trendy Fade Haircuts for Men

Men are effortlessly beautiful. Even without makeup, you can stop the show by simply dressing well, having a clean shave, smelling nice, and wearing a nice haircut like fade with short hair. 

man with earrings wearing fade with short hair

Fade haircuts are one of the trendiest haircuts for men. It’s a contemporary hairstyle that’s versatile enough to give you a minimalist yet suave look. 

man with nosering wearing fade with short hair

So, whether you’re attending a business meeting or going on a date with the love of your life, fade cuts are what you need. And to help you get started, you’ll find all the inspiration you need in this post.

Why’s the Fade Haircut a Must-Try for Men?

man wearing short hair with fades

A fade is a hairstyle that features a transition of lengths and color on the back and sides of your hair. In other words, the haircut has varying lengths all blended together. And these fades come in different levels. Some are low, mid, or high. 

tattooed man wearing fade with short hair

In the 40s and 50s, the US military wore this haircut before it found its way to black and Hispanic barbershops. And then in the 90s, this men’s hairstyle became a part of pop culture with celebrities like Will Smith.

tattooed man with earring  wearing fade with short hair and a beard

This haircut is a low-maintenance one. Once you wear it, you don’t have to frequent the barbershop. It also comes in handy for any kind of occasion or profession. Little wonder many men go for a fade. 

made with fade cut and beard

So, it doesn’t matter if you’re a music star, actor, banker, tech bro, lawyer, or writer. A fade with short hair is the perfect cut for classic men like you

Does a Fade with Short Hair Look Good on Everyone?

fine man with a fade cut and a beard

There’s a fade for almost everyone and every head. This means you can’t look bad with a fade on. 

man with short hair fade and long beard

However, it all boils down to how skilled your barber is and how strong the taper of your fade is, and where the fade lies on the back and sides of your head.

Types of Fade Haircuts

back view of a man with fade cut

Low Fade with Short Hair

boy rocking fade with short hair

For a low fade, the length of your hair gets shorter and lowers down the sides and back of your head. It runs through the bottom inch of your hair and evens out to the other length. 

man with beard rocking fade with short hair

The low fade is great if you don’t want a harsh haircut, but still want to add some transition to the back and sides of your hair. But to maintain it, you’ll need your barber’s touch every three to four weeks especially if your hair grows fast. 

Taper Fade

man with cross tattoo and waves rocking fade with short hair

This type of fade is subtle. It’s lower than the low fade and is the least harsh of all fade types. Here, this fade with short hair mostly sits around the neckline or sideburns. It transitions your hair from short to skin without any disconnect.

man rocking fade with short hair with beard

Men often wear this to fade out a beard into the hairline or add something different to their hair.

Scissors Fade Haircut

man having a scissors cut fade with short hair

As the name implies, you achieve this haircut with a pair of scissors. 

David Beckham with a scissors fade haircut with beard

It’s perfect if you want a longer fade without looking like you just left the barbershop.

Mid Fade with Short Hair

man wearing a mid fade with short hair

Here, the back and sides of your hair are shaved very close to your skin. The mid fade starts halfway up the head and somewhere around the sides of your head.

side view of man wearing mid fade with short hair

It’s often above eyebrow height and helps keep your head from looking longer.

Classic Fade with Short Hair

man wearing classing fade with short hair

This cut involves tapering your hair to the skin at the perimeter hairline. 

man rocking classic fade with short hair

Then it increases up to half an inch at the broadest area of the head, starting at the temples and ending at the bottom of the crown.

High Fade

side view of man wearing high fade with short hair

This style involves cutting most of the back of your hair low while the front/top part remains high. 

man with tattoos wearing high fade with short hair

Many black men go for a high fade and it suits them well enough. 

Other Styles of Fade with Short Hair

man wearing curly hair with fades

The types of fade haircuts don’t end with those six. Though they’re the foundational fade styles available for men with short hair, you can tweak them to create different styles. 

man wearing braided hair with fades

For instance, you can wear any of type of fade with a crew cut, faux hawk, mohawk, low cut, dreads, braids, sporty waves, curls, etc. It’s indeed a versatile haircut.

Need more fade haircut inspiration to show your barber? Here you go.: 

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