Fade haircuts are characterized by a chic finish of gradual hair length tapering. It’s a skillful and laborious job but the result is truly impressive. No other haircuts can give that fantastic fresh and clean feel that fades do. Besides, such black men haircuts offer varied lengths for hair on the top. That’s why every new fade can look different and creative. The gallery below confirms that with vivid examples. Take a minute to check them all.
Gradual smoothed reduction of hair length in fades can be paired with edgy outlines at the temples, patterned sides, or a shaped top. As you can see, fade haircuts look equally awesome on boys, young guys and older men. For every setting where extremely short hair is a requirement, a fade will look better than a simple close cut or complete baldness.
50 Stylish Fade Haircuts for Black Men
Black men often opt for a high fade haircut, featuring complete disappearing of hair much higher than the natural lines of hair growth at the temples and back of the head. With a low fade hair disappears about an inch above the lines of hair growth, while a regular fade is something in between these two. As a rule, when you are going to have your first fade, they recommend to start from its regular type.
Tightly coiled natural hair can also look fabulous in high top fades where the top of your hair is standing in a vertical position, while the sides and back are trimmed to fade with a polished finish. More abrupt transitions between lengths can be achieved with temple fades.
#1: Geometric Cut for Men
Bring true art to live with a cut that utilizes geometric shapes and accurate lines for a stunning result. This cut never goes out of style with its urban pulse and freedom for expression with straight or curly thick hair.
#2: Curly Top Fade
Confused between a low top fade and a high top fade? Go for a haircut that looks modern and features the gradation of textures from natural curls to bare skin that blurs the hairline around ears and at the nape of the neck.
#3: Smooth and Wavy Fade
This is a diagonal fade that continues the line of the forehead hairline. It’s also updated with 360 waves which have been very popular in their classic 360 form, but now it’s time to put a new spin on them, blending them with a fade.
#4: Low Fade Haircut With a Shaved Side Part
This is an example of a fade that provides an illusion to observers. It truly fades into invisibility towards the ear line. This is a great look for men who love the convenience and style of a fade but want something different.
#5: Clean Cut Low Fade
Low fades for black men are a great option because natural hair lies flat when cropped close and that gives a super clean look on the sides. A low fade simply means that it starts to taper somewhere near the eyebrow, not higher up on the head. The carved line gives it something extra, without being over the top.
#6: Faux Hawk with Side Fade
For a mens fade that goes beyond the ordinary, ask for a Mohawk fade that is mirrored by a facial hairstyle. The designs cut into the nape are also really unique, since typically designs are on the sides.
#7: Wavy Low Fade
Low fade haircut starts low on the side of the head. It’s a great option for when you want natural waves to blend in with the rest of the haircut. For men with beards, be sure to keep the edges well-groomed and smooth.
#8: Short High Fade
A high fade is one of the best haircuts for black men. With this cut, you will have very low maintenance each day, but you will need to go to the barber twice per month to keep it looking clean.
#9: Cool Temple Fade
Today’s black men haircuts are anything but boring. This clean look is the perfect combination of retro and modern. For this style, don’t get the back cut to the skin. Instead, leave it at a medium length for a faux hawk effect. An afro fade is a style that always exudes creativity.
#10: Wavy High Fade
If you are looking for a haircut that will have people thinking you’re a pop star, go for perfect waves on top and hair shaved to the skin on the back and sides. What makes this hair design so successful is the added carved line.
#11: Cool Black Curly Fade
When you’re looking for a fresh haircut, a fade is definitely a go-to. This cool, clean style is very sharp. Plus, it’s easy to pull off. Some men look their best with high fades, others prefer their fade to start lower on the head. This high-to-medium fade is classic. Pair it with a beard, and you’re golden.
#12: Disconnected Side Part
Black men haircuts are synonymous with shaved designs and shaved parts. The texture of black hair, especially when it’s short, lends itself to all sorts of creative designs, the most common ones being different lines. Some designed styles can get a little wild and crazy, but a side part is always a wearable option.
#13: Skin Fade with Curly Top
This high top fade looks even cooler with twisted hair and a lined up fade that dips down towards the nape of the neck. The straight line on top distinguishes the curly and the shaved sections and enhances the contrast between them. These elements help put a unique spin on the basic Mohawk fade.
#14: Natural Fauxhawk with Line Up
Beards are a great addition to fade haircut styles because they blend seamlessly into the haircut. By fading hair at the temples and letting it flow through the sideburns into the beard, you get a facial hairstyle that mirrors your haircut in a cool way. To keep it looking sharp, a line up is a must.
#15: Back-In-Style High Top
Eighties and nineties hairstyles aren’t going anywhere quick, and this one is a great iteration. The smooth decrease of length and a short shaved line makes this hi top a lot more flattering.
#16: Short Smooth Waves
Black haircuts can be extra short but never plain or boring. 360 waves on hair this short are even easier to achieve. The shaved side part and line up have already become the classics of modern African American hairstyles.
#17: Curly Fade with Line Up
Even longer kinky curls look neat on African American men when a line up is involved. Embrace your curly texture, but give it a nice frame. A facial hairstyle and a disconnected part are those extra features to add to your cool look that can instantly bring your hairstyle to a whole new level.
#18: Wavy Low Fade
This is one of the best pictures featuring a perfect line up with temp fade. It showcases exactly what this haircut is all about: sharp clean lines with just a slight fade to keep things interesting. Having a haircut that requires regular maintenance (and being religious about seeing your barber often) creates a very masculine style that boosts your confidence, because you always look your best.
#19: High and Tight Fade
This afro fade is a great simple and flattering option: a high and tight with fade, perfectly lined up hairline, and thin beard that helps to enhance the masculine bone structure. Black boys and men positively can rock this haircut with confidence.
#20: Fauxhawk with Taper Fade
In need of a style fit for a pop star? This fresh cut brings the typical fade to another level with those natural kinks that add some party to the strictness of the classy line up. To get the style, simply use a moisturizing or texturizing cream designed for black people to twist hair after every wash.
#21: Black Skin Fade High Top
With a few inches of natural hair on top, high skin fade and short facial hairstyle, this hi top is the perfect mix of retro and modern. The shape of the original haircut is there, but because the hair is kept naturally curly (instead of cut flat), the style fits better into today’s reality.
#22: Short Black Mohawk
How can you get even more creative with a temple fade? By extending the long hair all the way to the nape to create an awesome mohawk. This is a really great style that’s surprisingly easy to pull off when your hair is short-to-medium.
#23: High Top Mohawk Fade
This unique cut is a mixture of several different styles: a high fade, tapered Mohawk, and line up. If you want to try this out, the easiest way to request it from your barber would be to bring in the picture. In case you like the idea of hair disappearing halfway through the sides and back, but don’t want it to look like a Mohawk, ask for a temp fade or a low top fade.
#24: Retro High Top Taper Fade
For a suave style, ask your barber to smooth out the entire shape of your haircut and to create a low fade to the skin only in the back. A mock side part design adds a cool element to the hairstyle and gives it that finishing touch.
#25: Bright Two-Tone Mohawk
Black men hairstyles don’t often involve hair dye. But why not? Warm colors like orange, red, and gold look great against dark skin. Of course, you can’t pair wild hair colors with just any haircut, but a Mohawk fade is a safe choice for sure.
#26: Perfect Fade for Long Top
Many of today’s black male haircut styles are kept very, very short. But if you love your hair’s natural texture and don’t mind putting in a little bit of time in hair care and styling, then you may experiment with styles like this one. Choose a natural, not sculpted look to keep it modern.
#27: Creative Black Haircut with Part
Here’s a fade that has a lot going for it! There’s natural, curly texture on top, a burst fade, a shaved part and a cool shaved detail across the nape. Designs in the back (not just on the sides) are growing in popularity.
#28: Taper Fade with Kinky Top
This cute hairstyle may encourage you to grow your natural hair out. If this doesn’t inspire you, we’re not sure anything else will. Let all those curls go to work for you providing the height, volume and texture you’ve dreamt about. All you have to do is moisturize and twist your hair regularly.
#29: Curly Cut with Unique Designs
Haircuts for black men often incorporate some unusual artistic elements. There’s really no end to what your barber can do in terms of hair designs, but most of the time these designs are created by cutting into short hair. This example stands out because all the other hair has been cut away to create the raised slashes.
#30: Short Reddish Brown Curls
This gorgeous African red color looks awesome on men because it’s unpretentious. The warm tones pair well with dark skin. Try it on just the tips of the hair for a men version of dip dye.
#31: Curly Top And Fade On The Sides
Use a fade for a clean look, while still showing off your thick curls on top. This style accentuates natural curly hair that is presented in a decent frame – perfect edges.
#32: Full Natural Men Hairstyle
Full, natural hair, black people are so proud of, can benefit from fades too, so don’t stress out if you love your longer coils. In fact, you will have more options when it comes to fading your hair if you choose to keep a party up top.
#33: Designed High Top Fade
For a stand out style, ask your barber to incorporate designs below the top of your high fade. You can take a look at your barber’s portfolio to pick something that catches your eye, or let him have at it. Add height to your look with long, twisted locks.
#34: Mohawk Fade
A high fade is one of the favorite black haircut styles for men who want to look fashionable. While a low fade tends to look more like a classic cut, a high fade is a younger, more modern style.
#35: Textured Temple Fade
This fade haircut falls into the temple fade category because the fade curves above the ears. To get more texture on top, ask for hair that is just over an inch long. Then use a nourishing cream to define curls. Natural products made from oils and nut butters will work best.
#36: Retro High Top Fade
For men who want that old school pompadour look, opt for a high top that is lower towards the back. This look is all about the shape, and can be a challenge to describe. Be sure to bring in pictures, especially when you’re after something unique or retro.
#37: Temple and Nape Fade
A curly fade is the best of both worlds. You get the height and volume on top without having the look of long hair. This is a popular style on the east coast, and it’s often done as a temple fade.
#38: Dreaded High Fade
Black men hairstyles are always an opportunity for creativity because of the sculptural nature of the hair. Here, a high to the skin fade is paired with short dreads. Ombre bleached ends add extra style. Keep hair back off the face by putting dreads in ponytails and buns.
#39: Naturally Textured Fade
Super tight curls are the perfect texture for a high top fade haircut because of the defined volume and height on top. Hair care for black people always comes down to the same thing: moisture. Don’t over wash your hair and avoid products that could be drying.
#40: Curly Fade with Lines
This curly fade is actually an undercut that fades towards the side and nape hairline. Generally, undercuts are great for anyone who wants to experiment with bleaching.
#41: Fade with Diagonal Lines on Top
This temp fade is a lot more intricate than it appears at first. Diagonal striping is cut into the upper part and the shaved side part separates the top from the faded side.
#42: Bleached Mohawk Fade
Go all out with an afro Mohawk fade. Because of natural hair texture, you won’t have to use any product to keep it up. Instead just comb through and regularly condition. With or without bleached ends, this is a cool style to try.
#43: Classic High Top Fade
This high top fade is a good option for men who want to exude a strong, powerful appearance. To keep it from being too retro, hair is not polished all around. The sharp part also gives it a modern edge.
#44: Smooth Low Fade
Fresh haircuts have one thing in common: smooth, clean lines. The side burns create a sharp edge and the hairline is cut squarely. Black male hairstyling is all about keeping hair well-nourished, so it doesn’t get dry. Use some natural oil, like coconut, a few times per week.
#45: Curly Afro Fade
Curly headed guys can still get a great style with a fade that allows the top of your hair to express itself through texture. Pair your statement cut with a well-trimmed beard, and you’ll have a trend-setting look that’s all your own.
#46: Mens Fade Haircut with 360 Waves And Beard
Pair your low top fade with 360 waves and enjoy the look of thicker facial hair to show off the contrast of textures. This hairstyle brings attention downward but it’s still clean-cut and classy enough for the office.
#47: Wave Fade
Here is another creative cut. Add a simple wavy line to the side of the head and bring in more dimension and style into your look. This is easy to get at the barber’s, and if you end up not liking it, it will grow out in no time.
#48: Black Guy Haircut with a Natural Twist
Natural hair doesn’t have to be particularly full to look good. You can fade it low and achieve some thinning regions on the sides to get a fun, laidback style to sport on a daily basis.
#49: Low Fade Partial
Things don’t always have to be perfectly symmetrical when it comes to fades. Instead, try an off-center shave or incorporate a design that is in tune with your beard line.
#50: Curly High Top Fade
Curly hair looks awesome in a high top, and this is a wonderful example of how you can combine various fade techniques – the high top, a shaved design and a fading hairline down the nape of the neck. Such haircut styles always look good!
Well, obviously there are many ways to diversify your fade haircuts. You may try them all and choose your favorite style or show a picture of the cut you like the most to your barber at once. Curly hairstyles for black men have some cute ‘dos in case you think of growing your coils out one day.