20 Stylish Low Fade Haircuts for Men

Sometimes it seems as if women have all the fun when it comes to stylish cuts and color options. Fortunately, today there truly are plenty of men’s styles that allow for self-expression while following the latest trends. Gone are the days where your cut is simply a number on the razor – today’s styles, including the low fade, are artistic and truly worthy of salon’s work.

Trendy Low Fade Haircut Ideas

The low fade cut is an enduring style that’s been around in various forms for generations. From the height of its 1980s greatness to the more hipster vibe of today, the fade is here to stay. This typically means a style that starts out thick and thins out in a designated direction. There are dozens of options to choose from.

#1: Textured Top Haircut

A fade cut should be carefully sculpted to complement the wearer. If a man prefers longer hair, he can easily keep a thicker tuft up top while still benefitting from a sculpted beard and faded sides above the earline.

Low Fade With Line Up

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#2: Temple Fade with Full Beard

A truly vintage look that reaches out beyond the dawn of the first hair fade, many men are going for a heavily bearded look to complete a thick head of hair with the slightest of thinned out areas. While some view such a style as always featuring dramatic cuts and sculpting, nothing could be further from the truth thanks to today’s diverse styles. The comb over low fade blends both the past and the present in a hipster look you’ll be proud to rock.

Combover With Temple Fade

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#3: Pompadour with Burst Fade

If you’ve been blessed with a thick head of hair, why not flaunt it? A low shadow fade allows medium textured straight hair to thrive when paired with the appropriate styling products. Brush hair straight back and secure in place with a light gel.

Pompadour With Burst Fade

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#4: Spiked High to Low Fade

Spiked hair pairs well with a line up and high to low skin fade. Starting with thick short choppy layers, the hair descends deeply and darkens again for a sculpted beard and mustache. Don’t go overboard with styling products – this style is definitely prone to look greasy if moderation is neglected.

Spiky Haircut With Drop Fade

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#5: Long Top Taper Fade

A pompadour style looks flattering on a variety of hair types. Hair is brushed back while still damp and finished with a holding gel or mousse. The fade starts directly at the temples, blurring the ear line and descending into facial hair.

Long Top Taper Fade

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#6: Burst Fade for Long Hair

If you prefer to wear hair longer, a fade is still a flattering addition to your mane. With long hair on top, a subtle side shave is used to connect to thicker facial hair. The trick is to keep the bottom tidy while allowing the top to flow a bit more freely.

Men's Long Top Short Sides Hairstyle

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#7: Low Fade with Curls

A low cut fade is paired with curls easily, but the real statement is made with a design at the neckline. Both curly hair and natural afro textures should be cut to a medium length, with the hairline lined up and faded.

African American Mohawk Fade

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#8: Low Cut Taper Fade

If you’ve been blessed with thick locks, flaunt them with a blowout that’s accomplished by brushing damp hair while drying. A diffuser can be paired with the dryer if your hair is prone to frizz.

Taper Fade For Thick Hair

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#9: Low Skin Fade

All hair types can pull off an undercut, be it with straight hair or with waves. Ask your stylist to cut hair “forward” so the finished look frames the forehead and shows off the bottom focused style.

Low Fade For Receding Hairline

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#10: Low Diagonal Fade for Curly Hair

A low taper fade is a go-to option for naturally curly hair. Etching strong lines into the cut results in a well-defined design of curls, cut and facial hair.

Curly Low Drop Fade

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#11: Low Fade Fauxhawk

Looking for a new haircut that is bold and memorable? Then look no further than the redesigned faux hawk, which includes an overstated top section and a zig zag line up down to the jaw line.

Side-Parted Taper Fade

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#12: Low Neck Fade

A low bald cut doesn’t mean a cover up for balding men – it simply means hair is completely cleared away on the neck. Discuss with your stylist the cut you desire, and then go for a bald shave to accomplish a crisp, clean look in the back.

Low Taper Fade With Facial Hairstyle

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#13: Neat Combover Hairstyle

Haircuts with parts to the side are classy, simple to maintain and pair well with facial hair. For such a low fade haircut, ask your stylist to thin hair beneath the temples and purchase a holding gel that will keep things looking on point throughout the day.

Combover With Fade For Thin Hair

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#14: Artistic Low Fade Design

If you want something truly unique, go for a burst fade with a design carved above the ear. A stylist can produce almost any image you want, and you’ll be able to express yourself with shaved art.

African American Burst Fade With Design

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#15: Simple Fade Cut for Men

Hair doesn’t need to go through a drastic change to look amazing. Going with a simpler short cut that includes a basic shave can liven up your look without going overboard. Ask your stylist for a low drop fade.

Caesar Cut With Low Drop Fade

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#16: Curly Fade Style

Curly haired men who try a low fade will be glad they did it. Working with the natural direction of your hair’s curls or waves, the fade starts lower and retains a certain level of thickness and texture that keeps everything looking fuller and yet clean cut.

Low Fade For Curly Hair

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#17: 360 Waves with Temple and Neck Fade

For men who have thinning hair, a fade can detract attention from it. When it comes to low fade vs high fade cuts, go with a low one. A high fade will tend to make hair look thinner instead of thicker.

Black Short Low Fade With Line Up

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#18: Fade Style for Thick Hair

A low top fade is also ideal for men with a thick hair. The lusher the hair, the more you can flaunt up top while the fade adds even more from the appearance of volume and health. Tell your stylist to only subtly fade the hair, making the thick upper portion the star of the show.

Pompadour With A Low Taper Fade

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#19: Clean Cut Hair Fade

The boy next door haircut is timeless, and yet it can easily be modernized with a low fade cut and facial hair. Brush hair back with a product and use a hairdryer and a round brush if necessary to emphasize the wholesome, romantic vibe of this cut.

Taper Fade With Flat Pompadour

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#20: Line Up Fade for Natural Hair

Closely cut and sheared into sharp points and curves, the classic fade is a likeable choice for black hair. It’s also extremely low maintenance, which is a bonus for today’s busy men.

Black Low Fade

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No matter what style and cut you choose for your next salon visit, make sure to chat with your stylist before the cutters come out. There’s a low fade appropriate for many different hair types and lengths, and you’ll want to be sure to get the look that’s perfect for you.