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Updated on January 28, 2021
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We all want to have hairstyles that are sure to beat the heat, be low-maintenance and stylish! Obviously, it’s a no brainer that the less hair you have on your head, the longer you will be able to last out in the hot sun, handling business and having fun! This article is going to give you ideas about skin fade/bald fade haircuts that you can rock this season!

Skin Fade Haircuts / Bald Fade Haircuts

The major benefit of fades is a clean stylish look. You may go for longer hair on top and play with its textures in different hairstyles or buzz it and forget about your comb and styling products.

1. Sharp and Sexy

A bald fade haircut creates dimension and relief in a hairstyle with a lot of sharp angles and precise curvy lines typical for a Caesar cut. The faded effect and sharply cut facial hair also draw the eye down to lengthen a round face and balance chubby cheeks.

2. Balanced Cut with Beard

Sometimes a fade in short haircuts can work similar to layers in longer looks; it provides a great structured silhouette to the hair on top and balances a full beard on the bottom. Plus, it provides an interesting texture in the middle needed for a clean look.

3. Professional Bald Fade Side Part

When looking for a more work-appropriate fade haircut, it is best to opt for a mid-bald fade because it is less aggressive and more polished. A fade that starts in the middle allows for a more seamless transition. You can style it as a sleek comb over with part to add a dapper retro twist to your look.

4. Straight to the Point

If you are a man who prefers to set trends instead of following them, a high skin fade is more of your speed. The fade begins high at the top of your head for a more severe and strong look. Plus, it gives you an excuse to try chic patterns on your beard like this pointed style.

5. Geek Chic

This picture is a good example of balancing vintage and modern feel in one look. A pompadour is a great way to add length to short faces and it also lends a sophisticated touch to your rugged 5 o’clock shadow. Accessorize with a fun pair of retro glasses.

6. Simple Short Cut for Natural Hair

This look blends a curly buzz with a subtle temple fade into a simple yet stylish look for black men. Want an additional twist? Try a thin chin strap for a youthful and unique look. It may not be appropriate for conservative work settings, but if you have a more casual office environment, you can’t go wrong with this simple style.

7. Half-And-Half

No need to choose just one length or cut, when you can combine everything you want into one show-stopping style. With a slick side part on one side and a high skin fade on the other, this style has a split personality—and it works!

8. Wonderful Wild Waves

Create a contrast in lengths by rocking medium spiky locks with waves on top, taper fade on the sides and sexy stubble on the bottom. Also you would be surprised by how much a little dose of color can elevate a look; random pieces of gray hair throughout the short pieces offer even more edge and interest.

9. Edgy and Elevated

A skin fade haircut is extremely popular, so if you crave individuality you have to do something to set yourself apart from the rest. Incorporating designs into your fade, long on top, elevates a standard fade and takes it from drab to fab in the blink of an eye.

10. Short and Simple

A bald fade, or a cut that fades to skin on the sides, is an easy way to get a clean look without wacky designs or crazy details. It’s a precise cut that will work well for occupations like the military or jobs that require wearing a uniform.

11. Magnificent Mohawk

Accent an afro-Mohawk with etched lines that highlight the curve of your skull. They will support the vibe of your overall look without distracting from the central curly section which is the star of the show and where you want to draw the eye.

12. Haute Heights

Don’t underestimate the power of sideburns to amplify your skin fade haircut. They may be a bit retro, so modernize them pairing with a trendy long top short sides style. You can wear it as a pompadour, add a texturizing product or swoop it to one side – there are a few creative ways to style this look.

13. Making Waves

A textured mid-bald fade is a go-to look for many black men, so put a cheeky spin on it with a design that mimics the waves within your cut. Instead of a regular part, this will be more interesting and exciting.

14. Old School Cool

Channel the vibe of the cool guys from the nineties, like Kid-n-Play, with a high top fade that is too cool for school. The extra height is also great for round and square faces because it adds length—not to mention personality!

15. Structured Shape-Up

If you want a less dramatic look, go for a low skin fade like in the photo. For many Afro-American men a shape-up, or the sharp lines around the edges, is the most important part of a bald fade haircut. It is designed to clean up the hairline to achieve a polished appearance.

16. Shaved Head Fade with Comb Over

A comb over is always a quick way to instantly soften your look for a more approachable style that will definitely wow during a date night. The shaved part offers a nice accent to liven up the rest of your bald head.

17. Disconnected and Dapper

If a full beard and head of hair is too boring or mature for your taste, funk it up with a skin fade. The break in the flow of your hair will create a cool optical illusion. Plus, it helps to temper thick dark strands so that they don’t appear too heavy or overwhelming around the face.

18. Shaved and Sexy

This bald fade haircut is similar to the one on the previous picture, except for its shorter length and sharper angles of the facial hairstyle. Such a simple yet stylish look doesn’t distract from the main attraction—your face!

19. Dark and Dangerous

You don’t need tattoos or an outrageous haircut to show off your dark side, sometimes a bit of pomade is all it takes. Channel your inner super villain with slick dark hair; just make sure you add a charming smile so everyone knows it’s all in good fun.

20. Sleek and Sophisticated

This style is a good example of a low medium bald fade that can be used in a conservative setting. Balance a faded cut with a crisp part and a carefully coiffed hair up top for a look that will be polished without being too stuffy or buttoned-up.

21. Bald Fade Caesar Cut

A Caesar cut can look like a simple buzz cut in which the entire hair is cut to about an eighth of an inch long. The hair is visible but very low. The best thing about this haircut is that it is very low maintenance and easily done!

black buzz haircut

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22. High Top Fade

The high top fade is an awesome choice for those who like to have a little extra length on top. It also works very well for those who want to grow mass amounts of facial hair like full beads. The contrast from the top and the shaved sides provides a beautiful canvas for facial hair.

men's high fade haircut

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23. Traditional Line Up

A traditional line up is a type of skin fade that is common amongst ethnic men. It basically includes the razored hair line to maintain either a square or rounded shape. Meanwhile, the actual length of the hair is kept to a minimum.

extra short black skin fade haircut

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24. Faded Upsweep

The faded upsweep is a very quirky and cool style for men that brings attention to the eyes and bone structure in the face. With a dramatic contrast between the clean sides and high upsweep, you really make a statement.

high top fade haircut for thick hair

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25. Side Swept Skin Fade

The side-swept look is great for those who want a devilish aesthetic while keeping the hair to a minimum. You can keep the length at the top and casually sweep it to a side while your sides remain clean.

short side-parted men's haircut

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26. High Top Waves with Side Part

The high top waves with a side part are a lovely choice for ethnic men who want to keep it classy for a formal or professional setting. This is not your everyday hair cut. Yet, it really makes you shine when worn correctly.

skin fade haircut with wavy top and side part

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27. Heavy Gradient

A heavy gradient skin fade is essentially a type of haircut when the hair is allowed to gradually transition from very dark or thick to a slightly tapered cut. It is very simple and it grows out evenly so it is very low maintenance.

short black fade haircut

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28. Slicked Back High Top

This slick high top is well worth trying due to its sexy formality. When you prefer to keep the top hair slightly longer, it is great to make good use of hair gel because it will have your hair setting nice and smooth.

fade haircut with slicked back top

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29. High Top Widows Peak Skin Fade

The high top widow’s peak is a good fit for men who are starting to slightly recede at the hairline. The hair on top is short enough to maintain a neat look and long enough to show off some texture and contrast with the closely clipped sides.

fade haircut for balding men

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30. Polished Fade

This well-polished hairdo does well to fit any face shape. The lines are clean and the gradient cut is on point. This is workable for any occasion!

black temple fade haircut

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31. Simple Buzz Cut

This simple buzz cut works on all hair types. It is a quick and easy fix for those men who prefer to keep it simple with their skin fade. It’s also very low maintenance. Because everything is basically kept to the same length, you don’t have to worry about awkward choppiness once it grows out.

buzz haircut for men

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32. Box Top Haircut with Side Part

The box top and round high top hairstyles were a hit trend in the 90’s, and they are making their way back on to the fashion scene! This is awesome for those with afro hair textures. It is the black man’s answer to an upsweep! On top of that, it really makes a bold fashion statement.

high top fade haircut for black men

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33. Tapered Mini Afro with Side Part and Skin Fade

This is not your traditional skin fade hair cut because only the temples are slightly faded. The rest is a small, well rounded afro with a dashing side part. This looks best on men with wider face shapes but could potentially work on anybody! It’s a crazy cool hairdo.

men's short black haircut with a shaved part

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34. Sleek Fade with Side Part

The sleek hairdo with a side part is very handsome and does well to suit mature men. It is very polished and put together, while allowing you the freedom to get a little messy. With a good comb and some hair gel, you can rule the world! Or if you wanted to just rock it natural, the hair would fall in a very casual but cute way.

simple neat men's haircut

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35. Messy Fade

This messy fade is great for those guys who want a chill, low maintenance hairstyle that still looks nice. For this style, it is good if you have natural straight hair to encourage the spikiness. Ruffle the top of your hair with a product every morning to make sure it has that tousled appearance.

short textured haircut for men

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36. Dramatic Upsweep with Faded Sides

This dramatic style is awesome for edgy guys with a stand alone personal style! With nearly bald sides and a heavy upsweep at the top, this is bound to say something about you. It will say that you know you’re hard core and you don’t care about anyone else’s perception of your style choices!

men's skin fade haircut with elongated top

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37. Wavy Side Swept Hairstyle with Faded Sides

This wavy side swept style with faded sides is a perfect choice for men who like to look just a little scruffy, but it is tasteful at the same time. If you choose not to sweep it to the side you can allow the hair to do its own thing and wear it confidently as such!

men's short haircut with temple fade

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38. Dark Temple Fade

A dark temple fade is a hairstyle where the top of the hair is allowed to grow in dark to about ¼ of an inch. A gradual fade begins starting from the temples around to almost nonexistent sides. It is very fitting on men of color!

cute black buzz haircut

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39. Basic Fade

This basic skin fade is a good style for men who go to a variety of events. Because of its simplicity, it can work for formal occasions, the office or the basketball court!

basic short haircut for men

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40. Triple Layer Fade

This triple layer fade is very dramatic but divinely handsome! The top of the head is kept very dark, the middle is kept low but visible and the nape is nearly bald. But, it provides such a cool gradient that very few can pull it off as well as Ludacris!

black bald fade haircut

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Now that you have seen all 40 images with bald-skin fade haircuts, you may go out and choose which one is right for you. There is a vast variety that serves a wide array of appearance types. It is very possible that one of the hairstyles mentioned in the article could be your next go-to hair cut!

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