It might seem like every guy in America is rocking the fade this year, but there are dozens of variations of the haircut; and just like the proverbial snowflake, no two are completely alike. ‘Fade’ simply refers to an aggressively tight taper — hair at the sides and back is cut as close as possible with clippers, and then “fades,” or tapers, up into almost any length on top.

Fade haircuts can either be interpreted in the traditional sense or approached more experimentally. Either way, this hair trend’s recent popularization is testament to its sleek dimensions and visual contrast. Here are our ten favorite fade haircuts!

High Fade Pompadour

Like its namesake, this version of the high fade partners up with the pompadour to create a more stylized version of the look.

Combover Fade

This fade consists of longer hair on the top of the head that is then combed over into a side part or slicked back, depending on your preference. The hair on the back and sides is kept short with a gradual fade transition.

Disconnected Fade

This one is for guys who want to make a bold statement. The high contrast between the fade and ultra-texturized hair is a bold, stylized look that not many can pull off! It typically looks better with a beard, but the clean cut look works too.

Curly Hair + Skin Fade

Curly hair cut short on top and blended seamlessly into a skin fade.

Razor-Fade Pompadour

This is a classic low-mid razor faded pompadour that looks incredibly sleek. It’s similar to the regular high fade pompadour, but adds in that sharp razor line to separate the fade.  A lot of barbering prowess is necessary to make this happen!

High Fade + Long Texture

For this look, an even higher fade is combined with longer textured hair to create an almost mohawk-esque style.

Low Taper Fade

Curly hair can stay natural while still being shown off in a low taper fade. This style is professional and classy, without sacrificing a bit of fun.

Burst Fade

The burst fade focuses around the ears and creates a mohawk kind of look.

Taper Fade With Design

This is perfect for guys who want to get creative with their hairstyle. You can truly make this one your own and pick a design you want the barber to create; we’ve seen everything from lightning bolts to zigzags.

High Fade with Slicked Back Hair + Beard

This is the best fade haircut for guys with beards. The length on top complements the shaggier facial hair without creating a ‘grizzly’ effect. The key to this one is to stay on top of it and make regular barber appointments so it doesn’t get out of control – we can help you with that!

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Like what you see? Come in and see us at 18/8 La Jolla to change up your look and try out one of these fade haircuts!