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Men’s Style’s Definitive Guide to Fade Haircuts

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Men’s hair styles are all about the fade these days – here’s our guide to the main ones.

Tapered fade

This modified version of the undercut blends smoothly from skin to hair, making it a versatile, popular style. Sharp but not too sharp, the taper normally begins with a No.2-3 clipper at the nape of the neck and gradually fades with the shape of the head.

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Low fade

Less subtle than a tapered fade because there’s more scalp on display, the low fade ends halfway down the back and sides. It also suits a beard because the facial hair contrasts with the shave around the hairline.

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Mid fade

Doesn’t expose quite as much skin as a high fade but a tick more than a low fade — hence the name. This cut is the perfect middle ground, the blend starting just above the ear.

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High fade

The severe contrast between long locks on top and completely shorn back and sides makes this the most eye-catching style of fade. The high fade works well with thick, curly hair, as well as blokes with square or round-shaped heads.

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Scissor fade

When the barber ditches the clippers, the result is a safer, subtler, softer style that can be tailored to a specific head shape, especially if you’ve got some bumps and lumps on your noggin.

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Temple fade

Remember Pauly D from Jersey Shore? Nor do we. But he pioneered the temple fade, and we’re just glad it didn’t catch on.

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