The Fade haircut was first worn by the US Military in the 40s and 50s. The hairstyle became most popular on afro hair types worn and made famous by pop stars and actors like Will Smith in the 80’s and 90’s.
In the last few years, the fade haircut has been improved and even became an acceptable hairstyle in workplaces. More guys are looking to rock it together with nearly any hairstyle possible. High fade, low fade, medium fade, tapers, and skin fade fades are all types of fade haircuts.
It’s easy to get them mixed-up and not know how to ask your barber for them. With this guide, you’ll know what a fade haircut is and all you need to know about them.
What Is a Fade Haircut?
A fade basically means different lengths on the sides and back of the hair. This simply means that the hair is not all having the same length, they have different lengths all blended together in some cases fading the skin upwards gradually into longer and longer hairs.
The Different Types Of Fade Haircut
Basically, a fade haircut can be categorized into four types based on how high the fade goes up the head.
1. Taper fade
The taper fade is around the sideburns and neckline. This usually comes with a small and low fade mostly worn to fade out a beard into the hairline.
2. Low fade
The low fade is great for guys that want a transition to the sides and back without having a harsh look. This style comes with a very low fade and the fade blends into longer lengths of hair up to the upper hair.
3. Mid fade
The mid fade begins halfway up your head and somewhere between two-thirds of the side of your head. This is usually less above the eyebrow level.
4. High fade
This is the highest of all of the fades! When a high fade is worn it can almost reach the crown before blending into longer lengths, which makes it a lot harsher.
How To Ask For A Fade Haircut?
Before you ask your hairstylist for a fade haircut you’ll have to know these four things
- How high you want the fade to be: Taper, low, mid, or high, allow your barber to suggest what might be best for your face shape and your lifestyle. Fade heights of different length will work with different styles and face shape.
- Choose the style on the top: Fades don’t really define the style on the top, the fades literally define the style of the back and sides but you will have to decide on what style you want on the top of the hair.
- Decide how short you want the haircut: You’ll have to tell your barber how short you want your haircut to be. If you are not sure about the length you want, ask your barber to start longer then work it down to the length you want.
- Take a picture: If all of the above sounds too much, taking a picture to your barber is the easiest way to get the exact fade you want. That guarantees that you and your barber are on the same page.