Every haircut should be tailored not only to your hair type but head shape. The drop fade works for all guys while other types of fades may not.
The drop fade gets its name from the way the fade drops down behind the ear. Drop fade haircuts can be low or medium high but they always follow the hairline.
The advantage of a drop fade over a high fade is keeping hair long around the crown, where hair tends to stick up. Drop fade haircuts also cover the occipital bone that stands out at the back of the head. The exact angle of the drop fade will depend on your hairline, the location of your crown and whether the fade is low or medium high.
Like other fades, the drop fade can be added to any hairstyle and works for all hair types. It’s a way to add a modern update to a classic hairstyle, add a clean cut edge to a short look or tame thick or curly hair.
Another advantage to the drop fade is it grown in clean, meaning you can add another week or more between barber visits. We’re all about low maintenance, high style looks and drop fade hairstyles make the cut.
Check out a few ways to rock the drop fade haircut in 2017.
1. The Drop Fade
This low drop fade shaves hair down to the skin around the ears while leaving the rest of hair in an easy to wear short men’s hairstyle. This version has a quick taper at the neckline but the focus is on the burst behind the ear.
2. Mid Drop Fade + Twists
A higher version of the drop fade, this mid bald fade raises the hairline up about 2 inches. It’s a cool contrast to black hair worn in short twists but would be a great addition to plenty of other men’s hairstyles.
3. Preppy Haircut + Mid Fade
Getting the crown right is an essential part of any haircut. For a lot of guys, short hair will stick up no matter what product is on there. The simple solution to that problem is hair with enough length to lie flat. The cut above balances an almost medium length cut with a mid fade.
4. Textured Crop Trend + Low Fade
Here’s the popular textured crop with a drop fade. The bald fade arcs around the bottom of the occipital bone for a flattering, on trend and easy to wear hairstyle. Just work a touch of texturizing product into hair with fingers for definition and hold.
5. Side Part Hairstyle + Beard Fade
This is a great example of a haircut working with a guy’s hair type. The fade starts all the way up at the side part but drops down at the back of the head to leave hair around the crown. This low fade also transitions perfectly into a groomed beard with shaved side burns that increase in length down the cheeks.