33 High Top Fade Haircut Styles

By Rich Krafting


The high top fade haircut may have peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s but it is back again and here to stay. The cut has come a long way from Kid of Kid ‘n Play’s unforgettable look. Any way you wear it, this is a very cool fade haircut for men.

The always popular flat top is just one way to wear the high top haircut. Hair on top can be styled in lots of different ways but the sides are always faded. High fades may be the most common but skin fades and taper fades also look great.

This is not a haircut for straight hair. The high top gets its height from textured hair, anything from curly to kinky. While this hairstyle is most frequently seen on black men, anyone with very curly hair can get the look, as you will see below. In contrast to the flat top, the edges of the high top can also have texture. That can be curly, nappy, in twists, in braids, or in dreadlocks.

The high top is an iconic hairstyle, emblematic of the ultimate cool. It’s as fresh and stylish today as it ever was. Now that you want to get a high top haircut, check out these pictures for 33 different ways to get the look.

1. High Top Fade

High top fade haircut
Cristian Barbershop

This high top is very high with a rounded profile that seamlessly extends the shape of the head.

2. Curly High Top Fade

curly high top fade
Travis Hill

And the same look with type 3 curls for lots of texture.

3. High Top Fade Dreads

high top fade dreads
Abbas the Barber

And the same again with hair twisted up into short dreads. Pull hair up or leave it down.

4. High Top Fade Haircut

high top fade haircut
Special One Barbershop

We call this one the round top fade.

5. High Top Fade Braids

High Top Fade Braids
Phillip Ramdoolar

In this case, the high in high top refers to the fade.

6. High Top Fade Designs

High Top Fade Designs
Thank Q the Barber

It’s easy to add a design to the high fade. Go for anything from a simple shaved line to a detailed portrait.

7. High Top Fade With Part

high top fade with part
Marquinhos Barbers

A shaved side part creates an askew heart-shape.

8. Low High Top Fade

Low High Top Fade
Wes Staucet

High top fade haircuts also look great worn shorter and lower.

9. High and Tight Fade + Long on Top

high and tight fade + Long on Top
Frank Soto

High curls on top and a shaped beard are separated by a high skin fade.

10. High Top Fade + Curly Hair

High Top Fade Curly Hair
Chris Boos

A beautiful example of working with what you have. The kid has style beyond his years.

11. High Top Fade + Twist

High Top Fade Twist
Cristian Barbershop

Another way to get vertical texture is with twists.

12. High Top Bald Fade

High Top Bald Fade
Anthony Mercado

The bald fade puts all the focus on the curly high top.

13. High Top Dreads + Fade

High Top Dreads Fade
High Top Fade Dreads

Here’s another way to wear the high fade with dreads. Instead of the usual fade, try this V-cut design outlined with a surgical line.

14. High Top Fade Styles

high top fade styles
Fab Maillot

A work of art with shape, color, and pattern.

15. More High Top Fade Styles

High Top Fade Styles
Nieves Almaraz

The high top fade can work for white guys. Here’s a different shape than the usual.

16. High Top Fade For Black Men

Black Men High Top Fade
Abi Adegoke

If hair is the crown you never take off, this gentleman is a king.

17. High Top + Taper Fade

high top taper fade
Marquinhos Barbers

Every now and then you’ll see this look with a taper fade. And with an afro.

18. High Top Dreads With Fade

high top fade with twists
Dencio Aguilar

Taking those dreads straight up while the fade drops down.

19. Twist High Top Fade

The Killmonger version of the high top with twists and fringe.

20. Black High Top Fade Haircut

black high top fade

So fresh, so clean. This rounded shape looks great short, long, and this in-between length.

21. High Top Drop Fade

High Top Drop Fade
Petey Rock the Barber

The shape of the drop fade is echoed in the curve of this curly top.

22. Nappy High Top Fade

nappy high top fade
Wizzy da Barber

This type of high top leaves some of that tightly curled texture on top for a soft finish. This fresh cut demonstrates the unique qualities of Afro-textured hair through defined height and soft edges that give a slight halo of kinky hair. The drop fade goes from high to low, raising the natural hairline a couple of inches.

23. Short High Top Fade

short high top fade
Wes Staucet

Whether you’re starting to grow hair longer or like it like it is, this is a great cut.

24. High Top Fade With Beard

High Top Fade With Beard

When you want to show off your hair growing abilities, wear hair long on top and full at the chin.

25. Short High Top Fade With Beard

high top fade with beard
Max Dos Santos

This short high top balances nicely with a trimmed and shaped beard. Lines, curves, and blends all over create a signature look.

26. High Top + Skin Fade

high top skin fade
Dynasty Barbers

This shaved part literally draws the line between the twist high top and skin fade.

27. Braided High Top Fade

braided high top fade
Q Cuts

Mohawk-style braids over a high bald fade.

28. Kid’s High Top Fade Haircut

kid high top fade
Keon Washington

This isn’t Kid of Kid ‘n Play but an actual kid with a most excellent curly high top. You’re never too young or too old for style.

29. Drop Fade + High Top

drop fade high top
Keon Washington

Now here’s the Kid high top fade. A drop fade extends the line of the flat top, making it look even taller from the back.

30. High Fade + Curly Top

high fade curly top
Leeroy the Barber

The high top looks good with all types of curls. Try a hair cream to keep hair up and in place.

31. High Top + Fade + Dreadlocks

Keon Washington

A cool dread lock man bun with the subtlest of fades. Now that is a precision cut by an experience professional.

31. High Top Fade + Afro

High Top Fade + Afro
Tapered the Barbershop

Cut and style hair up and out to achieve this fresh high top afro.

32. High Top Fade Hairstyles

high top fade hairstyles
Emmanual Abimbola

Sometimes it seems like the high top isn’t an every day, every man’s hairstyle but it is. Here’s a regular guy with a fantastic look.

33. High Top Fade Haircut + Side Part

High Top Fade + Side Part
Vic Blends

No big deal, it’s just Carl Lawson, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive end. This curly high top has a half moon part and right angles.

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