Low fade haircuts may be the most popular type of fade. They look great with every men’s haircut, from short to long. There is no cleaner cut finish to a haircut and the low fade looks great growing out, meaning you can go a couple of extra weeks between cuts.
There are a couple of different ways to wear these down low fades. First, there is the drop fade vs the regular fade. The drop fade drops down behind the ear while a regular fade is more of a straight line. Most low fades are drop fades but far from all. You’ll see the difference below.
Next, pick between the shadow fade and bald fade. The shadow fade tapers down from short to very short while the bald fade goes all the way down to the skin. They both look great, it just depends on if you want the fade to blend in or stick out.
On top, anything goes. Hair can be buzzed short or worn long and messy. Or style it into a pompadour, bring out the curls, or even try a faux hawk. The key is finding the best product for your hair type and hairstyle.
Let’s take a look at the different low fade styles that you can get.
1. The Low Fade Haircut
This low shadow fade stands out against thick hair in a modern side part pompadour.
2. Low Fade Haircut For Black Men
Here’s a crispy example of a fade cut into a line instead of the drop fade.
3. Low Fade Haircut For Men + Messy Hairstyle
Clean sides contrast messy hair on top.
4. Low Taper Fade Haircut
5. Low Fade Haircut + Natural Curls
Close cropped sides make this curly high top look even taller.
6. Low Skin Fade + Side Part Haircut
Here’s a cool beard fade that separates hair from facial hair and adds a modern finish to this classic style. This look works for guys of all ages.
7. Low Bald Fade Haircut
A low skin fade cuts hair down to the skin, making the hair on top seem even thicker and longer. Skin fade haircuts also work with beards of all lengths. The sideburns are gone but hair tapers back up into facial hair.
8. Low Drop Fade Haircut
The arc of the drop fade contrasts with the straight line of blunt fringe. It doesn’t take a lot of hair to have a lot of presence.
9. Flat-Top Haircut + Low Fade
10. Low Fade + Curly Hair Haircut
The low line of this fade makes curly hair on top stand out.
11. Curly Low Fade Frow-Hawk Haircut
For longer curly hairstyles for men, a low fade cleans up the edges for an easy to wear but cool look. Go all the way down to the skin or ultra-short.
12. Low Fade + Military Haircut
For a military look, keep hair short and cut the fade even shorter. It’s a step up from your at home buzz cut.
13. Low Taper Fade Haircut
This is as low as you can go with a fade. It’s a cool way to create a clean-cut hairline.
14. Low Fade + Hard Part + Comb Over Haircut
The straight line of the hard part contrasts with the blurry diagonal of the fade. This comb over can also be worn with a combed part and drop fade.
15. Low Fade Haircut + Curly Hair
Short and faded sides make it easy and stylish to wear a tousled tangle of curls on top. Try a hair cream for just enough hold plus some frizz-fighting.
16. The Best Low Fade Haircut -> Undercut Pompadour
There isn’t one best low fade haircut but the contrast between a medium length messy pomp on top over a low and tight fade is striking. Platinum and pink tones take it to the next level.
17. Low Drop Fade Haircut for Black Men
The fade goes low and the curls go high.
18. Short Haircut + Low Fade
There is a symmetry between wearing short hair with a low fade. This isn’t just any short men’s haircut but the top trend, a textured crop fade.
19. Low Fade Haircut With Beard
There’s something to be said for growing facial hair longer than the hair on your head. Show it all off with clean lines and a blurry fade.
20. Buzzcut + Low Fade
Short hair and a short beard are the easiest to way to look really good. Trim that beard yourself in between barber visits but leave the fades to the experts.
21. Short Hair + Low Fade Haircut for Black Man
And here’s a cool short hair look for black hair, with waves on top and a clean fade around the bottom. Wear it with a beard, or not.
22. Longer Hair Hairstyle + Low Fade
This fresh style lets medium hair flow over a lower fade. Let it flow, bro.
23. Low Drop Fade Haircuts
This blurry fade creates a striking frame for thick textured hair. This look is simultaneously modern and classic, cool and professional.
24. Slicked Back Low Fade Haircut
The pomp fade is a popular hairstyle because it is easy to style and looks great. It can be worn with a mid or high fade but this low fade follows the lines of long hair on top.
25. Low Fade + High Pomp
And another pomp fade from the front. The low fade emphasizes how thick and full hair is at the sides. On top, it’s a modern look with some trendy texture. Try a hair wax to get that combination of hold and separation.
Check out the entire fade haircuts section for more haircut ideas.