22+ Fresh Taper Fade Haircuts

By Rich Krafting


Taper fade haircuts have been a popular choice for men for years. The classic look is also a hot trend will not go away any time soon.

Here are some great examples of the classic taper fade that we are seeing right now in the best barbershops around the world.

Sometimes fade haircuts are also called taper fades or tapers. Just in case, always show your barber a picture of what you want. However, technically, tapers and fades are two different things.

Taper Fade vs Fade

There seems to be a lot of confusion about what a taper fade is. Taper fade haircuts and fades both refer to how hair is cut at the sides and back of the head. They both go from short to shorter at the neckline. Tapers and fades also both grow back in clean, compared to blocked napes or defined necklines.

The taper fade is a quick fade at the sideburns and neckline. Those areas blend right into the skin from your haircut of choice and will grow back looking clean and natural. The area behind the ear is left short and cleaned up with a defined line.

taper fade vs fade

A fade haircut changes the hairline all the way around. Fades can be low, medium, or high but they all create a new hairline. This is all a great look because it is streamlined, focuses attention on the hair on top, and grows out clean.

1. Taper Fade For Curly Hair

taper fade haircut
Tommy Ransom

The taper fade is a cool finish to any type of men’s haircut. It blends seamlessly into the skin at the sideburn and neck, for a stylish yet natural hairline. This one looks great with curly hair.

2. Fade Haircut

what is a taper fade haircut
Andrew Does Hair

Here’s a great example of bald fade that goes down to the skin. The fade, in contrast to the taper fade, creates a new hairline with a stylized shape. This is a drop fade that mimics the form of the neckline. Looks totally great with straight hair.

3. Neck Taper + Thick Hair

Taper fade haircuts
Javi the Barber

From the back, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a low fade and a neck taper. Looking for the line behind the ear is the easiest way to tell the difference. No line means it’s a fade.

4. Classic Taper Fade

Low taper fade haircut
Don Quinn

Just like the fade, taper fades can be low, medium, or high. This taper fade just takes the edge off the sideburns and neckline. All cleaned up and looking great.

5. Mid Taper Fade

Mid to high taper fade
Nick the Barber

This mid taper fade fades hair down to the skin at the sideburns and neckline and keeps going. It’s still a taper because of that defined line behind the ear. If you want to mix up your curly fade, try this look.

6. Cool High Taper Fade Haircut

Taper fade haircut with hair design
Victor Hugo

Here’s a high taper fade along with medium length textured hair. Although the neckline has a cool rounded shape that contrasts with the pair of shaved lines. It’s similar to a fade but check behind the ear, it’s a taper!

7. Low Taper Fade

Low taper fade haircut
Jose Crespo

Somewhere in between high and low, this medium taper fade is just right with the medium length wavy hair on top.

8. Bald Taper Fade

Bald taper fade
Juan Abreu

This bald taper fade shows some skin. Looks really good with this pompadour haircut.

9. Taper Fade for Curly Hair

Taper fade for guys that have curly hair
Zach Ramsey

Curly hair also benefits from the graduation of a taper fade. Hair is long enough to curl towards the top while tapering down for a clean-cut finish. You can get this same look if you have thick hair.

10. Taper Fade Afro

Taper fade with an afro
Wes Staucet

Finish that modern afro with a blurry taper fade.

11. Taper Fade + Afro

Afro taper fade
Christian Barbershop

Here’s that taper fade afro from the side.

12. Taper Fade for Black Men

Taper fade black men
Cameron Tooyserkani

A taper fade is a seamless way to finish haircuts for men with natural curls .

13. Taper Fade + Waves

Fade with 360 waves
Blackwater Barber

The taper fade and 360 waves contrast with the sharp lines of this line up.

14. Short Taper Fade

Short haircut with taper fade
Mātū Barber Company

No hair is too short for a taper fade. This buzz cut is as stylish as ultra short hair can be.

15. Skin Taper Fade

skin taper fade
Ulises Rodriguez

This skin taper fade creates a burst effect at the neck and temples. It makes your hair on top stand out nicely and works for all hair lengths.

16. Taper Fade Mohawk

Taper fade and mohawk haircut
Cameron Tooyserkani

A mohawk haircut can work with shaved sides or any type of fade, even a taper fade. Even with length at the sides, this height at the top and pointed mullet at the back create a mohawk shape.

17. Taper Fade with Beard

Taper fade haircut with beard
Hayden Cassidy Hair

The beard looks great with a fade but what about with a taper fade? I think we’ve answered that question.

18. Taper Fade + Beard Shape

Taper fade and beard
Heavy Hittaz Barbershop

Now here’s a shorter shaped beard with a taper fade.

19. Taper Fade with Dreads

Taper fade with dreads

Taper fades work with longer haircuts too. This gentleman is long dreads breezy with a mid taper fade.

20. Blow Out Taper Fade

blow out taper fade
Bodeguita’s Barber Shop

The blowout is one of the most common haircuts with a neck taper. Add to the effect with a. curl sponge.

21. Taper Fade for Thick Hair

Spiky hair taper fade haircut

Tapered sides work well for guys with thick hair, creating a smooth transition from long, messy hair on top to a faded neckline.

22. Soft Taper Fade

Soft taper fade neckline
Bird & Co Barbershop

This long slick back blends into short hair that transitions into a blurry fade.

23. Taper Haircut + Neck Taper

Neck Taper Fade
Russ the Barber

For medium hairstyles for men, the clean finish of a neck taper contrasts longer, looser hair. The neck fade also grows out clean, meaning you can go longer between barber visits. That’s great for guys with tight budgets or busy schedules.

Taper Fade vs Taper Haircuts

A taper fade and a taper haircut are two different things. Taper fades refer to the treatment of the sideburns and neckline. A taper haircut is a type of classic cut with some length all around. It’s usually scissor cut and can be a variety of lengths. The edges can have a taper fade or not.

A taper fade combines the best of both worlds by starting with longer hair that goes down to the skin in a smooth transition. This type of cut will use scissors and clippers. We’ll start with examples of taper and fade haircuts and move on to all the different ways to wear taper fades.

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