Types of Fade Haircuts: A Complete Guide For 2023

By Rich Krafting


Fade haircuts are one of the most popular and easiest men’s hairstyle trends. They are everywhere because a fade can be added to any type, length, or style of a men’s haircut. Fades are also a great looking, low maintenance cut, not counting barber visits for upkeep. In this guide, we cover all types of fade haircuts that you can get

A fade takes hair from short to even shorter. The three main types of fade haircuts are low, medium and high fades. This refers to how high the fade goes up on the head.

Burst fades and temple fades cover a smaller portion of the head but have plenty of impact. Bald fades can be any of the above and shave hair down to the skin. Shadow fades go from short to shorter but don’t reveal the skin.

Check out these pictures for all the types of fade haircuts. Mix and match different types of fade with different hairstyles to create your own unique look.

Low Fade

1. Low Fade + Hair Design

Types of Fade Haircuts

Mateus Marques

This fade brings the hairline up by about an inch all the way around. A pair of slashes behind the ear draw even more attention to this blurry fade.

2. Buzz Cut + Line Up + Low Fade

Nathanael David

The buzz cut and fade is a popular combination that can be worn in a number of ways. A blurry low fade at the back contrasts the defined line up at the forehead.

3. Low Bald Fade

Pat Regan

The low fade is also a cool addition to longer men’s hairstyles. This fade is about as low as it goes.

Medium Fade

4. Side Part Haircut

Alisson Mota

This side part haircut is a flattering and popular style that can have tapered (scissor cut) or taper faded (cut with clippers) sides. As the name indicates, the medium fade is somewhere in between the low and high fade. Many mid fades are also drop fades that follow the hairline behind the ear.

5. Mid Fade Haircut

Timoti Ormsby

Instead of dropping down, this mid bald fade follows a line around the head below the crown.

6. Crop Haircut + Medium Fade

Wes Staucet

This on trend crop haircut with a medium fade is a stylish and easy to wear option for guys with thick and wavy hair.

High Fade

7. Pompadour Fade

Josh O’meara-Patel

A high fade is a flattering and clean cut addition to any hairstyle. It can also serve as a canvas for a simple or complex hair design.

8. High Bald Fade Haircut

Majestic Barber

With this short buzz cut, the fade has to quickly go down to the skin. The high fade continues the hairline defined by the tape up.

9. Comb Over Fade

John Carmona

With longer hair on top, high fades create dramatic disconnect hairstyles like this high volume comb over.

10. High Fade Haircut

Woodies Barbershop

High fades drop down behind the crown to work with hair. Every fade is different because it they are adapted to your hair and head.

Burst Fade

11. Burst Fade Haircut

Diego Elizarraras

The burst fade looks like a sun burst behind the ear. A pair of shaved lines add to the effect.

12. Pomp Fade

Miguel Rocha

A burst fade behind the ear sets this pomp fade apart from the rest.

13. Burst Fade Mohawk

Caleb Porter

Burst faded sides can create a mohawk silhouette for short and long or straight and curly hair.

Drop Fade

14. Bald Drop Fade

Travis Hill

This fresh fade cuts the side short and drops down behind the ear to follow the hairline at the back.

15. Drop Fade Haircut

Julius Cvesar

The drop fade creates a dramatic side view, even if you don’t have any ink.

16. Low Drop Fade

Javi the Barber

All low fades are drop fades because they follow the flow of the hairline.

Temple Fade

 17. Buzz + Quick Fade

Pat Regan

Champion boxer Danny “Swift Garcia gets ready for success in and out of the ring with this clean buzz and faded sideburns.

18. Buzz Cut + Line Up + Temple Fade

Angel Raws

The temple fade has a large impact for such a small area. Like a line up, the temple fade adjusts and improves the hairline.

19. Sideburn Fade + Beard

JM da Barber

This temple fade separates the beard from a short buzz cut.

Bald Fade aka Skin Fade

20. Slicked Back Hair + Low Bald Fade

Rum Barber

This medium length side part haircut has three different lengths of hair creating visual layers.

21. Bald Fade Haircut


Bald fades are a type of fade that goes down the skin. Any type of fade can be a skin fade, including low, medium high, drop, temple and burst.

22. Skin Fade

Josh O’meara-Patel

Bald fades look great on everyone but really stand out with dark hair against fair skin. Wear a skin fade with long hair on top for no maintenance sides.

23. Classic Taper Fade Haircut

Types Of Fade Haircuts


This is a great look at your classic taper fade haircut. Hair is clipped short but not down to the skin. The haircut features a nice medium length of hair on top. What a beauty!

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