Men’s Taper Fade Haircuts – Pictures & How To Do Them

If you are a guy, chances are you have or have had a taper fade haircut at least once in your life. These popular men’s haircuts are performed with the use of electric hair clippers, and they are among the most requested types of men’s haircuts in salons and barber shops the world over. A taper fade haircut is essentially a haircut in which the length of the hair either decreases or increases gradually, generally featuring longer hair on top that gradually tapers and fades to much shorter hair along the neck line and above the ears.

Shemar Moore's taper tade haircut

While taper fade haircuts can be achieved at home by using virtually any electric hair clippers (most of which come with attachment guides to easily control the length in which you cut your hair), the fact of the matter is that taper fade haircuts have become something of an art form in many communities, and a trained hairstylist or barber can often provide cleaner lines and a far more polished, professional and put together overall look than most people can achieve on their own.

Taper fade haircuts are among the most popular haircuts for men for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that they are so extremely versatile. They can be modified in dozens (if not hundreds) of ways, allowing for easy customization and personalization of a classic style. This means that any man can easily put his own twist or flavor into this classic style. Some of the most popular modifications of the taper fade haircuts include such things as asymmetrical lines in the back, splashes of color, and longer than is traditional hair on top. In fact, the taper fade haircut is often the starting point of such edgy, trendy haircuts as the faux hawk.

Ricky Martin faux hawk hair

In reality, the taper fade haircut is a quintessential men’s trademark. It is almost universally favored among men and women of all ages, and in its most traditional forms, it is a fallback that any man can turn to in order to ensure that his haircut is both fashionable and appropriate. Any barber or hair stylist worth their salt will be able to hook you up with a perfectly executed taper fade haircut; or you can try your hand at doing the job yourself. There are dozens of DVD tutorials on the market that can start you off in the right direction. Here are a few of the best:

You can learn more about how to cut the Fade haircut, Temple Fade haircut, Bald Fade(Skinned Fade)haircut, Low Blended Fade haircut, Dark Ceaser haircut, Light Ceaser haircut, sharper hairlines, Beard Shapeups and much more on ALEX CAMPBELL HAIRCUTTING DVD’S.

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  • Typical street cutter's approach to cutting. They all put lines in first and then go back to fade.

    A real barber wouldn't put lines in first, so then there wouldn't be any lines when the hair grows out a little.

  • its all about preferences lines will give you a balanced and precise fade but if you put lines as long as you know your equipment you can take em out

  • I never realized how many different things you can do with short hair styles. I like keeping mine shorter for ease of maintenance. This site gives many cool ideas!

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