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 cut 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 too much shorter hair along the neckline and above the ears.
How to Get Taper Fade
While men’s taper fade 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 has 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 hairstyles 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 is often the starting point of such edgy, trendy haircuts as the faux hawk.
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 men’s taper fade, or you can try your hand at doing the job yourself. There are dozens of tutorials on the market that can start you off in the right direction. Here are a few of the best tutorials:
How to Maintain Taper Faded Hair
Anyone would relate to how difficult it is to maintain your hair. Cutting your hair short in a taper fade style makes it much easier. Cutting it short also means that you won’t have to comb it as often as you would otherwise. If you choose to keep your hair long, it is ten times the work.
Often, maintaining it becomes tiresome which is why these haircuts are a more viable option. All the more having your hair short can also help with being hygienic. You won’t have to worry about washing it often or even invest in too much aftercare.
Trendy Taper Fade Haircuts
These are the most popular taper fade hairstyles that men love. Have a look to get yours.
1. Blonde Hair
This haircut is one of the most common haircuts of this season. You honestly get the best of both worlds. Mid-length hair focused on the crown area that fades into shorter hair.
The fade at each side provides this very put-together touch to the haircut. You could opt for this irrespective of your hair being either curly, wavy or straight. Which is why it has been a recent favorite.
2.Wavy Temple Fade Cut
This haircut is a great option for no maintenance at all. To add a little bit of edge to normal taper fade style, a wavy cut near the forehead helps. This wavy cut will also create an illusion if you have a deep hairline. The faded ends of this haircut make the look edgy.
The most appealing thing about taper fade haircuts is how sexy the edginess looks. You will almost instantly realize the difference faded sides make. This haircut is especially a good style for someone with curly hair who likes a little bit of length. Towards the crown, you have the opportunity to keep the curls.
Having the sides faded adds to the beauty of curly hair. You can add to the edginess by blade cutting three stripes in ascending order towards the bottom of your head.
If you are used to having your hair longer towards the front, this men’s taper fade is just right for you. Fade cut for the sides can just add a different dimension to your regular haircut. You could still sweep your hair up in a wave and have a fade at the same time. This haircut can make you look a little bit of good and bad, all in one!
5. Bowl Cut
This Spock inspired haircut has been in the charts lately. A lot of men have been sporting it. It is one of the rising trends. If this haircut interests you, we have a welcoming twist you could add to it.
An elegant fade cut for the sides instead of just having it cut round on all sides. The fade makes the haircut a little subtler and that is what is attractive.
6. Big Afro
If you are kind of bored with your regular fro, this is a great variation you can adopt. It will change the whole look and make it look sleeker overall. At the same time, you get to keep your fro you worked so hard on growing out. This taper fade is a perfect win-win situation.
7. Razored Curly Hair
Adding a razor cut adds a huge difference to the entire haircut. As you can see here, a razor cut fro at the start of the hairlines makes the haircut tense. The fade cut on the edges also adds charm to it. The haircut looks clean and smart which is why it is a great option.
Who said cornrows and taper fade cuts don’t go hand in hand? This haircut is proof that even with cornrows you don’t have to miss out on this trend. Instead of braiding your hair from the sides, start a little higher. Fade that specific area off and get this clean and charming look.
Here is another way you could pair dreadlocks and tapered fade for the sides together. This haircut has shorter dreadlocks spread all over the width of the crown. Towards the sides and the back the haircut fades, which makes the look a tad bit softer.
10. Hair Design with Taper Fade
This is another taper fade haircut option for you if you like clean razor cuts in between your hair. It definitely adds to the edge of the entire look. This look is easy to maintain and would look absolutely stunning if you could pull it off with confidence.
11. Makeshift Mohawk with a Fade
If you are too afraid to get a Mohawk but still like that particular style, this haircut is perfect for you. You get to keep your usual hair but at the same time, you can style it in a Mohawk. The fade with tapered haircut towards the side gives that Mohawk style a different appeal.
12. Slick Back Bun
In this picture, you check out how you could spice up the regular man bun. Again, pairing a taper fade cut definitely helps in adding this tense edginess. Here, you can see that the fade undercut and sides complement the man bun perfectly. It gives the look a different feel, whilst still letting you keep your long hair.
If you are a fan of men’s taper fade, this haircut is a good option. As you can see, the majority of your hair are a part of the fade whilst a very little portion of hair is kept long. This hairstyle will make your face look more elongated. It is perfect to go for if you have a rounder face.
14. Ivy League Hair
This taper fade haircut is more of the sleek poised look. And, if that is your style, this is the right fit. The parting in the middle along with the fade on the edges adds grace to the haircut.
15. Skin Fade with Symmetry
In all the variations of haircuts above, you must have noticed both the sides and the back have a fade cut. In case you aren’t about that; this is something you would like. The side fades balances out the bunched up hair towards the back of the head. Making it look clean and sexy.
16. The Classics
This taper fade hairstyle is a classic. It is one of the most accepted haircuts. The fade on the sides along with short hair or the top gives a squarer shaped illusion to the face.
17. Tapered Undercut
If you have been blessed with thick voluminous hair, this haircut can balance everything out. You could keep your length and still look sleek with the sides faded. Making your hair look proportionate for your face for the best appeal.
This taper faded haircut allows you to keep your hair length and be sleek, all in one. If you notice properly, even the fade isn’t cut with a zero blade. So if you like a little bit of stubble, this is great.
Here is a haircut that has the tiniest hint of a taper fade. The whole point of it just being there as a hint, makes this haircut so chic and hot.
20. Curly Fade with Long Top
If you are into haircuts that are faded into nothing, this is just the right one. Again, another alternative to keep most of your length and yet incorporate the fade. Leave the curls wild and free to give your hair a natural dimension.
21. Short and Sweet Fade
Here is another haircut that is short and sexy. This men’s taper fade is perfect for short straight hair. It will make your face more defined and squared.
22. Mohawk Mullet
Give your Mohawk cut a unique touch. Add a taper fade to the sides for a graceful appeal. A sharp, geometric hairline makes it even better!
23. Colored Hair
The razor clean zigzag cuts add something amazingly appealing to the regular full hair to tapered fade haircut. If you are someone who wants to stand out and sport something different, this haircut should be it.
24. Flat Top Fade Hair for Closed Curls
Styling winglet curls can sometimes be a challenge. This doesn’t mean that fade cut wouldn’t suit curly hair! This tape fade hairstyle is a perfect example of how you could keep your curls and still fade your sides. Make sure that your hair isn’t too long or you won’t be able to achieve this sexy brooding haircut.
25. Comb Over Fade with a Defined Hairline
If you have a deep hairline here’s how you could have the fade side trend. The best way is by embracing your hairline and shaping the rest of it. You could have your hair medium length and then fade the sides and the back. Your hair will look much sleeker and sexy by doing so.
All the haircuts above are different ways you could include the fade haircut into your natural hair. Which is why we have made sure to include all different types and textures of hair. Taper fade haircuts are in style, and you shouldn’t hesitate about getting it.
The best thing about this haircut is that it is versatile. There is absolutely no way that it would go with any style or any length of hair. Plus the hairstyles above are proof that taper fades make everything sexier.