The hair on top can be styled neatly or given a messy texture with gel, paste, or pomade.

 

Hair at the sides and back is cut as close as possible with clippers and "fades," or tapers, up into almost any length on top.

 

Fades Don't Have to Be Skin-Tight

 

It is standard to get a fade as close to the skin as possible, it doesn't have to be so dramatic. Some fade haircut have a very shallow skin-tight area that may last for only an inch at the back of the neck. This does require quite a bit of skill from the barber because you need to get a great, smooth taper in a shorter space, but it's a great look for many men.

 

The 'blowout' is another fun style, especially for young guys. It has that sort of choppy, spiked look and it's often best with a low skin fade, leaving lots of room for a growing mop of spikes. Be prepared to use styling products with this cut.

 

Admittedly, some stylists and barbers are better at the fade than others. Quite often, it takes a combination of trimmer and blade sizes to achieve a great fade, so it requires patience from both you and the barber.

 

What Is a 'Fade' Hairstyle?

 

The term 'fade' originated in ethnic barber shops and has become the popular term for an aggressively tight taper in men's hair.

 

In some cases, this haircut is mistakenly called a "military reg." Because each branch of the service has different regulations regarding hair length, this is misleading.

 

It's a stylish cut that can reveal as much skin as you like. It also looks great with either medium or short length hair on top, which can be slick and styled or messy chic.

 

The 'fade' hairstyle is a popular short haircut for men and it's sometimes also called 'military reg.' It simply means that your hair tapers from the bottom to the top and it can be as close to the skin as you like.

 

It is standard to get a drop fade as close to the skin as possible, it doesn't have to be so dramatic. Some fade haircuts have a very shallow skin-tight area that may last for only an inch at the back of the neck. It has that sort of choppy, spiked look and it's often best with a low skin fade, leaving lots of room for a growing mop of spikes.

 

' Skin fades' are the cuts that begin almost right down to the skin at the back of the neck and slowly (or quickly) taper to longer hair as it works up your head.

 

Types of Fade Cuts for Men

 

Admittedly, some stylists and barbers are better at the fade than others. It can be tricky and the key is to get a nice, even taper all the way up the head. Quite often, it takes a combination of trimmer and blade sizes to achieve a great fade, so it requires patience from both you and the barber.

 

This leaves just enough hair to cover things up while maintaining a close crop.

 

Your barber may talk about giving you a 'fade' cut when you go in for a trim. What does he mean and how will your hair look?

Published by Asheer Raza