There’s a fade haircut, and then there’s a taper fade haircut. These two hairstyles for men are often used interchangeably. They may look similar, but they’re not the same. And if you’ve been wondering what these hair cut terms mean, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to answer your questions and give you ideas on how you can rock this haircut for men. Read on to find out everything you need to know about this cut.
Taper Fade Explained
What does a taper fade haircut look like?
So, what’s the difference between the fade haircut and the taper fade haircut? Basically the length. These two hairstyles are similar in that they are both gradient haircuts. They go from one length to another. But a regular fade typically goes from short to even shorter, while a taper fade starts with hair that’s about a few inches longer. This way, you see the fade tapering or gradually getting shorter.
What does “taper fade” mean?
To taper means to decrease length or thickness little by little. This is why it’s called taper fade haircut, because you see the strands getting shorter or fading little by little.
How long does a taper fade last?
Depending on how fast your hair grows, a taper fade may grow out in three to four weeks, in which the taper fade may not be noticeable anymore. After that, you may need to go back to your barber to have it refreshed. If you have your own hair clippers at home, you can do it yourself by following the existing fade pattern and adjusting the size of your clippers accordingly.
A fade haircut, on the other hand, has a tighter fade because it has shorter strands to start with. And because it has shorter strands, you may need to trim or clip your hair sooner in order to maintain the look.
Should I get a taper fade or a fade haircut?
Deciding which one to get depends on your face shape and personality. Because a taper fade has longer strands that gradually fade or transition to shorter ones, its overall look is closer to classic men’s haircuts. So, if you want a classic look with a little bit of a fresh twist, a taper fade is for you.
If you want short hair that looks edgier than regular haircuts, give the fade haircut a try. It’s light and presko so it’s perfect for hot and humid weather.
Cool Ways to Style a Fade Haircut
There are more different ways to wear this cut, and depending on how funky or conservative you are with haircuts, you can choose whether you want to do it low (hair is tapered down the shortest, near the ears), mid fade (a few inches higher), or a high fade (hair starts to shorten high up on the head.) There are a lot of different variations, and they can easily liven up your style. We’ve got a few cool looks right below.
1. Side Part Taper Fade Hairstyle
Upgrade your classic side part style by combining it with your choice of fade. To create this look, use a comb to part your hair on the side while it’s still damp. Apply a coin-sized amount of wax or putty to your hair to take it where you want it to go and keep it there. A blow dryer can help set your style.
2. Straight Hair with Fade
Straight, slicked-back hair goes well with a fade haircut. It’s a smooth and polished hairstyle you can wear together with a crisp dress shirt and suit.
Editor’s tip: Wearing a fade haircut will give people a peek at your scalp. Make sure it’s free of dandruff by washing your hair regularly with CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. It’s formulated with Bio-Nutrium 10, which activates scalp’s natural protective layer and keeps your hair flake-free.
3. Man Bun With Taper Fade
Go for this style if you want a fun and funky hair fade. The man-bun-fade-cut combination automatically gives you a fresh, youthful vibe. Nobody can accuse you of being boring and old-fashioned!
Editor’s tip: Keep your hair strong to avoid hair breakage by using Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo. It has caffeine and Trichazole Actives that help fortify your strands so your hair grows uninterrupted by hair fall due to breakage.
4. Low Man Bun With Taper Fade
You can also position your man bun a little bit above your nape when you have medium-length or long hair. You can even add a hard part—a clean, straight line created by shaving that portion of your hair—to make your taper fade haircut edgy.
5. Taper Fade With Mohawk
Want a bold look? Pair a taper fade haircut with a mohawk ‘do! Make it even more unique by dyeing your mohawk blonde or any color you like.
6. Faux Hawk With Taper Fade
If you want a more subtle version of the mohawk hairstyle, create a faux hawk by brushing your hair upwards to create height and keeping it in place with putty or pomade. Meanwhile, a taper fade will help focus all attention on your faux hawk.
Editor’s tip: Before you style your hair, make sure it is clean and fresh by washing it with Dove Men + Care Refreshing Clean Shampoo. It washes away dirt and grease from your hair and scalp. It also leaves your hair and scalp cool and refreshed.
7. Brushed-Up Messy Hair With Taper Fade
Look laidback while playing up the volume of your hair by going for this look. Just scoop a little bit of hair putty or matte clay, rub your palms and fingers, and finger-comb your hair upwards to create a messy, spiky ‘do.
8. Easy Comb Over with Fade
Another classic look that you can pair with a taper fade is the comb over hairstyle for men. It’s perfect for looking sleek and smart at work.
Editor’s tip: Keep your hair in place with Axe Ice Chill Pomade. It gives you maximum control over your hair so you can style it in different ways. It also adds shine for that polished look.
9. Quiff with Fade
This kind of fade haircut gives you a clean look, and when you style your hair into a quiff, you get to exude a friendly, boy-next-door vibe. Go for this look when going out on weekend walks or hanging out at your friend’s house for game night.
10. Taper Fade Haircut With Pompadour Hairstyle
The contrast between the faded sides and voluminous top makes you look dapper and sophisticated. You can create this hairstyle by blow-drying your hair upwards and backwards while brushing it with a rounded brush. Spritz hairspray all over your hair afterwards to keep your pompadour in shape for a long time.
11. Brushed Back
If you have thick hair, a taper fade can help keep your hair from overwhelming your face. Then, go for a simple brushed back hairstyle to face the day in style.
12. Brown and Thin Fade
The taper fade haircut also suits thin hair. You can also play with hair colors for men to add more personality to your look.
13. Curly Taper Fade
Who says only the straight-haired guys can have all the fun? This curly style is a more subtle fade but it’s cool and stylish just the same.
Cool, huh? So why don’t you go and give the taper fade haircut a try?