Taper fade 101: Everything you need to know about this trendy haircut

What’s a taper fade haircut, you ask? Let us educate you about this trendy hairstyle and give you some tips on how to style it, too!

You’ve probably heard of the fade haircut, but do you know what it is, exactly? If not, you might be missing out on a cool hairstyle that could look really good on you! Yes, with so many hair trends popping up here and there, it gets harder and harder to keep up. But you’re here (yay!) and you’re about to find out everything you need to know about this cut.

What is a fade haircut?

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A fade haircut is one of the simplest but stylish ways to add zing to your look. Credit: @baldmonkey_barbershop

It might sound like it has something to do with hair color, but it doesn’t. The fade cut is a cut that goes from one length to another. It starts off long at the top and gets shorter (or balder) on the sides and the lower back, creating a seamless blend that makes the hair look like it’s fading into nothingness. (Exhibit A, above).

Taper fade VS regular fade

There’s a fade haircut, and then there’s a taper fade haircut. These two hairstyles for men are often used interchangeably, but the thing is, they’re not the same. So, what’s the difference? Basically the length. These two hairstyles are similar in that they are both gradient haircuts. As we said, they go from one length to another. But a regular fade typically goes from short to even shorter, while with a taper fade, it starts with hair that’s about a few inches longer. See where the confusion comes from? Now that that is clear, let’s move on to the fun part.

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.

3 cool ways to style a fade haircut 

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A fade cut will give your side part style a modern twist. Credit: iStock

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 onto your hair to take it where you want it to go and keep it there. A blow dryer can help set your style.

Editor’s tip: Use a hair product that can give you a long-lasting hold so you can keep your style throughout the day. We recommend TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men.

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Accentuate your curls with a fade haircut. Credit: iStock

2. 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.

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Combine your fade cut with a trendy man bun. Credit: Dvora

3. Man bun undercut taper fade

Go for this style if you want a fun and funky hair fade. The man-bun-fade-cut combination automatically gives you fresh, youthful vibe. Nobody can accuse you of being boring and old-fashioned!

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 protection layer and keeps your hair flake-free.

Cool, huh? So why don’t you go and give the taper fade haircut a try?