You heard it here first: the high-top fade hairstyle is back. Made popular by Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the ’90s-tastic high-top is a combination of a high fade, with long hair on top or a tall afro – hence the name. But while this look is back in favour with black men, it has changed slightly from its birth; modern day high-tops have less of a rigid shape, but lots more soft textures. Want to learn how to strike a fine balance between new-age and a more classic look? Don’t worry, we’ve put together 4 practical tips that will help refresh your high-top fade hairstyle for the modern era in an instant.
4 Ways to refresh your high-top fade hairstyle
1. Upgrade your comb
Time to ditch conventional combs. If you really want to revive your high-top fade, then make an afro comb your new styling hero. The teeth of standard combs are just a little too short and closely placed together for styling afro hair – especially a high-top fade. So head to the shops and treat yourself to a shiny new afro pick, pronto.
2. Don’t be afraid of using products
Another easy way to refresh your ‘do is through styling products. Men who are worried that products might weight down their ‘fro needn’t be; if used correctly, the right products can help define and showcase your natural hair texture, too. Try using a small scoop of the VO5 Groomed Styling Wax (£2.99*) to add definition to your curl pattern and provide hold, so that your high-top fade hairstyle stays, well, high! Apply to damp hair and leave it to dry naturally for separated definition. The best part is that it doesn’t leave behind any of the crunchiness of a gel. Just remember to use sparingly: a little can go a long way.
3. Apply your products the right way
Perfecting your product application is key to refreshing your high-top fade hairstyle. While raking product through your mane can be an effective application process for those with straight hair, when it comes to curly and tightly coiled locks, it can be difficult to evenly distribute using that method. Scrunching product into your ‘fro can be a good alternative – although a little more unconventional, the method can help to spread the product around the small twists and turns of afro hair for a more even distribution.
4. Comb it
Remember what we said earlier on about combs? Well, it’s time to put it into practice. Comb your hair using your afro pick to detangle and add volume to your high-top. The extra long teeth of an afro comb will help you to easily reach the roots of your hair. After scrunching your hair wax into your ‘do, gently use your comb to fluff the hair around your crown. Easy, right?
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