The Bald Taper Fade is a short haircut round the sides and back of the head. It is then tapered around the ears and back of the neck. Unlike other fade hairstyles you will need to use hair clippers and scissors to achieve this smooth look.
Want to change up your hair but not sure which look to commit to? Well, conveniently for you, we’ve put together an edit of our favourite bald taper fade cuts for all hair types from Instagram!
1. Classic bald taper fade
Never tried a fade before? We recommend you start with something simple by asking your barber for a classic bald taper fade, like this Instagrammer’s.
2. Sharp taper fade
Prefer a polished look? Contrast your fade with sharp, angular lines by getting your barber to focus on the edges of your hairline to create that coveted right angle detail.
Great for prom, wedding season or even just a smart style for everyday office wear, you’ll always look put together with this precise cut. Credit: @supremekutzbarbershop1
3. Curly fade
Curly hair for men is a rising grooming trend among #mensfashion bloggers right now. So, all you style mavens out there will be pleased to hear that whether your curls are faux or au naturel, the bald taper fade looks fabulous on curly strands. Phew! Credit: @pablovassquez
Editor’s tip: In case you hadn’t heard, sea salt spray is key to creating textured, curly styles. Simply spritz the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray into damp hair before using your hands to scrunch it into your locks and styling into your desired look.
This will enhance and define any natural waves or movement, plus give your look a natural-looking, tousled finish.
4. Wavy bald taper
The beauty of a bald taper cut is that it will suit most hair types. Yet if you’ve got a natural wave you’re at a greater advantage, as you’ll achieve an even more unique finish to the look.
Even though in reality there isn’t much length here at all, the wavy strands give it a cool, styled effect without you even having to try. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a get-up-and-go style? Credit: @theproyopper
5. Faded afro
Love your ‘fro but looking to thin out some of the bulk? Or are you heating up under all your hair and need a cooler look for the summer months?
Well, with this ‘do, you can take some of the weight and volume away from the sides of your hair, while still holding on to your length on top. We like to think of it as the best of both worlds! Credit: @jayjaythe96
6. Quiff taper fade
If you want to try your own take on this well-loved style, though, why not give it a contemporary update with a fade detail like this Instagrammer has? Credit: @albathebarber
Editor’s tip: Using product is essential to creating a quiff that’ll last all day. Use your fingers to work the VO5 Groomed Extreme Style Gelwax through your strands before styling and it’ll give your quiff the support it needs to stay in place — without becoming hard or crispy.
7. French crop fade
Can’t decide whether you want to go short or grow your hair long? Don’t worry folks, we’ve got a look for everyone, even if you’re the indecisive sort!
French crop cuts let you go super short on the sides while retaining enough length on the top, so that you’ll still be able to play around with different styles from day to day. Credit: @brett_kingkoby
8. Braided bald taper fade
Fades and braids: we bet you didn’t realise you could rock both styles at once, did you? Well, as you can see from this guy’s cornrow + fade combo, it’s not only possible but actually looks really impressive. Come one, who doesn’t love a 2-in-1 style! Credit: @sleepyblendzz_zay
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