Side comb fade: The fusion hairstyle you didn’t know you needed

Side comb fade: The rising hair trend you need to try.  

Timeless and classic, the comb over hairstyle has seen a huge resurgence as of late, with A-list celebs and catwalk stalkers alike working the look. However, if you feel that comb overs are simply too polished for your taste, how about trying the side comb fade?

Intrigued? As you might expect, a side comb fade fuses both a faded hairstyle with a comb over. Sounds good, right? Well, if you want to know just how you can get in on this fusion hair trend, simply keep scrolling for all the hottest side comb fade styles from Instagram.

Side comb fade: Instagram’s hottest styles


side shot of a man with dark hair in a side comb fade hairstyles wearing sunglasses and a white t-shirt
Get two trends in one with a low, soft quiff. Credit:

Work it with a quiff

With the precise side parting and medium fade, this Instagrammer strikes the perfect balance between the two trends. Softly sweeping the longer lengths up and back gives this look a soft quiff finish, while still remaining really modern. Credit: @barbershop_vladi

Editor’s tip: Get this look by applying the VO5 Groomed Extreme Style Gelwax, as this will not only help you shape your hair like a wax but give it the lasting hold of a gel (without the crustiness).

front shot of a man with blonde hair in a neat side comb fade hairstyle wearing a fushia pink suit
Suitable for work and play, you say? Sold! Credit:

The classic

Love Island‘s Chris Hughes is another great example of how to style a side comb fade. Chris looks really suave with his blonde hair closely clipped on the sides, while the longer section is neatly pushed back for a smart finish. Take note, fellas! Credit: @chrishughesofficial

side view of a man with medium brown hair cut into a side comb fade style with a quiff
Build up the height for a more retro finish. Credit:

Retro locks

Got thick hair that you find hard to tame? Well, no longer will you have to battle with your mane every morning, as you can tackle them into submission with a neat side comb fade, like the gentlemen above.

The faded sides take a lot of weight away from your hair, while the top can be left longer for a retro-inspired finish. Go for a classic quiff here or get your curl on and give it a more modern touch  the world is your oyster. Credit: @mirror21ro

shot of a mane with dark hair in a longer side comb fade and tattoos on his arms
Make your ‘do even more sauve with a wet-look finish. Credit:

Wet-look side comb fade

Model Stephen James loves to wear his dark tresses in this wet-look side comb fade and we think it suits his style to a T. Ideal for the office or more formal events, yet also versatile enough to be dressed down, there’s nowhere you can’t go with this look. Credit: @whoiselijah


Not quite feeling the comb over part of these ‘dos but loving the idea of a fade cut? Then get yourself over to our dedicated Fade Haircuts page, which is full of tips, tricks and plenty more styling ideas to set you on your way!

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