How to style your low fade haircut

Are low fade haircuts versatile when it comes to styling? Let's find out...

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If you’re on the fence about fade hairstyles, the low fade haircut is a great option. As the name suggests, the fading of the hair occurs lower down, before disappearing at the sides and back about an inch above the natural hair line. But how versatile is it, really? Actually, it’s pretty flexible, plus there are several ways to work the top of a low fade.

If you’re a time-poor gent and want a low-maintenance ‘do, ask your barber for a short crop on top, but if you want to maintain your precious long locks, just opt to keep some length at the top of your low fade haircut. Simple! And the truth is, with just a little guidance, you can really make your low fade whatever you want it to be. If you still need persuading, simply read on and discover two different ways to style this dapper ‘do.

How to style your low fade haircut: Curly/black hair

Often the aim of the hair game is to make sure your curl pattern is well-hydrated and defined – even if you have a short, low fade haircut.

We recommend using a styling cream, like the Lynx Natural Looks Flexible Control Cream (£4.28*): a flexible hair product that won’t dry out your hair and works well with various textures. Using your fingers, take a small amount of styling cream from the tub. Rub the product in between your palms and apply it to your towel-dried hair. Then grab your hair sponge and gently work the product further into your hair using small, circular movements.

Don’t forget to watch the video above to see this step-by-step how-to in action.

How to style your low fade haircut: Retro-inspiration

We drew inspiration from the ’50s for this retro-inspired pompadour. But if you’re worried about looking dated, rather than cool, then don’t be! The modern low fade haircut will help you channel this ‘do in a contemporary way, and most importantly, it’ll save you from looking like a lost extra from Grease. 

So now that we’ve sold you on the idea of this pomp-inspired look, want to know the key to rocking it? The power’s in the product. We recommend using a fairly strong-hold product like the Toni&Guy Styling Wax Stick (£7.49*), as it’ll help to leave you with a smooth and sleek ‘do, and allow you to shape and mould your hair into the desired pomp.

Start by blowdrying your hair – to give it volume and lift – then take a small amount of wax in the palms of your hands and work it into your mane. Afterwards, simply smooth your hair back with your hands and get your comb ready. At the same time as combing your hair back, gently push it forward with the other hand – and there you have it: a pompadour shape at the front! Sound complicated? Check out exactly how to nail the look.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price. 

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