The comb over fade is a haircut that features short sides and back, as well as long hair on top, either combed over to create a side parting or kept slicked-back. While the style has been around for quite some time, it’s now regaining popularity with some great creative touches brought by stylists to make it look more exciting.
The key to making it work for you is finding the style that perfectly suits your hair type and personal tastes. So, let’s look at the haircuts that are trending, shall we?
1. Mid comb over fade
A clean, fuss-free version of the hairstyle, the mid-fade cut comes with a cleanly-shaved line and faded back and sides that add a high-impact effect. Remember to style your comb over with pomade to give it plenty of structure so it contrasts with the sharp definition of the line.
2. Side slicked-back
Elegant and polished, the side slicked-back look adds fullness and height to your comb over fade by styling your top hair into a more voluminous shape.
To get the look, use a styling cream, ike the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream (£4.29*) to add body, then finish off with a pomade, like the VO5 Extreme Style Grooming Pomade (£3.99*) to keep it neat and slicked.
3. Quiff comb over with bald fade
The comb over fade doesn’t have to look only smooth and mature; it can also exude more youthful and edgy vibes. For that, create a quiff-like comb over and ask for a bald fade or undercut, which will add more personality to your hairstyle.
4. Low comb over fade
Perfect to add more texture to your hair, the low fade is a fun and stylish way to style the comb over. Ask for the fade to start halfway through the sides and back of your neck, finishing an inch above your natural hairline.
5. Comb over with beach waves
While the classic comb over is a neat, slicked look, a contemporary version of the style is open to as many adjustments as you like. This textured, tousled variation feels more laid-back and relaxed as it adds softer and messier wavy hair to the cut. While you still want to create a well-defined look, add movement to your hair by working in some styling wax, like the VO5 Extreme Style Groomed Styling Wax (£2.99*) to create subtle, small waves in the longer section of your mane.
6. Comb over skin fade
A skin fade is exactly what it sounds like: a close-to-the-skin fade on both sides of the head. The look is clean and defined, with a seamless, gradual fade that has no breaks or sharp lines. Paired with a fuller length on top, this style looks effortlessly attractive and has the added advantage of needing less frequent trips to the barber.