12 Ways to Upgrade Your High Top Fades and Haircuts for a Whole New Look

Allison Schmidt | 02 May 2019
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Update to a whole new fade with these inspiring looks.

The high top fade haircut is a total classic. While we dig this look, even the favorites deserve an update every now and again. For the fade, we are all about a higher top that allows your natural texture to get the attention it needs. You can also easily incorporate newer styles into the mix like an undercut or juice haircut styles. Ready to revive your fade or get in on this haircut style? Read on for fresh and new ways to totally upgrade your high fade haircut:

1. Grown Out, Wavy Pomp

New ways to wear a high fade haircut wavy pomp
The weekend pomp is totally in. Photo credit: Dvora

Guys with wavy or curly hair should take the new year as an opportunity to grow out that mop. The wavy pomp automatically looks much cooler than its perfected beginnings. And, as an added bonus, if you already have wavy or curly hair, that means so much less styling effort. All you need to do is dry your hair backward to prep for the pomp. Then, take a dab of AXE Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade to help mold and ensure that your style stays in place.

AXE CLEAN CUT LOOK: CLASSIC POMADE

2. Side Part

New ways to wear a high fade haircut side part
An easy look with all the style. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Side parts are suddenly cool. This once-very-preppy style has a unique look when worn with an undercut or high fade. You don’t need to fuss with too much styling either! Just blow-dry your hair to one side if your hair is hard to work with. Or if you have hair that air dries well, just toss it all to one side and let it do its thing.

3. Bowl Cut Fade

New ways to wear a high fade haircut bowl cut fade
Be ahead of the times with this bowl cut. Photo credit: Dvora

Bowl cuts? Not really a style for the faint of heart. But this old school-turned-new again style is becoming much more popular. The bowl cut is best for dudes who like to keep right on top of the trends. We prefer to style this look with a matte texture to make it easier to wear. Just work a little Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream through your hair to get the hold and look you like.

BED HEAD BY TIGI MANIPULATOR MATTE CREAM

4. Add Clipped Designs

New ways to wear a high fade haircut clipped design
No shame in this clipping game.

If you prefer a much shorter look all-around, add a little extra interest with clippings. You can get just about any design you like! We’re particularly partial to a straight line or two, you get that faux part look, and it won’t ever come off as too much.

5. Switch to an Undercut Fade

New ways to wear a high fade haircut
Rock that curly top undercut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Undercut and fade combinations are surprisingly not all that common. Generally, we’ll see one or the other, but they do make a cool statement when you combine them. You can get this style with any look you want to match with an undercut. Then, just have the edges faded to make sure you get that high fade haircut you are looking for.

6.  Fade With Dreads

New ways to wear a high fade haircut fade dreads
Dreads and fades, the perfect combination. Photo credit: Dvora

Oh yeah, you can wear a fade with dreads. We suggest working with shorter dreads for an easier-to-style look. This style adds structure and shape to your dreads, which is a cool way to modernize this historically rich look.

7. Structured Styles

New ways to wear a high fade haircut structured style
For dudes with a little patience, you can get this structured style.

No need to wear casual bed head styles if that’s not your jam. A good high fade haircut works equally well with perfected, structured styles. These waves can be achieved by using a strong-hold gel, like Bed Head for Men by TIGI Power Play Gel. This gel will ensure that your hair is shiny while still being able to hold those waves.

BED HEAD FOR MEN by TIGI POWER PLAY GEL

8. Fluffy Afro High Top Fade

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Fluff out your afro to make it stand out. Photo credit: Dvora

Take advantage of your afro’s ability to become voluminous. Gently pick it out with a wide-toothed comb to create this big and fluffy afro style.

9. The Modern High Top Fade

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Cool and understated fade. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This is the modern-day version of the high top style. Wear it with a bit of a disheveled finish to add texture to your look.

10. Side Part High Top

high top fade: Side Part High Top
Add flair to your high top fade.

If you’re the guy that has to do all things with finesse, this side part high top look is calling your name. To take the look up a notch, opt for a zig-zag hair parts instead.

11. Fade with A Twist

high top fade: twist
Twist and fade.

Add character to your high fade haircut by adding twists to the ends. Use AXE Spiked-Up Look: Extreme Hold Gel to add a firm and long-lasting hold to your twists.

AXE SPIKED-UP LOOK: EXTREME HOLD GEL

12. Classic High Top Fade

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As original as it gets. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Stick to the basics with this clean high top fade style. To maintain the look, pick hair out with an afro pick to style until you achieve the perfect shape.

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