Instagroom Day 13: How to Curl a Low Fade Haircut

Master the art of using a sponge curl brush to get your best low fade look yet in this hair tutorial.

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Here’s a quick lesson in barber terminology: a low fade is determined by where the fade begins. If your fade begins below your temple area that’s a low fade. So, if you’re looking to get this type of haircut, now you know what to ask your barber. You can also opt for a low drop fade, or a low tapered fade. Whatever you feel looks best or fits your aesthetic. Now when it comes to styling a low fade haircut, this is in your hands. You can keep it clean with weekly touch-ups done by your barber or add some texture to your look by styling it at home on your own. These days, we’re seeing a lot of guys curl a low fade haircut and we’re totally digging the textured approach.

Not only is it a popular way to sport a low fade haircut, but it’s also a great way to embrace your natural hair texture, and it’s pretty simple easy to achieve with the right hair tools. For today’s Instagroom we’re challenging you to learn how to curl to a low fade haircut. As we said, achieving the look is easy, all you need are the right styling tools! Read on to learn about the styling tools and hair products that will help you to create the look at home and how Kel adds natural curls to his low fade haircut in under 10 minutes!

Tutorial: An Easy Way to Curl a Low Fade Haircut

We’ve introduced you to the sponge brush in Kel’s tutorial on how to style and shape an afro fade, but we didn’t deep dive into what the sponge brush tool actually was. A sponge brush helps you create sponge-like curls by rubbing it in circles on your hair. There are various types of sponge curl brushes that will give you different curl sizes and textures.

Step 1

Rub product between your hands.

While the sponge brush is key for creating curls on a low fade, your styler is just as important. Apply a fingertip amount of Axe Natural Look Softening Control Cream into your hair to help you create a natural looking style. Rub the product between your hands to warm it up then proceed to the next step.



curls on low fade: apply product
Step 2

Rub the product throughout your hair.

After warming up your styler, use your hands to roughly rub it through your hair. This method helps waken up your texture before creating the curls with a sponge brush.

curls on low fade: rub product through hair
Step 3

Rub a sponge brush in circular motions.

Take your sponge curl brush, and brush your hair in circular motions. You’ll notice that your hair will begin to clump together and form thick textured curls and that’s all to it!


curls on low fade: use a sponge brush in circular motions

There you have it! A simple and easy way to add curls to a low fade haircut. Want to try your hand at more hairstyle ideas for black men? Here’s how to refresh a high top fade

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