Tutorial: How to Wear and Style a Curly Low Cut Fade Haircut

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

Featured video
curl a low fade haircut with key


Hair Types

Here’s a quick lesson in barber terminology: low taper fade curly hair is determined by where the fade begins. If your fade begins below your temple area, that’s a low fade. So, if you want this type of haircut, now you know what to ask your barber. You can also opt for a low drop or 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. We’re seeing many guys rock a curly low fade haircut these days. Learn how to curly a low fade haircut below!

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 and easy to achieve with the right hair tools. For today’s post of our Instagroom series, we’re challenging you to learn how to curl to a low fade haircut. As we said, achieving the look is easy; you only need the right styling tools! Read on to learn about the styling tools and hair products that will help you to create the look at the home and how Kel adds natural curls to his low fade haircut in under 10 minutes!

Tutorial: An Easy Way to Style a Low Cut Fade

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 them in circles on your hair. Various types of sponge curl brushes will give you different curl sizes and textures.


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

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

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! To aid in this process, you can even use a wave maker. For instance the SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Waves Pomade.

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

There you have it! you can even top off your look with Suave Extreme Hold Unscented Aerosol Hairspray to further hold your look in place. 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

Sign up to our newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks from the experts at All Things Hair.


All Things Hair on Instagram