Barber Terms and Hairstyles for African-American Men

Know your options!

We recently gave you an easy-to-understand guide to barber terms from a barber himself, Carlos Rivera of Allen Cut Shave. With that guide, you should have been able to communicate to your barber the exact hairstyle or haircut you want to leave his chair with. We’re revisiting that post but with a twist. This time around, we’re providing you with some more hairstyles options you can get using those same barber terms you learned before. Read on for your new hairstyle options.

Barber Terms and Hairstyles for Black Men

Barber Term: The High Top

As Carlos Rivera noted in his guide, you can get this look by simply bringing a photo of the exact look you want. Here are some style ideas you can get with this cut.

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Create your own version of the high top.

1. Mohawk High Top

Want a high top haircut with a twist? Try it with a mohawk style.

barber terms: twisted high top
Add some texture to your style.

2. Textured High Top

You can request to have sponge curls or twisted ends to your high top to give it more texture.

Barber Term: Blowout

This haircut is also known as a tape-up or a taper. The barber simply cuts the sides and back of your hair but leaves the top and blows it out with a blowdryer to create the blowout look.

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Blowout style on a shorter hair length.

3. Short Blowout

Give your short style a little bit of length with a blowout style.

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Add curls to your blowout cut. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Curly Blowout

With this style your barber or stylist will focus on blowing out the roots to avoid straightening your curls on top. Style with Dove Men+Care Control Gel to define your curls.

Barber Term: Skin Fade

This fade is the lower version of a regular fade and exposes more of your skin.

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Get the look on the sides only.

5. Skin Fade

You can opt for a skin fade all around or just around the sides.

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Update your skin fade with parts.

6. Skin Fade with Parts

Your skin fade doesn’t have to be boring. Add one or two parts or even an undercut design to update the look. Add AXE Smooth Look Shine Pomade to the top of your hair to add shine.

Barber Term: High Fade

Often confused with high tops, high fades are simply just the opposite of skin fades. How does it look? Well, think about having more hair and less skin exposure.

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The classic cut. Photo credit:

7. Classic High Fade

Keep it just a little bit lower than your top section.

barber terms: high fade cut
One length all around.

8. High Fade

Keep it simple with a high fade all around.

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Best of both worlds. Photo credit:

9. High Fade and High Top

Mix a high fade with a high top haircut if you want both.

barber terms: high fade dreadlocks
One way to style your locs.

10. High Fade and Dreadlocks

The high fade also looks good on dreadlock styles.

For more barbershop terms for any hair type, read this guide

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