31 Best Bald Fade Haircut Styles

31 Best Bald Fade Haircut Styles

A skin fade (or bald fade) is a modern hairstyle achieved by cutting the hair lower and lower as you move with the clipper towards the neck.

With classic shaved sides all around and a long top, the bald fade haircut is low-maintenance and easy to achieve. Just ask your local barber.

The incredible contrast between the top and faded sides makes the men’s skin or bald fade one of our favorite cuts.

Why trust us: Faveable has spent thousands of hours researching, interviewing experts, and testing products to come up with carefully selected lists trusted by millions of consumers since 2013.

31 Best Bald Fade Haircut Styles

  • 31. Low Bald Fade
  • 30. Medium Bald Fade
  • 29. High Bald Fade
  • 28. Bald Fade w/ Faux Hawk
  • 27. Bald Fade w/ Afro
  • 26. Bald Fade w/ Quiff
  • 25. Slicked Back Bald Fade
  • 24. Bald Fade w/ Design
  • 23. Bald Fade Blowout
  • 22. Bald Fade w/ Beard
  • 21. Bald Fade w/ Textured Crop
  • 20. Bald Fade w/ Buzz Cut
  • 19. Bald Fade Pompadour
  • 18. Bald Fade w/ Part
  • 17. "Full" Bald Fade
  • 16. "Military" Bald Fade
  • 15. Bald Drop Fade
  • 14. Bald Taper Fade
  • 13. Bald Temp Fade
  • 12. Bald Fade Crew Cut
  • 11. Skin Fade Hard Part
  • 10. Caesar "Sharp + Sexy" Bald Fade
  • 9. Wavy Bald Fade
  • 8. The Disconnected Bald Fade
  • 7. Curly Bald Fade
  • 6. V-Shaped Bald Fade
  • 5. Upswept Bald "Razor" Fade
  • 4. Blended Sharp Fade
  • 3. Skin Fade w/ Man Bun
  • 2. Bald Fade w/ Flat Top
  • 1. Burst Bald Fade
#31

Low Bald Fade

Low Bald Fade
82 % Editor Score
81 % User Score
46 Clicks

A subtle take on the traditional skin fade style, a low bald fade starts increasing in length just above the ear.

It gradually grows longer until it is blended in with the hair on top of the head. The result is an understated yet stylish look that’s perfect for men trying the bald fade for the first time.

#30

Medium Bald Fade

Medium Bald Fade
83 % Editor Score
82 % User Score
36 Clicks

More noticeable than a low fade, the medium bald fade is less striking than a high fade yet the cut sits perfectly in between.

You typically begin about an inch above the ear and it looks particularly stylish when paired with voluminous style up top, such as a quiff or pompadour.

#29

High Bald Fade

High Bald Fade
84 % Editor Score
83 % User Score
37 Clicks

If you're looking for a high-contrast haircut that will take your style to the next level, ask for a high bald fade on your next visit to the barber.

This cool cut features a skin-shave up around two inches above the ears. From there, the cut quickly yet smoothly transitions into the hair on top of the head.

#28

Bald Fade w/ Faux Hawk

Bald Fade w/ Faux Hawk
84 % Editor Score
83 % User Score
40 Clicks

If you love the look of a mohawk but want something slightly more subtle, ask your barber for a bald fade faux hawk.

This impressive hairstyle features a skin fade on the sides and back partnered with a long top styled into a central point from the forehead to the crown.

#27

Bald Fade w/ Afro

Bald Fade w/ Afro
85 % Editor Score
84 % User Score
34 Clicks

For men with thick, textured hair, a bald fade can make a fantastic choice.

Whether low, medium or high, a bald fade will infuse your Afro with a sleek sense of polish and style while still allowing you to showcase your natural texture.

#26

Bald Fade w/ Quiff

Bald Fade w/ Quiff
85 % Editor Score
87 % User Score
57 Clicks

One of the great things about a bald fade is that it allows you to maintain a neat and polished appearance while providing the freedom to experiment with different styles on top.

For example, pairing a skin fade with a quiff can create a fashion-forward look that’s still acceptable for the office.

#25

Slicked Back Bald Fade

Slicked Back Bald Fade
86 % Editor Score
85 % User Score
34 Clicks

You’ll look seriously sleek if you decide to try (and successfully pull off) a slicked-back bald fade hairstyle.

This cut is perfect for men who like a polished yet daring appearance. Just remember to go easy on the hair product to maintain some natural movement and keep the look modern.

#24

Bald Fade w/ Design

Bald Fade w/ Design
87 % Editor Score
86 % User Score
32 Clicks

For a bald fade with a strong personality, consider adding a shaved design to your look.

To do this, simply ask your barber to cut your hair into a standard skin fade. Then, have them shave a shape or design of your liking into one side.

#23

Bald Fade Blowout

Bald Fade Blowout
87 % Editor Score
86 % User Score
28 Clicks

When you pair a blowout with a bald fade, you can create a surprisingly stylish and striking look. To make sure you nail this hairstyle, ask your barber to cut your hair into a skin fade with at least an inch left up top.

Next, style by using a blow-dryer and a brush or comb to pull your hair upwards as it dries. Finally, use a high-quality styling product, such as pomade and hairspray to hold the look in place.

We recommend ShapeShifter by Mack for Men for a firm, yet flexible hold.

#22

Bald Fade w/ Beard

Bald Fade w/ Beard
88 % Editor Score
87 % User Score
30 Clicks

Although this look can be tricky to style, the combination of a skin fade with a beard can look fantastic when done right.

The trick here is to taper your beard, starting very short near your ears before gradually growing into a longer length at your chin.

Doing this will achieve a subtle contrast between your beard and fade and is a great way to add some edge to a bald fade hairstyle.

#21

Bald Fade w/ Textured Crop

Bald Fade w/ Textured Crop
88 % Editor Score
87 % User Score
29 Clicks

A fade shaved right down to the skin is obviously a very stylish look. But it can also be a little too bold for some men.

If you fall into this category, consider softening the appearance of your skin fade by pairing it with a textured crop on top. The extra texture will perfectly balance the smooth appearance of your fade.

#20

Bald Fade w/ Buzz Cut

Bald Fade w/ Buzz Cut
89 % Editor Score
88 % User Score
28 Clicks

If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s smart, sharp and requires zero daily styling, you can’t pass up the bald fade buzz cut.

By combining a skin fade and a buzz cut together, this minimal cut appears cool and contemporary. Just remember to book your barber for regular trims to keep your cut neat and precise.

#19

Bald Fade Pompadour

Bald Fade Pompadour
90 % Editor Score
89 % User Score
29 Clicks

The pompadour has been a top hairstyle among men for several years now. Although it’s not going away anytime soon, there’s no harm in giving this hairstyle a fresh update.

Try asking your barber for a bald fade on the sides and back. The combination will leave you with a sleek and seriously on-trend appearance that's sure to stand out from the rest.

#18

Bald Fade w/ Part

Bald Fade w/ Part
90 % Editor Score
89 % User Score
29 Clicks

Add a touch of military style to your look by combining a skin fade haircut with an impressive side part style.

You notice this top cut boasts both precision and polish and offers men a bold look that can suit any occasion.

#17

"Full" Bald Fade

"Full" Bald Fade
91 % Editor Score
90 % User Score
30 Clicks

For a full bald fade that starts with absolutely no hair, ask your barber for a razor fade.

Unlike a standard skin fade, which only uses clippers, this version requires the use of a straight razor to taper the hair down to the scalp.

#16

"Military" Bald Fade

"Military" Bald Fade
91 % Editor Score
90 % User Score
21 Clicks

Similar to a traditional military haircut, a military bald cut fade features hair shaved very short on top that is paired with a skin fade on the sides and back.

This low-maintenance hairstyle is perfect for achieving a minimal and masculine appearance.

#15

Bald Drop Fade

Bald Drop Fade
92 % Editor Score
91 % User Score
16 Clicks

The bald drop fade combines two fade cuts into one. This hairstyle, which reduces down to the skin with a drop fade, slopes downwards as it moves behind the ears to the back of the head.

The result is a clearly a fashionable version of the bald fade that can pair well with a variety of styles up top, making it an ideal hairstyle for men.

#14

Bald Taper Fade

Bald Taper Fade
93 % Editor Score
92 % User Score
29 Clicks

Unlike other skin fade hairstyles, a bald taper fade does not rely solely on clippers to achieve its stylish appearance.

Instead, this cut requires the use of scissors to smoothly transition from no hair around the ears to longer hair on top. It can be high, medium or low, and works well for men who prefer to maintain a decent length up high.

#13

Bald Temp Fade

Bald Temp Fade
93 % Editor Score
92 % User Score
16 Clicks

Get your temples clean to the skin between a beard and the top hair for a sharp and neat vibe.

This bald fade hairstyle is the perfect choice for men wanting to pair a bald fade and a beard, but what a more subtle appearance they can rock every day.

#12

Bald Fade Crew Cut

Bald Fade Crew Cut
94 % Editor Score
93 % User Score
16 Clicks

If your a man searching for a dapper look, this bald fade is a great choice, offering you cleaned up sides to level up your hair game. On top of that, it suits almost all hair types.

#11

Skin Fade Hard Part

Skin Fade Hard Part
94 % Editor Score
93 % User Score
39 Clicks

To achieve a subtle yet classy look, try opting for a side-parted bald fade. This hairstyle is ideal for a business or professional setting, but can easily be dressed down for a casual, everyday look as well. 

#10

Caesar "Sharp + Sexy" Bald Fade

Caesar "Sharp + Sexy" Bald Fade
95 % Editor Score
94 % User Score
29 Clicks

Most bald fade haircuts are used to create dimension. With this one in particular, the sharp angles and precise curvy lines pair well with a Caesar cut. 

This hairstyle is clearly for those looking to set the trends instead of following them. 

#9

Wavy Bald Fade

Wavy Bald Fade
96 % Editor Score
95 % User Score
17 Clicks

If you have naturally wavy hair, this is the best bald fade hairstyle for you. The great thing about this look is you can shape it into practically anything you want and make it work for any occasion.

It might look rough and rugged to some, but with the right amount of hair wax, you can create beautiful waves and encourage the flow of your natural waves.

#8

The Disconnected Bald Fade

The Disconnected Bald Fade
96 % Editor Score
95 % User Score
28 Clicks

If you're a fan of the bald fade paired with a beard, you should definitely try pairing it with a disconnected hairstyle.

With this bald fade, your hairline and the beard line are discontinued by the fact that you have a shaved portion of your hair in the middle.

If you're considering adding a hard part, it could easily add some extra edge. It all comes down to taste. 

#7

Curly Bald Fade

Curly Bald Fade
98 % Editor Score
96 % User Score
16 Clicks

If you have naturally curly hair, you're aware it can be both a gift and a curse. It’s definitely what we would call a beautiful head of hair, but those born with such a delight will often tell you how difficult it is to maintain. A bald fade might take some of the pressure off.

You can even sport a fauxhawk with a bald fade if you have curly hair. You get to decide its length and volume, giving it that personal touch.

#6

V-Shaped Bald Fade

V-Shaped Bald Fade
98 % Editor Score
96 % User Score
15 Clicks

Even though the middle section between the hairline and the beard line is a bald patch, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or simple in any way.

If you're looking for a hairstyle you can personalize and make your own, you can keep things interesting by adding designs, such as this classy V shape at the back of the head.

#5

Upswept Bald "Razor" Fade

Upswept Bald "Razor" Fade
99 % Editor Score
97 % User Score
28 Clicks

A skilled barber will only take a few minutes to get you this look, as long as you have the right hair.

It will require leaving some thick and textured locks at the top that you should style with an upsweep and give the sides a razor fade with some elaborate patterns.

#4

Blended Sharp Fade

Blended Sharp Fade
100 % Editor Score
98 % User Score
18 Clicks

You can still have a blended look with a bald fade as you only need your barber to know and understand how to transition from the longer top to the skin level as gradually as possible.

If you're also a fan of buzzed hairstyles, try adding one to the crown with a fancy razor line to add some extra edge and style.

#3

Skin Fade w/ Man Bun

Skin Fade w/ Man Bun
100 % Editor Score
98 % User Score
17 Clicks

Not only does a skin fade look great with pompadours, quiffs, and slicked back styles, but it also appears awesome when paired with an on-trend man bun.

This hairstyle, which is perfect for men with long, natural locks who want to try a new look, can be made even more unique with the addition of the double bun.

#2

Bald Fade w/ Flat Top

Bald Fade w/ Flat Top
100 % Editor Score
99 % User Score
16 Clicks

The flat-top hairstyle is another trend among men that keeps the top part of the hair flat while the rest is merged with the skin to create a seamless combination.

As you'll notice with this example, a cleanly trimmed beard compliments the look quite well.

#1

Burst Bald Fade

Burst Bald Fade
83 % Editor Score
99 % User Score
19 Clicks

This hairstyle is proof that the burst fade works with all types of hair, including thick, straight hair.

If you have naturally straight hair, this look offers the perfect contrast with the addition of a burst to the otherwise (boring) bald fade.

Following the short sides, long top hair trend for men, this bald fade is no exception when it comes to a sleek and modern look.

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