One of the best things about the low fade is how versatile it is. From comb-overs to crew cuts, you can pair it with just about any short or medium hairstyle.
Low fade haircuts can elevate any man’s style. They can vary from short to long and they offer the cleanest cut finish. They even look great as they grow out, so you can go a couple extra weeks between cuts.
1. Low Drop Fade
Like the name suggests, a drop fade drops down behind the ear. All low fades are drop fades because they follow the arc of the hairline.
2. Low Taper w/ Fade
A taper is similar to a fade, except it’s longer. A tapered cut goes from short to shorter while a fade goes all the way down to the skin. This low taper fade combines the two with short taper that fades hair around the neckline.
3. Low Fade Blowout
This unique look works brilliantly thanks to its short sides, which transform from a “barely-there” look into a big burst of hair on top. If you have a broad or round face, this elongating hairstyle can perhaps even give you a slimmer appearance.
4. Low Fade Crew Cut
Like the buzz cut, a classic crew cut can also benefit greatly from the addition of a low fade. The tapered shave will quickly add a more contemporary and on-trend look to the traditional cut.
Because this look is rather subtle, it won’t alter the sharp and professional appearance of your crew cut, making it a great look you can rock at the office.
5. Low Fade Quiff
A low fade quiff strikes a balance between the short sides and high top. If you’re opting for a low fade over a regular or high fade, this is an excellent choice, especially if you’re a man with a long or oval-shaped face.
6. Low Fade Comb Over
The classic comb-over gets a revamp with this super slick low fade comb-over. When partnered with a full top, the combination creates a look that’s rooted in tradition but also appears quite contemporary.
7. Low Skin Fade Haircut
With this low skin fade, the hair is cut down to the skin, making the hair on top seem even thicker and longer. Skin fades also work well with beards of all lengths. You’ll notice with this cut, the sideburns are gone, but the hair tapers into the facial hair.
8. Low Fade Faux Hawk
One of the best ways to wear a low fade is to partner it with a fauxhawk. A fauxhawk, which is short for “faux mohawk”, is a less dramatic take on the classic hairstyle.
Although the style still features hair worn spiked up in a strip from the front to the back of the head, it doesn’t have disconnected, shaved sides. Instead, tapered cuts, such as a fade are used to create the shape of a mohawk without its bold appearance.
9. Low Fade Undercut
When you pair a low fade with an undercut, you get a unique and modern look. To achieve this look, all you need to do is separate your hair into three sections.
The longest part will be on top, the undercut below the crown, and the fade around the temples and ears.
10. Messy Pomp w/ a Low Fade
If you love the look of a pompadour but haven’t quite mastered its perfect appearance, this messy pompadour can look just as stylish as a structured one when styled in the right way.
Luckily, all you need to do to achieve this look is add a low fade. This easy addition will add a sense of tidiness to your hairstyle by keeping its sides short and sharp.
11. Low Fade Buzz Cut
While the buzz cut is a highly practical haircut, it’s not known for being one of the most exciting styles. If you like this super short cut, but want to spice things up, try adding a low fade.
A small taper is a great way to add style and a point of difference to a buzz cut without taking away its signature aesthetic. Opting for a short fade also means that you’ll reveal just the right amount of skin.
12. Textured Crop w/ Low Fade
A low fade is a great option for adding a stylish flare to a short haircut. By adding a taper to your hair you can elevate your otherwise standard cropped cut.
The fade, which gradually reduces the length of the hair from around the temples to the ears, naturally draws the eyes up, adding shape and focus to your look.
13. Cropped Curls w/ Low Fade
If you’re looking to show off your natural curls, this cropped cut with a low fade is your ideal option. Not only will the cut allow you to make the most of the texture on top of your head, but it will also help keep your appearance in check with a short length and smart shape.
14. Low Fade + Slick Back
A slick back hairstyle is already trendy, but when you add a low fade into the mix, it takes this look to a whole new level. When you speak to your barber, simply request a low fade on the sides with a slick back on top, but you might want to bring photos for reference.
To style, blow-dry the hair back on medium heat and using a comb. Next, work a pomade through the full length of the hair using your fingers. We recommend using a firm hold pomade like ShapeShifter by Mack for Men.
Finish by using your comb to slick the hair back and lock things into place.
15. Low Fade + Short Afro
One of the great things about afros is whether you opt for a flat top or a buzz cut, they work with basically any type of fade.
The contrast between the low fade and the structure and detailing around the hairline is what makes this style unique. The goal is to leave things looking razor sharp and detailed, so we suggest asking your barber for a low fade with a grade one or lower.
Remember that the shaped-up lines will need frequent attention to stay looking pristine. Make sure to get a trim regularly, about every two weeks to keep it looking sharp.
16. Low Burst Fade
With this haircut, detail is key. It works well with any face shape.
The hairstyle pictured here actually combines a low burst fade and a mohawk. Be advised, this hairstyle can require a lot of maintenance because the hair tends to grow back fast.
17. Low Fade w/ Modern Side Part
This is a modern variation of the classic side part. The thing we love most about this hairstyle though is that it doubles as a casual look as well as a professional hairstyle you can rock at formal or business events.
Finish by parting the hair into a hard side part.
18. Low Fade w/ Twists
These twisted curls are very modern and stand out even more when paired with a low fade and a tight line up. The great thing about these sponge twists are that they will give your hair some awesome texture.
The fade gives a clean finish and will draw attention to the defined curls. To achieve this look, make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner with high moisture and preferably contain mineral oil, and are paraben and sulfate free.
19. Textured Waves w/ Low Fade
Not all low fade haircuts look best when worn neat and polished. This one is paired with a short taper with wild and textured waves which create an edgy and stylish combination that is sure to turn heads.
20. Low Fade w/ Line Up
A defining line up and a fresh low fade will give your hairstyle a fresh and clean look. When you look at the blending of this hairstyle, you’ll notice it starts at zero, then transitions all the way up.
21. Low Neck Fade
A low neck fade is similar to a bald fade. With this look, the hair is completely cleared away from the neck. Discuss the various combinations you can achieve with your barber, then ask for a bald shave to accomplish the crisp, clean look in the back.
22. Low Fade w/ Textured Top
A fade cut should complement every aspect of the wearer’s face. You can thicken the tuft of hair on top by fading the sides above the earline to make the hair at the top appear thicker.
23. Artistic Low Fade w/ Design
This hairstyle is a great way to express yourself. A good hairstylist will be able to produce virtually any image you want.
By adding a design carved above the ear to this burst fade, you can make it both customizable and completely unique.
24. Spiked High to Low Fade
Spiked hair pairs well with a line up and high to low skin fade. Make sure to start with short, choppy layers. You’ll notice the hair descends deeply and darkens again for a sculpted beard and mustache.
Make sure you don’t go overboard with styling products, to avoid adding a greasy look to the mix!
25. Crew Cut + Low Fade
Adding a low fade to the classic crew cut makes this hairstyle the perfect hairdo. If you want to combine it with a neat disconnected beard, you can elevate it even further.
26. Low Scissors Fade
Scissor fades are harder to accomplish and require more frequent maintenance than most low fades, but they also appear more stylish and create an overall interesting look.
If you want to leave the hair long on top, you can style it into spikes or a long comb over.
27. Low Razor Fade
Although this hairstyle has a perfect long top and faded sides design, the razor line on the side still gives it an extra appeal.
The low fade on the sides is just breathtaking, but the introduction of the artistic line takes its appearance a notch higher.
28. Low Skin Fade w/ Textured Bangs
This low fade haircut entails finishing the hair a couple of inches from the hairline and making the sides bald. The skin fade that this style creates is breathtaking, but the long textured bangs at the top are what make it stand out.
Make sure to style the bangs by sweeping them frontwards.
29. Swept Back Low Fade
This funky haircut entails leaving some textured and wavy locks at the top of the head. You’ll notice the sides have a fantastic low fade design that makes them look chic.
You should finish the design by sweeping back the locks at the top very neatly.
30. Clean Cut Low Fade
The “boy-next-door” haircut is timeless, and yet it can easily be modernized with a low fade cut and some added facial hair.
To style, brush your hair back with your favorite styling product, then use a hairdryer and a round brush to add some extra volume.
31. Natural Flowing Low Drop Fade
The spiral pattern at the center of the head is what is most eye-catching about this hairstyle. What makes this look so unique is that it starts with the natural hair growth pattern, then drops into the low fade on the sides.
32. Sleek Curls w/ Sharp Low Fade
The smooth curls on the crown of this hairstyle are best achieved when using a quality hair product. The low fade on the sides is paired with a stylish razor line that creates a distinct and edgy appearance.
33. Disconnected Low Fade w/ Pomp
This low fade haircut focuses more on the how when it comes to style and the cut itself, rather than the type of hair you have.
The design has a simple medium size pompadour at the top, while the low fade on the sides creates a beautiful disconnection that pairs well with facial hair.