The skin fade is particularly unique because it stands out——or, rather, it jumps out. The contrast of shaved sides and a full head of hair is instantly attention-grabbing. A skin fade is achieved by cutting the hair shorter and shorter as it moves toward the neck. Whereas some haircuts require the hair to be the same length all around the head, skin fade haircuts demand the hair to be cut at decreasing lengths.
The skin fade haircut is all in the cut itself. Read on for more information on skin fade variations and styles. Specify the starting point depending on the exact hairstyle you choose , and tell your stylist you want your hair to fade into your skin.
Many men typically request a shorter clipper setting like 3 or 4 for the top part of the fade above the ears. Some go as short as a 2. The length of the clipper setting can completely change the look of your skin fade, so make sure you know what settings you want. Also, consider how gradual you want your fade to be. On the other hand, if you start your fade at a 2 or 3, it will pop out. It only decreases 2 or 3 lengths before fading into your skin. Take a look at examples with both of these styles, and see what you like.
As always, we recommend taking in a picture of your desired haircut to your stylist. And finally, guys with straight or slightly wavy hair will get the most out of a skin fade. After you know exactly what you want for the top, just ask for a fade on the sides. Again, be specific with your clipper lengths, and bring in pictures if you have any doubts.
The pompadour was a popular style in , and we expect to see more guys embracing the pomp in The longer the hair, the taller the quiff. To style it, apply product to damp hair, then brush your hair up while blow drying it at the same time.
This styling process is similar to that of a pompadour. We mentioned earlier that it can be difficult to achieve the skin fade with curls. However, this is one option that will come in handy for curly-headed guys. In this style, let the hair on top grow out so your natural curls show. This is similar to the textured curly undercut. This is a great skin fade haircut variation for gents who desire a classy appearance.
You can achieve this look in many ways. Then, slick back your hair with a nice water-based pomade. This way, you can sport the side part, slick it all back, or do both! Curly hair can be finicky, making it a bit more difficult to achieve a flawless fade. So, keeping edges clean and well-maintained is a must when going for this look.
The line design cut near the back of the hair breaks the continuity of this skin fade and adds drops of character to the look. Another way to add dimension to any look is with a disconnected fade. The line separating the textured top and the clean skin fade underneath the line is an easy way to make any haircut more compelling. A drop fade starts at the temple and severely drops back behind the ear and down the nape of the neck.
In this look, the vanished neckline keeps this style looking fresh and clean. Maintaining shorter hair prevents this style from feeling unkempt. There are a few differences between a drop fade and a low fade. With a drop fade, the fade starts around the temples and aggressively drops to the nape of the neck.
With a low fade, the fade starts from the sideburn and gradually slopes down the neck. A low fade is only light on the bottom and darker from the middle of the head to the top of the fade. A skin fade is an easy and sleek way to maintain thicker hair. The top of the hair can be grown to mid-length or kept short, as seen in this photo. For a distinguished look, keep the hairline clean and sharp. Highlights suit wavy hair especially well because they give dimension to the curves of each strand. The cool-toned gradient highlights pictured here work nicely with the base color and contrast well with the fade below it.
This look is all about proportions. The hair on top is long enough to balance out the beard. The sideburns are faded out to keep the look from feeling too heavy. This is a great example for those who want to pair a beard with a fade but are afraid of having a harsh line disconnect the two. A buzz cut with a skin fade is an updated variation of the traditional buzz cut.
For a classic buzz cut, the hair is typically shaved all over with a 1 or 2 guard. With a skin fade, the sides of the hair will have a gradient from the temples down. In this look, a curved line is carved into the darkest part of the fade. The bottom of this fade is fine and close to the skin. This leads the eye to the two lines that are sculpted across the darkest section of the fade. Spiky hair is quite simple to achieve with the right product and hair length. This style works best on shorter hair, as the weight from long hair prevents hair from staying up.
Using gel through the hair will keep hair very spiky. For a more wearable look, run a wax from the front of the hair towards the back. This will separate sections and get them standing up.
The vanished neckline gives a sleek and polished feel. A quiff is similar to the pompadour in that length is styled with the volume on top. The hair on the back of the head is kept shorter and the sides are usually swept back.
In this variation, the quiff is kept shorter and the sides are shaved down to a skin fade. Because the quiff in this example is a bit smaller than the classic quiff, hair can simply be brushed up with some wax instead of having to blow dry it up as would be needed with a classic quiff. A burst fade is a style where a gradient radiates from around the ear in a semicircle shape. Length is kept on top, to the back of the head, and to the bottom of the nape where the hair naturally stops growing.
The fade can start anywhere from the temple to the sideburns. The contemporary skin fade updates this traditional look. Hair is parted on one side and gelled to the other. It is best to follow the natural part, however, if you prefer one side over the other, blow-drying hair from above the head and in the direction, you want your hair to be parted can force a partition on your preferred side.
This is a classic look for the dapper gentleman. In most line designs, the line is cut in the darkest area of the fade. What makes this design interesting, is that it delineates the fade right above the transition from the darker area to the lighter area: creating two lines, like a line and its shadow.
The shallow curve down the neck leads the eye down the neck, where the hair is kept tidy and clean. The curves in this line design are placed strategically on the border of the fade.
It cleverly mirrors the arc of the hairline to create a graphic look. Volume is kept high on top to add more structure to an already striking style. The undercut first came into style in the early s.
Historically, this cut has been associated with young working-class men, military men, and members of street gangs. To this day, an undercut lends itself to the tough-guy persona. The sides of an undercut are typically kept short and even all around. Adding a slight fade to the sides and texture to a longer top can give this look a more current feel.
Less drastic methods have since become popularized with the advent of clippers, but the tenacious reputation of the style remains strong. The Mohawk has come to represent an anarchist attitude. The short sides of a mohawk make a nice canvas for a skin fade. Curly hair adds the necessary volume to the top and back. This is your traditional taper fade; Some might say the OG of fades. The look works well on any hair texture and can be adapted to any face shape. The gradient in this cut is more abrupt than traditional skin fades.
But it works. The contrast between the mid-length hair on top and the vanishing sides helps draw attention to the face. And, the clean sides and tapered neckline keeps this medium length top from looking too heavy. A proper line design should be put in the hands of an artist.
In the art world, the line of beauty is a theory used to describe the aesthetics of a curved line. According to this theory, the curved line represents liveliness and grabs the attention of the viewer. This theory is well represented in this designer neckline cut.