How to Turn an Afro Into a High Top Fade

Updated April 17, 2017

The high-top fade is a hairstyle popularised and worn by the African-American community in the late 1980s to the early and mid-1990s. The high-top fade is not commonly seen in the 21st century and would provide anyone that chooses to wear it with a retro look. However, such a retro look means it may be harder to find a barber that knows how to properly execute the cut. Learn the steps and look good bringing the style back.

Trim down any long hair on the sides of the head with a pair of scissors. Do not trim the hair shorter than an inch from the head.

Cut the hair on the side of the head by using a pair of clippers on their lowest setting. Press the clippers against the head at the bottom of the hair and cut in a vertical motion as you move the clippers slightly away from the head as you reach the top.

Comb any hair on top of the head so that it stands pointing up. Apply gel or holding spray if it is unable to stand up on its own

Cut away all of the hair on the head that is below the ears. For an even cleaner look you can shave the hair below the ears if you wish.

Use the clippers to cut the hair on the top of the head evenly in a horizontal motion parallel to the ground. Determine the length that the hair will be cut as this will be the height of the high-top fade.

Line up the edges of the hair by trimming a straight line near the edges where the hair ends.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers
  • Comb
  • Hair gel
  • Holding spray
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Joshua White has been writing since 2004. He has written articles for his collegiate newspaper, the "Corsair," and White holds an Associate of Arts in journalism from Santa Monica College.