Fade Haircuts for Men

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Fade Haircuts for Men
The fade haircut resembles the buzz cut. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The fade haircut, a popular men's style, offers a low-maintenance, hassle-free option for many men. Often seen on members of the military, the fade haircut gradually shortens as it reaches the ears and neck. Fade haircuts are available at most barber shops or hair salons.

Fade Basics

A fade haircut, also known as a taper haircut, is a haircut in which the length of your hair "fades" gradually as it reaches the sides of the head. Unlike the one-length buzz cut, a fade haircut is longer in the centre and shorter near the neck and ears. Both buzz and fade haircuts are popular with military men.

Short versus Long

Though the standard fade haircut consists of very short hair, longer alternatives exist. A longer fade haircut sometimes consists of medium-length hair in the centre of the head and slightly shorter hair on the sides of the head. The faux-hawk hairstyle, a shorter version of the Mohawk, is an alternative fade haircut. The faux-hawk haircut consists of short, tapered sides and medium-length hair on the top of the head. When styled with hair gel or pomade, the faux-hawk looks like a short Mohawk.


Traditional fade haircuts use a blocked or tapered hairline at the nape of the neck. A blocked hairline consists of a straight horizontal line and creates the appearance of a wide neck. A tapered hairline consists of a rounded line and creates the appearance of a thinner neck. If you opt for a blocked hairline, you typically need to cut your hair frequently to maintain the clean, straight line of the hair style.

Fade Haircut Considerations

Because the hair is cut short in a fade haircut, this style requires little styling or maintenance. However, most fade haircuts look messy as they grow longer. Although fade, buzz and taper haircuts serve as viable options for men in military, police or blue-collar jobs, they often fail to fit the style needs of men who work professional jobs. If you desire a professional look, you may wish to opt for the blocked hairline version or to keep your hair slightly longer.

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