Taper fade hairstyles

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Taper fade hairstyles
Fade haircuts are easy to style. (man image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

The taper fade haircut is created by cutting or shaving the hair to taper, or fade, in length from longer at the top of the head to shorter on the back and sides, hence its name. This style of haircut is commonly seen on military personal and celebrities such as Shemar Moore and Pharrell Williams. Different variations of the taper fade hairstyle are available to choose from if you would like to adopt the taper fade style.

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Very Short

The very short taper fade haircut requires no styling. The hair at the top of the head is cut to approximately 1/8 of an inch in length. At the crown of the head the hair is shaved to gradually taper down to a clean, bald scalp below the ear line. According to J. Elaine Spear author of Haircutting for Dummies this is easiest to perfect with a shaving blade to achieve a polished appearance.

Short Fade

A short fade is the most common type of taper fade cut, says J. Elaine Spear, author of Haircutting for Dummies. The short fade is created by cutting the hair on the top of the head to 1/4 inch in length. The hair on the sides of the head is then gradually faded down to 1/8 of an inch. This hair requires no styling; however it can be slightly dressed up by running a bit of hair gel through the longer hair to spike it.

Long Fade

The long fade is the most versatile of taper fade haircuts with 1/2 of an inch length hair for creating different styles. The hair at the top of the head is trimmed to approximately 1/2 an inch in length; opt for longer for a more dramatic appeal. The hair then begins to fade at the crown and tapers to 1/4 inch in length below the ear line. Hair gel will slick the hair back for a polished appeal or spike it up for a modern take on the style.

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