51 Elegant Taper Fade Haircuts: For Clean-Cut Gents

A taper fade haircut is one of the most recognizable, iconic styles in the world of hair. It’s stayed for so long because of its timeless look, clean style, and versatile appearance. It’s great for casual and formal situations, so whether you work in an office or at home, it’ll suit you nicely.

What Is The Taper Fade Haircut?

A taper fade haircut keeps the hair long on top while tapering it down the sides and back. The hair gets progressively shorter as it goes down the head until it blends in with the skin. This gradual fade looks sharp and neat, with no messy or unsightly edges or rough spots.

The taper fade haircut is a wonderful low maintenance haircut that doesn’t require much styling or upkeep. It also great for experimenting; you can modify it to fit your personal style.

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What Do I Need For The Taper Fade Haircut?

The taper fade haircut isn’t a particularly long style. Anywhere from 2 to 4+ inches of hair will work. However, the longer your hair, the less neat it will look, so 2 to 4 inches is a good range to aim for.Classic tapered Hair

Since the taper fade is a shorter style that gets progressively shorter, you’ll have to decide if it’s the right cut for you. For example, if you have a scar on your head that you don’t want to show, a taper fade haircut could reveal it. See how the cut looks in the provided pictures, and from there, you can determine whether or not it will be a good style for you.

How To Get The Taper Fade Haircut

The standard taper fade is similar to the classic taper haircut. The hair is longest on top and fades down the back and sides. You can specify how gradual you want the taper to be. There’s some additional information on our guide to the classic taper haircut, where we explain how to get the cut in depth. You can also find more information here.

How To Style The Taper Fade Haircut

Clean Fade with BeardDepending on which variation of the taper fade haircut you go with. For more intense styles, like the mohawk, you’ll need a strong hold gel. For a lighter style, like the standard taper fade, you have the option to not style it at all. In the end, it’s all up to you and the style you choose.

There are also tons of variations on the standard taper fade haircut. No matter your hair type, face shape, or personal style, you should find something here you’ll like.

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Taper Fade Mohawk

Taper Fade Mohawk
Taper Fade Mohawk

This is a standard taper fade on the back and sides. However, the hair on top of the head will be left much longer in length so it can be styled like a mohawk.

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High Taper Fade

High Taper Fade
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If the hair gets faded with the skin at 2 inches (maximum) from the top of the hair, this haircut can be referred to as a high taper fade haircut.

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Low Taper Fade

Low Taper Fade
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With this type of haircut, the faded length from the hair top increases from 2 inches. Hairs will fade just one inch above the normal hairline of the wearer.

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Afro Taper Fade

Afro Taper Fade
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This style is usually common with black men. An Afro taper fade style is particularly good black men with curly or kinky hairs. The curls are styled on top, and the hair on the sides and back gets faded.

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Comb Over Fade

Comb Over Fade
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The hair on top is grown out and then combed over in a side part style or a slicked-back manner. This haircut is frequently adopted by bald or balding men to lessen the prominence of their baldness. However, many younger guys are pairing a side part style with a fade in a contemporary take on the comb over as shown above.

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Caesar Fade

Caesar Fade
Caesar Fade

One of best types of fades for black males is the Caesar fade. The hair on top is cut somewhat longer and commonly swept to the front instead of parted on the side. Short bangs can be combed to the sides. The hair can be styled with strong hold hair gel or wax.

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High and Tight

High and Tight
High and Tight

The high and tight fade is usually seen in military men. This style requires shaving a larger part of the sides as well as the back of the head. Buzzed hair is left on top.

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Bald Fade

Bald Fade
Bald Fade

The bald fade is for those who are bald or almost bald. It is similar to the military buzz cut, but the fade is shorter. it goes from the sides to the top of the head, where the fade is largest.

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Faux Hawk

Faux Hawk
Faux Hawk

Here, a pointed fade is given. The long hair on top is spiked upward. This isn’t as dramatic as the mohawk, so it’s better suits a wider range of situations.

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High Top Fade

High Top Fade
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The high top is popular among young men with curly or afro-textured hair. In this style, the hair at the sides and back is cut short. Then, they’re tapered upward to achieve the high top look. Generally, the taper starts at ear-level, and the top can be anywhere from 2 to 5 inches, depending upon the hair’s texture and customer requirements.

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Curly Taper Fade

Curly Taper Fade
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This fashionable cut works with every style, from pop to Euro to modern groovy. It’s quite suitable for men who have curly hair. Men with such hair can check pictures of this hairstyle to see if it’s right for them.

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Temple Taper Fade

Temple Taper Fade
Temple Taper Fade

Normally seen in men of all ages, the temple taper fade is a classic hairstyle, also known as taper fade, a temple fade, or temp fade. By changing or adjusting the blade length up or down a few sizes, you can modify the cut; it’s good at many different lengths. It is also a nice low maintenance cut, as it needs only to be cut every few weeks. This is a timeless haircut that has looked great for decades and will look great for decades to come.

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Blow out Taper Fade

Blow out Taper Fade
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Heavily texturised on the top, fade on the side and back. This haircut brings attention by being neatly elegant and a little bit spiky at the same time.

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Classic Taper Haircut

Classic Taper Haircut
Classic Taper Haircut

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Hight Fade

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Afro Taper

Afro Taper
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High and Tight

High and Tight
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Pompadour Taper Fade

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Brushed up Taper Fade

Brushed up Taper Fade
Brushed up Taper Fade

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Airbrushed Taper Fade

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Classic Taper Skin Fade

Classic Taper Skin Fade
Classic Taper Skin Fade

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Drop Fade Disconnected

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Brush up Fade

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Fade and Beard

Fade and Beard
Fade and Beard

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Ivy Taper Fade

Ivy Taper Fade
Ivy Taper Fade

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Temple Fade Line up

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Spiky Hawk Fade

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High and Tight Taper Fade

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Curly Fringe Fade

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Slicked Back Neat Fade

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Comb Over Classic Fade

Comb Over Classic Fade
Comb Over Classic Fade

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Brushed up Fade

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Fade Pomp

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Slicked Back Fade

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Spiky High Fade

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Pompadour Fade Beard

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High Volume Fade

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Swept Back Fade

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Hard Part Fade

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Mini Pomp and Fade

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Low Fade Clean and Simple

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Line Up Fade

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High and Tight Fade

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Hard Part Fade

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Clean Fade

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Slicked Back Fade

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Pompadour High Fade

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Classic Fade Harvard Style

Classic Fade Harvard Style
Classic Fade Harvard Style

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Combed Back Fade

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Afro Fade Line Up

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Side Part Fade