The high fade hairstyle is one of the most popular men’s haircuts today. Why? The fade creates a striking look that pairs nicely with a wide range of styles. With this list, we’ve curated 10 of our favorite high fade styles, and we know you’ll love them as much as we do.

Classic Laid Top with Shaved Neckline
@kevinluchmun
1/50

Classic Laid Top with Shaved Neckline

This hairstyle exemplifies what the high fade does best. Though the hair on top is short and even, the fade makes it seem longer, creating a nice contrast.

Angular Fringe with Undercut
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2/50

Textured Angular Fringe

Generally, high fades look the best when there’s an interesting style on the top of the head to compliment it. Here, an angular fringe provides that balance.

Low Key Faux with Angular Fringe
@hayden_cassidy
3/50

Low Key Faux with Angular Fringe

This look combines several styling techniques into one unified haircut. A high fade contrasts a slightly asymmetrical fringe and a subtle faux hawk on top.

Thin Afro Faded Hair
@bladeandsoulbarbershop
4/50

Short Fade

This simple haircut keeps the hair at a uniform length on top for maximum neatness while a high fade adds depth and dimension.

Textured High Faded French Crop
@the_ramsey
5/50

Textured High Faded French Crop

The French crop is a classic low maintenance style that has stood the test of time. This contemporary twist adds a high fade for a bolder look.

Fancy High Fade with Shaved Temple
@rpb_nq
6/50

Fancy High Fade with Shaved Temple

Looking for a super trendy style? This suave high fade has you covered. With close-cropped hair and two ultra-fine hard parts, this haircut is a sophisticated choice.

Brush Up with Classic Fringed Drop Fade
@z_ramsey
7/50

Brush Up with Classic Fringed Drop Fade

If you’re after something with lots of texture, you’ll love this brush-up look. The high fade really accentuates the teased hair, making this a uniquely eye-catching hairstyle.

Designer High Fade with Textures
@r.braid
8/50

Designer High Fade with Textures

Here’s a French crop variation that features arrow shapes shaved into the side of the head, changing up the high fade with a designer touch.

Casual Brush Up with High Fade
@z_ramsey
9/50

Casual Brush Up with High Fade

This is a casual, laid-back cut that’s great as an everyday hairstyle. You can style it to be neater or messier depending on your personal style.

The Classic Buzzed Line Up Afro Hair
@justmikethatsme
10/50

Short Line Up

This style is for guys who want a straightforward, low maintenance haircut. The combination of the high fade and line up makes for a very tidy style.

Contrasty Sharp Sudden Side Shave with Flat Front
@_robweston
11/50

Sharp Fade and Thick Fringe

First off, love the highlights, and secondly, what a sharp cut fade! This really is bordering a disconnected undercut. If you look close enough that effect is caused by how short the fade has been kept by shaving most of the sides down.

Classic Brush Back with High Fade
@ barber_selim
12/50

Classic Brush Back with High Fade

The standard brush-back can be taken to the next level of ‘freshness’ by pairing it with a high fade such as this one. Notice how the part in the back meets the longer top by relegating the fade to the front.

Thin Afro Hair with High Fade
@markthebarber
13/50

Thin Afro Hair with High Fade

The spotlight here goes to that cool line up and beard design combo! The high fade enables such styles by taking off some of the hair length on the sides that would otherwise become overshadowing for the starts of the look.

High Faded Thin Brush Up
@napolesbarbershop
14/50

High Faded Thin Brush Up

With a cool and wavy top comes a fantastic high fade that plays around with their features following the naturally-occurring lines.

Slit and Line Up with Dyed Front
@hackmensgrooming
15/50

Slit and Line Up with Dyed Front

Don’t get me started on how easy it is to amp up a relatively simple hairstyle by adding a few purposeful tweaks to it. Like the detailed curved line that follows down the beard to the shaven strike on the side.

High Fade Undercut
@fadegame
16/50

High Fade Undercut

Easy breezy brush-back and this fade make the perfect low maintenance look. Whether you decide to go with that like clean line up is up to you but, trust us, it just works!

Parallel Fade and Disconnected Blonde Top
@barber.josh.o.p
17/50

Parallel Fade and Disconnected Blonde Top

If you have dark hair and are willing to bleach it for this specific style, I am happy to encourage it!

The color contrasts work in tandem with this special high fade design. If you take a good look the fade doesn’t just go in one direction but it works around the lines the barber has created. Magnific!

Classy High Fade with Hard Side Part
@ppreshaw
18/50

Classy High Fade with Hard Side Part

Starting with this beautiful, natural-looking shade we’ve got a very elegant hairstyle in our hands.

The high fade is working to emulate the side part done in the regulation crop at the same time as the hard part; to top it off with a volumized comb-over and a line-up.

Short Top with High Fade
@cresswellbarberco
19/50

Short Top with High Fade

The high fade here keeps the sides super short and refreshingly it merges in a short crop that’s been styled in a fool-proof way. This haircut will have you looking your best no matter what.

Disconnected Mid Fade
@jayroberts_
20/50

Disconnected High Fade

A straight-up disconnected undercut and a high fade are a match made in heaven! If you see, this isn’t an elaborated style, keeping it simple we accomplish everything we need for this sleek-looking look.

Flat Dyed Strands with Mid Fade
@barber_djirlauw
21/50

Flat Dyed Strands with High Fade

This looks like an expertly dyed french crop! A sharp high fade on their naturally dark hair makes total sense to show off those highlights. We’re also looking at you, Bad Bunny vibes!

Clean High fade with Small French Crop
@jakfinchhair
22/50

Clean High fade with Small French Crop

Thin hair is always underestimated how well it can be tweaked and that can turn into something very cool like the one here. The top is slightly French Cropped where it fringes towards the left and the taper fades come in hot. Especially high fades come to the rescue and steal the show.

Roasty Mullet with Pocky Blowout
@jenegafpas
23/50

Roasty Mullet with Pocky Blowout

Blowouts are always fun but this is another level. The pocky texture is usually laid down but this is a blowout and not to mention the high fade makes the sides clean and exaggerates the mullet. The mullet is also pocky which makes the look unified and trendy.

Classic Afro Gentleman with Clean Look
@kevinluchmun
24/50

Classic Afro Gentleman with Clean Look

The trend gets all the eyes but elegance takes away all the attention. The sides are very clean with a lineup that is shaved and shortened. The top is very maintained with the equal volume all around and that straight fade.

Thick Short Rugged Curls
@peteyrock_thebarber
25/50

Thick Short Rugged Curls

Curls by itself is an attention grabber and all of that puts curls at a top tier but when layered with some sleek undercut with thin tapered fade. That with angular lineup puts emphasis on the details. The curls are highlighted with a puffy texture with a cleaner approach.

Pocky Thick Afro fade
@melthebarber
26/50

Pocky Thick Afro fade

See that faded line up with a small slit shave. The sides are taper faded with the top being subtle brushed up. The pocky texture with a thick afro vibe makes up for a great occasion. The thin slit makes it all for the party. The fade goes up high all the way to the lineup which makes it fun.

Side Swept Pompadour with Fade
@giuse_laguardia
27/50

Side Swept Pompadour with Fade

Puffed side swept with that small subtle lineup makes up for that crazy masculine look. The taper fade on the sides pulls all the attention to the top. Not to mention, the beard balances the lower face with that grizzly thick texture.

Burst Fade and Wavy Top
@kilianmaddison
28/50

Burst Fade and Wavy Top

Is that a side ducktail? Oh my, it is! Check out this unique way of styling your top chop. The burst fade is so short it comes close to being an undercut.

Hard Part High Fade with Fringey Side
@johnny_snips
29/50

Hard Part High Fade with Fringey Side

Well, this is one of those hairstyles which has a lot of good elements like the hard part with sides being faded high. All of that with the top being side-swept with thick volume. That side-swept fringey texture is what makes this a wholesome look with a slight widow’s peak, peaking!

Side Swept Quiff “V”
@iisakkinummi
30/50

Side Swept Quiff "V"

Side-swept style has a very retro undertone but that is what makes this one a special one. The top is puffed and the widow’s peak makes it fun, all of that plus the undercut on the sides with that twin shade fade makes it perfect. The lineup is quite angular too.

Shot Oblivion Inspired High Fade
@jenegafpas
31/50

Shot Oblivion Inspired High Fade

What can we possibly talk about that angular undercut taper line, artistically enough that acts as a plane for fade to start. All of that is so thoughtful hairstyle with the top being short and subtle. This is a very future inspired hairstyle with a beard to balance it all.

Fine High Fade with Subtle Top
@nicholas_the_greek
32/50

Fine High Fade with Subtle Top

The simplicity of this hairstyle is what makes this a cool one, especially since the beard is so thick that it totally balances the look. The sides are high faded with the top being all laid and slightly brushed to the side to add some life to it. The beard blend is possible because of that temple fade.

That Versatile Lineup fade
@jose.crespo_
33/50

That Versatile Lineup fade

Classic high faded side with slight drop texture with the top being tight curled to pull that subtle yet fancy look. The clean-shaven look makes it a perfect style for formal as well as informal occasions. The lineup and hairline are very vivid with the lineup being very sharp.

Long Straight Curled Mullet
@forbesbarberco
34/50

Long Straight Curled Mullet

Mullet is always a cool retro look but the way to pull it off is what makes the difference. The top is brushed up with tossed texture with sides being high faded is what pops it up. The slightly curled texture makes it more fun and adds up to the style.

Broken Quiff with Subtle High Fade
@ evagoras_
35/50

Broken Quiff with Subtle High Fade

You know how everyone admires George Clooney’s grey hair look, well this is not too different from that. Plus this one is slightly trendier. With all that pompadoured quiff, it surely gets some buzz with people around. The high fade starts right at the part but it is so neat that it is not very obvious.

Cony Brushed Up with Undercut
@ evagoras_
36/50

Cony Brushed Up with Undercut

We have seen this haircut but if you look closer you’ll notice some new details. Especially with the slit shave on the back of the head and the cool undercut that makes this high fade even more obvious. The top is brushed up with a casual feel to it and that mohawk-y feel to it.

Casual Brushed Up Swirls
@ evagoras_
37/50

Casual Brushed Up Swirls

We all love some curls up there, especially these shorter ones are just way too good to be true. The short length makes them manageable and easier on handling daily. That being said, the high fade on the sides pops them out, even more, that actually is the key to this look.

Brushed Up Curls with Subtle Hard Part
@ evagoras_
38/50

Brushed Up Curls with Subtle Hard Part

There we go, all eyes on you, first, because those short curls are very well kept and the short length provides an advantage. Plus, the sidies being high faded brings all the attention to the top. The line up is all sharp and angular, what else could one ask for?

Classy Side Parted High Fade
@arcaicos_barberia
39/50

Classy Side Parted High Fade

Retro styles are where the world is moving to. Now that is another example of pure class. Especially with that hard part, it is hard to look away. The side-swept top is always easy to pull off but looks great. In this case, the high fade makes it all modern and retro at the same time.

Masked Afro Undercut with Cheeky Fade
@transformationcuts
40/50

Masked Afro Undercut with Cheeky Fade

Afro hair can be tricky, sometimes too thick, sometimes too thin, and sometimes too curly. Well brushing it up all over makes it even and covers it up pretty good. That being said, the high fade here helps to pull style on the top and the detailed line up shows the classy side of it.

Dyed Casual Pocky Undercut
@ barber_bronson
41/50

Dyed Casual Pocky Undercut

It is easy to say this is quite a hipster look with that pocky tossed casual top. That being said the sides are dropped undercut which is all style and no typical undercut. The dye makes it very casual and modern. Not to forget, that stubble and tattoo always add to the style.

Blonde Hard Parted High Fade
@ barber1uk
42/50

Blonde Hard Parted High Fade

The key to having a very casual look with a good amount of length is this one right here, lay it down flat but use a pocky texture that adds some life to the hairstyle. Moreover, the hard part aka slit shave makes the side more than just having a high fade. This is what one wants.

Side Swept Hard Parted Subtle Fade
@ barber1uk
43/50

Side Swept Hard Parted Subtle Fade

The hard part is that one thing that pops ut very quickly but then everything else is noticed and that combination has to be top-notch like it is here. The thick hair volume has been put to work with that tossed side swept with a very subtle high fade on the sides.

Thin Hair Short Brushed Up Top
@ sharperimagebarbers
44/50

Thin Hair Short Brushed Up Top

Sometimes one doesn’t even need any hardcore product to shape the hair, the magic is done by hair drying and comb. This one happens to be a prime example of the same. The brush up is quite fluffy and airy, thanks to blow-dry. Next up, no part makes high fade very unified with the top.

Thin Hard Parted Curled Up High Fade
@barbershopconnect
45/50

Thin Hard Parted Curled Up High Fade

See that thin hair part? That’s for style and separating the hard part from the top. It is short but subtle and gets the job done. The being said, the top is very curly but very much under control which makes it a very cool look. The curly fringes falling adds life to the style.

Pocky Texture, Short Brush Up and Fade
@ eoinmccarthyhair
46/50

Pocky Texture, Short Brush Up and Fade

Quite curious how to pull off this simple yet classy style? Quite easy, start with a short length on top with pocky, pinched texture to style it flat, and then move on a short curled brush up in the front. Lastly, make it whole by no parting but high fading in the sides, voila!

Man Bunned Dreaded High Fade
@ iameugenejordan
47/50

Man Bunned Dreaded High Fade

Who does not like watching a good old man bun? Here it only gets better with dreads that too dyed, literally, this is a dream of many. That being said, there is always a way to push more attention to the top by high fading it. The straight undercut high fade isolates this style on top so that the beard can do its magic down there.

Undercut Curled Slit Shaved High Fade
@tailorfade
48/50

Undercut Curled Slit Shaved High Fade

Curled texture on top, slit shaved line on the sides and a cheesy undercut to separate them both, how well can one be styled! The cleaner approach to the look makes it even more exotic pushing all the attention to the top and sides. The high fade here is slightly low but that adds to it, that’s why the undercut!

Viking Inspired Undercut High Fade
@iamdanielwinter
49/50

Viking Inspired Undercut High Fade

The sharp decline in hair length is what makes this haircut dramatic. The undercut separating the top to sides brings out the importance of high fade in such conditions. The top is fluffed and pushed back for maximum volume where the sides are simply faded, also, the stubble beard balances the look.

Buzz Cut Drop High Fade
@mizzyke
50/50

Buzz Cut Drop High Fade

Now that’s a combination of styles resulting in something that is subtle yet can not go unnoticed. The top is a classic buzz cut with a short length, however, the slit shave in the middle adds life to the look. Moreover, the sides are high faded with angular line ups to bring out the details.