The low fade is a simple technique used to add a touch of class and elegance to any style. With a low fade, the hair on the sides tapers down, and the taper occurs lower on the head, hence the name “low fade.” The low fade is incredibly versatile, and we’ve selected 11 of our favorite examples.
This casual haircut features an irregular fringe and swooping hair on top. The low fade keeps the hair looking thick and full.
If you prefer a shorter hairstyle, you’ll enjoy this close-cropped cut. Here, the low fade blends the hair smoothly and gives the appearance of a fuller head of hair.
This designer style uses a low fade as part of the faded design that wraps around the head. The resulting shadow effect is very unique and fashionable.
With an even and full appearance, this low-key hairstyle uses an extremely subtle sideburn fade for maximum neatness.
Looking for simple and stylish? It doesn’t get much simpler than this straightforward scissor cut with low faded sides. Even though it’s simple, it’s still sharp and sleek.
Low fades help to balance out extremely high volume hairstyles. They create great contrast, as you can see with this fohawk-inspired look.
Here’s another voluminous hairstyle that pairs well with a low fade. It’s a trendy, youthful cut that will work well with almost any hair type.
Side parts and fades go together like peanut butter and jelly! This contemporary combination is an easy way to step up your hairstyle.
If you have thicker hair and prefer to have a more relaxed appearance, then this hairstyle might be your next look.
Because the low fade is so versatile, it’s easy to modify it. This cool variation features a shaved line that seems to pass underneath (or through) the ear, creating an amazing visual effect.
This low fade creates loads of negative space around the ear, which perfectly contrasts the thick, voluminous top and messy facial hair.
Here’s a short, curly hairstyle featuring the low fade. This style is elegant, easy to maintain, and works for anyone!
This messy crop is made unique by lowering the fade about an inch. The result is a cool, hipsterish style which we absolutely love.
Add some spice to your pompadour with the low fade. This fantastic example features some connected facial hair, but we promise that’s optional.
Is the low fade not enough spice on its own? Why not incorporate some hairline or neckline patterns? This simple band around the head is an easy extra.
This light quiff is complemented with a low fade at the sides. The neat hairlines on this cut really demonstrate the importance of contrast.
This plain top hairstyle features a dropped, low fade on the sides and back. Did we mention the low fade gives you an awesome place to put tattoos?
Here’s another crop featuring a low fade around the sides. Notice the curvature of the hairline along the side, as it swoops back and downwards, towards the neckline.
Create a handsome look just like this one with only a few elements: a slicked-back top, a low fade on the sides, and some connected facial hair.
This young style is extra long and wavy. You’d think that doesn’t work with a low fade, but you can see here: the side hair is slicked back at the top, with the lower hair trimmed into a fade.
We mentioned hairline patterns earlier, and this one is a great example! The shaved design really contrasts against the thick side hair.
This simple but bold pompadour features a low fade around the sides. There’s nothing particularly unique about this cut, but there’s no denying that it’s a great look.
We think this angular, parted hairstyle is really cool. It’s the razor-straight hairline trim and unique neckline pattern that makes it so special.
Here’s a curly top featuring a low fade on the sides. This cool, young look really does reflect the basic principles of an undercut — and everyone knows the undercut is a great look.
Here’s another pompadour, again featuring carefully trimmed hairlines and a pattern in the neckline. Contrast, contrast, contrast!