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.

Temple Fade with Irregular Fringe Cut
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Temple Fade with Irregular Fringe Cut

This casual haircut features an irregular fringe and swooping hair on top. The low fade keeps the hair looking thick and full.

Simple Top with Clean Sides
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Simple Top with Clean Sides

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.

Shadowed Low Fade
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Shadowed Low Fade

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.

Wavy Textured Messy Top
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Subtle Temple Fade

With an even and full appearance, this low-key hairstyle uses an extremely subtle sideburn fade for maximum neatness.

Simplest Low Key Scissor Cut
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Simplest Low Key Scissor Cut

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.

Dense Volume with Bright Low Fade
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Dense Volume with Bright Low Fade

Low fades help to balance out extremely high volume hairstyles. They create great contrast, as you can see with this fohawk-inspired look.

High Volume Top with Subtle Low Fade
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High Volume Top with Subtle Low Fade

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 Swept Strands
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Side Swept Strands

Side parts and fades go together like peanut butter and jelly! This contemporary combination is an easy way to step up your hairstyle.

Casual Side Brushed Taper
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Casual Wavy Taper

If you have thicker hair and prefer to have a more relaxed appearance, then this hairstyle might be your next look.

Classy Temple Fade
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Classy Temple Fade

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.

Exceptionally High Volume Top with Sharp Mid Fade
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Exceptionally High Volume Top with Sharp Mid Fade
Fringe Or Low Fade Or Both
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Fringe Or Low Fade Or Both
Low Faded Band with Shaved Neckline
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Low Faded Band with Shaved Neckline
Almost Hipstered Plain Top with Drop Fade
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Almost Hipstered Plain Top with Drop Fade
Short Drop Fade
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Short Drop Fade
Cozy Low Fade with Silky Push Back
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Cozy Low Fade with Silky Push Back
Low Fade and Quiff
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Low Fade and Quiff
Hardline Side Design and Textured Waves
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Hardline Side Design and Textured Waves
Low Fade and Medium Pompadour
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Medium Styled Pompadour
Side Brush with Natural Part
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Side Brush with Natural Part
Low fade and Curly Top
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Low fade and Curly Top
Low fade and Side Line Design
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Low fade and Side Line Design