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.

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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

This low fade creates loads of negative space around the ear, which perfectly contrasts the thick, voluminous top and messy facial hair.

Short Wavy Top with Fine Low Fade
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Short Wavy Top with Fine Low Fade

Here’s a short, curly hairstyle featuring the low fade. This style is elegant, easy to maintain, and works for anyone!

Fringe Or Low Fade Or Both
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Fringe Or Low Fade Or Both

This messy crop is made unique by lowering the fade about an inch. The result is a cool, hipsterish style which we absolutely love.

Neat Short Pompadour with Extreme Low Fade
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Neat Short Pompadour with Extreme Low Fade

Add some spice to your pompadour with the low fade. This fantastic example features some connected facial hair, but we promise that’s optional.

Low Faded Band with Shaved Neckline
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Low Faded Band with Shaved Neckline

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.

Puffed Quiff with Neat Low Fade
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Puffed Quiff with Neat Low Fade

This light quiff is complemented with a low fade at the sides. The neat hairlines on this cut really demonstrate the importance of contrast.

Almost Hipstered Plain Top with Drop Fade
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Almost Hipstered Plain Top with Drop Fade

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?

Short Drop Fade
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Short Drop Fade

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.

Cozy Low Fade with Silky Push Back
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Cozy Low Fade with Silky Push Back

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.

Low Fade and Quiff
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Low Fade and Quiff

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.

Hardline Side Design and Textured Waves
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Hardline Side Design and Textured Waves

We mentioned hairline patterns earlier, and this one is a great example! The shaved design really contrasts against the thick side hair.

Low Fade and Medium Pompadour
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Medium Styled Pompadour

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.

Side Brush with Natural Part
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Side Brush with Natural Part

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.

Low fade and Curly Top
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Low fade and Curly Top

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.

Low fade and Side Line Design
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Low fade and Side Line Design

Here’s another pompadour, again featuring carefully trimmed hairlines and a pattern in the neckline. Contrast, contrast, contrast!

Low Fade and Pompadour
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Low Fade and Lineup

Low fade can often come as drop fade but this one grows on one. The ascending taper with that sharp line up makes all the fun with the details. The side part with that undercut makes so much difference and that temple is faded with that pocky shape on top.

Super Cool Low Fade with Brush Up
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Super Cool Low Fade with Brush Up

Straight low fade with the clean fine taper is what we are looking for. The twin slit shave on the back of the ear is what makes it very modern and trendy. The top is brushed up with back hair brushed up too. The thick hair texture makes hair look like a bundle.

Low fade and Neat Medium Top
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Low fade and Neat Medium Top

Hard Parts are fun with that side sweep plus the undercut that is followed by that sharp angular line up. The fine fade is just too clean plus the dense side hard part makes the top all thick and heavy. The goatee beard totally balances the clean look yet not so clean at the same time.

Low Fade and Side Part
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Low Fade and Side Part

How often we see a low fade coming to the rescue to get a beard blended in. The undercut side part with that subtle thin part makes all the difference. The fluffy side brushed quiff with layering towards the back makes it one clean of a look. The line up is so clean that it supports everything that brings details out of it.

Low Fade with Shaved Line
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Low Fade with Shaved Line

low fade plus a vivid undercut fade plus a slit shave plus an undercut taper on the side with that brushed up top with so. much panache. The reason why it gets better is the amazing blend that it has with the balance that the beard makes. Must say the dye is pulling all the fun isn’t it?

Fine Low Taper Fade
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Fine Low Taper Fade

This one doesn’t have that drop fade tinge and is more like a straight taper that is not very common. The top is a pocky and pinched texture with that low faded lineup. The top has a slight brush up feel to it with hints of being tossed here and there.

Low Fade and Medium Wavy Crop
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Low Fade and Medium Wavy Crop

Curls, a very low fade, with the top being all dense and thick is not a very common sight. The beard doesn’t have a blend and that is what makes this one slightly more exotic than the others. Make the beard thicker towards the goatee for a touch from the gods.

Short Curls with Low Fade
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Short Curls with Low Fade

We talked short curls this is even shorter curls with that afro hair texture. This is what volume does to you and that is why you gotta finesse it that way. The sides are tapered but look at that lineup that is tapered clean and trimmed all angular, notice the beard that balances the lower face.

Crisp Matte Blonde Long Low Fade
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Crisp Matte Blonde Long Low Fade

Long strands are always quite fun as they can be styled in a million ways, this one is thin hair so the long strands fall freely on the side with a cheeky low fade that does so much justice to the look. The crisp clean shave is a neat touch to the overall look and can be rocked in a party as well as a meeting.

Finest Buzz Cut with Sharp Details
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Finest Buzz Cut with Sharp Details

Who says buzz cut has to be low key and equal all around? This is a classic example of how a generic buzz cut can be tweaked to a little fancier yet classy look. The subtle yet distinct low fade works like a charm and adds that extra heat to the look.

French Crop with Trendy Low Fade
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French Crop with Trendy Low Fade

Here is a look that will get you stares at a party, especially with that twin slit shave, it is nothing less than a game-changer. The top is french cropped with high volume and a slight brush up feel to it. The sides are tapered with low fade and to top it off, the line-ups are neat and short.

Taper Fade Low fade with Slit Shave
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Taper Fade Low fade with Slit Shave

Who wouldn’t like this fine style, especially this frosty dye combined with a deep hard parted slit shave on the side with taper faded low fade. the top is brushed up with side brush texture. That black hair shadow helps pops this style, even more, another subtle touch of detail.

Controlled Curls with Short Line Up
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Controlled Curls with Short Line Up

Highlighted curls are definitely a thing, let this be a prime example where the curls are dense yet not all over the place. The volume is all equal all over with sides being tapered with a very low drop fade to end it all the line up are shortened with taper texture.

Wavy Pompadour with Cheeky Low Fade
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Wavy Pompadour with Cheeky Low Fade

If you are someone who likes going that extra mile to take care of your hair then here is the style you should consider. It is both, retro and modern altogether. The top is slightly waved out with sides being tapered, which is a classic move but the temple is vanished due to low fade.

Classy Caesar Buzz with Low Drop Fade
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Classy Caesar Buzz with Low Drop Fade

How better can we style a gentleman better than this. The texture is slightly pocky with caesar cut feels to it. The volume all over is dense yet it is quite short with a side brush to the top. The lineups are kept tapered yet quite angular. The cheeky drop low fade is just the cherry on cake.

Thin Long Afro Curls with Neat Fade
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Thin Long Afro Curls with Neat Fade

Curls are always special but this one has a special sweet spot. They’re permed with thick rough hair that is curled into a thin long spiral shape. That in itself is quite a statement plus the taper on the side with drop-shaped low fade. The overall cleaner approach to this look is just perfect.

Casual Thin Brush Up
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Casual Thin Brush Up

This brush-up is always on the border of less maintenance to using products to have it look pitch-perfect. Little maintenance goes long way. This is clipped on the sides for taper with size 2 and then faded all the way down. The best part being the fade is low as well dropped, best of both worlds.

Caesar, a Mullet and a Low Fade, Best Trio
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Caesar, a Mullet and a Low Fade, Best Trio

How can we not like this cool combination of a mullet, a slightly curled caesar, and a sleek low fade? The low fade here also acts like a temple fade which amplifies the look by a thousand. The beard is a smart way to balance the face and make this style look even.