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.

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Temple Fade with Irregular Fringe Cut
@iamtyrikjackson

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.

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Simple Top with Clean Sides
@lanedorsey

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.

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Shadowed Low Fade
@spukthebarber

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.

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Wavy Textured Messy Top
@joshconnollybarber

Subtle Temple Fade

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

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Simplest Low Key Scissor Cut
@rpb_nq

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
@barbersandbrews

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.

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High Volume Top with Subtle Low Fade
@z_ramsey

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.

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Side Swept Strands
@z_ramsey

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.

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Casual Side Brushed Taper
@rpb_nq

Casual Wavy Taper

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

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Classy Temple Fade
@cal_newsome

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.

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Exceptionally High Volume Top with Sharp Mid Fade
@ahmadd.m0m0

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.

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Short Wavy Top with Fine Low Fade
@fleetwoodthebarber

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!

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Fringe Or Low Fade Or Both
@napolesbarbershop

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.

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Neat Short Pompadour with Extreme Low Fade
@napolesbarbershop

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.

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Low Faded Band with Shaved Neckline
@mintbarbershops

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.

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Puffed Quiff with Neat Low Fade
@menshairuk

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.

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Almost Hipstered Plain Top with Drop Fade
@menshairuk

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?

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Short Drop Fade
@jakelansley_jbs

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.

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Cozy Low Fade with Silky Push Back
@rtgtmiami

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.

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Low Fade and Quiff
@hayden_cassidy

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.

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Hardline Side Design and Textured Waves
@kings_style1

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.

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Low Fade and Medium Pompadour
@ moohammad_hamze

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.

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Side Brush with Natural Part
@ moohammad_hamze

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.

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Low fade and Curly Top
@ moohammad_hamze

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.

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Low fade and Side Line Design
@ moohammad_hamze

Low fade and Side Line Design

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

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Low Fade and Pompadour
@diogo_silvastudio/Instagram

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.

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Super Cool Low Fade with Brush Up
@fleetwoodthebarber

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.

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Low fade and Neat Medium Top
@elboribarber

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.

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Low Fade and Side Part
@luizgustavoaguiar

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.

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Low Fade with Shaved Line
@ninothenice

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?

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Fine Low Taper Fade
@odyzzeuz

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.

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Low Fade and Medium Wavy Crop
@rpb_nq

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.

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Short Curls with Low Fade
@the_ramsey

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.

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Crisp Matte Blonde Long Low Fade
@hayden_cassidy

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.

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Finest Buzz Cut with Sharp Details
@jelle.vissers

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.

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French Crop with Trendy Low Fade
@eddie_rtb

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.

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Taper Fade Low fade with Slit Shave
@mellow_mikey

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.

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Controlled Curls with Short Line Up
@joshconnollybarber

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.

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Wavy Pompadour with Cheeky Low Fade
@menspiresalon

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.

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Classy Caesar Buzz with Low Drop Fade
@mattjbarbers

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.

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Thin Long Afro Curls with Neat Fade
@nickbarford

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.

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Casual Thin Brush Up
@conortaaffehair

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.

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

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.

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Classy Gentleman Side Parted Low Fade
@m15barbershop

Classy Gentleman Side Parted Low Fade

This side part resembles a middle part as well but the sides being tapered a little makes this one quite exotic. That being said, the top being pushed back at the same time adds a slicked-back look to the style. All of that jazz with a cheeky low fade makes up for sheer class.

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Grizzly Casual Top with Tapered Line Up
@ deco_thebarber

Grizzly Casual Top with Tapered Line Up

Having a low maintenance haircut is a dream of many but not all of them know that it is easier than one thinks. The top here is tossed and is grizzly curly, however, the sides are mid tapered and low faded. That enables the temple to be faded and the beard to have more panache.

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Mohawkish French Crop with Cheeky Line Up
@ neverjustacut

Mohawkish French Crop with Cheeky Line Up

Mohawk doesn’t have to be always the one that is hardcore pocky and brushed up. This one is a subtle version of mohawk styled french crop where the top is pinched together and the front is fringed for that french crop look. The sides are low faded with a sharp line up for that key detail.

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Side Brushed Pompadour with Drop Low Fade
@ neverjustacut

Side Brushed Pompadour with Drop Low Fade

Seems like a very common hairstyle but it is not. Often pompadour is paired with just taper to maintain volume on sides but here it is given a slight trendy touch of mid taper and low fade. The fade here is no joke, it has a drop texture, it is dropped towards the back which makes it quite unique.

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Braided Goodness with Small Bun
@ kelvinho_barber

Braided Goodness with Small Bun

Braids always have and will always have a special place in the room and this is no different. The amount of detailing here is just awesome, the mid tapered sides with a cheeky low skin fade bring all the fun on the top. The top is undercut with the sharp lineup.

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Fluffed Pompadour with Tapered Lineup
@ neverjustacut

Fluffed Pompadour with Tapered Lineup

Layers in pompadour are works of fine art, it is definitely not easy to pull it off. Here, they are done with attention to detail making it look like a fluff yet very much controlled pompadour. The sides are not undercut which makes this whole and the low fade is dropped.

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Cheeky Pony with Low Faded Slit Shave
@hamedjavanacademy

Cheeky Pony with Low Faded Slit Shave

Just look at this piece of work! The top is slicked back with a straight thin-haired pony at the back. And then the sides although are low faded, are very much fancy due to that cheeky slit shave with a very sharp line up. I mean just look at it.

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Neon Dye on Top with Temple Fade
@ capo_thebarber

Neon Dye on Top with Temple Fade

Pocky top with pinched texture is very neat especially the neon pink color with black shadows plays a great role. The side is slit shaved with low fade coming to rescue. The beard is also quite handy when it comes to balancing the face.

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Sneaky Temple Fade with Curls
@aaron_kiely_hair

Sneaky Temple Fade with Curls

Medium waved curls with sides being tapered are quite fun. The low fade here is quite sneak especially as it is so subtle that one might not notice it instantly. The lineup is quite short with a clean shaved look that makes everything cleaner.

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Cheeky Low fade with Casual Curls
@ jameswilliams_jtt

Cheeky Low fade with Casual Curls

Casual curls are the best especially when paired with a sneaky fade in the sides. The lineup is quite angular and short for maximum attention to detail. The rough texture might be the result of hair powder which is a great styling agent.

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Retro Side Part with Low Fade
@figarosbarbershoplisboa

Retro Side Part with Low Fade

Thin Side Part with the side being long but low on volume makes this quite a cheeky and sleek look. The low fade makes everything neater whereas the top is side swept with a subtle widow’s peak.

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Blown Out Mid Part with Low Fade
@collinanthonyhair

Blown Out Mid Part with Low Fade

Top is middle-parted with sides tapered. The key here is that the strands in the front are blown out in a middle-parted fashion. The slight dye makes it pop quite well with sides being low faded for that maximum neat look.