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
Super Cool Low Fade with Brush Up
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Super Cool Low Fade with Brush Up
Low fade and Neat Medium Top
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Low fade and Neat Medium Top