There are some aspects of men’s hairstyles that simply look fantastic no matter what, and the mid fade falls into this category. It’s not over the top and dramatic, but it’s not subtle and boring, either. Who knows––your next style just might be on this list.

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Thin Hair with A Shaved Strand
@iisakkinummi

Thin Hair with A Shaved Strand

Men with thin hair often experience difficulty finding a good haircut. One trick is to keep the hair short. Here, the hair rests naturally, and the mid fade provides balance. (You can also opt for the shaved line.)

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Tousled Asian Mid Fade
@jelle.vissers

Tousled Asian Mid Fade

On the other hand, if you’re Asian and have thicker hair, you might choose a style like this one. The hair retains volume and texture on top, and the sides are mid faded for neatness.

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Casual Brushed Up Top
@iisakkinummi

Casual Brushed Up Top

For a nice everyday style, this casual brush up is great. With just a little bit of styling, you can achieve this messy, medium volume look.

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Messy High Volume Top
@lopezcuts

Messy High Volume Top

Mid fades also pair nicely with longer hair. Whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, you can rock this style.

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Messy Curls with Mid Faded Line Up
@jose.crespo_

Messy Curls with Mid Faded Line Up

Here’s another excellent option for curly hair. The top of the head stays curly, but the sides are shortened with a mid fade and line up.

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Brush Up Mid Fade
@tombaxter_hair

Brush Up Mid Fade

This brush-up haircut can give you the classic “rolled out of bed” look while staying stylish. The mid fade here is just a bit higher than normal to accentuate the brushed up hair.

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Faded Line Up
@mattjbarbers

Faded Line Up

If shorter haircuts are more your style, you’ll like this faded line up. It’s a low maintenance hairstyle that’s still high contrast thanks to the fade.

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Clear Mid Fade Plus Dyed Highlights
@r.braid

Clear Mid Fade Plus Dyed Highlights

Here’s an eye-catching style that adventurous guys will love. The mid fade is complemented by both dyed highlights and a shaved line that runs across the side of the head.

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Brush Up with Clean Mid Fade
@ javi_thebarber_

Brush Up with Clean Mid Fade

Here’s a tidier version of the brush-up style. The hair is short and textured, and the fade blends the hair neatly so there aren’t any sudden changes in length.

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Fine Curls with Vivid Mid Fade
@poolethebarber

Fine Curls with Vivid Mid Fade

Curly hair comes in all shapes and sizes. For guys who have smaller curls, this hairstyle is a nice trendy option.

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Dyed Short Waves with Mid Fade
@spukthebarber

Dyed Short Waves with Mid Fade

Once reserved exclusively for the avant-garde and boy-band wannabes, bleach blonde hair on men has come a long way. This is a great change for those who want something new but not so out there. The brightness in the hair will lighten up facial features, and the dark roots in the mid-fade make the look a bit more carefree. To prevent any Eminem comparisons, keep tones cool or grey by washing hair with a purple shampoo.

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Perfect Mid Fade with Sharp Line Up
@ cutjunkies

Perfect Mid Fade with Sharp Line Up

If you’re after a mid fade that’s great for curly hair, look no further. This style allows the hair’s curly nature to shine through and uses the mid fade to add tidiness.

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Thick Fringes with Dropped Mid Fade
@fleetwoodthebarber

Thick Fringes with Dropped Mid Fade

Want something that’s uniquely eye-catching? Pair a fringe with a mid fade. When you add lots of texture, as shown here, this style becomes one of a kind.

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Thin Hard Part Plus Mid Fade Plus Awesomeness
@napolesbarbershop

Thin Hard Part Plus Mid Fade Plus Awesomeness

A hard part can easily add verve to any style, and it’s a great complement to this curly mid fade.

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Tossed Top with Sleek Mid Fade
@iisakkinummi

Tossed Top with Sleek Mid Fade

Here’s a really attention-grabbing style that features a highly textured, windswept top. The mid fade cleans up the look, and the beard adds balance.

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Simplest Top with Sharp Line Up
@jayroberts_

Simplest Top with Sharp Line Up

Your hairstyle doesn’t have to be complex to be great. This style, with its straightforward top and line up, proves that simplicity works.

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Classy Faded Temple
@jose.crespo_

Classy Faded Temple

This tidy mid fade is all about the line up. Its 90 degree angle makes this look stand out with its clean, effective look.

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Classy Undercut with Wavy Top
@blackfishbry

Classy Undercut with Wavy Top

Mid fades go really well with undercuts, and if you want something high volume, it can be a winning combination. This undercut features a tall quiff that’s nicely balanced out by the mid fade.

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Sharp Mid Fade with Strict Brush Up
@ virgiltb

Sharp Mid Fade with Strict Brush Up

For a trendy, youthful hairstyle, this brush up will do the trick. The meticulously trimmed beard introduces sharp angles that contrast with the hair.

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Buzzed Mid Fade with Sharp Aesthetics
@horatiuthebarber

Buzzed Mid Fade with Sharp Aesthetics

This buzz cut uses a mid fade and a subtle line up to create a highly defined hairstyle that’s perfect for guys who want a no-nonsense, low maintenance style that still looks good.

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Shaved Mid Fade with Simple Top
@alan_beak

Shaved Mid Fade with Simple Top

With some hairstyles, it’s all about the details. That’s certainly true for this cut. While the top of the hair is pretty simple, the mid fade and hard part add a ton of style.

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Straight Mid Fade with Straight Up Top
@v.hugostyles

Straight Mid Fade with Straight Up Top

Looking for texture? This hairstyle has got you covered. The top is spiked up and styled forward, giving the hair a superb sense of movement.

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Flat Arched Mid Faded Line Up
@eddie_rtb

Flat Arched Mid Faded Line Up

This hairstyle is an interesting blend of a brush up, mid fade, and line up. The defined lines created by the hair and beard line up give this style its trademark look.

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Half Dyed with Mid Fade
@z_ramsey

Half Dyed with Mid Fade

If you want something fresh, you can try the half-dyed look that’s seen lots of popularity around the world. There are endless possibilities here.

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Toned and Curved Moustache
@rafaxhair

Complimentary Toned and Curved Moustache

If a beard and moustache are part of your look, choose a style that complements them. This fringe style with a long tooth balances out a large mustache and beard very nicely.

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High Fade and Volume Contrast
@jakebolland

High Fade and Volume Contrast

For a thick, high volume style, this style delivers. The mid fade is an absolute necessity here, as it contrasts with the large amount of textured hair on top.

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Neat Fine Fade
@markthebarber

Neat Fine Fade

Think of the fading technique like shadowing for drawing. Some manage to perfect it and it seems this barber is one of those. The thick sole spike is a neat addition to the top styling.

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Rusty Muddy Mid Fade
@reyesthebarber

Burst Mid Fade and French

This mid fade has been done in a burst fade style to hold the shape. With the french crop expertly textured is easy to see this hairstyle being a hit!

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Designed Mid Fade with Shaved Pattern
@ criminal__barber

Designed Mid Fade with Shaved Pattern

Personalization, whether it is by the hand of the stylist or of your own choosing is able to give your look a total vibe make-over.  This one looks like two initials “D.H.” So hey! Why not steal a page from their book to keep it in the game.

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Neat Mid Fade with Grizzly Hair
@ barbaruivabr

Neat Mid Fade with Grizzly Hair

A mid-fade can look great on anyone, but it’s the black-haired folk getting the prize in my opinion. If you’re still wondering why it is because of their hair color! Such a strong contrast levels up the appreciation factor for the handiwork done.

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Pitch Perfect Hair with Mid Fade
@ gabriele_iervolino

Pitch Perfect Hair with Mid Fade

Someone in Pitch Perfect could’ve been sporting this look and we wouldn’t even question it…because it rocks! The mid-fade meeting the line-up and then tapered all the way back has become a classic.

Did you notice the super short side part too? That’s very unusually seen but I am so here for it!

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Wavy Medium Top and Lineup
@kings_style1

Wavy Medium Top and Lineup

Line-ups can differ in the angles they’re done in; given some people’s hairlines require different perspectives. This one, however, is a textbook 90 degrees on the spot, contrasting the very slight line the fade makes. What a great technique.

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Detailed Pompadour and Mid Fade
@diogo_silvastudio/Instagram

Detailed Pompadour

Another textbook line up but I especially love the technique that incorporates the fade to the sideburns. Here we see a regular side part but the whole hairstyle could also work wonderfully with a hard part.

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Dramatic Mid Fade with Sharp Line Up
@patty_cuts

Dramatic Mid Fade with Sharp Line Up

Whatever your reasons are to go with a medium fade on the sides we love how it’s been done on this example. To let them waves and curls shine! Since the hair is not super long on top a mid-fade is spot on!

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Informal Hipster Mid Fade
@rio_black_rose

Informal Hipster Mid Fade

Check out how cool looking is the beard following the fade shape! A lot of us show a picture to the stylist and expect them to get it just right when the reality is, sometimes, you just have to be very specific about what you want.

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Beard and Mid Fade on Curly Hair
@rokkmanbarbers

Beard and Mid Fade on Curly Hair

Following the natural hairline with curly hair is so underrated sometimes! See how it beautifully merges at the top with the longer curls? And this medium fade does justice to that sideburn degradation to the beard. All marks here, and hats off!

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The Most Mid Fade Ever
@egobarbers

The Most Mid Fade Ever

Such a sharp drop on the length of the fade gives us enough room to create a pretty good ground for contrasting hair lengths. Notice how the curls have been scissor trimmed into a faux-hawk to add some guided shape into them. I love this sort of style!

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That Thick Mid Fade
@sam_campagna

That Thick Mid Fade

We call this mid fade to be thick because it starts pretty high and then ends pretty low into a skin fade which then becomes a temple fade for that extra mile of a neat look. It also gives a good platform for the beard to blend easily.

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Cheeky Mid Fade Coming in Hot
@stmntgrooming

Cheeky Mid Fade Coming in Hot

Mid Fade is one of the appreciated styles in the young generation. This also helps to make them look neater and the top here is tossed with those semi-curls that came in hot. Quick note, that neat temple fade will make things better.

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Side Parted Pompadour with Mid Fade
@thebarbercole

Side Parted Pompadour with Mid Fade

A very cheeky lad with a clean look. The side part is one of those subtle ones where it isn’t quite obvious but plays its part amazingly. The sides are tapered to keep that volume in check whereas the top is pompadoured with a side touch to it.

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Perfectly Balanced Mid Fade with Thick Beard
@thebarbercole

Perfectly Balanced Mid Fade with Thick Beard

How neat is that look plus the control on volume is just perfect. The beard is thick yet not grizzly that it stays where it is expected to. The side-parted top is combed with that thin part doing right with the sides being tapered and then mid-faded.

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Fluffed Top with Taper Faded Side
@tailorfade

Fluffed Top with Taper Faded Side

Mid-fades really enhance the look, as we see here the top is fluffy and is big on volume whereas the sides are mid-faded. The lineup also benefits from this clean look as it is very managed and tapered. The semi-curled wavy look on top is just mesmerizing.

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Angular Fringed French Crop
@ javi_thebarber_

Angular Fringed French Crop

Mid fade increases one notch of neat look with the top being french cropped. The angular fringe makes this a little trendy with that detailed lineup coming in hot to show that attention to detail isn’t missed.

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Mid Faded Thin Hair Slicked Back
@ javi_thebarber_

Mid Faded Thin Hair Slicked Back

Undercut here is quite a necessity because those sides are taper faded with a cheeky slit shave. The top is a fluffed slicked back but it is also dyed a tad for a more trendy look. The lineup is also faded but also you can see half of it.

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Mid Fade with Side Brushed Brush Up
@hayden_cassidy

Mid Fade with Side Brushed Brush Up

The mid fade instantly makes everything ten times sleek. The topsides brushed but side brush too. The lineup is carved with a taper so that it has volume and is in shape. The top is slightly longer than the sides and the beard is a balancing move for the face.

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Wide Widow’s Peak with Dry Rusty Curls
@nickbarford

Wide Widow's Peak with Dry Rusty Curls

Who doesn’t like such dry texture with fluffy curls on top that make the day. The sides are mid-faded but dropped in shape so that it keeps its trendy nature. Even though the hairline is receding the hairstyle adds so much panache.

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Serious Mid Fade with Pushed Back
@andrewdoeshair

Serious Mid Fade with Pushed Back

The fade here is quite exquisite with the top being pushed back is the look to go for. The receding hairline is not a problem as the widow’s peak in itself is a style. The beard here amazingly balances the look with its thick and slightly rugged nature.