The temple fade is more than just a call back to the early ‘90s, it’s an exercise in individuality by incorporating the unique shape of your temples for the final look of this hairstyle. No two temple fades are created equal, and as we will see in these next photos, the only thing limiting your creativity is your imagination.

Having been made infamous by the Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D, the temple fade was once relegated to the fringes of the modern hairstyle world for years, only to be crowned king, and then quickly dethroned again within a television season. Yikes!

Let’s take a look at some instances where this hairstyle has been worn right!

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Tapered Sides with Temple Fade
@justin_thebarber

Tapered Sides with Temple Fade

This temple fade is a great way to add contrast and separation between the facial hair and head hair; as well as drawing attention to the recesses of the two.

Worn like this, it’s helping you achieve a younger look,  seeing as the ability to grow a full beard up to the temples is seldom found in men younger than 24.

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Neat Line Up and Temple Fade
@rancejohn

Neat Line Up and Temple Fade

Maintaining your clean-cut style sets you apart from other men. It says that you take yourself seriously and pay attention to details. This temple fades add to his hairstyle by taking an already clean-cut look and making it look even cleaner.

Remember there’s nothing wrong with always trying to look your best, it shows that you recognize that others will value you when you first value yourself.

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Temple Fade with Curly Top
@benji_thebarber94/Instagram

Temple Fade with Curly Top

A temple fade with a short, curly top might just be Justin Timberlake’s most well-known look. He wore that style for years during his Nsync days.

As iconic as he was with that look, in more recent years he’s gone over to having a slick back top and rocking stubble. No matter, we feel it still has its place in hairstyle history.

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High Volume Top with Neat Line Up
@barberbirdman

High Volume Top with Neat Line Up

Not all temple fades were created equal. This variation sweeps downwards past the ears, giving the hair a vigorously wind-swept look.

As hair around the ears tends to increase perspiration, this sportier style fits well on the sandy, sunny beaches of Cabo San Lucas or at a regional finals track meet.

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Neat Side Swept with Faded Temple
@barberiaharo

Neat Side Swept with Faded Temple

As we’ve seen on this list, the temple fade pairs extremely well with a longer top. The disheveled, wild look of a longer top goes together with a temple fade like peanut butter and chocolate.

Perhaps it’s the contrast of worlds, the free-spiritedness of full-bodied hair with the militant, always regimented buzz cut of the temple fade. A match made in heaven if ever there was one.

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Curly Mullet with Casual Top
@urednistvo.pricesk.robert

Curly Mullet with Casual Top

This style is a hodgepodge of various other looks and hairstyles. The front says business, the back says let’s party like it’s 1979. The sides say “sir, yes sir”, while the facial hair screams “the Northmen cometh!”

There’s not one single vibe to describe this look, but a series of several feelings strung up and posted on a billboard. If you’re a talker, then this style will definitely attract attention you crave.

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Wavy Brushed Up Top with Temple Fade
@we_married_hair

Wavy Brushed Up Top with Temple Fade

If your a fan of comic books, namely Superman this next style serves as a grand homage to the man of steel’s mild-mannered alter ego Clark Kent.

Whether attending socials or business meetings at the daily planet, this temple fade will keep your look clean-cut as can be and ensure that you won’t piss off your editor-in-chief.

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Short Top with Short Fringe
@urednistvo.pricesk.robert

Short Top with Short Fringe

If Norman Reedus had sported a temple fade in the Boondock Saints, he would have had a similar look to this one(save the nose ring).

Like we’ve said before, a well-placed temple fade can turn a casual fashionista hairstyle into a sportier packaged two-seater look with the top down.

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Wavy Texture with Gentle Temple Fade
@yourbarbergigi

Wavy Texture with Gentle Temple Fade

For those of us who aren’t particularly fond of sharp contrast hairstyles, this temple fade is born of a softer gradient. The more gradual contrast lends itself to a more natural look here.

I say natural, but should you find yourself stranded on a desert island for years on end, I think you’ll find your hair naturally looking more like Tom Hanks’ hair in Castaway and less like this. Remember to thank your stylist next time to see them.

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Sharp Side Swept with Undercut Temple Fade
@anthonythebarber916

Sharp Side Swept with Undercut Temple Fade

Here we see two worlds colliding, the temple fade undercutting longer sides. It’s a very clean, delicately crafted look that puts your barber’s skills on display and makes you into a masterpiece.

Pairs well with either a scruffy or neatly trimmed beard, the former showing contrast while the latter shows to the world that every square inch of this facade has been intentionally sculpted.

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High Volume Top with Thin hair
@justmikethatsme

High Volume Top with Thin hair

Longer, thinner hair in most cases has the tendency to look “messier.” That’s fantastic if that’s the look you’re going for.

If you find yourself searching for a sort of middle ground, adding a sharp fade to the base of the sides serves to clean up your style a bit as if adding borders around freedom like confining a rushing river behind a levee or dam.

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Side Swept Long Strands
@kaisbarbershop

Side Swept Long Strands

Long side-swept strands were all the rage amongst teens of the 1990s, just look at Edward Furlong in the movie Terminator 2.

If you’ve always wanted to sport this look but don’t want it to look so dated, you can try garnishing the bottom sides with a fade to make it look more 2020.

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Afro Temple Fade with Mid Fade
@lxbarbers

Afro Temple Fade with Mid Fade

Eddie Murphy wore a similar hairstyle in Beverly Hills Cop 3, although the top wasn’t as long. The mid fade is a fantastic way to take an already famous hairstyle and make it sharper.

Fading the sides down to the skin also carries the added bonus of making it look more fresh, making you look like a man who never misses his barber appointments.

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Low Key Temple Fade with Pushed Back Top
@skinfadepost

Low Key Temple Fade with Pushed Back Top

Jessie James (the custom bike designer not the outlaw) popularized the slick back hair with tattoos look in recent years. It’s become the Nuvo biker look and a brother to the other long-haired biker look that has been more widely known for many more years.

Here we see that adding a temple fade can clean the look up a bit while still maintaining it’s a tough exterior persona.

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Subtle Temple Fade with Low Key Top
@bern_cuts

Subtle Temple Fade with Low Key Top

Many of our servicemen are required to sport a hairstyle that is both functional and unobtrusive to their line of work.

This next style is great if your job requires you to be constantly on the alert, giving you as little intrusive hair as possible without needing to rock a buzz cut. Thank you for your service.

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Casual Top with Taper Faded Temple
@domthebarberian

Casual Top with Taper Faded Temple

We touched on the subject of military haircuts briefly in the last photo. And while different branches have different requirements, across all the branches of the armed services there is the consensus that hair cannot touch the ears, eyebrows or the neck of an active-duty serviceman.

This hairstyle would be a great addition to that line up so long as the top is kept shorter than 4 inches (a requirement for some branches of the military).

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Neat Temple Fade with Side Swayed Top
@domthebarberian

Neat Temple Fade with Side Swayed Top

This next style is great for rockabilly fans the world over. As rockabilly does at times cross over into the world of punk, it also works for punk fans who are at the wife or husband and two kids stage of their lives.

From rebels and punks with teen angst to cogs in the machine, when did staying home and going to bed early become goals instead of punishments?

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Classy Top with Neat Temple Fade
@donnyblends

Classy Top with Neat Temple Fade

We can see in this next hairstyle that The era of Elvis, the king himself, is not dead. Even though the Godfather of rock didn’t himself adorn a beard, I don’t think he’ll be terribly offended if you choose to.

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Temple Fade and Tapered ‘Fro
@lieanne_

Temple Fade and Tapered 'Fro

This next style was sported by none other than boxing’s greatest Muhammad Ali. Although Ali generally kept his sides a bit longer than we see in this example.

The stronger taper and fade make it appear a bit more modern while also staying as timeless as a Rolex Submariner.

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Dramatic Temple Fade with Designer Taper
@gerrybarber

Dramatic Temple Fade with Designer Taper

Having your stylist shave designs into your fade takes having a stylist with talent. Some of these can be expensive ranging from adding an additional $5 to $35 to the overall cost of the haircut, but on the other hand, they can create a look that stands out and is uniquely you.

In this instance, we see an exemplary fade design that utilizes the natural curvature of the scale to create this design that flows like music visualized.

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Where Did The Temple Go?
@ virgiltb

Where Did The Temple Go?

This is a prime cool hairstyle with almost everything, fades, shaved slits, dye, and what else one could ask for? The temple is sleek faded with a shaved slit. That’s not it, the sides are undercut tapered with the top being a classic pocky brush up with a very uncommon dye, can it be any funkier?

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Neat Temple Fade with Curly Top
@patty_cuts

Neat Temple Fade with Curly Top

Woah, temple skin faded yet the sides being tapered thin. The thin hair texture makes this hairstyle even better. Moreover, the top is densely curled with line up being short yet sharp. Don’t forget the neckline being all fancy making the tattoo look good.

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Smoking Kills if Ignited
@jasonfiorentino

Smoking Kills if Ignited

Smoking sure kills but mullet never does. Let’s focus on the hairstyle and ignore the rest as the top is slightly wavy with sides being tapered and faded but the volume is dense with mullet being all maintained and long.

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My Temple is Lost
@mozambeak

My Temple is Lost

Temple fade is getting popular these days and one good thing about it is that the fade is quite versatile. This is a very formal, classic gentleman hairstyle with a pompadour and good volume yet the temple fade makes it look even more dapper.

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Modern Temple Fade
@eddie_rtb

Modern Temple Fade

This is a very special blend of classic yet trendy haircuts. The sides are tapered and faded but mostly around the temple and everything else has good thick volume. Moreover, the top is a puffed slicked back with the line up being razor-sharp.

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Temple Fade or Mullet, Both Please
@joshconnollybarber

Temple Fade or Mullet, Both Please

They say mullet is retro but this one proves it wrong, This one has all one can ask for, a brushback top with shaved slit side along with the faded temple. All of this with a straight and slightly curled mullet. This whole look can work for a party yet a formal situation.

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Have You Seen My Temple?
@joshconnollybarber

Have You Seen My Temple?

This what casual at its peak with a pinch of bling looks like, the overall texture is short and curly yet it is full of life with the dye and the gloss. That being said, the temple is faded with a very low fade. Lastly, the neckline is very peculiarly done, all these details make it look the perfect style.

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Afro Temple Fade with Faded Sides
@seuelias

Afro Temple Fade with Faded Sides

Can afro hair be any better? Here’s a classic example having a dense top with sides being totally tapered and mid faded. The line up is short yet sharp as a knife and it doesn’t stop there. The mustache makes it just perfect and makes it whole.

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Curled Top with Vanished Temple
@rpb_nq

Curled Top with Vanished Temple

Dense curls and keeping the whole vibe casual is the best thing to do. The top is curled with some hair products to keep it look wet. That’s not it, the temple fade makes it just trendy and sides being tapered makes to the most focused part.

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Faded Line Up with Chill Toss Hair
@calebthebarber

Faded Line Up with Chill Toss Hair

Here we see that the mullet is taking baby steps. That plus the top is quite tossed while it is also very low-key. All of that with that cheeky temple fade for that hippie touch to it. Not to mention the beard peaking is what balances the face.

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Afro Temple Fade with Sharp Line Up
@seuelias

Afro Temple Fade with Sharp Line Up

Volume and how it is controlled are two things to note in this style. The top is a high-volume shag with sides being tapered with low temple fade with blend into the beard. This makes a cool afro shag to rock with a beard.

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Temple Faded Beard Blend
@ the_bloody_butcher

Temple Faded Beard Blend

The OG thug look right here. The top and sides are combed with some product for that teeth trace that pulls such a finesse look. The sides are tapered for finer volume as the tattoos need to show off right?

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Puffy Pompadour with Temple Fade
@alan_beak

Puffy Pompadour with Temple Fade

Temple fade doesn’t always have to scream itself like it is done in here. The pompadour is the one that stands out pretty well but the temple fade is something that supports the look quite well.

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Neatest Temple Fade with Short Brush Up
@barberinspirations

Neatest Temple Fade with Short Brush Up

Temple fade really makes a difference in creating a neat space for the cut. It can elevate a simple cut into something elegant just like this one. the top ain’t flashy at all, just a short brush up but the temple fade brings out the best of it too.

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Wavy Twirled Top with Dyed Temple Fade
@barberinspirations

Wavy Twirled Top with Dyed Temple Fade

The volume is the key here, those semi curls are just perfect to induce fluff while still not being too crazy. The sides are tapered and then the temple faded for maximum clean outlook. One can hardly go wrong with this look.

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Undercut Temple Fade Mullet
@blackriverbarbershop

Undercut Temple Fade Mullet

We don’t come across such a wonder of a haircut every other day. This one is quite fancy with a mullet and a sharp lineup. The top is brushed back with a thin hair texture but the back is quite thick with pocky textured hair.

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Sneaky Undercut Temple Fade
@cresswellbarberco

Sneaky Undercut Temple Fade

One of the most unusual temple fades out here with a heavy undercut is something that we didn’t see quite often. The top and sides are thick wavy with dense stubble all around for that balanced look.

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Retro Offset Middle Part
@thebarbercole

Retro Offset Middle Part

The sides here are quite longes with that offset side part which is inclined towards the middle which makes this one quite unique. The drop fade on the side is supported by the temple fade that clearly makes this style very neat!

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Dark Afro Blob with Neat Temple Fade
@tmcuts

Dark Afro Blob with Neat Temple Fade

Is that you Drake? The look is very minimal but no less on style. The buzz cut all around is quite neat yet very classy. The Temple Fade adds just enough panache to get it off the ground with that mustache and chin beard blend is the tone quite well.

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Curly Top with Tapered Sides and Temple Fade
@adribarbeiro

Curly Top with Tapered Sides and Temple Fade

Curly top is the new trend with sides being tapered are quite fun. The fun doesn’t stop here especially the temple fade makes everything one notch cleaner. The chin beard with a mustache makes life easier with a hidden undercut.

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The Perfect Temple Fade
@ john_thewhitebox

The Perfect Temple Fade

The curled top is quite a lottery and especially with short curled hair texture is perfect. The sides have tapered a tad with the top a little longer. The temple fade here is minimal but so is the whole approach.

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Temple Faded French Crop
@z_ramsey

Temple Faded French Crop

Temple Fade has the ability to take a look very neat and elevate the top. The pocky texture on top makes everything quite neat with french crop adds panache to the look making it trendy.

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Fluffed Pompadour with Temple Fade
@menspireacademy

Fluffed Pompadour with Temple Fade

Temple fade really helps to amplify the top and sides just as in this hairstyle. The top is side brushed and with a fluffed pompadour it looks marvelous. The sides are tapered for a cleaner look.