A fade is more than just an accessory you add on like a watch or a nice pair of boots. A fade dictates the boundaries of your hair, extenuates the details you want and softens the ones you’d rather not showcase on an open stage down to a whisper.

These next photos present some of the more recent ways that you can style a fade to bring out your style’s full potential.

Lineup and Low Fade
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Lineup and Low Fade

If your hairstyle has got a lot going on, then the low fade might well be your weapon of choice. In a low fade, the sides will taper down more towards the bottom, drawing attention evenly across your entire look, and giving you that special aura from a distance.

Sharp Mid Fade with Thick Top
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Sharp Mid Fade with Thick Top

The mid fade brings our focus as we observe more towards the top, emphasizing the hairstyle above the temples. As a result, you can create a modest contrast between the bottom and top of your look.

This look really lends itself well to accessories such as sunglasses, earrings, and in the age of Flashdance…. headbands!

Designer Faded Lines
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Designer Faded Lines

Fade lines are a popular tool at the moment for turning your into a work of living, breathing art. Although they’re been popular for a number of years, in more recent times we’ve begun to see them in runway shows and fashion exhibitions.

They’ve also been found amongst the Hollywood elite with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Curtis Jackson.

Line Up and Thick Pomp
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Line Up and Medium Fade

A line up in the world of fashion is not when a bunch of suspects get in front of a reflective glass panel to be scrutinized by LA’s finest. In the world of hair, a line up is to create a sharp transition boundary between an area of full-bodied hair and a place without.

Blonde and Brown High Fade
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Blonde and Brown High Fade

A contrast of shades and a contrast of fades; here we see the sharpest the two can be, sun-bleached from the summer of ’69. Whether you ask for a bald fade or a high taper from your barber, both pair well with this look.

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Designer Faded Beard and Pompadour
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Designer Faded Beard and Pompadour

As we see with this look, fades are not only restricted to the top and can be applied to beards as well. Although more of a fringe design, sometimes being bold and trying new ideas styles can lead to a fantastic, truly original look.

Always be a trendsetter, and you see your ideas immortalized in the iconic look that defines a decade; The ultimate form of flattery is an imitation.

Casual Brush Up with Low Fade
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Casual Brush Up with Low Fade

The brush-up look is a look that’s primary objective is to turn heads. That being said, if you are looking for a more subtle, toned-down version then this shorter variation might be the one for you.

Balanced nicely with a mid-fade, it projects the same feeling, just a bit more casual.

Side-Brushed Long Top and Medium Fade
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Side-Brushed Long Top and Medium Fade

Having your hair styled in a side-swept manner gives you control when it comes to showing off your best side.

The eye (and by extension camera lens) naturally will focus on the side where the hair is brushed up. And for those of you who don’t want to overemphasize the top, stick with a low to medium fade, as we can see in this example.

Ashy Dye with Faded Hardline Design
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Ashy Dye with Faded Hardline Design

A sharp hardline etched into the sides is one thing, but by harboring two you have definitely graduated into the world of the professional fashionista.

The ashy highlights, meaning highlights that incorporate cooler colors, match the skin tone in this photo while the uncolored portions match the facial hair, creating an interesting balance of this two-tone look.

High Fade and Designer Beard
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High Fade and Designer Beard

This next style is a way to showboat your barber’s skills, showing off that he sculpts a man’s beard as well as he styles the top.

He’s Michaelangelo with the scissors and Donatello with the clippers. I’d recommend googling both of those names if you think I’m just talking about turtles in a half shell.

Wavy Vertical Hairstyle with High Fade
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Wavy Vertical Hairstyle with High Fade

The high fade notoriously is famous for throwing your eyes straight to the top of the hair, much like a climber scaling a mountain.

It’s great for making a style with volume look even more volumetric, creating the appearance of an extra one to two inches of volume. Great for squeezing out every last bit of height out of your look.

Loose Curls and Burst Fade
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Loose Curls and Burst Fade

A burst fade is when the fade line follows the curve of your skull; it tapers around the ear line and down the back of your head. This is great for following the direction of a mohawk or fro-hawk, but generally, you can use it on any hairstyle you’d like as we can see in this fine example.

Textured Thin Spikes
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Textured Thin Spikes and High Fade

Back in the mid-’90s, the promotion of more mainstream punk and alternative rock gave rise to the short, spiked hair look.

It’s almost 2020 and spiking your hair as well as the punchbowl is still in, only the spikes are longer and the fade is much higher. Sorry, Bryan Holland.

Subtle Top Highlights and Medium Fade
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Subtle Top Highlights and Medium Fade

If your hair has a lot of volume, a mid-fade is a good way to balance the focus of your look across your entire head while still maintaining that the star of the show is the top.

The subtle highlights here give the hair a natural look that, when done right, blend completely into your natural hair color.

Line Up and Drop Fade ‘Fro
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Line Up and Drop Fade 'Fro

Like was stated before, if you see more than a single, deliberate hardline then you know you are looking at someone who’s on a first-name basis with their stylist; A true hairstyle connoisseur.

Here we see a high temple fade with a line-up marking the end of the skin fade. A line-up is a way to get an even cleaner look, by creating an artificial line instead of allowing the hair’s natural lines to dictate the ends.

Messy Side-Comb and Taper Fade
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Messy Side-Comb and Taper Fade

The clean-cut, side-comb look was a style that ushered in a new era of corporate America(at least in the US.) Fan’s of the series Mad Men will recall Don Draper’s icon 50’s hairstyle.

Flash forward to today, and a not so clean-cut variation of this style adds a mixture of retro classic and nouveau avant-garde.

Temple Fade and Brush Back
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Temple Fade and Brush Back

Slick back hair, thanks to a number of iconic historical figures and Hollywood films have become the epitome of the tough, business-minded individual.

Andy Garcia in Oceans 11, Robert De Niro in Goodfellas, and Michael Douglas in Wall Street are some of the best examples of why we this very fashionable look and process it in the manner in which we do.

Adding a temple fade helps to take this style out of the 1980s and make it yours.

Neat Low Volume Top with Taper Fade
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Neat Low Volume Top with Taper Fade

If you find that the very idea of being able to count all the hairs on your head is becoming more and more of an achievable feat, then you may want to consider a low volume top.

Flatter, less volumetric hair is a great look if you are experiencing hair loss as it makes hair loss a lot less noticeable. Add a taper fade for an even cleaner, more professional look.

Subtle Taper Temple with Curly Long Strands
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Subtle Taper Temple with Curly Long Strands

Let’s say you happen to be blessed with long, flowing hair and would like to know how to keep it out of your face without having to cut it off then this next fade might be the secret weapon you need in your arsenal.

This temple fade ensures that the hair is pushed back just enough to stay out of your way while allowing it to freely flow and twist in the wind to its heart’s content.

Thin Haired Brush Up with Faded Temple
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Thin Haired Brush Up with Faded Temple

The brush-up look is a look that many racers and bad boy types like to sport, even as far back as the 1950s with James Dean in rebel without a cause.

It takes work to maintain and generous amounts of hair gel for most, but if you can pull it off its a very stylish, masculine look. The mid-fade is the perfect way to balance the focus between the top and the sides.

Long Stranded Top with Taper Fade
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Long Stranded Top with Taper Fade

This one style has the “I woke up like this” feel to it yet the taper fade takes the crown. Exquisitely executed technique.

Designer Drop Fade and Beard
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Designer Drop Fade and Beard

Alright, this style isn’t for just everyone. With the designer drop fade and the highlighted front, plus the styling…let’s just say that this hairstyle might as well easily wear you instead of you it.  It sure looks wild!

Fine Taper Fade with Clipped Temple
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Fine Taper Fade with Clipped Temple

This undercut fade, a temple fade looks super cool when paired with these, albeit dyed, strikes of gray. Who says you have to wait to see yourself as a gray fox?

Elegant High Fade with Tapered Line Up
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Elegant High Fade with Tapered Line Up

The composition here of the style stays pretty conservative in terms of the kind of fade it’s going for, but if you turn your head just a little, you’ll see the two sharply shaved strikes.

Shaving the beard in this manner also plays an important role in completing the look. Check out how its lines follow and complete the fade’s path.

Crisp Undercut with Brush Up Top
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Crisp Undercut with Brush Up Top

Brush up and brush down! This is a pretty awesome way of styling an otherwise pretty standard hairstyles nowadays.

The shaved hardline adds another dimension to it by separating this amazing medium skin fade.

Casual Taper with Brush Up Top
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Casual Taper with Brush Up Top

The taper is like the fade’s more conservative cousin for the most part. A lot of people like to connect the hairline with the beard by fading it in together.

Wavy Pompadour with Drop Mid Fade
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Wavy Pompadour with Drop Mid Fade

A pompadour, especially cut this length can become the perfect pairing for almost anything! The way this close cut drop fade goes around is perfect.

Very Stealthy Temple Drop Fade
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Very Stealthy Temple Drop Fade

Placed higher up, this kind of drop fade can seamlessly integrate with a shorter chop up top. Works really great with this short-fringe Caesar crop variation. 

Burst Fade and Hard-Angled Beard
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Burst Fade and Hard-Angled Beard

Honestly, this one’s way too clean! What skill! I love how the longer strands of hair perfectly end in a perfectly cut line and merge into the fade.

The beard is also another level of skill. Given it’s hard to always maintain it this way but it’s definitely easy to give it the love and care it deserves if it’s looking like this.

Medium Fade and Tapered Top Crop
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Medium Fade and Tapered Top Crop

With thinner hair like this, a taper can absolutely get some movement action in there. Medium hair always makes a bigger eye impression when it’s working with a shorter skin-fade.

Temple Fade and Rainbow Top
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Temple Fade and Rainbow Top

Did you know that you can also ask for a faded rainbow dye? Double fade action incoming! Super cool way to pair your fade of choice if you’re thinking of going with a style that’s more ‘out there’.

Temple Fade and Front Brush Up
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Temple Fade and Front Brush Up

The front brush up manages to look like a super cool wave at the top. The great part about it is you can decide who big the wave becomes by how long you wanna leave it to grow. The fade’s ability to match anything will help a lot.

French Messy and Skin Fade
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French Messy and Skin Fade

Newer forms of the french crop have been taken place all over, and I’m here for it. You can overhaul it and get something pretty exciting like this messy texture and the perfectly smooth skin fade.  

Short Crop and Medium Fade
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Short Crop and Medium Fade

This medium fade also hits the temples shaping them down along with it. A straightforward crop with wavy hair becomes a super low-maintenance way of staying fly.

Short Crop and Burst Fade
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Short Crop and Burst Fade

If you’ve got a thing for defined lines, this hard angle line up is for you. Pair it with a super smooth fade and you’ll feel as satisfied with it as is it satisfactory to look at for everyone with an eye for haircuts.

Caesar and Temple Fade
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Caesar and Temple Fade

Straight hair is always benefited by adding a little bit of texture to it, just as they’ve done here with the Caesar. A choppy short fringe keeps everything under control and out of your eyesight.

Burst Fade and Curls
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Burst Fade and Curls

Curls look extremely cool if cut into a faux-hawk or a drop fade like they do here.

It’s true you have to consider the amount of volume you want to deal with in order to choose a length but leaving it shorter in the back is done quite often for this hairstyle.

Balayage and Temple Fade
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Balayage and Temple Fade

The balayage technique is great if you’ve got longer hair, just because the stylist has more room to work with. That’s why it’s such a great idea to follow with a shorter kind of fade like the temple fade.

Drop Fade and Modern Regulation
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Drop Fade and Modern Regulation

Everything about this style screams CONTRAST to me. Starting from the way this drop fade’s executed to the almost long regulation crop styling done with the hair parting.

Burst Fade and Curly Top
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Burst Fade and Curly Top

A shaved line design here is the finishing touch for this very disconnected undercut. If you have tight curly hair, the best thing you can do go get a similar texture is to comb your curls!

High Fade and Disconnected Part
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High Fade and Disconnected Part

Keeping things pretty fresh and hustle free might be just the right way to go for you! Check out this high fade and the way it just sits right with this kind of part styling!

Medium Fade and Heavy Waves
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Medium Fade and Heavy Waves

These heavy waves are giving me all the correct vibes! Love to see thick hair properly styled and with a thin hard part like that the medium fade can be properly appreciated.

High Fade and High Volume Brush Back
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High Fade and High Volume Brush Back

This is a pretty neat high fade! With a fade you’ll want consistency and this hairstyle is all about it.

Classic Brush Up and Burst High Fade
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Classic Brush Up and Burst High Fade

Burst high fades can be super fun to pair with almost any crop on the top. In this case with the brush-up and texture the fade has elevated the look.

Pointy Drop Fade and Medium Crop
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Pointy Drop Fade and Medium Crop

Drop fades can vary in the ways you choose to drop it (see what I did there?) and in this case the ‘pointy’ V shape goes in accordance with the type of styling done here.

See how there’s sort of a ducktail situation happening in the back? Getting those shapes right!

Burst Fade and Blow Back
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Burst Fade and Blow-Back

The blow-back hairstyle can be as dramatic as you want it to be as long as you have the hair length and hairspray to support it!