Haircut Guide for Veterans: What Differentiates a High Fade from a Low Fade?
by Avery Devereaux
Want to rock a fade but you don’t know which type of fade to choose between a low fade and a high fade? This guide will help you get started.
Understanding the Differences between a High Fade and a Low Fade
High fade, mid fade and a low fade are three main variations of fades. However, here we will be looking at the differences between the first and third type of a fade. In the low fade, the hair is faded the shortest around the hairline. In medium fade, the hair fading starts slightly higher. These two fades are also categorized as drop fades since the faded line goes down behind the ear.
When it comes to the high fade, the fade of the hair usually starts slightly higher than the mid-fade, usually near the crown. However, you shouldn’t mistake the high fade with the undercut. In the high fade, the fading of the hair is reduced as it goes down the head. Sometimes, the hair is faded to the skin. Still in the dark? MensHaircuts has explored low fade, mid fade and high fade in depth plus other common fade haircuts rocked by men. Take a look.
High Fade Hairstyle
The high fade cut goes well with a wide range of hair, regardless of whether it is long, medium or short. It starts from almost the top of the head, and the edges are made sharp to give you an edgy finish. Guys looking for a high contrast look can achieve it with the high fade cut.
The fade requires 0-2 clipper size, which makes it blend at a faster rate. The blending gives you a sharp focus on your eyes because of the long hair left at the top.
The high fade cut can also be paired with other fades, such as the skin fade, which you trim the hair downwards until bald.
- Low Fade Haircut
The low fade haircut is ideal for business personnel who want to look professional yet classy. This chic cut starts from the ears, curving around the neck and the hairline. The hair on the top is always kept long since the low fade cut has less contrast.
If you want a more conspicuous look, you can combine your low fade with a bald fade. Other combinations include the quaff, comb over, side part, pompadour, French crop, and faux hawk.
- Mid Fade Haircut
The mid fade haircut does well with all hair sizes. It combines a high fade style and a low fade cut to create a sassy balance.
This cut begins at the middle of the sides and the back going up. It does not matter the type of hair you have, as long as you do it right, it will give you an excellent look.
- Temp Fade Haircut
It is not one of the DIY fades. It requires precision while working on the edges, making it demand a professional barber. It works best for men with curly or kinky hair, which is short. The fade is tapered using clippers around the temples, and it starts with a mid or low fade. Sharp lines are also created around the temples, to give you a clean and irresistible look.
- Skin Fade Haircut
Skin fade focuses on showing some head skin. Men with beards look better in this fade than those without. The facial hair and the top hair are maintained at the same length to create a balanced look. The beard is kept trimmed and given some sharp edges to give you a clean and modern look.
- Bald Fade Haircut
The fade does well with very short hair. It is ideal for men who do not like much hair on their heads and is easy to maintain. The back and the side of your head are faded down, breaking the boredom of a plain look.it can work with all hair types.
- Side Part Fade Haircut
Medium length hair is left in the middle, and a small “part” of hair left on the side. A sharp line is made to separate the two. A fade is made on the sides and the back of the head.
This haircut is best set when wet. It does not have a specific way of styling, giving you a wide range of combining choices.
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