hairstyle trends Should You Get a Low Fade or High Fade Haircut?

Find out exactly what to ask for at your next barber appointment.

November 11, 2022
Low Fade Vs High Fade Haircuts


When it’s time to head to the barbershop, fades are always a popular pick. Considered to be one of the most popular haircuts for men, this style allows you to show off your hair, and in some cases, highlight your texture. However, the age-old low fade versus high fade debate does complicate this choice, especially when you consider the fact that many don’t even know what the difference is between the two. 


Luckily, there is a way to know which one you should choose. Below, we’re explaining the differences between a low fade and high fade so you can decide which cut suits your hairstyle needs.

What’s the Difference Between a Low Fade and High Fade?

Like all fade haircuts, low fades gradually shift from one length to the next. It tapers just above the ear and transitions through the hairline for the right amount of edge. Since this cut has low sides, it’s perfect for those who like to make their longer length the star of their look.

Similar to low fades, high fades sport short lengths along the back and sides of the head. The key difference that gives this cut its name is that the fade typically starts around your temples or forehead, and then gradually tapers off for a more dramatic look. That’s why high fades are a great pick for those who want a bolder look.

What Type of Fade Should You Get? 

As with most beauty-related subjects, it all comes down to preference. If you’re working with a lot of length, the low fade may be just what you need. This haircut is an excellent choice for men who want to switch up their look without a dramatic change. It also allows you to work with more hair at the top so that you can experiment with a wider range of hairstyles. Additionally, if you’re trying to stretch the time between your haircuts, a low fade will grow out seamlessly.

A mid fade serves as a happy medium between a low fade and a high fade. Known as a well-rounded haircut, this style gives you the best of both worlds: length to play with and faded sides for a trendy touch. Since it’s super easy to maintain, this cut is a must for anyone who lives for minimal styling.

For men who love bold haircuts and styles, a high fade or high taper fade will make a statement without turning hairstyling into a hassle. It also plays well with fine hair types to give your mane a thicker and fuller appearance.

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Edited by: Témi Adebowale and Sophie Dweck, Photo Credit: Bryant Gutierrez of Gutier Studio IG/@b.gutier