Modern and stylish, the skin fade haircut for men has become very popular in the last few years. Also known as the bald fade or zero fade haircut, this trendy men’s hairstyle comes in a variety of forms, including the high, mid, and low skin fade. Similarly, guys can combine the cut with a side part, quiff, comb over, pompadour or faux hawk for a cool style.

With classic shaved sides all around and a long top, the bald fade haircut is easy to get at your local barbershop and low-maintenance to keep. The incredible contrast between the top and faded sides makes the men’s skin fade one of our favorite cuts. Learn more about the bald taper fade hairstyle to find out if it’s the best haircut for you!

Skin Fade Haircut

What Is The Skin Fade Haircut?

The skin fade cut involves long hair on top of the head, which gradually becomes shorter as it moves towards the neck. The ‘fade’ effect is given by the gradually shorter hair length, and the overall look is a top-heavy hairstyle similar to favorites such as the undercut or the pompadour. Instead of having a consistent, regular hair length all over the head, the men’s skin fade haircut allows more variation with a sleek fade into the neck all around.

Variations on the bald fade mainly involve where the taper starts and the different lengths of hair, both on the top and around the sides. A low skin fade haircut can look more professional, while a mid to high skin fade looks sporty and more practical. Some hairstyles involving the skin fade also use techniques such as the disconnect to add emphasis and make the haircut more of a fashion statement.

High Skin Fade with Textured Comb Over

How To Get A Skin Fade

Getting a skin fade haircut should be a simple process with a good barber. The technical part of the process is the gradual buzzing of the sides using a hair clipper, so having an experience barber and a specific idea of how you want this done will help.

There are a few things you can do to make the style easier for your stylist to create. For a good contrast between the fade and the longer hair on top, about 2-3 inches of hair length is ideal. Otherwise, the most important thing to keep in mind for the bald fade is how quickly you want to fade – high, low or mid. Remember, at the bottom of the taper, your hair will be shaved.

High Skin Fade

Some want a low skin fade that only just fades at the bottom of the hair (just above the ear), and is understated for the rest of the head. Other guys prefer a high skin fade that leaves no hair on the sides. The choice largely comes down to individual preference, but bringing along a photo of the kind of bald fade you are aiming for will help your barber get the style right.

Low Skin Fade with Beard

How To Style A Skin Fade  

The skin fade is one of the best and coolest men’s hairstyles now, and styling it can enhance the look. Although you won’t be styling the bald fade haircut itself, there are many different hairstyles that go with the cut. For example, a voluminous quiff can make the look retro and natural, while a slicked back skin fade looks sharp and edgy. Personal style determines which look you choose, but the bald fade is versatile enough to wear to a range of occasions.

Disconnected Skin Undercut with Mohawk

Skin Fade Side Part

For a simple yet refined, classic look, the skin fade side part is a good choice. All you need to create this style is a comb and some light product with hold such as pomade, wax, or putty. To add even more hold and volume, blow your hair to the side with a hairdryer.

To style the side part fade, start with clean, towel-dried hair. Apply product and comb through your hair to evenly distribute. Then find the natural part in your hair and run your comb through, combing one side over to create the divide. Finally, comb each side over and add any extra styling or waves as finishing touches.

Skin Fade Side Part

Faded Pompadour

If you’ve opted for slightly longer hair on top, the pompadour skin fade is a great option for you. By adding height to the front of the hair in this 50s-inspired style, your hair will look voluminous and thick.

To style a faded pompadour, towel-dry your hair until damp. Rub pomade between your hands to heat, and apply to your hair evenly. Then start blow drying your hair while running your comb up and back through the front. Use the comb or your fingers to style the details for a modern pompadour.

High Skin Fade Pompadour

Skin Fade Quiff

Similar in style to the pompadour, the quiff is a beautiful hairstyle for the guy who can pull it off. You’ll want at least 2 to 3 inches of hair on top of your head before executing the style, as the length of the hair is what gives the quiff its height.

In terms of styling, the skin fade quiff is essentially the same as the pompadour. Instead of using a comb, you might want to use a bristle brush in order to give your hair more volume, texture and a natural look. Strong-hold pomade may be necessary to maintain the height of the quiff for a long time, but with maintenance throughout the day, it can stay impressive and tall.

High Skin Fade Quiff

Slicked Back Hair

A slicked back fade produces a look that is both trendy and casual. Whether it’s a party or first date, the high skin fade slick back can appear formal or easy-going with some simple styling.

The slick back fade haircut is easy to get and style, requiring just some pomade and a comb. Simply comb your hair straight back, and add the product to keep it in that style. For a more textured look, you can run a bristle brush over the top or simply use your hand to disrupt the comb strokes, but keeping it clean will look stylish too.

Slick Back Fade

Best Skin Fade Haircuts

Skin fade styles are numerous, and looking at pictures of the best bald faded hairstyles will help you make your decision. Many celebrities and models have sported the cut, making the skin fade a hot men’s hair trend now. Check out our collection of low vs. high vs. mid skin fade haircuts to find your favorite style, and remember to save or bookmark the picture to take with you to the barbershop.

Low Skin Fade with Shape Up and Long Comb Over

Low Skin Fade with Shape Up and Long Comb Over

Slicked Back Hair with High Skin Fade

Slicked Back High Skin Fade

Spiked Hair with High Skin Fade

Spiked Hair with High Skin Fade

Side Part with Mid Skin Fade

Side Part with Mid Skin Fade

Mid Skin Fade and Line Up with Short Curly Hair

Mid Skin Fade and Line Up with Short Curly Hair

Low Skin Fade with Brush Up

Low Skin Fade with Brush Up

High Skin Fade with Comb Over and Hard Part

High Skin Fade with Comb Over and Hard Part

High Skin Fade with Edge Up and Brushed Back Hair

High Skin Fade with Edge Up and Brushed Back Hair

Faux Hawk with High Skin Fade with Shape Up

High Skin Fade with Shape Up and Faux Hawk

Low Skin Fade with Hair Design and Quiff

Low Skin Fade with Hair Design and Quiff

Mid Skin Fade with Modern Pompadour

Mid Skin Fade with Modern Pompadour

Long Textured Slick Back with Low Skin Fade

Long Textured Slick Back with Low Skin Fade

Skin Fade with Hard Part Comb Over and Beard

Skin Fade with Hard Part Comb Over and Beard

Low Skin Fade with Long Hair on Top

Low Skin Fade with Long Hair on Top