The mid fade haircut has been growing in popularity around the world. Also known as a medium fade, the men’s mid fade starts halfway up the sides and back, resulting in a faded hairstyle that is a balance between the low and high fade. Because the mid taper fade offers a more gradual blending of the hair, it’s perfect for men who want modern yet professional cuts and styles.

Plus, guys can combine the mid fade with different types of fades to create the mid bald fade, mid fade undercut, or mid zero fade. Remember that you can always tailor your medium fade haircut by asking your barber to use different clipper numbers to control how quickly you fade the sides and how short you cut the hair. While a taper will leave very short hair near the hairline, a skin fade will blend your sides, back and neck into your skin.

Whether you want to pair the mid fade with short, medium, or long hair on top, there are many ways to style this haircut for men. With countless cool men’s hairstyles to choose from, here are examples of the best mid fade haircuts!

Mid Fade Haircuts

Best Mid Fade Haircuts

The mid fade is versatile, classy, and easy to get. This faded cut can be combined with short haircuts like the crew cut, buzz cut, French crop, or fringe for an awesome textured finish.

Short Mid Fade Haircut

Similarly, guys can have the mid fade haircut added to a medium-length or long hairstyle like the quiff, pompadour, slick back, faux hawk, or comb over.

Mid Fade Haircut + Thick Textured Spiky Hair on Top

Further, mid fade haircuts work well with all hair types, including thick, thin, wavy and curly hair. Guys with thicker hair should definitely cut their backs and sides short with a mid bald fade to create the contrast necessary to focus the eyes on the styling on top.

Best Medium Fade Hairstyles For Men - Short Faded Sides + Line Up + Thick Textured Hair on Top + Long Beard

In the end, the mid fade cut fits in perfectly with the best short sides, long top hairstyles. Check out these awesome medium fades for inspiration before your next barbershop haircut!

Mid Taper Fade

Mid Taper Fade

The mid taper fade haircut is one of the most timeless, clean-cut styles for men. Unlike the low fade, which can leave too much hair on the sides, or the high fade, which can expose too much scalp, the mid taper is great for casual and formal situations, especially working professionals. Pictured above, you’ll find a fresh medium taper fade with a line up and thick brushed back hair.

Men’s Medium Fade

Men's Medium Fade Haircut

If you’re having a hard time picking the high vs low fade, then the men’s medium fade haircut may be the right choice for you. Here, you’ll see a bald medium fade with a shape up.

The short to medium-length hair on top is then brushed over to one side to create the perfect comb over. While a medium fade comb over remains a stylish look, this haircut is also versatile enough to style a number of other medium fade, long top hairstyles.

Mid Bald Fade

Mid Bald Fade

Telling your barber you want a mid bald fade means you want your sides shaved all the way down to the skin. The bald fade is a high-contrast, edgy haircut that looks good with many of the top men’s hairstyles.

For example, guys can ask for a bald fade with 3 on top to get a high and tight fade, buzz cut or French crop. Similarly, you can leave your hair longer to style a quiff, comb over, slick back, or spiked look.

Mid Fade + Long Top

Mid Fade + Long Top

This mid fade with long hair on top is the exact example we were describing above. Since medium-length and long hairstyles have been trending, pairing a mid fade or even skin fade on the sides with longer hair on top will allow you to style some cool hairstyles. This faded cut, shape up, and thick textured spiky hair is modern and fashionable.

Mid Fade + Short Hair

Mid Fade + Short Hair

The best fades can be added to any haircut or length of hair. This mid fade with short hair offers a clean taper with a thick, textured hairstyle. Brushed up and back, this short pompadour is trendy and sophisticated. While the short sides, long top trend continues to dominate, guys always have the option of short hairstyles. A mid fade with short hair on top will never go out-of-style.

Mid Top Fade

Mid Top Fade

This mid top fade haircut looks great from every angle. With flawless fading of the sides and back, a sweet edge up, and thick brushed back hair on top, this stylish men’s hairstyle is a barbershop favorite for good reason. The shiny finish is certainly the result of a high-quality pomade that will enhance volume and won’t weigh down hair.

Mid Low Fade

Mid Low Fade

The mid low fade is a popular haircut for men. Styled with a hard part comb over, line up, and sides cut down the skin, mid low fade haircuts are flexible enough to accommodate all the hottest hairstyles. Plus, the razor fade adds a fresh touch.

Mid Fade Undercut

Mid Fade Undercut

The mid fade undercut is a cool combination of the two best ways to cut a guy’s hair on the sides and back. This medium fade undercut is trimmed extremely short with long hair on top. This hairstyle pulls your hair forward to create a fringe in the front, with some of the bangs falling off the side of the forehead. For men into experimenting with different cuts and styles, this look is worth a shot. After all, women love guys with fashionable hair.

Mid Fade Comb Over

Mid Fade Comb Over

This mid fade comb over offers a classy update to the retro hairstyle. This comb over haircut features a hard part and swept back front for a structured finish. For an elegant, smart style, check out the comb over fade and side part hairstyles.

Mid Fade Hairstyle

Mid Fade Hairstyles - Mid Bald Fade + Textured Spikes + Hard Part

The medium fade can provide you with numerous sexy hairstyles. Fade haircuts work well with all types of styles, including this short quiff. The mid level fade on the sides also gives you the option to add a hard part. Ultimately, the short tapered sides draw attention to the chic styling on top.

Mid Skin Fade

Mid Skin Fade

This mid skin fade might be considered rebellious and hot when combined with a line design and tattoo. To complete the bad boy look, the faux hawk fade is styled naturally for maximum volume and flow.

Mid Zero Fade

Mid Zero Fade

As the name suggests, the mid zero fade results in shaved sides. Also known as a razor fade, these types of haircuts are great at exposing hidden neck and face tattoos. And from the back, this brushed back hairstyle looks even better with a shaved part on one side.

Mid Fade Pompadour

Mid Fade Pompadour

This mid fade pompadour is a mix of side part and pomp. With a hard part shaved into the hair, the classic pomp has been transformed into the modern version. Because of its versatility, we recommend the pompadour fade for any guy who can pull it off.

Mid Level Fade

Mid Level Fade

Short haircuts look best with even shorter sides. A bald fade can create contrast even when there is little hair on top. This French crop with spiky fringe and thick beard delivers a rugged finished look.

Curly Hair Top + Mid Fade

Curly Hair Top + Mid Fade

While wavy and curly hair on top can be hard to style and difficult to manage, there are still many great curly hairstyles for men. With deep waves and a few short curls, brushing your hair forward with a mid skin fade on the sides results is this very attractive style. Paired with a well-groomed, full beard and you have a great look for your professional and personal life.

0 1 Fade + Quiff

0 1 Fade + Quiff

Figuring out the different haircut numbers can be tricky. It is important to remember that when you ask your barber for a mid fade, you are simply indicating where on the sides and back you want the fading process to start. After that, guys can choose a number 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 fade to decide how short the cut will go.

Mid Drop Fade

Mid Drop Fade

The drop fade is an awesome way to keep things interesting on the sides and back. The mid drop fade starts in the middle of the head, but instead of staying level all the way around, the fade drops as it goes towards the back. What starts out near the temples can end up closer to your neckline in the back.