Taper fade haircuts are all the rage nowadays, and it is easy to see why. The hairstyle is versatile, edgy and seemingly timeless as there is always a new version or variation to keep things fresh. There are hundreds of different ways you can fade your hair for a stylish finish. Here, we will focus on the most unique taper fade hairstyles you will ever come across.
1. Buzz Cut Fade
A buzz cut may look neat on its own but to some, it may be a bit too basic. A taper fade can go a long way to make what is considered a boring look into a trendy haircut. In this example, the trim is short and neat on the top and the taper starts out on the sides towards the edge of the hairline, ending close to the hairline in a bald skin fade. The back of the head has also been given a slight taper to make the outline clearer.
2. Classic Side Swept Taper Fade Haircuts
Longer hair looks even better when given a slight fade towards the edges. Furthermore, you can still style the hair on the crown in whatever fashion and top it off with a sleek fade on the sides. This hairstyle features elements of the classic side swept hairstyle at the top with a razor fade at the sides that tapers nicely into the sideburns and rugged beard. The razor fade is also applied to the back for a nice, uniform look.
3. Curly Top Taper Fade Haircuts
Whether you are one of the lucky few with naturally curly hair or you’ve had to have a little tweaking done to get that look, a curly top looks sharper when accentuated with a nice fade. This tangled mess of black curls looks very prominent because of the sharp razor fade down the sides. The appeal of the look is how the messy hair on top contrasts with the disciplined fade down the sides towards the groomed sideburns and beard. It is a sizzling look, once you are able to pull it off nicely.
4. Hard-Parted Bald Fade
A parted side sweep will never lose its appeal, especially if the parting line is visible and distinct. This look could be a winner by itself but when a fade is thrown into the mix, you have yourself something to be proud of. The parted side sweep is neat, the line neater. However, the fade is exquisite, starting just below the parting cut and gently tapering into a sleek bald fade. This haircut is an open display of sheer skill on the barber’s part.
5. Taper Fade Afro
This hairstyle slightly deviates from the common kinky haired fade with a top that is more prominent and a slightly recessive fade. However, the low fade accentuates the curly top even more and gives the hairline a better outline than a simple cut would.
6. Low Taper Fade with Beard Disconnect
There is nothing like a good contrast to really make a haircut pop. This edgy fade uses a disconnect to enhance the extent of the taper down the sides. The full-haired top is thick and wavy with the taper starting out at the sides and fading into the skin about an inch from the ear. The bald fade leaves the sideburn and beard looking distinct and separate, making the look very unique.
7. Low Taper Fade Cut
If you are looking for something a bit more subtle, a slight low fade just on the edge of the hairline can spice things up a lot. The hair is largely untouched towards the top but down the sides, a slight taper begins and fades gently towards the hairline, giving it a more distinct outline.
8. Vintage Slick Back with High Taper Fade
The long hair on the top is styled in the classic comb-over slick-back design. The fade starts high, nearly at the crown and comes down heavily towards the temple where it ends in a skin fade. Towards the back, the taper is the same, ending in a gradual skin fade at the hairline.
9. Highlighted Locks with Taper Fade
Tapered sides on a thick-haired crown make the head shapelier and also accentuate the hairstyle you have on top. This flashy hair on the top fades down in a sleek razor tape up down the sides and into the sideburns and groomed beard.
10. Classic Slicked Back Hairstyle with Low Fade
A vintage and a gentleman’s favorite, a well slicked-back top really brings out the dapper in any look. Add to that a low hairline fade that is just enough to outline the sleek hairstyle and it becomes one sharp look.
11. Comb Over Haircut with Razor Fade
This edgy hairstyle incorporates a medium length to a voluminous top combed over to one side with a precise fade down the back and sides. The sharp razor fade gradually tapers as it edges towards the hairline with fine consistency before finally fading out into skin at the edge of the hairline. You could allow comb outlines for added design.
12. Rugged Men’s Taper Fade Haircut
This haircut takes on a more rugged appearance as the tapering of the sides is not as fine or consistent as most. The rugged, spiky top reduces in volume towards the edges while maintaining its spiky appearance. Towards the edges, however, the fade becomes more prominent.
13. Spiky High Top with High Taper Fade
The hair on the crown is long and spiky with a good volume. The sides feature a consistent taper fade that gradually tapers into a bald fade towards the temple and the back to give the voluminous hair at the top a better outline.