Fade hairstyles first became popular amongst the African-American youth in the late-20th century. In this, the hair is aggressively short at the sides of the head, but relatively longer at the top.
These haircuts emphasize on gradually increasing or decreasing the length of the hair in a sideways direction from the crown. Women can get these haircuts by following similar technique and increasing the length of the hair. But, since it requires minimum maintenance and gives a really masculine look, it is more popular hairstyles amongst men.
A person sporting this hairstyle will get the basic fade look with longer hair at the top of the head and gradual decrease in the length at the back of the head, near the neckline, as well as above and behind the ears. This is a really short haircut with tapered lines across the head.
You can also find several variations in this hairstyle, like asymmetrical taper lines, longer hair at the top of the head, or hair coloring applied in a really unique way with only a few taper lines. You can always get this haircut at home, but since a professional would provide more variety, Going to salon would be better.
This haircut emphasizes on scalp-length shaved hair around the back and sides of the head, that are then combined with blended fade hairstyle. When done properly, it doesn't show any lines as in the tapered fade.
This haircut creates an illusion of thick hair at the crown of the head. If you have straight and wavy hair, you can try this hairstyle. If you are getting the haircut done by a professional, ask him to do a few variations with your original hairline. You can try an oval or heart-shaped hairline, which will give you a different look.
High fade hairstyles, which are also called hi-top fades, were made popular by the hip-hoppers during the golden era of urban contemporary music. These haircuts looked somewhat like the headpieces of ancient Egyptian queens. However, they lacked geometric precision, and hence, faded away with time.
But today, these haircuts are back with an interesting modification. These are called high and tight, or a buzz cut, in short. These are worn by the United States marine cops and the US army. They look really voguish, and extremely masculine at the same time. There are two types of high fade, namely horseshoe flat top and recon fade.
There are a lot of variations that you can try out with the original fade haircut. You can also combine Caesar cut, Ivy league cut, burr cut, and medium fade cut with the typical fade hairstyle. These can also be called a sophisticated and modified version of Mohawks for men.
Fade hairstyles are easy to perform on coarse and extremely straight hair. People with curly hair can also opt for these haircuts if they are comfortable with it.
People with fine and thin hair lack the potential texture which is required for these hairstyles. They do not require much maintenance, unless you have colored them. You can easily style the hair with a little bit of pomade or mousse.