Perhaps the quintessential barber style, the fade is at the same time versatile yet structured, technical yet free-flowing. The fades are a military-inspired group of cuts that came to popularity in the 1950’s and have evolved into a variety of modern interpretations.
The most militaristic of the cuts, the skin fade brings the level of the cut all the way down to the skin level leaving the top as long as you’d like. Precise barbering and a skilled hand will expertly blend the fade with zero trace of a line.
Less dramatic than the skin fade, the taper fade subtly blends hair into a lower grade along the temples and nape of neck.
The fade stays the same, while this style gets its distinction on the top of the head. To achieve this look, grow the hair out on top and create (or cut) a deep side part. Use gel or pomade to sweep the hair up and back on either side of the part. The longer the hair on top, the more dramatic the look. For a more subtle style, keep the hair shorter.
Recent years have seen a comeback of the towering high top fade style. Precision lines and hard angles of the flat top provide a striking juxtaposition to the taper or skin fade.
Film by Jason Harper // Photography by Brandon King & Mari Sheibley // Words by Cassidy Blackwell Models: Justin Walker White, Max Twitty, Chris Scott & Corey Adams