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Trendlooks 2016

Fade Haircuts

Fade Haircuts
Trendy detail: with the fade haircut, the hair is progressively thinned towards the bottom
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How to give classic men’s haircuts a modern touch? Simple, just thin the hair! Fading is in: Fade haircuts, with the sides cut increasingly shorter from top to bottom or shaved, have what it takes for a 2016 men’s hair hit. Presenting the top cuts

A hairstyle with a history! Hair trimmed short, slightly grown out only on the crown – this look was popularised by American GIs in the 1940s and 1950s. The hero’s hair was neatly combed, often parted, very well cared for and extremely well received. This haircut seemed unstoppable until Elvis Presley and the Beatles suddenly took the stage: then the quiff and mop-top quickly outranked the striking military hairstyle. But soon it made its big comeback. In the heyday of hip hop during the eighties and early nineties, the fade haircut was reinvented (as a high flat top, the brush cut) and ultimately became the trademark of a formative subculture.

What about today? The haircut is once again popular among men in 2016. The best thing about that: you neither have to be a soldier nor a hip-hopper to wear it. That is because the cult cut has transformed itself into a true gentleman’s hairstyle. It is the perfect complement to any look. Individually cut, matching the type and style, fade hair can appear classic, cool or extravagant. Another advantage: this trendy haircut appears far less radical than an undercut, since the transitions to the shaved regions are flowing.

We explain what exactly makes this haircut and what the fade variants are:

  • Classic Fade
    The original fade haircut: starting with a classic length of several centimetres at the crown, the hair keeps getting shorter towards the bottom as it quasi fades out. Since more and more scalp shines through as the hair gets shorter, the hair colour also looks lighter towards the neck. That is part of the characteristic fade effect as the hair transitions from long to extra-short. A razor is used to perfectly fade out the hair at the bottom. The classic fade is a modern look that works anywhere and always. But if you want to make a statement, you can put your personal signature on this hairstyle with shaved or coloured patterns in your hair.

    Low Fade
    This version is a touch more subtle than the classic fade. The short section of the low fade starts noticeably further down, the hair transitions from long to short even more subtly. This cut looks especially good with a beard since there are no hard contrasts and lines. The beard and hair on the head appear uniform.

    Scissor Fade
    As the name indicates, the scissor fade is cut only with scissors. Hair trimmers and shavers are not used. Since deep notches and contrasts cannot be made with the scissors, this haircut is less conspicuous and therefore ideal for fade hair beginners.

    Mid Fade
    Masculine and striking: this fading version is most reminiscent of the original look. With the mid fade, the hair is trimmed very short on the sides and at the back of the head. The transition to the top hair, which is left somewhat longer, begins over the ears. Overall this hairstyle appears very accurate and linear, but you nevertheless have some styling leeway. You can for instance form a side parting or style the hair to the back with some gel.

    The fade effect also works with crisp short cuts. Here the fade should not start too low down in order to really bring out the lusty look. Minimalist and masculine!

    High Fade
    The high fade sets itself apart with a striking contrast between the different hair lengths, making it the bolder version of this trendy cut. Longer hair on the crown clearly sets itself apart from the rest of the hair that is buzzed short. Only the lower part of the head is faded with this version, and also shaved at the hairline.

  • Fade Haircuts: The Men’s Hair Hit for 2016

    Classic Fade with Curls

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    Classic Fade with Curls

    Back to the roots: This hairstyle brings the golden era of hip hop back to life with a healthy dose of retro charm. With the dense, long curls on the crown, the classic fade gets a hip upgrade. If you have no natural waves, you can also loosely knead the longer top hair into shape with styling wax

    Low Fade with Side Parting

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    Low Fade with Side Parting

    The cut of the hour also masters the supreme hair styling discipline: understatement. This is where the low fade is especially stylish. Not in the least conservative, thanks to the cool, thinned section of hair at the bottom. With this look, the modern man combs the top hair neatly to the side in a comb-over. True class!

    Scissor Fade with Beard

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    Scissor Fade with Beard

    The most casual of the fade haircuts is perfect for everyone who values flexible hair styling. Since the hair cut using scissors is longer, you are able to continuously reinvent the look with the help of gel, wax or matting clay products. Unbeatable in combination with a neatly trimmed beard

    High Fade with Star Appeal

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    High Fade with Star Appeal

    British pop and R&B singer Zayn Malik enjoys worldwide success with his music. In addition to the charts, love is also in his favour: the heart-throb is currently with Gigi Hadid. How does he do it? A cool haircut can help! Zayn Malik won the top model’s heart with the striking high fade while discarding his little boy image as an ex-boy-band member (One Direction). We find this a perfect transition!