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Burst Fade Haircut

The burst fade haircut is one of the most elegant variations of fades. For this style, the tapered hairline behind the ears follows the natural ear curve pattern, and the hair at the back is longer.


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Ideal Face Shapes: Round, Square, Heart, and Oval

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Ideal Hair Types: All

Styling Tips

  • While styling, keep your hair damp using water, gel, or hair conditioner.
  • Carefully shave the hair around the ears using a trimmer with no guard.
  • If you have a beard, you can pair the burst fade with it to elevate your look.

13 Trendy Burst Fade Haircut Styles You Should Try Out

1. Burst Fade + Straight Hair Mohawk

Burst Fade + Straight Hair Mohawk


As the name suggests, this style has to be executed on straight hair. Both sides of the mohawk are tapered about two or three inches away from the ear in a semi-circular pattern to add the burst fade. The pointy V line at the back adds a nice finish to the style.

Styling Tips:

  • Use a zero-gapped trimmer to trim the portion around your ear.
  • Even out both sides of your hair till they are in a perfect blend.
  • Complement your mohawk burst fade with a line-up to add an extra stylish edge.

2. Two-tone Burst Fade on Curly Hair

Two-tone Burst Fade on Curly Hair

Here's the thing:

Since this is a high burst fade with curls in the mix, taper your hair length two inches higher than the mid burst fade. You'll stand out when you add different tones to your curly hair. It also adds a creative twist while giving a delightful retro feel.

Styling Tips:

  • Choose colors that will richly accentuate your hair type and skin color.
  •  Use texturizers to boost the texture of your curls. 
  • Use anti-frizz creams or curl-enhancing products to keep your curls in place.

3. High Burst Fade

High Burst Fade


For this burst fade, both sides of the hair have to be tapered four to five inches higher than the typical burst fade. This style highlights your facial features and shows a soft curve when viewed from the side. Since the high burst fade will elongate the face, it's better for square, round, or heart-shaped faces.

Styling Tips:

  • You can slick your hair back for a trendy, elevating look.
  • Neatly clip both sides of the hair.
  • If you’re rocking a high top, try a sleek high fade along the sides of your head. 

4. Burst Fade + Side Part

Burst Fade + Side Part

Get this:

The burst fade with a side part is the perfect gentleman's style. It is classy yet relaxed and looks best on thicker hair types. Still it works alright with thin and fine hair and is best suited for square and oval face shapes.

Styling Tips:

  • Use good quality hair spray and pomade.
  • Apply styling products to slightly damp hair. 
  • The burst fade + side part goes great with a clean shave.

5. Buzz Cut + Burst Fade

Buzz Cut + Burst Fade


This is the ultimate low-maintenance hairstyle. To create the buzz cut, shave all hair low and slightly taper both sides towards the back to reveal the burst fade. This style is great for fresh hair starts, hiding gray hair, or simply wanting to show off the aesthetic of your facial features. 

Styling Tips:

  • While shaving, choose a length that best suits your face type.
  • Keep your edges and hairline neat.
  • If your hair is bleached, use hydrating products to keep your hair damp.

6. Burst Fade + Afro with Design

Burst Fade + Afro with Design


Are you tired of going with the usual full afro? Switch things up by adding a burst fade with a design. This hairstyle shows the beauty of textured hair and works great with or without facial hair. Since afro adds height and volume, it works for all face types, but it's better for men with round faces.

Styling Tips:

  • From the ear, taper only a few inches on both sides to emphasize the frohawk.
  • Add a few razor lines for additional visual effects.
  • Try not to overdo the extra design since the afro already screams volume.

7. Burst Fade + Dreads

Burst Fade + Dreads


Dread burst fade haircuts are versatile and exquisite. It is a beautiful style that requires low maintenance. Here, slightly taper both sides to show off the burst fade while adding extra style to the dreadlocks. You can also pair the burst fade cut with a line-up along the forehead and temples.

Styling Tips:

  • Follow your regular dread care routine to maintain the locs.
  • Use wax or styling gel to neaten the edges regularly.
  • To add extra style, use twine or ribbon to pack locs up into a ponytail or updo.

8. Burst Fade with Crop Top

Burst Fade with Crop Top


This is another simple and easy-to-maintain hairstyle. For this burst fade style, taper both sides to match the front hairline, making it more interesting. The trimmed fringe is neatly textured, giving off a sharp and clean look while holding a more natural, relaxed line on the forehead.

Styling Tips:

  • Keep the edges and fade clean on both sides.
  • Use texturizing products to add texture to top hair for extra character.
  • For a casual look, go for a taper instead of the extreme skin fade.

9. Tapered Burst Fade

Tapered Burst Fade

Here's the thing:

The tapered burst fade gives a different style and character than the traditional burst fade. This burst fade style is more subtle than the low, mid, and high burst fade. Hence, it requires skill. Also, this tapering style is sharper, clean-cut, and works for all hair types.

Styling Tips:  

  • Start by trimming a tiny portion around your ear.
  • Add texture to the top hair for more style.
  • Use wax or styling gel to keep the edges neat and sharp.

10. Burst fade + Undercut

Burst fade + Undercut


This style combines a burst fade and a slick undercut. To create this style, you have to trim the sides and back of the hair; the result is a long top and short side hair. The burst fade undercut works well for thick and thin hair. It is also suitable for all face types and excellent with or without facial hair.

Styling Tips:

  • Keep the edges neatly trimmed.
  • Use texturizing products for top hair to make it more stylish.
  • Coif or slick top hair for extra style and character.

11. Mid Burst Fade

Mid Burst Fade

Here's the thing:

The mid burst fade is a balance between the low and high burst fade. For the mid burst fade, taper your hairline two inches higher than the low burst fade. You can also comb out your front hair or slick it sideways for more style.

Styling Tips:

  • Keep the top hair length short.
  • Use wax or styling gel to keep hair in place.
  • Add texture with pomade or texturizing products for more style.

12. Burst Fade + Comb-over

Burst Fade + Comb-over


If clean-cut hairstyles with a mix of trendy elements are your thing, the burst fade comb-over style is perfect for you. To achieve this look, comb the top hair away from the forehead and over to the sides, creating a sophisticated, cool, masculine effect. It’s perfect for formal and informal events. 

Styling Tips:

  • Brush top hair over to the side to keep hair in place.
  • Use pomade or wax to maximize hair volume.
  • Pair with a side part or a trendy hair design to stand out.

13. Burst Fade with Wavy Hair

Burst Fade with Wavy Hair


Waves have an attractive texture and are versatile, pairing well with most face shapes and hair types. As such, incorporating a burst taper fade to a wave haircut adds a fresh style and personality to your look. It's hard to go wrong with this style, whether at work or at the bar.

Styling Tips: 

  • Use a wave comb and the right products for your hair to maintain your waves.
  • Apply moisturizer before brushing your waves.
  • Trim regularly and keep the edges neat. 



Most people combine the burst fade with frohawk or mohawk; the burst fade is versatile and blends perfectly with other modern hairstyles, most face types, beard types, and hair lengths.


You can be creative with it by combining several tones and colors and adding a tinge or a large hue to your burst fade haircut.


Do not forget to ask questions and tell us what you think about the burst fade hairstyle in the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Burst fading is tapering both sides of the hair in a stylish pattern so that it traces the natural shape of the ear curvature leading to the back of the hair, where the hair is left longer and stops inches above the nape of the neck.
No, it is not. A mullet requires that you cut the front and sides of the hair shorter while the back hair is left longer. The burst fade is tapering the hair on the sides, gradually going from shorter to longer hair in a perfect blend while tracing along the natural ear curves.
The best way to ask your barber for a burst fade haircut is to show them photos or videos showing the front, side, and back views of the desired hair look. Also, you can describe the type of burst fade haircut you want to your barber.
Generally speaking, the major types of fades are the high, medium, and low fades. Under these, we have various stylistic options, such as the drop fade and temple fade.

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