This style might not be the best for formal settings, especially when the hair on top is considerably long. However, it could fly. It's 2023 anyway. Also, it is great for triangular and oblong face shapes since it adds volume to the crown area.
Use styling products like gel, pomade, or clay to tame your waves.
Go over your hair with a blow dryer after product application to set it in place.
Occasional trims to your waves will do you a lot of good.
2. Mid Fade Faux Hawk
The style is essentially a faux hawk with tapering that starts around the area a mid fade typically begins. The mid fade gives the faux hawk a more subtle feel. Therefore, it’s appropriate for pretty much any setting.
If you don't already have one, you should consider getting a trimmer for touch-ups.
Ensure you do a line-up for a crisp finish.
You tell your barber to add a few designs to give the haircut an artsy vibe.
3. Mid Fade with Afro-textured Hair
Here’s the thing:
Afro-textured hair tends to defy gravity and coil up into an upright position. Also, the tapering at the sides reduces the hair volume around the head. That makes the slimming and elongating effect of the mid fade more pronounced here.
Trim the hair on top to a crew cut if you have an oblong face.
Bear in mind that textured hair loves moisture.
Wear a durag to bed to prevent hair damage.
4. Mid Drop Fade
The drop fade is characterized by the curved pattern of its tapering that “drops'' behind the ears. Together, the mid fade and drop fade make for a fade haircut that is both subtle and stylish. Fortunately, it works well with all hair types and face shapes if done correctly.
A routine visit to the barber will keep you looking sharp
Don’t cut the hair on top too short if you have a round or square face.
Keep the top short if you have a long face.
5. Mid Fade Comb Over
The classic comb-over cut partners well with the mid fade. The style features a hard part and a swept-back front alongside the mid fade, making it perfect for formal events. Unfortunately, this is not the right place to look if you need something low maintenance.
Detangle the hair on top properly for a smooth finish.
You can use a hair dryer to ensure it stays in place.
6. Mid Fade with Fringe
Here’s the perfect hairstyle for guys with large foreheads. The fringe takes the focus away from it pretty well. That’s not to say that only guys with large foreheads can rock this style. You can tailor it to suit pretty much any face shape by tweaking it. Also, it only really works with straight or wavy hair.
Allow your hair to grow to about four or five inches before opting for this style.
Make sure to trim your ends regularly.
You should wash your hair often enough to prevent breakouts on your forehead.
7. Mid Fade Hair Design
There are numerous ways to wear every type of hairstyle. Besides working out the dynamics of tapering and whatnot, you can throw in a few designs of your choice. That gives your haircut an artsy or hipster feel. Life is too short for you to have boring hair.
If you have intricate designs, you might need weekly touch-ups to outline them.
You could add color to your design if you feel bold and adventurous.
Pair it with a full beard for a more stylish look.
8. Mid Fade Dreads
You need to have dreads in the first place to pull this off. Also, you have to be willing to sacrifice more than a few locks.
So, if you don’t already have dreads, you can opt for another style on the list. There’s also the option to get loc’d as soon as possible.
If your dreadlocks are long enough, securing them in a man bun is one way to enhance your style.
With short dreads, you can let them fashionably lay around your fade.
Have a regular detoxing session to get rid of product buildup in your locks.
9. Mid Fade with Man Bun
With this style:
Your hair should be long enough to secure in a bun. That’s basically what the style entails with the inclusion of a mid fade haircut. This is one way to wear long hair that still makes you look every bit a man, if not manlier.
It’s not the best hairstyle for guys with receding hairlines. So keep that in mind.
Wash your hair with shampoo and condition it, so it looks lustrous and healthy.
Moisturize and apply oils to make the long hair on top shine.
On its own, the mid fadedoes a lot to balance out round or square face shapes by making them appear longer. However, combining it with a beard takes the whole styling game a step further. You can tastefully trim a full beard while maintaining length around the chin area to elongate the face.
Do a temple fade to act as a “bridge” between your hair and beard
Make sure to define your cheek line often enough to keep your beard looking clean.
The mid buzz fade is the blend of the classic buzz cut with the mid fade. Characterized by the equal length all around, the buzz cut, in this case, maintains its main feature up until the point where tapering begins. One great thing about this style is that it is very low maintenance.
Always remember to apply sunscreen on the shaved area before you go out.
Carry a hairbrush around if you have curly or afro-textured hair.
Do an edge-up to give that sharp look.
12. Mid Fade French Crop
This style looks a lot similar to the mid fade and fringe combo. The difference lies in the length and volume of the fringe. The French crop is a more subtle style for guys who like to keep things dialed down.
To execute this style, you must grow your hair to about three or four inches.
It looks good with a clean shave, almost reminiscent of the Roman Emperors before Hadrian.
Style with a little gel or pomade to keep it in place.
13. Mid Fade Waves
You need a level one haircut to get your waves going (bye-bye length). Getting waves is something you commit to, not something a barber can hand over to you during one of your visits. So if you’re down for that, you can pair it with a mid fade to achieve a sleek look.
Wear your durag often enough to see some progress.
Don’t forget to shampoo and condition your hair. Your scalp has to be in good condition to cultivate waves.
Use a good wave cream.
14. Mid Fade with Pompadour
Here’s the thing:
The pompadour is a very popular styling option among men with straight hair. That’s because it does a great job at adding length and volume to the top of the head and flatters most people. When paired with the mid fade haircut, the style shines. You need at least four inches of hair to pull it off.
Use a gel or pomade to enable easy styling.
Go over the sculpted pomp with a dryer to ensure it does not lose its battle with gravity.
You can pair it with a softly tapered beard to elevate your style.
15. Mid Fade with Slicked Back Hair
The slicked-back style is yet another great hairstyle for formal events. It’s the easier alternative to a pompadour, and it partners well with the mid fade haircut to create a stylish look. Also, it’s an ideal style for an oblong or rectangular face shape.
You need about three to five inches of hair on top to pull it off.
Fluff the top a bit to create the illusion of volume and height if you have a short face.
Apply gel or pomade to your hair while it’s slightly damp.
Here’s the thing:
This little catalog of mid fade hairstyles is not in any way exhaustive. If you look around the internet, you’d probably find many more. Here, we have just a small collection of trending styles curated for you.
Please let us know if it was helpful, and you could name some more in the comment section.
Frequently Asked Questions
A mid-fade haircut incorporates tapering that ends between the ears and temples. It’s the middle ground between a low and a high fade.
Since it isn’t an independent haircut, you can pair it with all kinds of hairstyles. Hence, there are too many variations of the mid fade to list here.
Of course, it is.
Your barber is most likely familiar with the style and might not need more than a simple description or even its name to decipher what you want. To be on the safe side, you could show your barber a picture for clarity.