125 Best High Top Fade Styles To Try Out This Year


If you want a trendy and swank look for this year, then you can’t go wrong with the high top fade. It’s one of the most popular styles available for men right now and it’s popular for a reason. It’s one of the most easily recognizable styles out there and it dates back to the 80’s. It was one of the most popular hairstyles for black men in that era and the popularity of the style has only grown over the years. If you are looking for a cool style, then you can’t go wrong with this one.

The style itself symbolized the entrance of hip hop into mainstream pop culture in the 80’s and 90’s. The style is not only popular with black men anywhere, the style has moved on to many different cultures. There are so many variations to the cut nowadays that you have a lot of options available to you. There are high top fades that go well with curls, braids and even dreads. It doesn’t matter the texture of your hair, you can pull of a high fade style. You can have an afro, curly hair, straight hair or twisted hair, and you will still be able to pull off the style. Check out these The Best High Top Fade Styles To Try Out This Year:

Shaved Part

You can tell that he has really thick hair and that makes a difference because he won’t need as much product in his hair to achieve the look that he wants


Add A Little Green

This high top style has a little color to it and that makes it stand out more. There is a beard also added to the style and it’s been nicely blended into the fade.

Very High Top

This style is originally from the 80’s and we also saw Will Smith rocking it in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was one of the most popular hairstyles at the time.

Curly Styles

There was a time when curly hair was to be avoided, people would try to straighten or cut off their curls. They are beautiful and they should be embraced. This is a great example of how you can combine curls with a high top fade.

Shaved Designs

This is a great style for someone who likes a little flare of dramatics. You can get virtually anything you want to be shaved into the side of your head. The most common thing, however, is the lines and even they come in many variations.

Fresh Looks

A cool look like this is going to make you feel like you are the freshest guy on the block.

Amazing Fades

These fades have awesome designs right in the front of the style. There are also a lot of options there to try out.

The Sideburn

Some high fades have a sideburn while others don’t. It all depends on your personal style. This is a very unique style and probably the kind that a confident man would take around. These types of styles are very high-maintenance because if you want it to always look this way, you would have to be in to see the barber frequently.

Short Styles

There is no high top to the high top fade and that’s okay too. You can have a short style and look just as fresh as the rest of the guys.

Cool Looks

These styles are for any age and we can see that here. You can have your kids looking just as cool as you do.

Cool Vibes

This style takes us back to the 80’s but the cool thing about this style is that it really never goes out of style. It’s just as popular now as it ever was.

Should Only Black Men Wear High Top Fades?

No. Anyone that has curly hair can pull off the style. It’s a style for men of any race. The advantage that black men have is that their curly, kinky hair stands upright at long lengths while other culture’s hair won’t. That’s why they are able to wear it so tall.

What If I Only Have Straight Hair?

It’s not impossible to have a high top fade with straight hair but you better find yourself some good products to use. You will need something that has a strong hold. You will also need a good comb so that you can get the hair to position evenly. A gel is probably the best product that you can get.

Doing The High Fade At Home

We always recommend going to a barber for these types of styles but there are a lot of men out there that are really good with the clipper. So, if this is something that you want to try at home, then we have some tips for you.

The main product that you will need to achieve the high top fade is a pair of clippers. You really can’t achieve it without a set. You can create a lot of styles with clippers so they are always good to have. Just make sure that you invest in a good set because it’s well worth the money. Clippers can last you many years if you take care of them. Plus, if you are good with a pair of clippers you will save a lot of money by not having to go to a barber. High top fades are a lot of maintenance and you could find yourself in a barber’s chair at least once a week. If you can do your touch-ups at home, then that’s half the battle.

There are a few other products that you will also need to do your high top fade at home.

Get Yourself Some Styling Cream

If you have kinky, curly hair, then get yourself some styling cream that you can use after drying your hair. If you have straight hair, we would recommend getting some strong hold gel. These are what you will use to style your hair upwards. There are a ton of different creams and gels that you can get so you will have lots of options.

A Hair Pick

A hair pick is great for touchups throughout the day. Your hair will likely stay in place, if you are using good products but sometimes you will have to make small adjustments. A hair pick will correct stray hairs quickly if they aren’t standing upright.

Hair Gel Or Hair Spray

We have already discussed hair gel but hair spray is also another great product to get. Hair spray is known to keep hair in place as that’s really it’s only purpose. You can get hair spray that has medium hold as well as some pretty strong hold ones as well. If you have straight hair, you may need to use a combination of hair gel and hair spray to keep those strands exactly where you want them. It’s a lot harder to keep straight hair upright but it can be done with the right product. Apply the hair gel first to the hair after you have dried it and then use the hair spray next. When it comes to hair spray using it for a count of 5 seconds should do the trick.

Hair Dryer

If you want a high top fade look, then letting your hair air dry just isn’t going to work. You want to be able to style it high and you will need the help of a hair dryer to do so. A hair dryer will also allow you to dry your hair faster, especially if you are getting ready for work in the morning. It will also provide you with more volume which helps to get your hair as high as you want it to be. If you just let it air dry, then you won’t have as much volume if any.

The Super High Top Fade

When it comes to hair this high, men with straight hair just aren’t going to be able to achieve it. It’s just not in the cards. Black men can do it with ease because their curly hair is tightly woven.

Essentially the hair is going to be cut and shaped so that’s why tight curls are necessary. At the end of the day, you want it to look like it’s a solid piece and you need that kind of texture in order to achieve it. Kinky hair is the best type of hair to make this style happen.

There are so many variations of the style as well that you won’t have to worry about having the same style as someone else. There are just so many things that you can do with this style.

Touchups can be done at home, but you will probably want to get the initial cut done at a barbershop unless you happen to be skilled with a pair of clippers. A barber has the skills to shape the style the way you want it and to add a little creative flare to it as well. These styles can be combined with beards and you can also add in a shaved part or a shaved design into the side of your hair.

Fun Looks

How can you not love a style as fun as this one? Your friends will be jealous when they see you show up with a fresh look like this one

Hi-Top Fade Requirements

 The sides should be very short (1/16 inch, or a #0 buzzer setting).
 Have your barber begin fading to a longer length relatively high on the head, just above the temple.
The front, sides and back should be picked out and cut freehand for a strong, geometric look. If you’re going for a flat top, the top should also be completely even.

Dreadlock Style

A great style like this is exactly what you need if you are looking for an edgy look. It’s fashionable, stylish and a little badass as well. Who would have thought that you could combine a high top fade with dreadlocks? Clearly, the purpose of this style is not to have a super high top but the look is still there because the dreadlocks are springing all over the place.

How To Style A High Fade

So we have gone through what you need for a high fade, but not how to style one. The idea is that you want to work your high top fade into a classic square shape. This is also sometimes called a “box cut.” You can use your comb to get your hair in place especially if you see any stray hairs that are out of place.

We would recommend getting some oil sheen spray that you can spritz on your hair after. Not only will it give you some shine but it’s going to add nutrients into the follicles of your hair.

Designing Style

We can see here how the barber is using the clippers to create a cool style. It’s definitely the kind of style that you want to try out this year.

Top Curls

These curls have a mind of their own and he’s embracing it. You can have a high top fade without having the “box” look that we have seen in a lot of photos. This is a modern look and one that is sure to make this kid popular.

Smooth Curls

You can really individualize your style not only my styling your curls but also by taking advantage of the ways you can design your fade. There are so many different ways to do so and it’s a great way to show off your personality.

Blonde Styles

Another way that you can show some individuality is to add some blonde tips to your hair. The design her has been squared at the crown of the head which also gives you a very different look. He has a beard as well that has been rounded out. There is a contrast between the square and the rounded curves.

Fun Lines

The great thing about these styles is that you can make them all about you. we have seen so many variations here that it’s obvious that these guys are making the look their own and you can do the very same thing. Try out new things and see how you like them. The benefit to a fade like this is that the hair grows back fast if you don’t like it.

Disappearing Act

How could you not love a style like this? This is another example of a high top fade but the shave is very close to the skin. It’s almost as if the fade is disappearing.

High Fade Styles

These curls are out of control and the best part about that is that they look great. These styles always look better if you just let nature take its course. This guy clearly didn’t want to have the “box” look either. The fade in this style is very high and it’s also using the disappearing act as well. If you are looking for a style that is a little more original, then this is the one for you.

Cool Designs

We are back to the box style hair cuts and we see here that the texture of this boy’s hair is very coarse and thick which means that he could pull of the original high fade style with ease. Curly hair, of course, is the key to making these styles work. The difficulty comes in when we try to do it with straight hair. But as we said before, it’s still not impossible.

Wavy Lines

If you are looking for a cool design to shave into your head, then this would be a great choice. Give it a try and see how you like it. These wavy lines have a lot of character to them and you will love them just as much as we do.

Personalize Things

Another high fade style that is standing tall and proud. The shave on the side of the head is unique and almost personalized. There is a good chance that it’s spelling out the word “mom.”

Bold Styles

A great style that is super tall. The sides are shaved to the skin which gives a great contrast compared to the rest of his style. We love the cool look and it’s one that you should try out this year.

Unique Parts

A popular look these days is the shaved part. This one is razor sharp and it really draws the eye to it. There is a lot of designed areas on this style that are truly one of a kind. This once again has a very thin sideburn which gives off a very trendy vibe. If you are looking for a sharp style that you can show off, then this would be a good one to try.

Rounded Edges

This style is very round when it comes to the edges of the fade. It creates a unique and bold look.


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