Like so many of the aesthetic trends that define Western culture, the fade haircut emerged from the barbershops of African African neighbourhoods in the mid 80s. Fast forward and now everyone from Drake to David Beckham is wearing a fade - but beware. When it’s done by your average clipper jockey, the results can sometimes be too close for comfort.
Like anything, the best fades take time and precision. If the barbershop feels rushed, find somewhere else. Fade haircuts are also better suited to darker hair where the graduation can be seen clearly – so those going grey or light blondes might wanna think twice. Which isn’t to say it’s impossible, mind you.
Be prepared for the fact that fade haircuts are some of the shortest around. Shorter than you’ve maybe ever gone. Some fades practically touch the skin around the neck. Up top, the options expand. You can keep it short and textured or go with some length and height for a punk vibe.
Because fade haircuts – especially the shorter and skin varieties – are so closely cropped, you’ll need to refresh every two to three weeks. It’s the price you pay with this cut, unfortunately. By all means tidy up the neckline yourself but don’t be tempted to DIY the full haircut. This is a real skill and you don’t want to be finding that out the hard way.
To style a fade haircut at home, invest in texturising spray or a sea salt option. Blow dry it into the shape you want and finish with a shaping crème applied to the crown only. Nothing is required on the sides or back.