The mid fade is a versatile haircut that complements every face shape, age, and occasion. Celebrities like David Beckham and Ryan Gosling are open supporters of the mid fade, which is not surprising given that it’s the type of haircut that looks great even without the 10-step routine. We’re seeing the mid fade everywhere we look, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you won’t stand out from the crowd.
It’s important to understand that all mid fade styles have the same foundation: the fade begins between the temples and the ears and moves down the back and sides of the head in a smooth transition. Aside from that, the mid fade comes in a plethora of textures, lengths, and styles. Everything is perfectly suited to you.
Short Mid Fade Haircut
If you want to try something new but don’t want to spend time styling your hair in the morning, go for a short-mid fade. This mid-fade look goes well with buzzcuts, crew cuts, or comb-overs.
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Mid-Drop Fade Haircut
The mid-drop fade begins in the center of the head and drops down behind the ear, creating an exciting transition between front and back. It’s a low-maintenance style that will give you a trendy look.
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Mid Skin Fade Haircut
The signature “bad boy” haircut of every generation, the mid-skin fade, is combined with clean-shaven buzzed sides. If you have a tattoo design behind the ear, this is the ideal men’s hairstyle for displaying it.
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Comb Over Mid Fade Haircut
Mid fade haircuts look great on long hair as well (surprise). The comb-over mid fade, for example, is ideal for a professional appearance. This haircut keeps the volume at the top, so you won’t need to visit the hairdresser more than once a year to have the ends trimmed. To achieve the best style, apply a small amount of hair gel or pomade to your hand and flip your hair to the side.
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Mid Bald Fade Haircut
The mid bald fade involves shaving the hair at the bottom and styling longer hair at the top to create contrast. It looks great on everyone, but it’s especially striking if you have some ink to flaunt. In general, the mid bald fade begins at zero (or one if you don’t want to go overboard right away) and progresses to a maximum of four.
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Mid Fade Haircut for Short Hair
You can’t go wrong with this cut if you want a low-maintenance yet stylish look. The mid fade haircut for short hair is clean and natural, making it an excellent choice for men seeking a smart, timeless appearance.
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Mid Taper Fade Haircut
This is an excellent business-professional hairstyle that is kept simple. The mid-taper fade only fades the sideburns and neckline, leaving a sharp line around the ear.
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Mid Fade Haircut for Curly Hair
Curly hair is beautiful, but it can be difficult to maintain. That being said, listen up: by going for a mid fade, you can control exactly how much curl you want, allowing you to maintain your signature look without the mess. Ask your barber to give you a mid-skin fade on the sides for an interesting contrast. This hairstyle looks best with a well-kept beard.
Pro tip: Invest in high-quality curl-specific hair care products, such as hair mousse. It makes a huge difference, believe us.
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Low Mid Fade Haircut
The low mid-fade haircut is less dramatic than the high fade, striking the ideal balance of detail and length. It flatters everyone and gives you a clean and polished appearance.
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Mid Fade Haircut Long on Top
A mid-fade haircut, regardless of style, emphasizes the length of your hair. Whether it’s straight, curly, spiky, or anything in between, the mid fade will make it stand out. For maximum effect, use a pomade to add volume and keep your hair in place all day.
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Mid Fade Haircut for Straight Hair
Straight hair is the most versatile, with endless styling options. A mid-fade haircut can be paired with anything from a quiff to a man bun, so you can always change up your look when you get bored.
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Mid Fade Slick Back Haircut
All you have to do with this haircut is brush the longer hair straight back. The slicked-back hair evokes old Hollywood glamour, while the mid-fade adds a youthful, contemporary touch. Depending on the desired effect, you can use a matte hair pomade or a glossy gel to achieve the desired look.
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Mid High Fade Haircut
A mid high fade haircut begins higher up than other options, which is a good trick if you want to accentuate your facial features and make your face appear slimmer. Also, because the emphasis is on the top, this style complements voluminous hairstyles like quiffs and curls – basically anything that adds a little more “oomph.”
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Mid Fade Pompadour
This style, named after Madame de Pompadour, dates back to the 18th century in France. But don’t worry, this modern interpretation isn’t ridiculous or out of date. We’ll give you that it’s not easy to pull off, but if you do, you’ll look like the perfect modern-day gentleman.
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Mid Fade Haircut Short on Top
This is one of the most popular mid-fade variations, and we can see why almost every man who walks into a salon looking for a no-fuss cut requests it. It’s clean, sharp, and requires almost no touch-ups in the morning, but it still has that cool modern edge.
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Mid Fade Haircut with Design
Who says you need ink to flaunt a cool design with your mid fade haircut? Your barber can also use a clipper to create different designs, so you’ll get the same effect without the commitment. Lines, geometric shapes, waves, and stars are popular designs, but feel free to use whatever inspires you.
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Mid Fade Haircut with Side Part
The mid fade haircut with a side part is the modern Don Draper’s go-to style. It’s versatile and flattering. You’ll need at least two to four inches of hair to achieve this look. If you have thicker hair, a little hair gel or pomade will help keep it in place.
Pro tip: If your hair grows clockwise, part it on the left, and counterclockwise, part it on the right.
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Mid Fade with Waves
If you have wavy hair, a mid fade cut will help you highlight it while also making it more manageable. For a dynamic look, have your stylist cut a few curls short, and brush your hair forward or part it on the side.
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The mid-level fade is the ideal compromise between a short and long fade. It has a professional yet casual appearance and can be worn with almost any outfit.
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Mid-Drop Fade with Quiff
The quiff, derived from the word “coif,” is a hairstyle in which the forelock is brushed or gelled upward. The style dates back to the 1950s, but the mid fade gives it a modern, up-to-date appearance. We won’t lie and tell you that a quiff is simple to style – you won’t be able to leave the house without spending a few minutes in front of the mirror, but the end result is worth it.
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Mid Fade Haircut for Thick Hair
Are your friends envious of your full head of hair, but you’re frustrated by how messy it looks when you don’t style it? A mid-fade haircut can remove the majority of the volume, making it more manageable while still allowing you to experiment with different styles.
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Mid Fade Undercut
To achieve this look, your barber will shave the sides of your head from the ears to the temples, combining a fade and an undercut. The mid fade undercut looks best on long hairstyles, but it can also be worn on short hair.
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Mid Fade Haircut with Dreadlocks
You didn’t think we’d leave out one of the most distinctive hairstyles, did you? The mid fade can be easily combined with dreads, allowing you to create an infinite number of looks. It looks best on short to medium-length dreadlocks, and you can add some oomph by having your barber create designs like lines and waves.
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Mid Razor Fade
This is a type of skin taper fade in which the hair on your sides and back is shaved. It is also known as a straight razor fade. It’s a bold, high-contrast look that many celebrities swear by because it draws attention to your best features while slimming down your face.
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Mid Fade Haircut FAQ:
What is a mid fade haircut?
The mid-fade haircut combines the benefits of a low fade and a high fade. A mid fade begins halfway up the sides and back, blending the hair gradually. The mid-fade is one of the most versatile haircuts for men, and it can be combined with almost any existing hairstyle. It can be adjusted based on your preferences (from zero to twelve), and it can be combined with almost any existing hairstyle.
They’re suitable for all hair densities and textures, and you can style them for both clubbing and business meetings. Mid-fade haircuts are generally low-maintenance, but some require a little more attention.
How long does a mid fade haircut last?
A mid-fade haircut lasts three to four weeks on average. After that, you’ll need to touch up your work. In general, the shorter the fade, the more maintenance it will require.
How to ask for a mid fade haircut?
The mid fade is a popular haircut, but we understand that the terminology can make it difficult to request. Tell your barber you want a mid fade, and then explain where you want the fade to begin and how short you want your hair to be (from zero to twelve). I’d like, for example, a 0.5 fade into a three. If you’re not sure which mid-fade is best for you, tell your barber how much time you want to spend on styling or what facial features you want to emphasize. However, the simplest way to request a mid-fade haircut is to show your barber a photo of your ideal cut.
What does a two mid fade haircut look like?
Your barber will use clippers with guards numbered one through twelve, with zero being the shortest (1/16 inch or 1.5 millimeters). In terms of fades, #2 is by far the most popular option because it cuts the hair short while exposing the least amount of scalp. Number 2 is 14 inches or 6 millimeters long: it’s short but has just a smidgeon of length. It’s an excellent choice if you want a short, easy-to-maintain haircut with a bit of length.