Here’s an interesting fact about the drop fade. It’s a highly versatile haircut that looks great on all men no matter of the hair type or head shape. But, it’s not the only advantage of this cut. Because the fade keeps the volume around the top, it stops the hair from sticking up. Also, this hairstyle grows out clean and neat, so you don’t have to pay visits to your barber very often. Excited yet?


    What Is Drop Fade Haircut

    Drop fade haircut belongs to the category of shadow fade, which is a fade that goes from the sides to the top with a gradual transition in length. The drop fade, in turn, consists of the following variations: a high, medium and low drop fade. This haircut got its name due to the way the fade drops once passes the ear.

    Many barbers consider the drop and taper fade the same haircut. However, these cuts are slightly different. The drop fade follows the head’s shape and creates a curved arc shape, whereas the taper fade circles the head on an even keel.

    What Is The Drop Fade #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Best Drop Fade Hairstyles

    When considering fade haircut men often opt for its drop variation. These men’s hairstyles can be complemented with a pomp, undercut, parting, or almost any other element. Such versatility is possible because of the definition that the fade gives to a haircut. So, don’t hesitate to customize your personal unique hairstyle with the drop fade of your choice. To give you some inspirational ideas, we’ve compiled an exquisite gallery of the drop faded hairstyles. Thus, on your next visit to the barbershop, you’ll have one of them at hand.

    Low Drop Fade

    A low drop fade creates a smooth and blurry impression thanks to the gradual transition it entails. That being said, you sometimes may lack sharpness and definition in your hairstyle. Thus, it’s a great idea to incorporate a low fade on the sides, which will provide you with the desired sharpness.

    What’s a drop fade low?

    For those who are still unaware of what is a drop fade, here is a quick definition. This is a kind of mens haircut where the hair around the back and the front decreases in length gradually, thus looking like it drops behind the ear.

    Low Drop Fade #dropfade #lowfade #fadehaircut

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    Mid Drop Fade

    A medium drop fade haircut with a nappy top look boldly stylish and fashionable. If you want to make it your signature hairstyle, you are so welcome to do mid fade.

    High Drop Fade

    Going for a sharp and prominent hairstyle, such as an irregular top, it is hard to think of a better option than to pair it with a high fade.

    Irregular Top #dropfade #fadehaircut #fade

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    Drop Fade Black Men

    It appears that a flat top was meant to be paired with a drop fade. With it, this old-fashioned hairstyle gains a modern turn. Even if your natural hair texture isn’t coily or wiry, you can still pull off a flat top hairstyle by teasing your black men haircut.

    Drop Fade Curly Hair

    A drop mid fade curly hair gives you a perfect chance to sport longer hairstyles accompanied by ample facial hair and not look shaggy. The hair atop can be styled in whatever way you like – from brushed back to disheveled.

    Drop Fade Curly Hair #dropfade #fadehaircut #fade

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    Short Drop Fade

    For those guys who like to style their hair up top textured, a drop fade will become a real savior. No matter how crazy and messy you make it, the fade will balance it out. So, don’t worry that your short haircut will come out unkempt. A drop fade has your back.

    Short Drop Fade #dropfade #fadehaircut #fade

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    Drop Taper Fade

    If you are more into softer haircuts that would also be office appropriate, then a drop taper fade is your way to go. As it features more hair, there is no need for frequent upkeeps, which doubles the profit.

    Drop Taper Fade #dropfade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade Buzz Cut

    You can’t go wrong by mixing a classic buzz cut with such a trendy modern cut as a drop fade. Dapper and neat, it allows you to choose as bold fade as you like. For more contrast and vividness, opt your buzz cut drop fade for a high skin fade on the sides and back.

    Drop Fade Buzz Cut #dropfade#buzzcut #fadehaircut

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    Drop Skin Fade

    Skin fade goes perfectly with all short hairstyles, as it creates an impression of an abundance of hair on the head. So, if you like short hairstyles or your hair is so unruly that trimming it short is the only option, you’re welcome to boost your look with a drop bald fade.


    Drop Fade Straight Hair

    Straight hair may sometimes lack definition and body, which can be balanced out with the right haircut. A drop fade gives your haircut a contrasty and pronounced look, so you will not need to resort to special styling. The top can be groomed in any way you like, from messy to slicked back.

    Drop Fade Straight Hair #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade Undercut

    The undercut is one of the best men’s haircuts. To sport this curly top fade, you need to have quite long hair on top. In this way, you’ll be able to complement it with a drop low fade undercut, while the top can be let loose or tied into textured curls or a top knot.

    Drop Fade Dreads

    Guys with dreads who are looking for a trendy yet low key way to upgrade their hairstyle should complement it with a drop fade. A drop fade with dreads creates a bold and edgy look that is relatively easy to maintain compared to all out dreads.

    Drop Fade Dreads #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade With Design

    If a drop fade doesn’t seem like enough for you, you can always adorn it with a hair design. It shouldn’t necessarily be intricate and overly creative. A fine horizontal line works pretty well too. Just ensure that your hair on top has a defined shape. A textured drop fade is a great way to go in this case.

    Low Drop Skin Fade

    Whether it’s your job that requires a refined and smart look or it’s just your personal preference, try out combining low skin fade on the sides and drop fade on the back with a quiff. Of course, you won’t wear it styled down toward the forehead (who knows, though?). Instead, brush it all back, creating a high volume at the front.

    The Quiff #fade #dropfade

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    Drop Fade Long Hair

    People usually admire long hair on men but little do they know how exhausting and time consuming it can be to take care of long locks. If you want to make things a little easier for you without the need to sacrifice the length, then go for a drop fade haircut.

    Drop Fade Long Hair #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Black Drop Fade With Twist

    A drop fade is a very popular accompaniment for a twisted top. As it takes hair from shorter to longer gradually, it makes your top the focal point of the look. So, if you want to give your twists extra emphasis, you can never go wrong with a drop fade.

    Drop Fade With Twist #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade Mullet

    Mullets are back in style again. Though, if you want to give it a contemporary look, remember to pair this retro haircut with a fade. It can be any type but we suggest going for a drop fade. Not only does it add a trendy touch to your mullet, but it also makes it less scruffy.

    Drop Fade Mullet #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Low Drop Taper

    One of the biggest benefits of a drop fade is that it makes your hair on top of the head a focal point of the whole look, thus allowing you to show off your creativity and sense of style. A blow out haircut with its effortless and relaxed vibes is all the rage now. Thus, why not team it with a taper?

    Blow Out Taper #dropfade #fadehaircut #fade

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    Mid Drop Skin Fade Pompadour

    Besides the quiff haircut, there’s another way to style your top hair. It’s pompadour. Being one of the most popular men’s haircuts, the pomp paired with the medium fade haircut on the sides creates a very attractive and saucy look.

    The Pompadour #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Spiky Top Mens Drop Fade

    Actually, the quiff also makes short haircuts for men very versatile. If you don’t want to look formal anymore, you can easily transform your slick back quiff into a spiky one. You’ll need a small amount of trusty hair styling products to complete the look. Scoop a bead of hair clay, wax, or pomade and rub it into your fingers and palms. Apply the product to the top of your hair by running your fingertips through it from back to front. Style the edges with your fingers for a more textured look. Such a spiky top haircut looks flattering with a mid skin fade.

    The Spiky Top #fade #dropfade

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    Drop Fade Faux Hawk

    This is a close relative of the drop fade. The main difference between them is that the dropped behind the ears hair isn’t buzzed cut. Instead, it’s the same length as the rest of the longer hair. Notably, the longer the hair on the top of the head is, the funkier the Fohawk looks. Even though this style works best on thick hair, with a little styling, anybody can pull off the look. The sides can be given the high or mid skin fade.

    Drop Fade Fohawk #fade #dropfade

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    Drop Fade Comb Over

    If you don’t mind spending some time on styling the top of your hair, try out the comb over with a medium skin fade. Ensure that the length of the hair on top allows you to wear it swept to the side with the front coming down over and across the forehead. These men’s haircuts short sides will balance out the effort made to maintain the top.

    Drop Fade Comb Over #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade With Hard Part

    Not a big fan of too elaborate and swanky fades haircuts? We have a suggestion. How about pairing a drop short fade with a deep part? The top hair should be grown out 3-4 inch long and swept to the side. On the other side of the head, you make a hard part. For a fuller look, drop the fade quite low.

    Drop Fade With Hard Part #fade #dropfade

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    Layered Pompadour

    A pompadour is that type of a classic hairstyle that will arguably never go out of fashion. It has set off many modern variations ranging in length, finish and accompaniment. If you want to give your sleek pomp a fresh breath, get your hair on top cut in different levels of layers and pair it with a drop fade.

    Layered Pompadour #fade #dropfade

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    Disconnected Undercut And Long Top

    Really fashion-forward men can easily mix different trendy cuts in one look. Thus, a drop fade makes up an absolutely mind-blowing combo with a disconnected undercut, especially when outlined around the temples with a line up. For the final touch, let your hair on top be as ample as possible.

    Drop Fade With Disconnected Undercut #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Curly Hair Line Up

    For curly hair, a drop fade creates a neater and cleaner appearance keeping your hair texture in focus. Besides, it allows you to finally tame those nasty kinks, as it removes pretty much hair from the sides and back.

    Curly Hair Drop Fade #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Curly Fringe Undercut Design

    Guys with curly locks may find a drop fade highly beneficial, as it helps not only to tame their unruly locks but also to keep the focus on them. Thus, it’s a good idea to go for something that allows you to show off your defined hair texture, such as a curly fringe, for instance.

    Curly Fringe Undercut Design #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade Slick Back

    A drop fade can serve as a perfect endorsement to neat and elegant hairstyles too. With slick back hair, it comes out stylish and classy yet retaining the formal vibes of the look. If you feel like adding some casualness to it, leave a thin strip of facial hair around the jawline.

    Drop Fade With Slick Back #dropfade #fadehaircut #fade

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    Bald Drop Fade With Curls

    If you want to define your curly hair texture yet tame your wild locks, a drop fade will give you both. The best thing about this hairdo is that it doesn’t require any styling. Just air dry your ringlets and you’ll get a head-turning look. Alternatively, you can add a drop of a hairstyling product for a more dimensional look.

    Drop Fade With Curls #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Brushed Back Quiff Drop Fade

    The slick back is a classic hairstyle that men who have strict dress code rules at work often choose. However, if you want to give it a trendy flair, a drop fade on the sides and back is your sure way to go. In case the rules in your office are not that strict, a beard will become a perfect accompaniment for such a look.

    Brushed Back Quiff Drop Fade  #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Drop Fade With Spiky Faux Hawk

    Guys who love asymmetrical hairstyles will find this look particularly flattering. Because of the short drop fade on the back and sides, the style gains definition and edge. To add even more contrast to it, get the hair on the top of your head undercut and sweep it to the side.

    Drop Fade With Faux Hawk #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    Wavy Hair With Beard

    If you have curly or wavy hair, a drop fade is a perfect way to tame them. Such unruly locks look neat and dapper when the sides and back of the head are faded. Thanks to this, you can sport this hairstyle paired with any kind and length of beard.

    Faux Hawk Skin Fade

    A bald drop fade is a great way to take your faux hawk hairstyle to the whole new level of boldness. As it removes the hair from the sides, the top instantly gets more attention.

    Faux Hawk Skin Fade #fade #dropfade

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    Drop Fade With Simple Design

    If you choose a shadow fade haircut over a bald one, then it is a good idea to spice it up a little with a simple hair design.

    Drop Fade With Simple Design #fade #dropfade

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    360 Waves

    A drop fade with waves is one of the most popular combos and no wonder. When complemented with a fade, your hair on top becomes the focal point of the look.

    Drop Fade Waves #fade #dropfade

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    Who Does It Suit?

    Even though a drop fade haircut flatters square and round shaped faces most, there are no restrictions as to who can wear it. However, those with elongated faces, such as oval or oblong, should be careful with it, as a drop faded haircut can create an impression of an even longer face. Also, if your hair on the crown is flat, a drop top fade will make it look thicker and fuller.

    Who Does It Suit? #dropfade #fade #fadehaircut

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    How To Get It

    To get yourself the perfect drop fade, you should leave it for the professional. However, rather than explaining to your barber what exactly you want him/her to do with your hair, it’s better to show a picture of the desired cut. Otherwise, instead of the requested medium fade haircut, you can magically come out with a skin fade comb over. By the professional, we mean a person who knows how to create a fade with different clipper settings. Also, ask your stylist for advice on the most flattering for your face shape drop fade haircut.

    How To Get It #fade #dropfade

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    How To Maintain The Drop Fade

    Even though we said that the drop fade haircut doesn’t require very frequent visits to the barbershop, it doesn’t mean you should let it all hang out. You should still visit your stylist regularly to give your hair upkeep. Though, guys who sport popular mens haircuts often have their personal clippers at home. It does require a little more effort, however, the result is totally worth it.

    How To Maintain The Drop Fade #dropfade #fade

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    Things To Consider

    When opting for a drop fade haircut, here is what you should not overlook:

    • It is a great option for those who are in the process of growing out hair because you take off the hair only from the sides, leaving the top untouched.
    • Bearded men will benefit greatly from this fade type, as they can blend their facial hair into the hair on the head seamlessly.
    • A drop men fade is not easy to maintain because it requires regular upkeep. So, if you are not ready to commit to this trendy haircut, it is better to choose something else.

    Things To Consider #fade #dropfade

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    The drop fade haircut has a number of benefits that make it one of the most frequently requested and appreciated haircuts among all men. It’s highly versatile, low-maintained, and pulled off easily. When choosing this look, it doesn’t matter what hair length or texture you have. We hope that our insightful guide gave you some ideas on what to pair your fade with and how low to drop it.


    FAQs: Drop Fade

    What is a drop fade?

    A drop fade is one of many takes on a traditional fade haircut. Because it follows the curvature of your ear, it looks as if it drops behind it, hence the name. The look comes out natural and well balanced since it follows the shape of your head.

    Is a mid fade a drop fade?

    A drop fade can be mid fade but not necessarily. It can also be low and high. If the hair starts tapering slightly above your ears, the haircut is referred to as a mid fade. If it also traces the outline of your ear while decreasing in length, it means that this is a mid drop fade haircut.

    What kind of drop fades are there?

    There are many different kinds of a drop fade, for instance, a low drop fade with a quiff, a mid drop fade and a wavy top, a low drop fade with Afro, a pompadour drop fade, a curly drop fade and others.

    What is low drop fade?

    A low drop fade haircut is a very popular drop fade type. Unlike a high fade, mid fade and temp fade, fading starts not higher than the top of the ears.