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Classic Fade Haircut

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The classic fade haircut features longer hair on top with shorter hair on the back and sides that gradually decreases in length until it seamlessly "fades" into the skin. In a classic fade, this occurs near the natural perimeter of the hair, so it fades gradually around the back and sides. The length of the sides can vary, and it is typically indicated by the hair clipper “guard number,” which falls between 0 and 8. Fade haircuts are great for both textured and non-textured hair.

Cut frequency 3-4 weeks

Style the look at home

15 mins

Towel dry hair. Add a curl taming cream, gel or mousse specifically for curly hair. Let hair air dry for a little longer. When hair is damp, dry hair using a diffuser, scrunching hair with the diffuser or with hands to create more definition in curls.

5 mins

Towel dry your hair. Blow dry your hair with medium or high heat, lifting at the roots to create volume. If needed, use a brush for the longer hair at the top of your head. When hair is dry, apply pomade or other texturizing product. Rub a small amount of pomade or molding cream between palms and work through your hair, combing product through with your fingers to create definition and texture.

What to tell your stylist

Love this haircut? Here's what to tell your stylist so you can get this look.

I’d like a classic fade haircut. I'd like to cut the top so that it will stand up when I style it, then gradually fade down, with the fade ending along my natural hairline. I’d like to clean up the back of the neck so the hair is even across the back.”

Unsure of how short you want to go? Ask your stylist what clipper length will work best for your hair!

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