If you are into faded hairstyles, you would love this stylish variation of the original fade haircut; the drop fade is the new way to go if you’re looking for a way to up the ante on your signature look. This precision taper cut allows you to wear any style of your choosing while adding alluring detail and brand-new textures to your hair. The drop fade will lift your style game without appearing overly edgy. To see how you can spruce up your hair game, we’ve rounded up the coolest drop fade haircuts out there.
1. Drop Fade Disconnected Undercut
The stark contrast in length between the sides and the top of the hair defines the drop fade and disconnected undercut. While the hair on the crown is kept significantly longer, the sides are only a few millimeters long, thus creating a clean line between the two layers. When styling your hair, blow-dry it over to showcase the haircut in all its glory.
2. Drop Fade Pompadour
If you’re more into styles that add some height and volume to your look, try the pompadour drop fade. This polished look channels the best part of the ultra-cool vintage hairstyles that were popular around the Elvis era, while also maintaining a modern flair thanks to the refined low fade. The pompadour drop fade is a fashionable all-rounder that will make you look good on any occasion, whether in casual-wear or business attire.
3. Drop Fade With Curls
A drop fade is a great way to tame and define your natural curls without disrupting the original integrity of your hair. You can either let them go wild by simply letting them air dry or refine your look with a bit of light styling product. Just spread a little paste on your fingertips and tuck the strands into its place where required. By carefully combing your hair after washing it, your curls will fall into place naturally as they dry.
4. Drop Fade Slick Back
The slick back is a classy look for busy nine-to-five or dressy social occasions. The addition of a faded cut, like the drop fade, will instantly boost the style factor of this look while simultaneously adding a more relaxed flair to it. Facial hair enthusiasts can take this look a little further by incorporating the fade into their beard. Simply continue dropping the fade further down into your sideburns and let it graduate into the length of your bread.
5. Drop Fade Faux Hawk
As if a faux hawk wasn’t stylish enough on its own, a drop fade will take this hairstyle favorite to the next level. While you can opt for a low drop fade for this haircut, a medium to high drop fade will have an even greater effect on this style. Let your hairdresser gradually fade your sides, thus creating a more dramatic contrast to the long, high top. Finally, create your faux hawk by drying your hair overhead and tucking it in place with styling paste and hairspray.
6. Drop Fade French Crop
The French Crop drop fade haircut will significantly shorten your morning routine. This refined look goes well with both, a low or medium drop fade, while seamlessly graduating into length from the back of your head to the front. While the back hair is usually no longer than an inch, it can be up to twice that long in the front. The blunt fringe is kept short, ending well above the eyebrows. A comb is all that’s needed to brush your hair in place when wet.
7. Drop Fade Afro
Afro hair and a drop fade is a match made in heaven. The precision of this fade relives some of your hair’s density while maintaining its original glory on your crown. Combine the drop fade with your unrefined tight curls for a natural look, or try twists for more defined spirals on top. One of the freshest styles of the season is the ‘gentlemen’s mohawk (also called South of France Haircut), which has been endorsed by male celebrities like ‘King of Cool’ Usher.
8. Drop Fade With Textured Top
For an edgier drop fade style, ask your barber to add additional layers to the top of your hair. If your chop is naturally straight, this will increase your hair’s volume visually while also creating some interesting textures. While this haircut is not super high-maintenance, it does require you to get accustomed to a bit of a daily styling routine. Just rub a little hairstyling product between your hands and start pulling your strands into place. Flatten your sides with your palms for a groomed appearance while using your fingers to create the desired volume on top.
9. Drop Fade With Fringe
Try something different by putting your fringe in the spotlight. For this look, opt for a low drop fade around your ear as your hair gradually gets longer on top. On your crown, your hair will be the shortest in the back and the longest in the front. You can then have your fringe hanging loosely over your brows or comb it back to create a little (or a lot of) height. This relaxed style is the perfect accessory for a chilled off-duty look.
10. Drop Fade Flat Top
The ‘90s revival is real with this shaped-up drop fade style. With the addition of the arched fade, this flat-top haircut gets a contemporary makeover. Depending on your hair’s texture, either buzz your natural curls into shape or lightly brush them out to create a taller shape-up. This will result in a fuller, more dense appearance. And after all, height is key for this look.
11. Mid Drop Fade
The drop fade is one of the edgiest and coolest hairstyles for men. It is expressive and fun and easy to notice because it drops low and behind the ear, creating an arc-shaped appearance. The appeal of the drop fade is that it can be adapted to suit your preference, letting you play with proportions. It can also be paired with other fades, like the mid fade haircut. The mid fade, as the name suggests, is between the low and high fade and is tapered, ending between the temple and the ears. The combination will give the drop fade more subtlety, making it a fantastic look for a modern twist on classic haircuts.
12. Drop Fade Curly Hair
The drop fade will complement hair of all textures, including curly hair. Curly hair is great when paired with a fade because it gives the hair structure while also creating a contrast. The drop fade focuses the attention around the ear by creating an arc-shaped appearance. This can also make the hair on the top appear thicker and fuller and add sharpness to the softness of your curls. Curly hair can also be difficult to style and prone to tangling. The drop fade can remove some of the weight and bulk from the hair.
13. High Drop Fade
The high drop fade is a look that is between the classic drop fade and the high fade. The result is a daring haircut that is perfect for men who want an expressive hairstyle. The fade fades high, on or above the temples, and gradually shortens. The hair on the top is kept longer, which creates a contrast. You can experiment with how dramatic you want this contrast to be by experimenting with different hair lengths. The combination of these fades is fresh and modern but also surprisingly versatile because they can be adapted to suit all hair textures and lengths.
14. Drop Fade Dreads
The drop fade creates more volume around the crown and can draw attention to the hairline. It can be paired with hair of various textures and you can experiment with how you choose to style the hair on top. This includes wearing it with dreadlocks. Dreadlocks are a braided style that takes time and patience to grow out, but can be worn in several ways and styled at different lengths. They are great for creating a texturally interesting finish and should be worn with pride. The fade will keep the hair on the back and sides shorter, which gives the hair structure and creates a contrast.
15. Bald Drop Fade
The bald fade is defined by the hair on the back and sides being shaved off. The hair on the top is kept longer, and you can experiment with your desired length, depending on the contrast you wish to create. It is one of the more adventurous and noticeable fades and looks great with all hair textures. It can also make the hair on top appear fuller and thicker because of the contrast. You can combine the drop fade with a bald fade for an edgy and cool look that will demand attention.
Drop Fade FAQs
What is a drop fade?
A drop fade is a type of fade haircut that curves downward toward the back of the head. When viewed from the side, the fade appears to ‘drop’ behind your ear, creating an ‘arc’ effect.
What’s a low drop fade?
A low drop fade is one of the most common types of drop fades. The barber will start to fade the hair just above your ear – lower on your head than a mid-fade, temp-fade, or high fade.
Do fades look good on me?
Because there are many different types of fades, your barber can adapt the cut to suit you. However, as a general rule, fades look best if you have thicker hair and an oval face shape, and a skin tone that’s consistent between your scalp and neck.
How do you do a drop fade?
Like most haircuts, it’s best to leave a drop fade to the professionals. Your barber will use electric clippers to gradually shave down your hair at the sides, blending it into a seamless arc. Then, they will cut and style the longer top section to balance your face shape and features.
Rose Schleicher is an experienced content and communications professional who has worked across three different continents over the past nine years. She has completed a master’s degree from the renowned London College of Fashion with extensive involvement in the cultural scene of Europe. As a creative, she loves writing about all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics.
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