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What Is It

Falling between a high fade and a low fade, the mid fade or medium fade haircut offers the best of both worlds. Starting halfway up the back and sides, with the mid-fade haircut, the hair blends gradually.

The best thing is that you can adjust the mid-fade haircut as per your preference, right from Numbers 0 to 12 and it can be combined with any other hairstyle of your choice.

Offering a formal look perfect for the office or a fun night out with friends, a mid-fade haircut is excellent for all occasions, as well as different types, textures and densities of hair.

24 Most Popular Hairstyles

Taper Fade

A trendy hairstyle, the taper fade is a minimalistic and smart haircut that is short on the back and sides while keeping the top long. You can style it how you want, cool and stylish or neat and professional.

Buzz Cut

A buzz cut is a timeless, classic look; pairing it with a well-defined mid fade adds character to the style.

Comb Over

If you want a classic style with a modern twist, you can’t go wrong with a neat comb-over combined with a medium fade. Hair creams are subtle but effective in achieving the best style.

Bald Fade

The mid bald fade haircut has the hair shaved at the bottom and sides, with longer, styled hair on top to create contrast. The bald fade adds to your rugged, manly look paired with a beard.

Pompadour

If you want to sport a pompadour, you can add a contemporary twist to it by pairing this vintage hairstyle with a mid fade. Check out a guide to buying hair clay before you purchase the best hair clay to style your pomp.

Textured Top

One of the popular blowout hairstyles, a haircut with a textured top can help to add volume to your hair and when combined with a mid-skin fade, it will draw attention to the textured hair. Try using hair spray to add more volume to your hair.

Brush Up

The brush-up style is excellent for showing off your rugged, manly features. Brush up your mid-fade haircut to add drama to your style for an evening out and you can slick it back for a regular day at work for a neat and formal look.

Cornrows

If you want to stand apart from the others, then a cornrow top combined with a medium fade is guaranteed to make you a showstopper wherever you are.

Curly Top

If you’re finding your curly hair challenging to manage, then opting for a curly haircut with a mid fade allows you to control your curls and prevent them from becoming too unruly.

Wavy Undercut

A wavy undercut looks quite remarkable when paired with a mustache or beard. And, if you decide to have long hair on the top, then go in for a shorter beard. Slick back the top hair or tie it in a topknot for a neater look.

Spiky Top

Spiky hairstyles are bold choices that are hugely trendy and are making a comeback. A short spiky haircut with a medium fade with the application of a bit of product on the spiky top and you’re all set.

Slick Back

If you’re trying to achieve an elegant and sophisticated look, you can’t go wrong with the slicked-back style sported by the old Hollywood stars. And, a mid fade added to the mix gives your hairstyle a modern and youthful twist.

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This style is perfect for men with thinning hair, which you can reduce by taking hair vitamins and using premium hair loss shampoo.

Curly Bangs

A mid fade is a great way to emphasize the texture of your curly hair and adding bangs to the haircut will only help to add to the style. A leave-in conditioner makes a difference and keeps your curls well-hydrated.

Side Part

A mid fade side part haircut is versatile and perfect if you want to go in for a neat, dapper look. To achieve this haircut, you will need longer hair, which you can style and keep in place with a high-quality pomade or gel.

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Quiff

The quiff paired with a mid fade looks cool and trendy in a low-maintenance style. Use a styling product to give the quiff shape and texture.

Dreads

Adding a mid fade to your dreads can transform your hairstyle and make it more edgy and well-defined. The hairstyle looks great with a clean-shaven look.

Caesar Cut

If you feel that the Caesar cut looks a bit old-fashioned, you can give it a modern twist by pairing it with a mid fade, which will completely transform the haircut and make it trendy and bold.

Hard Part

A hard part or a razor part haircut never goes out of style. What’s more? Adding a mid fade to the cut gives you a lean and sophisticated look.

Shadow Fade

The shadow fade is perfect for men looking for a more conservative style for informal and formal occasions.

High Volume

Combating the problem of thinning hair? You can add extra volume to the hair on top of the head by getting a high-volume style. Pairing it with a mid fade draws attention to the top.

After washing your hair, blow-dry and set it with some hair spray. Using the world’s best hair powder for men can also help to maximize the volume.

Flowy Top

A flowy top haircut combined with a mid fade is an excellent choice if you want to draw attention to your long, luxurious locks. But you need to grow your hair a bit to achieve this style.

Long Top

Irrespective of your hairstyle, be it spiky, curly, straight or anything at all, a mid fade cut helps to highlight the length of your hair. Use a styling product like a pomade or clay to boost the volume and keep your style in place.

Tapered Undercut

Perfect for men with all hair lengths and textures, a tapered undercut works very well with a mid fade. And, when you combine it with a combover, the result is flawless.

Tousled Fade

The best thing about a mid-fade haircut is that you don’t need to try to style the locks at the top. Go in for a tousled, disheveled look paired with a mid fade and look effortlessly stylish.

How to Trim

Step 1 – Section your hair

First, dampen your hair and then section the top hair. And secure it with a hair clip to keep it out of the way.

Step 2 – Create a fade using clippers

Use the hair clipper along with the No. 3 guard and trim the hair on the back and sides of your head by moving the clippers upward. At the fade line, move the clippers along the line from one side to another. Use a smaller guard and trim the hair.

Barber Making a Fade Using Electric Clippers and Comb

Start from the bottom and move upwards in a straight line. Using a Number 1 guard for a smoother transition is a good idea. Then, trim the hair along the hairline. Remove any hair sticking out using the clippers over the comb.

Step 3 – Cut the top and create an outline

Cut the top hair in the style that you prefer. Using a razor or trimmer, create a sharp outline for a defined look.

How to Maintain

Step 1 – Maintain at home

Once you get the mid-fade hairstyle you like, touch it up using your razor at home to keep it looking good and fresh.

Step 2 – Visit your barber

Mid fades need regular maintenance and grow out rather quickly. Visit your barber once every 3-4 weeks to refresh your haircut.

Step 3 – Use the proper products

Generally, a mid-fade haircut is relatively low-maintenance and does not need a lot of upkeep. Nevertheless, to maintain the stylish and structured elements of the style, it is necessary to use hair styling products.

If the top hair has a pompadour, quiff or any other style, you may need to use appropriate styling products like clays, pomades, hair sprays or gels to keep your haircut looking good.

FAQ

Difference between mid and low fade?

In a low fade haircut, the tapering of the hair starts near the hairline, whereas in a mid fade, the hair is tapered from the middle of the head.

How to ask for a mid fade?

When asking your hairstylist for a mid fade, specify where you would like the fade to start and how short you want them to cut your hair, i.e., from 0 to 12.

If you’re unsure about which mid fade you want, tell your barber what features of your face you want to highlight or how much time you would like to spend styling your hair.  The best way of asking for a mid-fade haircut is to show your hairstylist a reference picture of the style you want.

Who Is the mid-fade haircut best for?

If you’re looking for a modern yet professional-looking haircut, then mid-fade haircuts are perfect.

This versatile style looks great on men of varying ages, lifestyles, face shapes, hair types and textures. Mid fades look especially good and masculine when combined with a beard or mustache.

How long does a mid fade last?

The shorter the fade, the more maintenance and care it requires. And typically, mid-fade haircuts last for around 3-4 weeks on average, after which you will need to go in for a trim.

What number to choose for a mid fade?

For a mid-fade haircut, the barber usually uses clippers with guards numbered from 0 to 12, where 0 is the shortest length, i.e., 1.5 mm or 1/16 inches. Number 2 (6 mm or ¼ inches) is the most popular choice because it offers a short haircut that is easy to maintain with minimum scalp exposure.