Taper and Fade are two modern haircut styles highly sought after by men who seeking a stylish and confident look. Although the structure of the haircut is very similar in these two styles, there are however some differences that it is worth noting.
The Difference between Taper and Fade Haircut
In the Taper style, the hair is longer on top, and then gradually getting shorter to the sides and back, until it gets very short at the end without any other change. The hair at the top is about 2-4 inches in length.
In Fade style, there is longer hair on top of the head that fades slowly on the side and back ending in an area where there is no hair at all, it is totally shaved. The fade haircut is generally shorter in the top of the head than the Taper. The Fade haircut is a bolder hairstyle than Taper.
Types of Taper haircuts
Taper haircuts have the advantage of being highly versatile, which means it can be adapted to almost every man, style and hair type. Just to list some of the options, watch the section below:
Taper For Curly Hair
In this type you can opt to use a slicked back hairstyle, the only thing you will need is a little bit of hair styling and fixative wax. You can draw the hair shape with your hands or with the help of a comb.
High Top Taper
The High Top Taper went popular during the 90’s among rappers, which has given this style a huge visibility, and everybody has wanted to try this at least once in a lifetime (even if only teenagers dream!). In this style, the hair on top is longer than the sides, and is modeled to stay up in all of its length.
This is a version of the side part taper in which the upper part of the hair is not symmetrical in relation to the head, being more narrowly to one side or the other, or even crossed or in waves. It gives a more fun look to the whole style.
Taper with design
You can opt to use some design on your sides or back of the Taper. Just ask your Barber to shave in the form you want or simply lets the Barber inspiration takes control. This is undoubtedly a unique look that only you will have.
Low taper vs high taper
Low Taper and High Taper can vary according to how quickly the haircut decrease in length from top to sides and back.
In High Taper, there is a rapid decrease in length, resulting in a shorter hair on the sides and back, which is very close to a completely shaved hair on the sides.
On the other hand, in Low Taper, the length decrease is slow and almost imperceptible, giving you a smoother look. You will still have at least 1 inch length of your hair in lower sides and back.
Side Part Taper
One of the options you will have if you decide yourself for Tape haircut is a Side Part Taper. This is a classic in almost every hairstyle, with just a little variation. Because it is simple to draw, the only problem you will have is to choose which side you prefer!
Long and short tapers
How long is your hair, and how much time do you want to spend on it every morning?
Types of fade haircuts
At Fade hairstyle, the side part hair is completely shaved. In this style, the hair on the top of the head is very similar to the Taper style, and be equally stylish. Similar to the Taper hairstyle, the fade can be either low or high, according to your preferences and what you more comfy with or best suits your lifestyle.
However, with Fade hairstyle you will need regular visits to your Barber in order to keep your hair shaved and symmetrically aligned. With the longer hair on top you can also use your imagination and create shapes and/or effects.
Here we listed few types of fade haircuts which you may try now.
Classical fade haircut is the most popular one, as its easy to care if you compare it with other fade hairstyle. The hair is faded on all the side and back with same length and usually the full shave area is one to two inch only.
Taper Fade Haircut
It’s combination of low fade and undercut. Everyone know this haircut because of its popularity. Just ask your barber that you need a taper fade cut.
Fade with facial hair
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