A traditional fade is a classic hairstyle element that exudes sophistication and elegance. In contrast, a reverse fade challenges wearers with their imagination and allows a stylist to hone their skills.
Originally, African American soldiers utilized the fade in the 1940s to create a hairstyle that matched their clean-cut appearance in the military. As the fade branched out into casual wear for non-military members, it transitioned to match more rebellious lifestyles in the 1970s. Instead of blending longer hair from the crown into shorter hair towards the neck, a reverse fade is thicker around the neck and fades closer to the skin at the sides and crown.
Interesting Ways to Wear Reverse Fade
While the fade will always be a definitive part of a stylist’s toolbox, the alternative offers versatility for unconventional men to celebrate their aesthetic in exciting and bold ways.
Separated Crown with Fade
A Mohawk is a perfect blank canvas for a reverse fade. This double fade combines at the top and bottom to form a subtle arrow towards the eye-line. The Mohawk on top deceptively stops in the middle and then continues with an extra tail at the neck.
A short haircut like this utilizes every strand with pointed fades accentuating the neck and a diagonal taper across the middle. A mirror-effect of crosses in the back adds another layer of significant detail.
Spiked Punk Faux Hawk
A Faux Hawk on its own will turn heads everywhere you venture. Take the style further with spiked bangs, a pointed shave towards your forehead, and a mid-level fade.
Box Braids with Curvy Designs
In the right hands, skilled barbers use their tools like a sculptor with marble, removing the excess material to reveal something extraordinary underneath. After edging the hair away with a traditional fade at the temple and a reverse fade at the neck, ask your stylist to add eye-catching curves around the side and into the beard.
Bald Fade with Faux Hawk
A high fade will produce a seamless transition of longer to shorter hairs from your temples. This rebellious version sets itself apart by featuring a prominent and clear shave inside the curved line.
Two-Tone Drop Fade
It’s not how much hair you have to sport; it’s what you do with it that counts. Coloring your hair with a platinum dye and utilizing your natural hair add more definition. Use your roots as a marker for a slick punk design like a curved fade along the side and to distinguish the hairline.
Box Cut with Drips
Highlight a box hairstyle with captivating bright dye to stand out from the crowd. With the fade along the back and sides, sharp-edged lines and raindrops will make your natural hair drip from the sides.
A reverse fade can take a step back from the limelight to let the rest of the hair speak for itself. A geometric pattern elevates a classic undercut into a playful hairstyle with a carefully shaved Greek-inspired design.
Edgy Pompadour with Lined Fades
Elevate a retro pompadour into a contemporary edgy look by spiking the hair upwards. Use a reverse fade around the scalp to etch a distinct set of lines.
High Mohawk Fade
Donning a fade doesn’t mean you must limit yourself to a slick 9-5 cut. Showcase a sharp high fade with an eccentric Mohawk by growing out your hair at the crown as long as possible and styling it upwards.