Low Fade vs. Mid Fade vs. High Fade Haircuts

Choosing a hairstyle and deciding on which haircut you want has always been a tricky task. The number of available hairstyles is innumerable; you cannot count them down. Moreover, every day someone somewhere is creating some new styles.

Out of all the different kinds of hairstyles, fade has been in trend for men’s hairstyles for a long period.


What Is A Fade Haircut?

As you can already guess from the name, the length of hair gradually decreases on the side and back of the head as the hairline moves downward. Thus, the hair gradually fades to barely visible length, as the name rightly suggests.

This fading in the length of the hairs can be of different types, based on from which level the transition is starting to happen.

The three most common types of fading are low, mid, or high level of fading. However, which type of fading you want to have on your head completely depends majorly on your preference and also on your hair texture and face structure.

There is an age-long debate about how to define the lengths of these different types of fading. People are always confused about which length should be called a high fade and which length should be low fade.

So, to clear this confusion today, we are going to discuss the differences between the different types of fading – low fade, mid fade, and high fade haircut.


Low Fade Haircut

Low Fade Haircut

In low fade haircut, though the main principle of hairs fading away remains the same, the difference lies in the level from the transition begins.

In this case, the hair remains unchanged almost up to three inches down from the top of the head, and around one inch above the ear level, the transition starts.

The hairline usually forms an arc around above the ears and gradually fades away into the sideburns.

Low fades give you a chance to experiment with various patterns as the volume of hair is more, and the hairstyle does not look as harsh as in the case of high fade.

You can have this haircut in various styles like skin fades, which can give a partial bald effect like the high fade or the shadow effect or the low hair drop effect at the back to make designs.


Mid Fade Haircut

Mid Fade Haircut

Mid fade lies somewhat between the high fade and low fade. If you feel like high fade is too bold for you and in the low fade, there is too much hair for your liking; then mid fade is your go-to option.

Here the level of tapering of hair is not too low or too high. It lies in the middle.

The hair starts to fade in between your forehead and the ears and thus maintains a balance between the low and high fading hairlines.


High Fade Haircut

High Fade Haircut

Let’s start at the top. High fade starts from the very top portion. Your thick hair lies only at the top of your head, and then from around the forehead area, the fading starts. Generally, the hairline moves in a straight line towards the back of the head.

It is the hardest. The hair covers only about 1.5 to 2 inches of your head from the top, and then it vanishes almost to the level of being invisible to naked eyes. So, if you are confident enough to show that much of your scalp area, then you can go for it.

However, the fade does not restrict you from having some stylish haircuts. Some people like to have a bald effect, while some take it to the next level and create designs at the back of the head. In this case, generally, the hair drops at the back after creating a high fade style at the sides.



Each of these haircuts aims at providing some versatility to those who have short hairs.

Apart from the difference in the level of tapering of hair, there is not much difference in their styles. While maintaining the fading part, professionals can bring out different styles from these haircuts.

However, I feel as common as having a low or mid fade haircut is, going for a high fade haircut is a bold decision.