Are you scouring the internet looking for a style that needs minimal effort to style but leaves you with maximum style? If yes, then I’d like to introduce you to the crop top fade. A subtle variation of the military-inspired Ceasar haircut, the typical features of a crop top fade are short faded sides and back, with long hair on top styled into a fringe.
This hairstyle recently came under the spotlight again, thanks to stars such as Cillian Murphy. What’s more? In addition to the fact that it’s a low-maintenance look, its modern textured fringe and easy styling credentials work for all occasions.
Without further ado, before skipping to the most exciting section of the post and looking at the best 40+ Crop Top Fade ideas, here is a summary of how to style the crop top fade.
How to Style a Crop Top Fade
To style the crop top fade, one will need to follow the steps below:
- Cut the sides short to your desired length using a clipper. I suggest that you show a picture of your preferred crop top fade to your barber. This should give him a better idea of the length you desire.
- Subsequently, have the hair strands on the topside point-cut to add more volume and texture and also Look ragged
- If you’d like a flat and tidy appearance, you can also have the topside be blunt-cut
- Ask the barber to clip the sides and back such that they’re contrasting to your hair on top
- Complete the entire process by styling your hair using a product that will keep the style in shape
41 Best Crop Top Fade For Men
With all that in mind, here are the best Crop Top Fade haircuts I could find. Go through the list and pick the one you think will best suit the texture of your hair and the shape of your face.
Blonde Textured Crop
A textured crop top will look effortlessly cool when coupled with blonde hair. It’s sophisticated and clean while remaining on-trend. What’s more? If you opt for this hairstyle, keep the hair on top short to medium and clip the hair on the sides.
If you’d like to go for an edgier look, go for a tapered fade crop top with an icy shade of blonde.
Low Fade Textured Crop Top
The low fade in this cut tapers down your hair shortest around the hairline, resulting in a less dramatic look (compared to the skin fade we’ll look at next.) This means that this hairstyle is the perfect option if you’d like to keep some of your locks.
Better yet, topping off your textured crop top with a low fade to the sides works wonders as the tousled locks on the topside will create a trendy look with a contrast.
Crop Top with a Skin Fade
This is arguably one of the most low-maintenance and probably the most extreme faded style haircut you can style. The fact it’s a skin fade implies that the hair on the sides should seamlessly blend into your skin.
Keep the hair on top point cut, as this will create a slightly more dramatic contrast with your skin fade. Here is an add-on I think you’ll appreciate. If some length remains after styling the hair cut, try flicking the fringe to one side. This should award you a laid-back yet extremely efficient look.
Crop Top with a Comb Over
Combining a slick comb-over with a striking crop top is the perfect hairstyle for any gentleman. For this cut, you’ll want to keep the hair length on top medium-to-long, blow dry it back, and then pull it to your preferred side with a round barrel brush.
You can add some texture to the style by running some wax through your hair and securing it with a light mist of hairspray. The hairstyle is great for both play and work and is also easy to achieve and ageless.
Messy Crop Top Fade
Keeping your hair tousled and messy on top will award you this fresh take on the classic crop top. This is a perfect look for younger lads or anyone who would like a hairstyle that’s a little more youthful and interesting.
What’s more? This haircut can be as playful or as rugged as you want it. But, of course, it will all depend on how you decide to rock the messy look.
In regards to styling the look, use your hands to run hair wax through the top of your hair. Next, pull pieces of your hair in distinct directions, and set the strands using a light coat of hairspray. While the haircut looks like the ultimate ‘woke up like this’ haircut, it also looks sufficiently sleek to wear out in town.
Curly Crop Top Fade
If you boast curly hair and would still like to enjoy the advantages of styling a crop top fade, then this is the hairstyle for you. Ask your barber to cut the sides as short as he can into a fade, and then let the natural curls fall over your forehead.
Doing this should accentuate your curls, which will, in turn, make your hair look more voluminous. Also note, the more highlighted your curls are, the more remarkable the difference will be.
If you’d like to go for a slightly neater look, reduce the length of the curls on top of your head. Ask your barber to horizontally cut the hair across your forehead and create a tidy shape.
Crop Top Fade for Receding Hairlines
If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’ll help you combat your receding hairline, then this is precisely the haircut you should go for. This hairstyle will also work wonders to hide the ‘M shape at your forehead (if you have one.)
To style the haircut, the top ought to be coupled with a layered fringe. Use a lightweight product to style and attain the messy yet done look.
Crop Top Undercut
An undercut is an alternative cool way to add more edge to this already classic style. Have your hair shaved at the sides and back but for longer at the top. Your hair on top should also be point cut, and a portion of it should be falling over your forehead. This should create a striking and sharp contrast. For a sleeker look, keep the hair on top slicked forward and straight.
As you can see, undercuts are incredibly versatile, and when coupled with a few simple styling changes, the cut can easily take you from professional to playful.
Straight Crop Top Fade
This is, without a doubt, one of the easiest hairstyles to maintain (as long as your hair locks are naturally straight, of course.) After you’ve had your chop, all you’ll need to do is comb the hair at the top such that it’s smooth, and then use a small quantity of hairspray to avoid flyaways.
That said, in case your hair isn’t naturally straight, but you’d still like to rock this style, you can always improvise and run a flat iron through the top. That should be enough to keep your mane in place all day.
Disconnected Crop Top
A disconnected crop top hairstyle is where the hair abruptly becomes shorter at the back and sides compared to the hair at the top of the head. Such disconnected hairstyles usually finish with clipped lengths at the sides of the head and the hairline.
This not only awards the traditional crop top a cool disconnected look, but it’s also exceedingly versatile and needs almost no styling effort.
Highlight Dye with Casual Brush Up
Pocky temple is one of those touches that’s quite exquisite. The top, as you can see, however, is a bit casual yet hippie. This has been topped off by the highlight dye that has made it look even more amazing.
Crop Cut with a Neat Taper Fade
Who said taper fades are for simplicity? Just take a look at this ton of pure panache coupled with a subtle undercut that has been followed by a sleek taper, which a cool low fade has ended. Doesn’t it look outstanding?
Side Turned Top and Tapered Sides
Let’s call this a modern touch to a highly simple taper fade. The brush-up with the straight top texture makes the entire haircut too good a deal to miss.
Brushed Back Crop Top with Subtle Fade
A Slicked back crop top seems like the way to go when it comes to tapering faded sides. However, this cut has just taken it a notch higher with the ‘slight videos peak’ and sleek sides.
Tapered Top Crop Fade
I bet you didn’t notice the undercut. It has been subtly injected into the look, and the only thing that brings it out is the gradual taper fade that swiftly fades the temple into the skin.
Styled Brush Back
Ever wondered what a classic combed back hair looks like? Well, here is your answer. The combed pompadour on top makes the entire look even more elegant. Make sure the sides have been tapered all the way down until they’ve blended into your beard.
Mid Skin Fade with Inched Top
To attain a little more practical haircut, combine a crew cut on top with a short taper fade. The result is easy to maintain and overly attractive.
Classic Fade and Styled Pompadour
This nicely styled pompadour boasts a fade on the sides, which in turn wraps around into the facial hair. I think we can both agree that it’s a pleasantly unusual hairstyle.
Trendy Dropping Fade
Here is a messy quiff that has been finished on the sides with a taper fade. Looks cool. To make the haircut an even more unique and cohesive style, couple it with a clean shave.
Classic Fade and Messy Brush up
This elegant brush-up boasts a taper fade, but unlike most of its counterparts, the hair is slightly longer on the top than usual.
Taper Fade on a Low Volume Laid Top
This long and textured crop boasts a harsh mid fade on the sides. To make the look more masculine yet modern, add a tiny bit of rugged facial hair.
Crop Top with an Even Fade All-Around
Here is another masculine look with a short crop top and an even taper fade all around the sides. You can either wear the fades clean-shaven or let them grow out, as shown in the image.
Relaxed Slick Back and Fade
This slicked-back hairstyle is one of the best modern cuts we’ve looked at in this video. To style the cut, start the sides with longer hair at the top, and after the sharp fade, come straight down to a close shave at the bottom.
Taper Faded Sides on a Neat Quiff
This cool, old-fashioned quiff has been made unique by the fade on the sides and the unusually long hair at the top.
Crop Top with a Clean and Neat Mid Fade
Are you for a Crop Top coupled with a taper fade that is clean-shaven around the chin and neck? If yes, then this could be what you’re looking for.
Clean Subtle Taper Fade on a Crop Top
This manly, clean cut is short on the sides and long on top. What makes it unique, however, is the little overgrown facial hair and a smile. They both add plenty of character.
Shaved Line on a Crop Top Fade
Check out this tidy crew cut top fade finished on the sides with a taper fid and a shaved line along the side hairline. Don’t you love it?
Crop Top with a Waved Top and a Neat Fade
Here is a slightly longer crop top with a taper fade on the sides. If you couple it with some light facial hair, you can rest assured that the resulting look will boast some skateboarder coolness to it.
A Shaved Hairline with a Designer Top
If you take your eyes off the incredible texture that this crop top boasts, you’ll notice that the cut boasts a parted fade at the sides. I dare you to name a better head turner.
Sleek Temple Fade with an Elegant Brushed Up Top
The high fade on the sides of this simple brush-up haircut has brought out another variation of the undercut. If the sides had gone any higher, I would have to include this in the list of fauxhawk hairstyles.
Banged Front with Fine Taper Fade
When you add piercings or tattoos to a crop top with faded sides, it delivers an edgy hipster-ish feel (as evident from the cut on the image above.)
Stranded Brush Up that has been Finely Faded.
Besides the usual sleek quiff with faded sides, this looks also boasts some thick facial hair that has been tidied slightly for some added elegance.
Bloated Quiff with Undercut Taper
This cut is full of contrast, thanks to the undercut with a taper fade. Make the look edgier with a bleached top, just like the gentleman in the image above.
Crop Top Fade with Sharp Part
Here is a pompadour that has been improved with a sleek fade on the sides and a hard part in the middle. The result is a young, fresh look that will fit anyone.
Finely Faded Sides with a Clean and Neat top
The taper fade has complemented this crop top on the sides. Throw in a few piercings and a little facial hair, and you have a cool, retro vibe anyone will appreciate.
Classic Fade Harvard Style
Textured and short, this Harvard-style crop top fade effortlessly bridges the gap between casual and professional. Feel free to spike it up, as shown in the image above.
Pompadour High Fade
Are you looking for a crop top fade that could easily qualify as a pompadour as well? Then this is the cut for you. The combination creates a nice visual balance.
Slicked Back Fade
Here is a shorter slicked back cut that is simple and overly low maintenance. I recommend this cut for gentlemen with thicker hair.
Crop Top with High Volume Fade
This is, undoubtedly, one of the most extremes hairstyles on this enumeration. As you can see, it’s a chiseled, textured cut that is extremely casual and fun.
Crop Top with a Low Fade
Whether your hair is thick, thin, wavy, or straight, you can rest assured that this crop top with a low fade will serve you well. It’s a perfect choice for office workers, students, and even professionals.
Mid Fade with Classy Brush Up
This fashionable brush-up cut has the hair teased and tousled to create a vibrant appearance and high texture.