What is the drop fade haircut? According to Nahashon Cyrus, a stylist at Tudor’s resident barber, “a drop fade haircut is a famous variation of the classic fade. Just like the name suggests, this kind of hairstyle drops low and way behind the ear, which further creates a somewhat curved taper fade.” “This permits for more depth around the head’s crown and a pretty sharp outline to your face.”
Given the shape of your head, the arc shape of this haircut will provide a more natural and even look. If you feel like it, feel free to ask your barber to drop the fade even a bit lower in the backside until it’s about to reach your neckline. Some consider this a smoother low drop fade.
That said, I know this sounds too much like another fail-safe classic you have come across multiple times: the faded short sides and back. While that is true to some extent, there are some subtle differences between the two haircuts.
When it comes to the faded short sides and back, the hair cut is generally symmetrical all the way around your head and will not drastically dip at any point around your head. This is unlike the drop fade hairstyle.
This further implies that even though you can expect something quite orderly and neat with the faded short side and back, a drop fade will generally pack a more noticeable gradient as it starts to taper to your headline.
This will come in handy, particularly when you decide it is time to pivot from the cookie-cutter hair locks you have been sporting for the last five years.
The drop fade hair cut can also work in tandem with a wide array of trending hairstyles. It can easily form the head base of a well-sculpted undercut or pompadour, add interest to your already messy French Crop and make any hair cut from an afro to a quaff look even more dramatic.
Different hairstyles can be coupled with other face shapes, and, as expected, the drop fade is no exception.
According to my experience, the drop fades better suit square or round face shapes. This is mainly because the style will complement a boxier head shape as it graduates in length at the temple ridge.
It is also a very great option for those who boast a flatter crown, as the haircut will create a locked volume at the back of your head from above the occipital bone.
I know it sounds very anatomical, but it is also a simple science. The hair locks at your head’s crown contrast with the shortest hair locks around the nape of your neck, which further forges an illusion of thicker locks on top of your head.
In my line of work, I have also seen that most individuals are having a hard time differentiating between the low skin/shadow fade and the drop fade haircut. So allow me to take this opportunity to explain to you the difference between the two.
What is the difference between a low skin/shadow fade from a drop fade?
I will take you straight to the point under this section. There are generally two types of fade haircuts. The first one is a low skin fade, whereas the second one is a shadow fade.
Everything else you come across is just a variation of the two types that some creative barber invented. The low skin/shadow fade type (also regarded as a bald fade in different places worldwide) is any fade starting with zero skin on the back and sides. This hairstyle goes on to blend into any hair length at the top of the head.
On the other hand, a low fade is any fade that will start with a little length of hair on the sides, then just like the low skin fade goes on to blend into any length at the top side.
You will also come across terms such as a medium skin fade and a high skin fade, which, as I said, are simply variations of the two main types of skin fades we have.
Usually, when a barber gives you a drop fade hairstyle, they will create a straight line all the way around your head then start fading from there. This is typical for all fades you come across.
In the pictures that I share with you later in this post, you will also notice that the guys boast a nice arc with the drop fade that reaches just below the level where the barber started on the temples.
How to get a drop fade hairstyle?
After working as a barber for quite a long time, one of the biggest challenges I have encountered is interpreting what a client is really asking for.
Over time, however, I have become pretty good at reading between the description lines and comprehending what the client is actually asking for even when they are not clear or understand the style.
So to give your barber an easy time and ensure you get the haircut you are looking for when you visit the shop next time, allow me to share some tips that will help you get the drop fade hairstyle you’re looking for.
Only ask for a certain clipper guard number when you’re sure. I have seen many guys asking for a specific number fade, such as number one, then expect the fade to be like a chemical formula that you can use to describe the entire haircut.
Note that the number of your drop fade is simply the number you would like your barber to start with at the bottom. So a number one fade will start with the blade at the bottom of your locks and continually get longer as you progress upwards. The barber can choose to use different blades on his way up, or in case he (the barber) is using an adjustable blade clipper, he can gradually open it up to leave longer hair.
To avoid confusion, take a picture with you: but also be realistic. Sometimes your words will fail to explain what you really want and trust me, the last thing you want is to leave a barbershop sporting a cut you did not anticipate at all.
On the other hand, a picture will tell the barber all he needs to know to give you what you came for without any guesswork or room for misunderstanding.
Here is the downside of bringing pictures, though.
Do not come in with an image and expect to look like will smith when you look like Forest Whitaker in reality. Seriously!!
The cut will, without a doubt, improve your looks by a huge margin. But do not expect it to turn you into a different person. Now that you understand how to get be Drop Fade haircut, here is an enumeration of 20+ Drop Fade haircuts you can sport today.
20 Best Drop Fade Haircut For Men in 2021
Mohawk + Drop Fade
I am in love with this look because it will undoubtedly stand out among a lot of people. It also displays that you are not afraid to get something other than a conventional hairstyle. This cut can also showcase your character.
You can either go for the somewhat messy look or sport the nowadays Mohawk can work to professional events.
High Drop Fade
As I mentioned before, the high fade is a variation of the drop fade that can spice up your hairstyle and undoubtedly take you to the next level. In this cut, the fade drops down past your hairline to create a strong, nice outline on the hairline, making it look really sharp.
Medium Drop Fade
This hairstyle is a low to medium drop fade type while keeping more weight on the head sides to create room for styling. The other cool thing about this cut is the clean fade with a messy top-side style.
Taper Drop Fade
This hairstyle looks more like a shadow fade. It is also best for individuals who do not like their haircuts down to the skin, which falls under the drop fade styles.
Fresh Drop Fade For Curly Hair
This hairstyle is a unique curly messy style that will give volume to your hair, with the drop fade giving you a clean look.
This look is a stylish medium that teenagers mostly sport. The teenager will get the cut he wants while also pleasing his parent with short and clean-cut sides.
Afro Blowout with Drop Fade
This afro blowout hairstyle with a drop fade will offer a more classy and clean look than the traditional Afro or the traditional Mohawk.
Braided Drop Fade Haircut
As you can see, this cut is a trendy, unique, and versatile haircut. You could also easily dress it up or dress it down as you wish.
Pompadour with Beard
This is a gentleman hairstyle faded down to your skin with a hard part and nicely cleaned beard. It is ideal if you want to appear as a hipster.
Low-faded sides are sometimes best blended with your dreadlocks. Go for it and see how it turns out.
Wavy Hair Drop Fade
A patterned drop fade hair cut looks best when it is accentuated with a clean back and sides.
Low Drop Fade
Let your hair’s texture do all the talking. This style will perfectly bring out the ruggedness in your hair locks.
Impressive Undercut+ Drop Fade
Get amazed by this epic, spiky hairstyle that is made cooler by the neatly shaved sides.
Why not take some unnecessary weight off your voluminous hair locks by getting your head sides faded?
Drop Fade haircut with a design
Feel free to opt for some cool shave patterns to go with the clean sides for an edgier drop fade.
Faux Hawk+ Drop Fade
The contrast will work classy from the front side to the back side. It’ll also help make this drop fade even more desirable.
Drop Fade with straight hair
Disconnect your thick mane from your hipster-like beards using this sharp drop fade.
Mid Drop Fade Cut
Put a twist on the classic drop fade cut for a way cleaner look. The cut can fade evenly from the temples then down to the nape. This will highlight the beard and top hair perfectly.
Bald Skin Drop Fade
Boost your “inside” cool guy using this polished, clean, and disconnected style. You can brush the hair upwards and hold it using your favorite product then you’re good to go.
Comb Over Drop Fade Hairstyle
If you would like to look stylish and groomed simultaneously, this is the cut for you. It is also one of the many variations I talked about earlier.