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. As the name suggests, this hairstyle drops low and way behind the ear, creating a somewhat curved taper fade. This permits 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. You can also ask your barber to drop the fade even a bit lower in the backside until it’s about to reach your neckline.
The drop fade hair cut can also work in tandem with a wide array of trending hairstyles. It can quickly 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.
How to get a drop fade hairstyle?
After working as a barber for quite a long time, one of the biggest challenges is interpreting what a client is asking for.
Over time, however, I have become pretty good at reading between the description lines and comprehending what the client is 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.
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 begin 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 and be realistic. Sometimes your words will fail to explain what you want, and trust me, the last thing you want is to leave a barbershop sporting a cut you did not anticipate.
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 an enumeration of 42 best Drop Fade haircuts you can sport today.
42 Best Drop Fade Haircut For Men in 2022
Mohawk with Drop Fade
I am in love with this look because it will undoubtedly stand out among many 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. Nowadays, Mohawk can work for 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 robust and excellent outline on the hairline, making it look sharp.
Medium Drop Fade
This hairstyle is a low to medium 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 taper haircut looks more like a shadow fade. It is also best for individuals who do not like their haircuts 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.
Afro Twists with Drop Fade
This look is a stylish medium that teenagers mostly sport. The teenager will get the cut he wants while 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 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.
Drop Fade with Pompadour
This gentleman’s hairstyle faded to your skin with a hard part and nicely cleaned beard. It is ideal if you want to appear as a hipster.
Drop Fade with Dreads
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 accentuated with a clean back and sides.
Low Drop Fade
Let your hair’s texture do all the talking. This style will ideally bring out the ruggedness in your hair locks.
Impressive Drop Fade For Thick Hair
Get amazed by this epic, spiky hairstyle 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 with clean sides for an edgier drop fade.
Faux Hawk with Drop Fade
The contrast will work classy from the front side to the back side. It’ll also help make this 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 For Short Hair
Put a twist on the classic drop fade cut for a cleaner look. The cut can fade evenly from the temples and then down to the nape. This mid fade haircut will highlight the beard and top hair perfectly.
Bald Skin 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 with Drop Fade
If you want to look stylish and groomed simultaneously, this is the cut. It is also one of the many variations I talked about earlier.
21. Drop Fade with Disconnected Undercut
22. Drop Fade with Slick Back
23. French Cropith High Fade Haircut
24. Textured Top with Mid Fade
25. Flat Top with Mide Fade
26. Drop Fade with Messy Fringe
27. Spiky Top with Mid Drop Fade
28. Textured Top Skin Fade
29. Low Drop Fade with Brush Up
30. High and Tight with Skin Fade
31. Subtle Taper Fade Haircut For Short Hair
32. Drop Fade with Braids
33. Drop Fade With a Part
34.Mid Drop Fade with Waves
35. Drop Fade for Black Men
36. Drop Fade with Beard
37. Drop Fade with Curly Top
38. Ivy League
39. Mullet Haircut
40. Drop Fade For Long Hair
41. Buzz Cut with Drop Fade
42. Mid Skin Fade with Design
Faded short sides and back VS drop fade haircut
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 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.
Usually, when a barber gives you a drop fade hairstyle, they will create a straight line around your head and then start fading from there. This is typical for all fades you come across.
What face shapes suit drop fades?
According to my experience, the drop fades better suits 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 an excellent 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. 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.
What is the difference between a low skin fade and a drop fade?
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 bit of length of hair on the sides, then, just like the low skin fade, goes on to blend into any length at the top side.