Mens HairStyles

15 Awesome Examples of Curly Hair Fade Haircuts

A curly hair fade is a type of fade that’s slightly similar to the undercut but is cut short and tapered. It is known that curls are harder to work with, so keeping the hair on the sides of the head short and tight guarantees easier maintenance for curly haired guys.

Texture and volume are the prime traits that a curly mane proudly boasts of, and as an extra factor, a curly hair fade adds contrast to the hair on top, highlighting your curls’ definition to the next level!

Hollywood actors George Clooney’s wavy hair and Adrian Grenier’s curls are examples of how gloriously sexy a curly hair fade can be.

The main goal is to keep those side hair short and tidy, so if you want to maintain a sharp look, monthly barber visits are necessary. Products for hold and definition would also help keep your hairstyle regal.

Listed below are highly impressive examples of a curly hair fade matched with the trendiest curly hairstyles of the season! See them now!

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Medium Length Hair

Medium curly hair fadeInstagram @farhad_barber_vip

This cut’s all about being in the middle. Medium cut, long top and shaved sides, and semi-curled hair too.

Curly Mohawk with Fade

Instagram @detroitbarberco

A fade is just what you need to go with that curly mohawk. A balanced look that speaks living on the edge? Count me in!

Drop Fade

Instagram @ezzy_el_barber

The drip in this one’s real! A smooth fade that is easy to wear too.

Disconnected Undercut Fade

Instagram @hairby_courtneylynn.517

Sometimes, disconnected connotes a positive meaning. For this undercut, the top is left bushy and full for a contrasting appearance. The beard also plays very well with the whole look.

Black Afro with Bald Fade

Instagram @xbigwesx

Having full hair is a gift from above because it is a character on its own. This bald fade tones down the wildness of an afro but not removing its attractive impact.

Temple Fade

Instagram @wender_moustache

Tame curls with a nice fade. Then add some hair tattoo likewise for that nice little bow on top.

Curls with Beard

Instagram @prez_cuts

Curly hair and a skin fade is the likely tandem that still serves fresh looks. Then, a full beard seals in the whole deal.

Fade with Line Part

Instagram @_srlucaslima

The smoothness of the fade meets a sharp, defining line. Best of both worlds that create a wholesome look.

Low Fade

Instagram @style.by.jessica

Enrich your curly textures while keeping it clean. A must try that is sure to also help grow out.

Mid Fade

Instagram @hair.cules

Hair color and fade create a shadow that makes the whole look otherworldly.

Taper Fade

Instagram @darladoeshair

You have a lot to work with if you have curly hair. Good for you this type of style suits you very well.

High Fade

Instagram @liam_g_1992

Q&A with style creator, Liam Gardner
Barber @ R & G Barbershop in Crediton, Devon

How would you describe this look?

This look is an easy, manageable, fashionable haircut for most teenagers. It has a short fade with a natural curly finish. My favorite part of this haircut is the natural finish to the top and the gradual smooth fade between the short and long hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would highly recommend a salt spray to style this haircut. Simply spray onto the hair and do a scrunching motion while blowdrying and leaving it a bit damp to keep the natural curls!

I recommend this haircut to young, trendy men with a busy lifestyle but still, want something a little bit different.

High Top Fade

Instagram @cutbytap

Q&A with style creator, Shawn Tapley
Licensed Barber / Owner @ Premier Grooming Lounge in Charlotte, NC

How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a medium to high bald fade with the top curled up.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very low maintenance hairstyle because it requires very minimal upkeep. All you would have to do is put a light moisturizer in the top and keep the sides faded every 2 to 3 weeks.

High Bald Fade

Instagram @sarah.ann.turowski

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Turowski
Barber / Stylist @ Bridgetown Barber Society in Portland, OR

How would you describe this look?

This cut is tight, edgy, and undone. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a really enticing balance of elements that contrast and complement each other: the sharpness of a skin fade and the soft edge and activation of curls.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be open to using a product or embracing your natural movement. Also, skin fades require regular maintenance so if you want to keep up this cut, it is a bit more of a commitment. It is also easy to grow out when you decide to transition into something else. I brought out his natural curls using a diffuser and Kevin Murphy Killer Curl. Highly recommend for curly hair!

Short Hair with Skin Fade

Instagram @jessicadorais

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Dorais
Cosmetologist @ Valeria Salon in Huntersville, NC

How would you describe this look?

This look is an updated curly men’s style. My favorite thing is the skin fade because it’s flawless and blends beautifully! If you are carefree and a “no fuss” kind of guy, it’s for you. Styling product for this look would be a gel or paste.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’ve got a personality that’s a little on the wild side, this would be for you! Maintenance is a must in this style. Round face shapes work best.

Long Curly Fringe with Fade

Instagram @beaaastyles

Q&A with style creator, Bea Petty
Barber / Hair Artist / Owner @ Shear Addiction in Monterey, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a modern curl crop. My client’s hair is naturally wavy when it’s short, and as his hair gets longer it tends to have more of a curl. He digs his curls, so I always preserve as much of the length as I can with the sides being so short. I usually do a drop fade with tapers to keep the length and density towards the back of the crown area fuller.

I’m licensed in both barbering and cosmetology, so my ideas when creating this look comes down to what I know in both backgrounds. From a cosmetologist’s standpoint, the shape is everything. And from a barbers point, blending is everything. So by combining both areas, I was able to complete this look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone asking for this look or something similar, this style works best for wavy to curly hair. A styling tip for creating this is: Make sure your hair is slightly damp. No need for pre-product (unless you want to, doesn’t make a huge difference) and then use the diffuser on your blowdryer and crunch the hair. Make sure the blowdryer is set on low with medium to high heat. Dry until there is no more moisture in the hair.

To finish, I used the Cloud Dust Powder from Schwarzkopf and lightly sprinkled the dust around the top while crunching the curls. The powder helps hold the curls in place without the look and feel of any product. You can always add hairspray or a shine spray for a little extra hold if you feel the Dust Powder isn’t enough.

This easy tossed curl look is great for anyone who works in a professional setting to anyone who is in a rush. This style takes less than 5 minutes to do. All you need is a blowdryer with an added diffuser and any kind of hair powder. Then you’re set for the day!

Medium Length Hair

Medium curly hair fadeInstagram @farhad_barber_vip

This cut’s all about being in the middle. Medium cut, long top and shaved sides, and semi-curled hair too.

Curly Mohawk with Fade

Instagram @detroitbarberco

A fade is just what you need to go with that curly mohawk. A balanced look that speaks living on the edge? Count me in!

Drop Fade

Instagram @ezzy_el_barber

The drip in this one’s real! A smooth fade that is easy to wear too.

Disconnected Undercut Fade

Instagram @hairby_courtneylynn.517

Sometimes, disconnected connotes a positive meaning. For this undercut, the top is left bushy and full for a contrasting appearance. The beard also plays very well with the whole look.

Black Afro with Bald Fade

Instagram @xbigwesx

Having full hair is a gift from above because it is a character on its own. This bald fade tones down the wildness of an afro but not removing its attractive impact.

Temple Fade

Instagram @wender_moustache

Tame curls with a nice fade. Then add some hair tattoo likewise for that nice little bow on top.

Curls with Beard

Instagram @prez_cuts

Curly hair and a skin fade is the likely tandem that still serves fresh looks. Then, a full beard seals in the whole deal.

Fade with Line Part

Instagram @_srlucaslima

The smoothness of the fade meets a sharp, defining line. Best of both worlds that create a wholesome look.

Low Fade

Instagram @style.by.jessica

Enrich your curly textures while keeping it clean. A must try that is sure to also help grow out.

Mid Fade

Instagram @hair.cules

Hair color and fade create a shadow that makes the whole look otherworldly.

Taper Fade

Instagram @darladoeshair

You have a lot to work with if you have curly hair. Good for you this type of style suits you very well.

High Fade

Instagram @liam_g_1992

Q&A with style creator, Liam Gardner
Barber @ R & G Barbershop in Crediton, Devon

How would you describe this look?

This look is an easy, manageable, fashionable haircut for most teenagers. It has a short fade with a natural curly finish. My favorite part of this haircut is the natural finish to the top and the gradual smooth fade between the short and long hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would highly recommend a salt spray to style this haircut. Simply spray onto the hair and do a scrunching motion while blowdrying and leaving it a bit damp to keep the natural curls!

I recommend this haircut to young, trendy men with a busy lifestyle but still, want something a little bit different.

High Top Fade

Instagram @cutbytap

Q&A with style creator, Shawn Tapley
Licensed Barber / Owner @ Premier Grooming Lounge in Charlotte, NC

How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a medium to high bald fade with the top curled up.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very low maintenance hairstyle because it requires very minimal upkeep. All you would have to do is put a light moisturizer in the top and keep the sides faded every 2 to 3 weeks.

High Bald Fade

Instagram @sarah.ann.turowski

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Turowski
Barber / Stylist @ Bridgetown Barber Society in Portland, OR

How would you describe this look?

This cut is tight, edgy, and undone. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a really enticing balance of elements that contrast and complement each other: the sharpness of a skin fade and the soft edge and activation of curls.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be open to using a product or embracing your natural movement. Also, skin fades require regular maintenance so if you want to keep up this cut, it is a bit more of a commitment. It is also easy to grow out when you decide to transition into something else. I brought out his natural curls using a diffuser and Kevin Murphy Killer Curl. Highly recommend for curly hair!

Short Hair with Skin Fade

Instagram @jessicadorais

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Dorais
Cosmetologist @ Valeria Salon in Huntersville, NC

How would you describe this look?

This look is an updated curly men’s style. My favorite thing is the skin fade because it’s flawless and blends beautifully! If you are carefree and a “no fuss” kind of guy, it’s for you. Styling product for this look would be a gel or paste.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’ve got a personality that’s a little on the wild side, this would be for you! Maintenance is a must in this style. Round face shapes work best.

Long Curly Fringe with Fade

Instagram @beaaastyles

Q&A with style creator, Bea Petty
Barber / Hair Artist / Owner @ Shear Addiction in Monterey, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a modern curl crop. My client’s hair is naturally wavy when it’s short, and as his hair gets longer it tends to have more of a curl. He digs his curls, so I always preserve as much of the length as I can with the sides being so short. I usually do a drop fade with tapers to keep the length and density towards the back of the crown area fuller.

I’m licensed in both barbering and cosmetology, so my ideas when creating this look comes down to what I know in both backgrounds. From a cosmetologist’s standpoint, the shape is everything. And from a barbers point, blending is everything. So by combining both areas, I was able to complete this look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone asking for this look or something similar, this style works best for wavy to curly hair. A styling tip for creating this is: Make sure your hair is slightly damp. No need for pre-product (unless you want to, doesn’t make a huge difference) and then use the diffuser on your blowdryer and crunch the hair. Make sure the blowdryer is set on low with medium to high heat. Dry until there is no more moisture in the hair.

To finish, I used the Cloud Dust Powder from Schwarzkopf and lightly sprinkled the dust around the top while crunching the curls. The powder helps hold the curls in place without the look and feel of any product. You can always add hairspray or a shine spray for a little extra hold if you feel the Dust Powder isn’t enough.

This easy tossed curl look is great for anyone who works in a professional setting to anyone who is in a rush. This style takes less than 5 minutes to do. All you need is a blowdryer with an added diffuser and any kind of hair powder. Then you’re set for the day!

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