The guide to the perfect fade

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The guide to the perfect fade

The many shades of fade, the guide to the perfect fade haircut.

The fade is a men’s haircut that is keeping chairs in local barber stores filled, adding to the already high demand of a new breed of barbers.

You might not have heard of the term fade but there is no doubt you have seen men leaving their favourite barber store with a fresh fade. For those playing at home, a fade is when the hair at the sides and back are closely shaven with clippers, allowing them to fade or tapper off.

The origins of the fade haircut date back to as early as the 30s, with a heavy resurgence around the Golden Era of hip-hop in the 80s, the cut has now morphed in to a versatile look. Put simply, the fade haircut is a staple style for the modern man.

There are many types of fades, a fade to suit all lifestyles, here’s a breakdown of the four most common.

• 'Skin fades' are the cuts that begin almost right down to the skin at the back of the neck and slowly (or quickly) taper to longer hair as it works up your head.
• A 'high skin fade' may almost reach the crown of your head before it gets longer, which leaves a lot of exposed skin.
• A 'medium skin fade' will begin to get longer right around the middle of your head.
• A 'low skin fade' reveals very little skin -- just a little on the upper neck -- and leaves short hairs that get longer as it runs up to the crown of your head.

If you or the men in your life are looking to try something new or are in need a fresh fade, Westfield Kotara has you covered.

Barbers and hairdressers at Westfield Kotara:

Allans Mens Hairdressing - Level 1 next to Kotara Family Practice

American Barber Co - Level 1 near Coles

Barber Industries - Level 2 near Concierge

Christiane's Hair Design - Level 1 near Commonwealth Bank

Just Cuts - Level 2 near Target

Just Teezn - Level 2 near Platypus

Kingsmen Hair - Level 2 near the food court

W Hair Bar - Level 2 near Kmart