Tape-up haircut, popularly known as the taper fade, razor fade, skin fade or bald fade have emerged as one of the hottest hairstyles for men of all ages and hair type.
The numerous variations of the haircut make it applicable to all lengths of hair. Its versatility goes as far as allowing it to be incorporated with other hairstyles for a fresher, more personalized look.
The fade can be high, low, a temple fade, a high top fade or a regular fade. Here are some of the trendiest tape-up haircut ideas you can try.
# 1 The Combover Temple Fade
This stylish fade mixes the classy Combover hairdo with the edgy tapering of the sides to produce a haircut that is equal parts modern and dapper.
The slickly combed hair on the crown is accentuated by the slight fade at the temple, which gradually fades back in as it progresses towards the full beard.
# 2 The Wavy Temple Fade
This taper fade is one of the most preferred among Caucasian males as it embraces both curly hair and edgy trims. The type of fade applied is a low temple fade that runs behind the ear.
The fade is minimal as it does not fade into skin, which is good because of the lack of even skin tone.
# 3 Buzz Cut Temple Fade
Buzz cuts and fades like this are common in the military. The old-fashioned buzz cut hairstyle is made trendy with a bald fade at the temples and at the back to give it a clearer outline.
It also looks better as the hair grows back because the top always looks thicker than the sides.
# 4 Slicked Back Top with High Tape-up
This is a perfectly layered fade that gradually tapers back into the skin then tapers back up into a full, rugged beard.
The slicked back hair of the crown gives the haircut an urbane appeal while the high tape-up creates a better distinction between the beard and the hair.
# 5 Spiky High Top Fade
Spiky hair is already pretty cool. This hairstyle is more of a modern version of the old-fashioned high top fades because the sides have been aligned all the way to the top. The fade is high, starting a couple of inches above the ear and tapering into the skin.
# 6 Parted Top with Temple Fade
The classic parted look combines well with a little tapering of the sides. In this scenario, the distinction between the thick hair on the crown and the shorter sides is made clearer using a slight fade at the temples that curve behind the ear.
# 7 Wavy Top with Medium Taper
Another favorite of the Caucasian male, the hair on the crown remains wavy as a moderate fade tapers the hair down the sides. At the sideburns, the hair tapers back up into a full beard, making the look exude a rugged appeal.
# 8 Long Top Combover with Temple Fade
This haircut can easily pass off as formal as it is very presentable. With only some light tapering at the temples, the long top that has been combed over becomes well highlighted. If you are jittery about taking too much off the sides, this is the perfect haircut for you.
# 9 Curly Top with Low Bald Fade
The perfect contrast between the thick, curly hair on the crown and the entirely bald area towards the hairline is the main appeal of this trendy cut. The fade begins about two inches from the ear and rapidly tapers the hair right into the skin above the ear.
# 10 Vintage Curly Top with Bald Fade
This look incorporates a vintage top with a curl hanging over the brow. The fade starts out right at the edge of the crown and tapers into a clean bald fade right above the ears where there is a stylish disconnect between the hair and the sideburns. The groomed facial hair caps off the look superbly.
# 11 Thick Top with Low Fade
This slight tapering of the hairline gives a stylish edge to the curly hair of men with darker complexions. The fade takes on different levels of tapering at the temple and at the back with the rest of the hair untouched. The groomed beard ruggedizes the look.
# 12 Curly Fade
Thick curls are already a timelessly appealing hair type. However, with a slight bald fade that tapers into the skin at the edge of the hairline, the style is made more defined and more consistent.
The hair on the sides tapers back up at the sideburns and continues to thicken towards the beard.
# 13 Vintage Combover with Low Fade
The wavy vintage top with a diagonally parted middle looks classy enough on its own. However, a subtle fade along the edges of the hairline starting from the temples going towards the back makes the look stand out even more.
# 14 Curly Low Fade Haircut
The thick, curly top is a common sight among men with kinky hair as it looks better with the afro-like canopy. The sleek low fade around the thick top accentuates the prominence of the crown while the right-angled line-up shapes up the temples nicely.
# 15 Faded Slick Back
The ultimate cool guy look, the slicked back hair, can now be spruced up even more with a nice fade. This haircut features the stylishly slicked back top with a subtle low fade around the hairline aiming to highlight it even further.
# 16 Spiky Top Skin Fade
This tape up requires some fine skills on your barber’s part as it features a smooth fade that tapers the spiky top nicely down the sides into a bald fade at the hairline. This kind of skin fade is the perfect canvas for any artistic line-ups and cuts your barber may have in mind.
# 17 Backwards Taper Fade
Although subtle, the taper fade that brings down the top at the back into a nice bald fade is actually very hard to achieve. The fade looks almost natural with the tapering starting out low and finishing at the absolute edges of the hairline in a skin fade.
# 18 Chic Tape-Up
The highlight of this haircut—the highlights—are no doubt the centerpiece and the center of attraction. However, the geometrically aligned low skin fade along the edge of the hairline adds a bit of a kick and outlines the flamboyant top nicely.
# 19 Combover Razor Fade
For longer hair with more pronounced styles, a razor fade is enough to make the top stand out. This classy Combover top has been given a flashy razor fade that is perfectly consistent all round. Admittedly, only a skilled barber can pull this off successfully.
# 20 Combover Razor Fade with Parted Top
One of the most intricately done fades with perfectly blending levels is the razor cut. This one has been exquisitely done to emphasize on the tidiness of the slick top.
The fade is progressively gradual with only a little more than a fuzz left at the bottom to provide a nice lineup at the temples.
# 21 Parted Combover Low Tape-Up
This haircut features the timelessly classy slick Combover with a perfectly aligned partition at the edge of the crown. The sides are tapered down with a nice, low horizontal fade that goes around the back and reaches both temples.
# 22 Curly Temple Fade
For naturally curly or wavy hair, you can rock an enhanced curly haircut with a subtle temple fade. The rest of the hair is mainly untouched with only a slight fade coming towards the edges of the temple.
# 23 Partitioned Top with Low Tape Up
The Combover is a popular choice when it comes to mixing it up with a nice fade. This haircut features a thick top with slick lines and a prominent cut on the side that separates the crown from the temple.
The asymmetry resulting from the line and the tapered down sides make it very appealing.
# 24 Rugged Low Tape Up
For men with kinky hair, this is one of the simplest variations of the fade. The crown makes full use of the curly nature of kinky hair while the sides are tapered down and twisted up to make it look stylishly rugged with a nice, angular lineup.
# 25 Curly Low Razor Fade
The curly locks on the crown become more pronounced in the presence of the trimmed sides. The fade starts out about an inch above the ear and tapers down towards the trimmed sideburns before tapering back up into a well-groomed beard.
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The quality of your tape up largely depends on how deft your barber can be with the shaver. You can experiment with them as much as you like without losing your style as it barely touches the hair on top.
Freshen up your look today with one of these stylish tape up haircuts.