13 Men's Hair Trends That Aren't The Fade

Published By Brooke
Updated 10-25-2022

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Nearly all men's hair trends include some variation of a fade. And while we love a well-blended fade as much as the next guy likes a low bald fade (and the one next to him likes a versatile fade, and the one next to him likes a drop fade), there's more out there to explore.

So before you ask your barber to give you the same classic fade haircut as every man you've seen in the past year, check out these 15 haircuts for men that are not the fade.

Disconnected Undercut

Disconnected Undercut

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The stark contrast between the shaved sides and the flow at the top make a bold and sexy low-maintenance style. We definitely prefer it with a nicely groomed beard like this one.

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Nearly all men's hair trends include some variation of a fade. And while we love a well-blended fade as much as the next guy likes a low bald fade (and the one next to him likes a versatile fade, and the one next to him likes a drop fade), there's more out there to explore. So before you ask your barber to give you the same classic fade haircut as every man you've seen in the past year, check out these 15 haircuts for men that are not the fade.

Disconnected Undercut

Disconnected Undercut @barber_egoiste The stark contrast between the shaved sides and the flow at the top make a bold and sexy low-maintenance style. We definitely prefer it with a nicely groomed beard like this one.

The Quiff

The Quiff @taufanmaulana13 The quiff hairstyle looks almost just like the pompadour hairstyle - we'll call them cousins. It can be paired with shaved sides, layered sides, or a fade (you can find options with a tapered fade, bald fade, low fade, mid fade, high fade, skin fade) - but is typically a short-sides, long-top haircut. Straight hair is the best to achieve this hair texture.

French Crop

French Crop @iamthebarber132 Moment of truth: If you can rock a French Crop clean-shaven, we applaud you. More often than not, these favorite low-maintenance haircuts make you looking like you're back in seventh grade. Indeed, French crop haircuts for men can give that beautifully awkward schoolboy look that translates into a dapper, manly short hair trend when you leave a little scruff or grow out a full-blown beard.

Hard Part

Hard Part @barber_egoiste The hard part has gone in and out of style in the 2000s. But you know when you see a guy rocking this trend with a low taper fade, he's best friends with his barber and probably has an impressive shoe collection. Just kidding but, actually, an Ivy League haircut with a hard part like this and in combination with a clean shave taper fade or a low skin fade does require an often trim to keep the neat professional appearance of this classic haircut.

Slicked Back

Slicked Back @barber_egoiste Recently remade famous by the Bachelorette's Jason Tartick, Scott Disick, and David Beckham, the slicked back do is such a classic hairstyle in men's hair trend. Even women's hair trends have hopped on board with the slicked back, wet look. If you've got medium-length or just long enough hair to pull it off, you have no excuse not to buy a jar of a hair styling product and sweep your longer hair back. The best thing about this trend is that you don't have to sacrifice your length. You can keep the same length and rock it with a long, lustrous flow or a shaved sides, long top look just the same.

Combover

Combover @ppatrickmarinho At one point in time, the combover was the men's hair trend that everyone made fun of - and now this great haircut is easily one of the most popular styles of the year. Ah, how we love a good underdog story (especially one that looks this good - yes we're talking to you, JT.) Still, you can go far with your slicked-back hair and make it glossy even slightly greasy. Alternatively, create a textured comb over with a pomade, sweeping that messy style with fingers.

Side-Part Pompadour

Side-Part Pompadour @alan_beak Try this men's hair trend, and you'll be smizing as hard as the guy in this photo. And if you're not sure your locks can achieve that much volume of that low-maintenance haircut, try adding a bit of (product) to damp hair and blow dry with a round brush, going the opposite way you'd style it. Once it's dry, comb it back to the right side, part it, and set in place with hair wax. This modern and edgy look works magic even without any facial hair or high fade sides.

Pompadour

Pompadour @alan_beak The Pompadour is the men's hair trend everyone wants to be able to pull off but only some can since it should be the right balance between thick hair and thin hair to make it right. We'll let you in on a little secret: it's all about the hair product as well. If you have long enough locks, you can achieve this volume. Here's how: Messy Pompadour Tutorial.

Pompadour + Beard

Pompadour + Beard @ppatrickmarinho Same haircut - completely different look. The pompadour with a clean-shaven face looks dapper, but with a beard? Let's just say it's rugged and commands a bit more attention, in the best way possible, that is. Thicker hair will allow for more brutality to the look, but don’t go further than medium length with it.

Shoulder Length

Shoulder Length @iamthebarber132 Youtuber and Instagram personality, Cole LaBrant brought this look back full force. There's nothing we love more than a man with long hair (except for maybe a man bun - which Cole pulls off brilliantly, too.) Today, more and more men adopt this hair length to combine it with wavy hair, curly fringe, a bald fade undercut.

Crew Cut

Crew Cut @barber_egoiste The Crew Cut - AKA the dad hairstyle - is back in full force this season. Next to a Hard-Part Pompadour, a cropped haircut looks quite conservative, but we find it charming and minimalistic. Plus, military haircuts are a great alternative for men with thin locks who may not be able to achieve the thickness and volume required for trends like Quiff or Combover. Short hair mostly blends into a skin fade with this style.

Man Bun

Man Bun @alan_beak It's 2023 coming, and the man bun is still a thing as much as a cool fade haircut. Mistake? We think not - but one thing we're sure of is that such low-maintenance haircuts for men look best with a beard. And if you're tired of this Pinterest-perfect men's hair trend, spice your long hair up a little with a shaved undercut. A low drop fade, a high fade, or other fade haircuts can also be a way.

Side Part

Side Part @barber_egoiste This clean-cut shorter hairstyle pairs well with a tux, a clean-shaven face, and a hard part. To get the look, use a semi-glossy product like a pomade. So, it looks like a no-fade haircut is a cool thing indeed. Without all those popularized low skin fade, high fade, mid fade, drop fade, bald fade, undercut fade, and other variations of fade haircut stuff. No fade haircuts for men are a great alternative to a fade cut, and it will surely look more unique and personalized than another faded haircut. Now that you know which men's hairstyles and haircuts are trending this season, check out everything you need to know about hair color for men.

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