Taper haircut

Faint Tapers

There are several versions of a taper fade haircut that have varying lengths. This photo is an example of a short taper haircut. It is classified as this due to the extremely short length in the rear and sides of the cut. A fade while also short isn’t cut as close to the scalp as a taper.

Side Part Taper Fade

Next we have the side part fade which has also leaned heavily toward the category of being a man’s cut. However in today’s modern era lines that were once distinctly drawn to segregate genders have been blended. The end result is a cut such as the one in this photo that has a deep side part that is now even shaved into the cut.

Kinky Tapered Hair

Kinks require a special approach in terms of the hair care routine. And there’s no need to tell you that the right haircut is the % of perfect care for your afro locks. As you might have guessed already the capricious natural kinks are another challenge that a taper can handle! This cut will shape every single kink making it well-groomed and defined. Of course it will also protect your hair from breakage thus giving it a healthy look.

Sunset Tousled Tapered Pixie Cut

This light auburn shade is reminiscent of a summer sunset. The front is fuller so you can brush it over to one side for a messy bedhead look that says you have a fun and carefree side and aren’t afraid to show it.

Thick Straight Tapered Hair

Got tired trying to tame your unmanageable thick hair but still love this stubborn texture? A taper is your key to reaching the balance and harmony with your demanding hair type. Ask your hairstylist for slight layers running through your locks so that they could stand out and behave at the same time. As for the sides that’s the job for a taper: let scissors put a spell on your hair and give it a totally unique look.

Temp Fades

Temp fades are thinned out around the temples hence the name. This is perfect for those who are looking to try out a fade without dramatically thinning out a significant amount of hair.

Faux Hawk Fade

This model is sporting a faux hawk fade. With this cut the hair is cropped super close to the sides and back and the length is styled upward to create a mohawk effect. There are varying styles of faux hawks you can achieve without making the leap into a full-blown mohawk.

Icy Blonde Platinum Tapered Bob Haircut

This icy blonde color is so sleek and stylish and the tapered bob with longer side fringe adds a feminine flair to this trendy cut. Have you fallen in love with any of these tapered haircuts for women? Think you’ve got enough spunk to pull off an edgy tapered haircut? We think you can totally rock this ultra trendy style and should totally go for it!

Temp Fade

The photo above is an example of a popular taper haircut for curly hair black women prefer. It is sometimes referred to as a temple fade due to the hair length fading at the area of the temple. This style is both low-maintenance and easy to style. No long hours in the styling chair or bathroom are necessary for obtaining this chic look!

Disconnected Undercut Fade

Our next example is this gorgeous pompadour look made possible by the disconnected undercut fade style. This look is as the title states not connected or blended. The hair length changes dramatically and quickly from a short length to the long length at the top. This cut is styling the skin fade undercut that is further set off by the light blonde hair color. This hairstyle is also easy to maintain and style so it is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to spend a tremendous amount of time styling their hair.

Natural Gold Curls

While some women with natural hair dedicate years of their lives for extensions protective styles and expensive braiding wise ones go for a taper haircut. With this simple yet striking idea you can not only put yourself in the spotlight but also embrace your natural texture. Besides no words in the world can describe how comfortable you will feel with your hair.

Blonde Balayage Sassy Taper Fade

You can combine your sassy taper fade with a pretty blonde balyage to give it a modern flair. Ask your stylist for choppy layers on top to give your hair added volume and texture.

Punky Pompadour Taper Fade

Want to combine both rock and roll with punk rock? This short and sassy punky pompadour is perfect with its shaved sides and volume front and top for a look that’s totally retro chic!

High Top Fade

High Top Fade features a box cut at the very top of the head which fades down around the entire perimeter of the head. The hair around the perimeter can either be tapered gradually or significantly. Made popular by Hip-Hop group Kid n Play the high top fade was a signature style during the s and early s but has made its way back into the style of hipsters and teens alike.

Side Part Tapers

Side part tapers feature a prominent side part where the hair is thick at the part and gradually thins out as you extend down to the ear. This style is a great way to add some edge to a professional look and is very popular among business-type men. Our favorite taper fade haircuts for black guys

Disconnected Undercut Fade

Disconnected Undercut Fade hairstyles features longer hair on the top with an immediate disconnect where instead of a gradual fade. Typically the sides are dramatically shorter in length than the top giving it a shorter amount of tapering.

Violet Taper Haircut With Hair Tattoo

Do you know how far you can go with your tapered curls? As far as your imagination lets you! Shaved tattoos embellishing the sides and vibrant hair colors stealing the show are actually only the beginning of what you can create with a taper. Having seen this idea you have no choice but to call your stylist and ask for bright changes!

Curly Buzz Cut With Shorter Sides

If you have naturally curly hair you can still rock a longer top! The super short curls are very cool and chic and the shaved sides give this hip haircut even more of an edgy vibe!

Platinum Blonde Taper With Faded Sides

This look is very striking and dramatic with the short cut that tapers neatly at the nape of the neck. The closely faded sides and pale blonde color give it a icy cool look if you want to show that blondes can totally rock a tapered haircut!

Faux Hawk Fade

Faux Hawk Fade features longer hair up the middle of the head like a Mohawk but instead of the sides being shaven they are gradually tapered down into a fade.

Buzz Cut With Surgical Hairline

This short buzz cut with surgical hairline is the perfect disconnected cut for those who want a super short style that’s great for summer or even just a drastic change!

Taper Fades

Now we are crossing over to the love child of the taper and fade – a blended style taper fades. There are several versions of this cut as well and each has its own specific style and benefit. The temp fade or temple fade is exactly what the title indicates. The fade begins at the temple area. There are additional versions of this cut such as the side part taper fade and the disconnected undercut fade. It is important that you know the distinction between what is a taper fade and what a simple fade or taper is. One of the most popular cuts in this category is the low taper fade haircut.

Fiery Red and Orange Long Tapered Cut

This red and orange taped cup with choppy layers on top is on fire! The bright red sides are a bit longer than a traditional tapered cut and the added length on top is perfect for a bold bust of color!

Platinum Blonde and Cotton Candy Tapered Bob

This short sleek bob is so pretty with the pale blonde and soft pink steaks. The undercut gives it a nice lift and the colors add a ton of texture to this chic and spunky tapered cut!

Faint tapers

Faint tapers are seemingly the same length but a faint tapered effect is seen around the temples and ears. If you’re someone who wants to try the tapered look but doesn’t want it to be too dramatic then this is the perfect style for you.

Bald Fades

Bald fade cuts actually taper down from the top and the hair around the perimeter of the sides and back of the head is completely shaved off.

Asymmetrical Sleek Tapered Bob

Asymmetrical bobs like the one pictured here are very much in demand right now. This cut in particular has a bit more ass with its shaved back and longer sides.

Side Part Taper Haircut

As for styling options there’s an easy way to change the mood of your tapered curls from casual to refined formal. Whether you’re going to a date or some evening party is knocking at the door all you need to make your hair fit the occasion is to create a side part. Finish the look with shiny styling product look in the mirror and say hi to the sexy goddess with a sophisticated hairstyle.

Short Tapers

Short tapers are generally in of hair and lower that tapers down toward the ear. This style is perfect for those who aren’t interested in leaving a substantial amount of hair at the top.

Long Tapers

Long taper haircuts feature hair that is longer at the top and shorter around the sides but not short enough to see the scalp. This tapered style is popular among those who want to go short but don’t want to commit to cutting the sides very low.

High Top Fade

This high-top fade is becoming extremely popular among women. What was once considered strictly a man’s cut this cut has crossed the gender lines. The fade is progressive but doesn’t go to bald. The hair is blended well with the length on top allowing for styling and easy maintenance.


The fade haircut: the hair decreases in length from top to bottom and we are going to explain to you how to fade hair yourself. Typically the hair is wet prior to cutting and the proper guard is selected to obtain the desired length. Before cutting begins the hair is parted as it would be when styled and the cut begins. Using the longest guard start at the top of the cut and go all the way around. Next attach the next guard to the clippers in descending order and stop this cut about an inch below your last pass. Finally add the shortest guard and blend the passes and voila you have successfully completed your own haircut.

Long Crown

Some people think that due to their curly hair they can’t obtain a taper haircut. This is simply not true. If you hire a stylist who has been properly trained they can guide you in the right direction to help you achieve a look that works for you and your hair type. This photo is a prime example of a taper hairstyle on a woman with curly hair.

Spiky Tapered Cut

This spiky tapered cut is very edgy and shows that you aren’t afraid to show you’re rougher side. Ask for more length in the front so you can tease it back to create spikes like the ones shown here.

Pumped Up Pompadour Tapered Pixie

If you really want to pump up the volume this pompadour style tapered cut is chock-full of volume! Ask for longer layers up front and slick it up and back to resemble a pompadour for a look that’s totally far out!

Taper Fade Haircuts For Your Inspiration

Short Tapers

As before mentioned there are short taper cuts such as this faded taper haircut. The hair around the sides and back of the head is cropped extremely close and fades slightly to the model’s length on top. This cut is also known as an undercut fade and has recently become increasingly popular among women.

Classic Tapers

Classic tapers feature longer hair at the crown and top of the head which gradually tapers as it extends down to the sides and back of the head.


Fade haircuts can best be described as no hair at the sides and back of the head but graduates into more hair as you move to the top of the head. A fade haircut is actually a form of tapering the hair but the hair is cut drastically lower than a regular taper. Many barbers tend to bald the hair around the sides and back of the head beforehand and taper the cut so that it gradually gets thicker as it extends to the top of the head giving it the “faded” look. While most fades are cut relatively short the top can be left long like a classic tapered cut. There are a few different types of fades but the most popular variations include either a high fade or a low fade. High Fades usually fade away completely within at least -inches from the top of the head. Low Fades feature a taper cut that gradually extends down the sides and back of the head and fade completely at nape and right above the ears. Here are a few other fade styles to keep in mind:

Long crown

This is another tapered style that features a very long crown area and short sides. Video on Taper Vs. Fade

Long Tapers

becoming increasingly popular.

Side Part Taper Fade

This style features a very prominent side part that tapers into a fade. Watch this video tutorial to understand how a high fade taper fade is done: Kicky High Low Taper Fade Haircuts choose the best option.