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The term fade is usually associated with barbershop classics like the flat-top and the high-and-tight, but this season, fading takes on new dimensions. Tightly cropped edges blend seamlessly into length at sides and top, combining long deconstructed interiors with strictly defined outlines. The look is both rugged and refined, manly and dapper. Read on for steps to achieving the masculine, modern shape. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: Ask your stylist for a graduated cut with a weight line at the temple. The outline should be crisply defined and the length at the edges extremely short. The top should be cut short to long, from the crown to the bang area, with the longest front lengths hitting between brow and cheekbone.

Step 2: Texturizing is important to this shape and will help to blend the various lengths. Depending on your hair’s density and texture, shears or razor will achieve the best finish. Talk to your stylist about what’s right for you.

Step 3: Use a weighty defining product like creme wax or texture paste to style at home. Run a nickel of the product through damp hair and push forward or comb back.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.

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