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Difference Between Taper and Fade

Taper vs Fade

There are lots of hairstyles for men in vogue these days and out of them, taper and fade have become very popular as they are not only attractive to look at, they are also very easy to manage in daily life. These hairstyles look similar to what men in armed forces keep as hair is cropped at the top, sides and back. Despite many similarities, there are some differences between taper and fade hairstyles that will be highlighted in this article.

In earlier times, fade haircut was adopted only by men in military and anyone sporting this hairstyle was supposed to be in armed forces. Also called high and tight in those times, it has evolved into a trendier looking haircut called fade that has become extremely popular in males of all ages today, and one can spot a kid, as well as, a senior in this hairstyle. If you have a desire to have a fade haircut that applies to many hairstyles, it is better to carry the picture along with you to let the barber have a clue as to what you have in your mind regarding the pattern you want in your hair. With passage of time different styles have evolved in the same fade haircut and today you have the skin fade (jokingly referred to as bald fade), low fade, hi top fade, half fade, and so on. Though fade haircut is a trendy haircut, it can be used in places that are called conservative with minor variations.

Taper is a male haircut where the length of hair graduates from the top of the head down to sides and back of the head in a symmetrical fashion. The hair grows shorter as we move down the back and sides, but this is not in a haphazard manner rather described in words such as #3 to #1 and so on. (Here #3 means 3/8 inch while #1 means 1/8 inch). A taper cut is the most common hairstyle in men’s these days. In a regular taper cut, the hair at the top has a length of 2-4 inches and it tapers in length as one watches the hair come down on sides and the back of the head.

What is the difference between Taper and Fade?

· Both taper and fade are popular men’s hairstyles with short hair.

· While in fade, hair is cropped from all sides with hair at the top also being on the shorter side; in taper, hair at the top is long and decreases in size as we move down sides and back of the head.

· Fade is closer to a bald head, whereas taper looks hot in men of all ages.

· There is one hi top fade also that is adapted mostly by blacks and celebrities.


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