When you see a beard fade it pretty much screams ”barber” from it. It’s one of those cuts that are really tough to recreate yourself.
A beard fade is in my opinion one of the coolest beard cuts out there, if done right. A fade from an inexperienced barber could mean disaster for your look. Who wants to deal with the panic that you get from chopping off way to much when you trim it yourself?
In this post, we will discuss my opinion on the best beard fade styles out there.
A word of caution once more. For the best result, consult your barber on how to make the fade yourself. This is the best option for you if you want to create something that fits your beard and hair type.
What is a faded beard?
First, we need to talk a bit about what a faded beard actually is. To sum it up, it’s a smooth transition from your hair and to your beard. Meaning that it is a lot of different lengths to achieve this faded effect. Which is some nice feat to actually pull off! Almost artistic to some degree.
When it’s done right, it can really make your overall look shine. A good fade is almost to compare to really nice accessory. It’s the the icing on the cake for stylish men!
Best looking fades
To pull off a faded beard, a good result is best achieved of not just focusing on the transition between the beard and hair, but also the hair.
As it is a fashion statement to pull off a beard fade, the hair is also an important factor. A pompadour cut is quite often seen with a faded beard-cut. However, this means that you need to have quite a lot of hair to pull it off.
Another really nice option is the mini-man bun. I would argue that a man-bun is maybe going out of style (maybe wasn’t even in to begin with?), but a man-bun in addition to a beard fade could work wonders. Also having the bun makes the grooming quite a lot easier!
If you are struggeling to grow that thickness with your beard, give THIS post a read. I go into great detail about what you can do to get a thicker looking beard.
Best looking fades, without hair!
Sadly, all of us aren’t equipped to rock a man-bun, pompadour, or other fluffy hair-cut.
But there is yet hope for us others as well! Recently beard fades on bald(ing) heads have been quite popular!
If you have a nice thickness to your beard, you have a good option to start tinkering with getting only a beard fade.
Below are a few examples of nice looking bald beard fades:
There’s a lot of vanities when it comes to beard fades. Since probably all of us reading this want to keep looking good for years to come. So what are your options when the hair on top of your head isn’t quite matching up to your expectations?
We’ve come a long way in hair transplants. If we just look at 10 years back the techniques and results have become way better now. If you choose your doctor wisely and with enough research, your end result will not be noticeable for anyone!
A hairtransplant is something you should not do at a very young age. Since hair loss will get gradually worse over time, chances are that you are going to loose more hair than you’ve realized.
I would suggest waiting until you’ve hit at least 30 before doing a hair transplant depending on your level of hairloss. There are a few factors why I suggest this:
- Your life is probably more stable at this point, both economically and socially.
- If you do a transplant too early, you might need to do even more hair transplants since you will be losing more hair than you’ve realized.
- You’ve become more mature and capable of seeing what a hair transplant really means.
The techniques doctors today use are either FUE or FUT methods. FUE is the more expensive and best option. However, FUT is cost-efficient but leaves a scar in the back of your head.
”If you want me to go into more detail about hair transplants, let me know in the comments”
FUE stands for Follicular unit extraction, and it’s a method manually removes individual hair follicles for your scalp. When extracted, the follicles are then inserted into your bald spots. This process is less invasive than FUT (explained below) and generally gives a better-looking result. There are some scarring after an FUE as well, small dots of where the follicles were extracted. However, these scars tend to soften over time.
As stated in the name, a FUT or a strip transplant, is by removing a strip of skin from your scalp (most often the back of your head), and then removing the follicles from the strip. The follicles are then inserted into your bald or thinning spots.
The downside of the FUT method is that it leaves a scar on your back head, but the upside is that it’s quite cost-effective compared to FUE.
If we look back a couple of years back, wigs were considered shameful and were, to be honest really easy to spot if someone was wearing. Remember all those 80’s cop movies for example?
The truth is that wigs today are really hard to spot! Did you know that some celebrities probably use wigs as well? If they can pull it off, so can you!
Most people are afraid of it blowing off by the wind. The wigs are glued to your heard and if applied correctly, will withstand a really good tugging before it blows off.
Another fear is that the wig will be noticeable along the hairline. The wigs of today are made from a specific type of lace, that is almost invisible to the eye.
Cutting it short
If you are loosing your hair (like me) you should really consider cutting it short.
There is no grace in having a thinning longer hair. It makes you look terrible when you have a few strains of hair, and maybe even a bald spot. You know what type of guy I’m talking about… 😉
But if you cut your hair short, you look way more masculine and you can also really own your thinning hair. Take The Rock, for example, we all know him today for countless action and comedy movies, but he was quite frequently seen in the WWF wrestling scene. And today, without hair, The Rock looks more masculine than ever!
To sum it all up
Take pride in your beard, and really consider going to a barber for your first faded beard cut. If you do, however, please give this video from the awesome Beardbrand a watch:
To get the most out of your beard and hair-style. Go visit your local barber. You are probably going to be suprised that going to the barber is like going to a community of likeminded individuals. The first time I went to my local barbershop I stayed for about an hour after my appointment was done! Often barbershops have other stuff available, like coffee, pool or other things to kill some time :).
Have you been to a barbershop yet? Let me know in the comments!
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