Beard Fades: Style Guide, Trends & Grooming Tips


Beard fade

Are you thinking of what a beard fade might look like? Adding a fade to your beard style is a great way to boost your look.

The beard fade has become the “on trend” standard for the modern barber. The unique blending technique creates a smooth transition between different facial hair lengths, giving beards a sleek look.

Beard trimmers and facial scissors can help you blend hair along your ears and temples to get the faded style. Learn more about how to do it and select your best style. Keep reading.

How to Rock a Trendy Beard Fade

The fade is one of the central techniques to being a barber these days. Everyone wants a faded haircut. This look involves knowing how to transition expertly between hair of varying lengths.

A similar technique with men’s haircuts faded looks typically have long hair at the top, with shorter hair on the sides blending down to a bald fade.

When done right, this ultra-neat, smooth shaven look is precise and contrasts a long beard. However, you can have both using the faded beard technique.

Cool and trendy beard fade with parted hairstyle.
Cool and trendy beard fade with parted hairstyle.

Full Beard vs Faded Beard

Many view beards as a symbol of masculinity, and for those who can grow a thick beard, then you may want to wear it with a fade hair style. The contrast between a smooth taper fade haircut and a longer beard makes for an on-trend facial hair style.

Faded beard style for that trendy look
Quiff hairstyle tapered to a skin fade and paired with a tapered beard.

However, massive beards also take a lot of brushing, cleaning, and regular maintenance. They may not be welcome in certain office environments, and there are ways to shape a longer beard to your advantage. Faded beard styles are polished and blend into stylish looks, perfect for a manicured yet masculine look.

Should You Get a Faded Beard?

Some things may be difficult to maintain with a faded beard style. For one, it’s a sharper, more precise look with angles and lines. These must be maintained with a beard grooming kit or a trip to the barber. You’ll need to keep up with your fade every few days so stray hairs don’t ruin the precision look.

In addition, fading a beard doesn’t always work, especially if you have a patchy beard with significant bald patches. While some barbers can fade out a beard if it’s patchy around the hollows of your cheeks, it’s more difficult with thinning hair near your jawline.

Can You Fade a Beard on Your Own?

Yes, there are ways to maintain a fade and even get so good that you can do it independently with certain tools. The important part is having a steady hand and a good razor. However, barbers are trained to get as precise as possible, so if you want to start with the best fade, visit a known professional who can create a new, faded look.

If you want to maintain or fade the beard yourself, these are some tools you’ll need:

How Can I Fade My Beard?

1. Clean and Exfoliate

The first thing you should do before you fade your beard is to exfoliate and clean. It should be free of any debris or extra oils. There are beard shampoos and beard oils that can help you get smooth, soft beard hair. You don’t want your razor or scissors to get caught in any knots.

Clean and exfoliate before trimming your beard fade
Clean and exfoliate before trimming or fading your beard.

Once clean and properly conditioned, your beard is ready for a trim. You can use clippers with no grade, beginning with the underside of your chin and trimming to the desired length. This takes care of the shape of your beard and minimizes stray hairs.

2. Start Trimming

The second step involves using the right trimmer setting. I like the grade #2 or 6 mm guard. You’ll start at the ear and work down to the chin, removing excess hair.

You should ensure you’re moving away from the face as you approach the jawline. With the trimmer, you’ll move around the edges of your beard, removing all strays and excess fuzz.

Then clean and trim your neckline, measuring 1 – 2 fingers up from your Adam’s Apple.

Barber creating a beard fade with a trimmer
Give your barber clear directions.

Ready for the fade? So, it’s often an excellent idea to have a barber do your fade for the first time, but if you want to try it on your own, the next part is a little tricky.

Set Your Guides

You can set your clippers to 0 with no grade and start where your ear connects to your head, then go to the middle of the ear, shaving down about 10 mm on both sides of the face.

After that, you can create a second and third guide above and below the 0 line with a 1 or 3 mm grade. You can then change the blades to 1.5 or 4.5 mm and blend the lines between grades 1 and 2.

3. Remove the Gaurd

Finally, use a shorter setting. You’ll remove the guard and change the blades to 0.5 or 1.5 mm. Now, you’ll trim your beard between 0 and 1 on both sides. If you don’t like the edges, you can use your razor to trim them back as much as you need.

What Type of Faded Beard Style is Best?

You’re not alone if you want to let a professional barber fade to your beard. Many guys ask for a fade when they have a beard growing in or want to trim up a larger, bushier beard.

The following looks are the most popular for men who want a faded beard style.

Long Faded Beard

If you have a long Gandalf beard (AKA a Yeard), you can still get a fade without undoing the rugged look. These looks pair a precision fade above the ear with a long beard. Here, you’ll maintain the thickness and length of beard hair.

Wavy Long Beard
This long curly beard looks best with faded sideburns.

The goal is to maintain a longer beard past the chin while it slowly shifts into a fade at the hinge of your jaw up past the ear.

You can keep this look between barber visits by using facial scissors to trim up around your cheeks. However, with a beard shaper or guide, you could shave this fade on your own.

Mid-Length Faded Beard Styles

This is a shorter beard shape that looks a bit more neat. You’ll get clean lines at the cheekbones and along the jawline.

Bleached Faded Taper
Cool two tone look with this faded style beard.

The beard remains short under the chin. You may go for a lower 0 or 1 fade on the sides. In some cases, you may want there to be a complete bald fade just above the ear.

Short Faded Beard Styles

Big beards don’t always have the appeal if you like your facial hair cropped and neat. Barbers tend to fade in longer hair to stubble. You may want a heavier fade, taking the 0 guard down to the bottom of the air and blending to your beard from that point. Short beards have strong lines under the cheekbones and along the jaw (cheek line).

Short Faded Beard Styles for a trendy look.
Super clean lines on short beard fade.

This beard takes a little more maintenance, so you should invest in a beard trimmer and facial trimmers for a touch-up in-between trim.

Tapered Fade

The taper fade style is sometimes called the layered fade and has a more subtle transition from the thick hair while still looking trendy.

A Tapered Beard Fade is trendy and stylish
This style is a ducktail beard paired with a taper fade.

Wrapping Up: Should You Fade Your Beard?

Most men today have gotten a fade or want to get one. This is because they add a super clean and stylized look to your beard.

You may want a fade to show off your precision style when you have a longer beard but little to no hair on top. In other cases, it’s fun to blend your beard on the sides and add clean lines to define your particular look.

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I'm the founder of Bald & Beards, an amateur barber and I've been obsessed with men's grooming, styles, and trends for over 20 years.