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15 Burst Fade Haircuts

The burst fade has become a popular men’s fade haircut in barbershops all over. The burst taper fade is often paired with a mohawk hairstyle, and is cut by blending the taper around the ear and down the neck. The shape of the burst fade is generally rounded and curved along the sides and back, making it the perfect type of fade for the mohawk.

In many ways, the burst fade haircut is much like the drop fade, except the burst focuses more on the edge of the hairline. With so many different ways to get a burst taper, the cut can be added to any of the best men’s hairstyles. Some of the cool short sides, long top styles to consider are the comb over, quiff, pompadour, faux hawk, flat top, and mohawk fade.

And although the burst fade has traditionally been a haircut for black men, white guys can also work in the look with their own short, medium-length or long styles. Even guys with different hair types, including straight or curly hair, can get this sleek, fresh finish.

Burst Fade

Here are the best burst fade haircuts! Whether you want a high, mid or low burst fade, these examples will inspire you to try this unique design!

Low Burst Fade

Low Burst Fade

This low burst fade still keeps the sides and back short, but doesn’t ride too high. For guys who need a professional hairstyle but still want an edgy haircut like the burst fade, this version works best. With a natural textured style on top and a fresh taper on the sides, we highly recommend this look. Plus, it’s the perfect example that guys can ask their barbers for any type of burst fade – high, mid, low, tapered, or skin.

Burst Fade Mohawk

Burst Fade Mohawk

The burst fade mohawk is the most classic version of the haircut. This wide mohawk with kinky hair is paired with a high bald burst fade on the sides and an edge up along the hairline and temples. The clean cut finish makes this mohawk fade cool, classy and sexy all at once. As one of the best hairstyles for black men, you really can’t go wrong getting this style.

Burst Taper

Burst Taper

The burst taper offers the option to trim the sides short without exposing skin. This burst taper fade is combined with thick, straight hair on top styled into a mohawk. Badass and modern, this type of fade can be combined with any number of popular hairstyles for men to create an awesome look. To get this natural, textured finish, guys should use a strong pomade or hair wax.

Burst Fade with White Guy

Burst Fade with White Guy

This burst fade haircut is a good example of how this cut transcends hair types. The best types of fades look good on all guys – Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian. Here, you’ll find a low bald fade and shape up with thick, natural hair on top. Brushed back in the front and slightly combed over, this short to medium-length hairstyle offers excellent volume, movement, and flow. Use a high-quality clay or cream to replicate this look.

Burst Taper Fade

Burst Taper Fade

Blended short on the sides and back, here’s a burst taper fade with curly hair on top. The messy curls and styling are reminiscent of the curly hair fade. One of the best ways to manage and control frizzy curly hairstyles is to use a cream and enhancer.

Burst Fade Comb Over

Burst Fade Comb Over

The burst fade comb over provides a special take on a classic hairstyle. The comb over fade is often styled with a traditional low, mid, or high taper on the sides, but a burst will help you stand out in the crowd. The hair is then brushed over to one side, creating a parted look. For volume and texture, use a high-quality matte men’s styling product.

Burst Fade Faux Hawk

Burst Fade Faux Hawk

Here is the burst fade faux hawk with a textured finish, shaved back, and thick beard. The faux hawk, also known as the fohawk, styles especially nicely with a fade on the sides. The surgical line or part adds a sweet hair design. To keep your fohawk fade styled all day, guys should use a strong hold, low shine wax.

Burst Taper with Curly Top

Burst Taper with Curly Top

For black men, a burst fade with short curly hair on top is a trendy style. This mohawk with tight curls and a skin fade is easy to get and maintain. Further, grow out a long, full beard and you have a very masculine look.

Burst Fade with Design

Burst Fade with Design

The burst fade can be customized to suit your personal style with a hair design on the sides. Cool hair designs can range from symbols to writing. The thick, long mohawk with highlights and nappy curls (or twists) looks awesome and edgy. For an extra clean finish, ask your barber for a fresh line up along the hairline.

Mohawk Fade For White Guys

Mohawk Fade White Guy

While the mohawk fade is generally a more popular haircut for black men, this styling also looks good on white guys and anyone who likes the hairstyle. The low burst taper fade merges seamlessly into the sideburns and beard, and you’ll notice the sweet shaping of the hairline around the temples. If you can pull off this look, we highly recommend you try it this year.

Flat Top Mohawk

Flat Top Mohawk

The flat top mohawk pictured here provides a unique version of these styles. While a flat top fade is a classic look, the burst fade makes this cut different. Along with the edge up, mohawk and length at the back, this modern hairstyle offers a stylish profile.

Straight Hair Burst Fade

Straight Hair Burst Fade

Proof that the burst fade works with all types of hair, including thick, straight hair. Unlike the kinky hair common to black men, this straight messy hairstyle offers the perfect contrast. Following the short sides, long top hair trend for men, the styling is sleek and modern.

South of France and Burst Fade

South of France + Burst Fade

The South of France hairstyle is another name for the burst fade mohawk. What used to be Usher’s signature cut, this look features a high burst fade tapered down to the skin. The wide mohawk on top is made of thick twists or curls. Without nappy hair, this styling is clean and trendy.

Mid Skin Burst Fade with Line Up

Mid Skin Burst Fade with Line Up

The burst fade haircut comes in a variety of forms, including a mid bald fade. The very short spiky hair on top is a combination of a blowout and mohawk. To build some contrast on the sides, the barber was forced to use zero fade clippers and an edge up trimmer along the hairline. The result was this ultra cool hairstyle.

For more cuts and styles, check out our complete list of the best fade haircuts for men!