High Top Fade With Curls

High Top Fade With Curls


The high top fade is a hairstyle that was very popular throughout the 80s in the African American community. Its gravity defying qualities are possible because of the distinct texture of kinky/ coily hair. This hairstyle requires a bit of length, 1-3 inches so that the hair can stand up straight. It’s paired with a fade to add depth and contrast. This hairstyle provides one with malleability so that they can sport this look in any shape they want because of the kinky texture. Such styling variety makes this cut a great option for those wanting to express themselves! In this blog we’ll tell you everything you need to know to feel confident in styling & caring for a high top fade with curls!



What Is a High Top Fade With Curls


In the 80s we saw African American men with kinky hair sporting this stylish cut. Modern day men with looser curls are proving that this look can be done many ways. The basic style is still the same: The hair on top is cut bluntly with some length (2-4 inches). For men with looser curls, opting for shorter hair on top will be easier to style and require less product to make the hair stay up. It’s styled straight up giving the vibe of max volume and length. The sides and back have a taper going upwards, starting just around the ears. Of course you can have your taper fade be as high or low as you’d like. Many modern day hairstyles are modified cuts from previous decades, so feel free to play around with it and throw a modern twist on your haircut!



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How To Care For Kinky Coils


The most important practice needed to have healthy kinky hair is hydration. Keeping your hair moisturized will not only have your hair looking its best, it will feel its best as well. Hydration can protect your hair from damage due to friction or stress. Use a leave-in conditioner daily. A wide tooth comb is best for kinky hair as it causes less breakage when detangling. Your fingers work well for this too. Avoid washing your hair too often. Washing one to two times per week is ideal so that dryness doesn’t take over. Use a sulfite free shampoo & conditioner to keep your hair fresh and build-up free.



How To Care For Looser Curls


Many of the hair-care tips listed above apply to men with looser curls. Hydration, less washing, and avoiding friction will keep your hair looking and feeling its best. For looser curls, apply a curl defining product to damp hair. This will help to structure your curls. Lastly, using a silk bonnet at night will not only avoid damage caused by friction, but it will protect the shape of your curls resulting in less styling time each morning.



Whether you want to pay homage to Will Smith’s hairstyle in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, or are looking for an exciting way to switch up your current look, a high top fade with curls is an excellent choice. This hairstyle is unique and can be personalized, easy to care for, and definitely a blast from the past!


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