Men's fashion may look like it has changed drastically over the years, but really we're just always looking for a new take on an old idea.
For hundreds of years, men have found "short on the sides, long on the top" hairstyles to be the go-to look, and for good reason!
There are very few people who don't look good with a variation on this cut.
For a man, getting a cut that's short on the sides with some length to play with up top has its benefits.
The burst fade is an incredibly stylish look, and it isn't seen as commonly in men who choose the short sides/long top style.
The cut made its debut in African American barbershops in the 70s and 80s as a stylish take on a standard military cut.
Though the burst fade has been around for a while, it was popularized by singer/songwriter/producer Usher in 2010.
All fade haircuts have something of a gradient to them, where the cut fades from shorter and closer to the skin, to longer and farther away.
In the case of a burst fade haircut, the fade creates a sunburst effect, radiating in a circular pattern around the ear.
This cut looks great on textured hair, because the burst effect shows up more prominently and is quite striking.
That said, the look can be achieved on finer hair types as well, and may give the wearer the illusion of more volume.
Burst fade haircut is a variation of the low fade haircut with a round faded line that follows the form of the ear.
Simply put, the burst fade haircut is a mix between South of France haircut and Mohawk hairstyle.
Any hair type can support the cut; it will just have to be adjusted to work for your face shape and hair type.
Many people believe that in order to achieve a fade effect in the hair, they have to have a nearly naked buzz cut that graduates slowly into a longer crop.
The thing is, a fade doesn't have to go all the way down to the wood.
If you like the idea of a burst fade, but have a lighter hair color or just want something more subtle, maybe you can opt for a burst fade shape cut with scissors.
This can make for a softer look. Really, the possibilities within this one style are limitless.
Have a chat with your barber about what would work best for you.
How often are you going to visit your barber?
The burst fade is created using a precision combination of clipper and scissor techniques, and should be customized according to your individual lifestyle, face shape, and hair type.
This is a "please don't try it at home" style look, and you'll have to plan accordingly.
If you're going for an extremely tight fade, it will look best when it's freshly cut.
Hair grows about half an inch per month on average, which can make a big difference if you're buzzed.
To maintain the clean lines your barber has created, you'll have to visit once every two weeks.
If you're commitment phobic, have your barber create something that has the elements of a burst fade that appeal to you, while being longer and more subtle.
This will cut down on visits, but you should still plan to make an appointment once every 4-6 weeks.
Depending on the type and length of your hair and also depending on the type of your personality you can opt between a classic curly burst fade haircut or a messy dyed burst fade with design.
You can use hair pomades for a texturized look or oil-based pomades in case you have dry hair.
One of the ways you can make this look your own is by customizing the way you style the hair on top of your head.
There are so many looks that are complementary to the burst fade, so this is where you can have some fun.
This look can work great with a pompadour, a slicked back style, a comb over, a flattop, or just with an easy, short tousled style.
Keep in mind that every hairstyle revolves around the type of hair you have, your scalp conditions and the length of your hair.
First of all, not every barber is trained specifically in clipper skills.
Everyone will know how to do basic cuts with clippers, but if you're looking for something with some precision to it, you'll want to do your research.
Hop onto Instagram and check out some stylists in your area.
Maybe book a consultation and ask them if they know how to create a burst fade, and what they would do to customize it for your needs.
This style looks great when executed properly, but not so hot when done sloppily, so you'll want to put some time in to make it the best cut it can be.
A burst fade is a great way to embrace the "short on the sides/long on the top" style without doing what everyone else is doing.
Still not convinced? Check out our gallery below:
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