Fade haircuts are all the rage right now and everyone wants to get one. However, it can be a little bit confusing when you delve into the subject. Then you find out that there are countless variations of the fade. This may make it a little difficult to communicate to your barber exactly what you want. Or even get the result you were hoping for. That’s why we’ve decided to dedicate an entire article solely to the burst fade.
It’s a beautiful and modern hairstyle that deserves a lot of attention and praise. But it also deserves a proper explanation. In this piece you will learn what a burst fade really is, how you can communicate with your barber and tell him what you want, and how to style your burst fade. You will also learn what other hairstyles work with your burst fade and if you can get this haircut depending on your facial structure. What hairstyling products should you use? How to care for your hair and what celebrities have worn a burst fade so far. So buckle in because we’ve got a wonderful ride ahead!
What Is a Burst Fade?
The easiest way to identify or even define a burst fade is by looking at the features or criteria that separate it from all the other fades out there. It has a set of theatrical components that will immediately mark it as the hairstyle you’re looking for.
In that sense, you should know that a burst fade always has the hairline behind and above the ear tapered. Not shaved or cut with the scissors. Apart from that, the hair toward the nape needs to be longer than the rest so that you can get what we call a ‘burst’ effect. Therefore, the hairline will mimic the way your ear curves naturally and then will burst out when it reaches the back of your head.
Burst Fade for Long Hair
Is that even possible? This is a very good question. Many men actually ask their barbers if they can get a burst fade with a hair length other than short. The answer is yes. You can opt for a burst fade if you have short to medium hair, but not long. It will still look amazing on you, depending on what style you choose for the top half of the haircut.
Tools for the Burst Fade
It’s important to discuss this aspect of the burst not just for you to understand what happens when you go in to get one from your barber. But also because some of you might want to learn how to do a burst fade at home.
Over the years since the burst fade has been a major trend, hairstylists everywhere have developed a series of tools to help them get the perfect cut and style. For example, you will notice that some use sponges. They are primarily meant for very short hair and men that want it to be curled or twisted. A sponge for this purpose has two sides. One of the sides has holes which will aid you in creating said curls and coils. The other side has ridges. You can use it to add volume to the top half of your burst fade.
The most important thing about a styling sponge is that it’s incredibly easy to use. You don’t have to be a professional hairstylist to learn how to handle it. Just watch a few tutorials on YouTube and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Just remember that your hair should be damp at all times when you’re styling your burst fade with a sponge. Use water or a hair gel to lock in some moisture. Tap water is fine but you can also consider some floral options like rose water or coconut water. They are a lot healthier for your hair and will make it smell nicer as well.
How to Get a Burst Fade
We’ve already mentioned that there might be men out there who would simply love to learn how to give themselves a burst fade. The good news is that it’s actually very easy. We’ve listed the steps right here, as well as a few mentions and tips.
The first tip is this. Try to buy some mannequin heads online. Practice on them first. Only when you feel like you’ve learned how to do a burst fade well enough should you progress to your own head.
You can do the same thing by buying some wigs. Place a wig on your head and start practicing the burst fade as if it were your own hair. This will give you a great feel of how it actually is to cut your own locks. But without doing any damage to them. Remember that your own hair is precious and you shouldn’t take any chances with it!
Steps on Doing a Burst Fade at Home
- Buy a clipper, a comb, and a mirror. Practice cutting hair with the clippers first so that you won’t make any mistakes.
- Start with the top of your hair and use the clippers with the #3 guard. In this way you can get the length you have in mind.
- Continue with the sides of your hair. Use the clippers with the #4 guard. Choose the length you want for the sides.
- Move to the area around your ears. Use a bald trimmer and no guard for cutting the hair in this part of your head.
- Repeat step number four again. This time use a closed level. You can use a guard size #1 or no guard at all if you want to duplicate the circles you have now created around your ears.
6. Find the point where Steps 3 and 4 meet. Edge that point down with your clippers. Add the guard #3. You have previously created a circle in Step 3. Leave it to an 11/2 inch wide.
7. Flatten all your hair using a comb.
8. Do Step 6 all over again. This time make sure the guard size is on #2.
9. You can keep the guard size #1 open if you want and blend it in with the guard size #2.
10. It’s time to polish your work. Blend everything together. Don’t forget to trim the edges if you feel that’s necessary.
The Best Facial Structure for a Burst Fade
There is no denying that the burst fade is a crowd pleaser. Men everywhere crowd to get this haircut because it just looks so good! But what do the specialists say? Is there a specific facial structure that works best with it?
Some stylists do say that a burst fade might flatter men with oblong, triangular, and diamond-shaped faces more. It puts a lot of focus on the upper part of your face because that’s where all the action is happening. They also say that men with such structures should also consider growing a luscious beard. In this way, they can complement the haircut and balance the look. They can even change the way they look completely.
However, that doesn’t mean that men with all the other facial structures can’t wear or shouldn’t wear a burst fade. That’s the beauty of it. It makes everyone look fresh, cool, and modern in a very specific way. You can tailor a burst fade according to your own personality and the message you want to put out in the world.
Speaking of which, let’s take a look at some of the best and most interesting types of burst fades out there.
The Most Interesting Burst Fade Hairstyles
· The Coiffed Burst Fade
At the core of this version of the burst fade stands an arch that has been coiffed from the front to the back. Hence its name. You can try it independently of the texture of hair you have. Therefore, it’s a universal style. Still, if you really want to look badass or like a modern rockstar, you can wait until your hair is medium in length and then get the coiffed burst fade.
· The High Top Burst Fade
This one is extremely similar to the high top which men used to wear in the 70s and 80s. If it seems familiar, that’s because you might have seen it on celebrities such as Will Smith in different movies. But there are a few notable differences as well, since this is the modern age. Namely the fact that your barber will now give you a lot more texture on top. The reason is that it needs to look a lot sharper than it did back in the 70s. It’s still a taper style, but a much more modern and fresher one.
· The Short Burst Fade Created with a Sponge
If a short burst fade is your thing, say no more. We have exactly what you’re looking for. This haircut consists of very short sides so that it can have a super smooth and neat finish. The top is completely devoid of spikes as you might expect to see in a burst fade. Instead, it looks very silky and soft. That’s because the curls and coils have been created using a sponge.
· The Burst Fade with Pompadour
The pompadour was popularized back in the 50s by Elvis and James Dean. It’s incredibly easy to recognize because it has a high and very voluminous ‘pomp’ in the front. You can pair it well with a burst fade and create a superb combination of modern and classic in an unforgettable rockability style.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the pompadour hairstyle, we’ve dedicated a whole piece to it.
· The Burst Fade with a Hard Part
A hard part is not a utilitarian feature of this haircut nor any haircut for that matter. However, it’s a very fun an eye-catching little thing that you can add to your burst fade to make it even more interesting. Ask your barber to give you a hard part using his razor on either side of your head.
· The Burst Fade with Curly Hair
If you have naturally curly hair, you should be thankful. It’s a blessing that doesn’t happen to many people. But it’s incredibly attractive, very versatile, and easy to style. You can use your superb curls to create a fauxhawk or what’s called a frohawk. The latter means a combination between an Afro and a Mohawk. It’s a very soft look that will attract attention and make for fantastic selfies on Instagram.
Celebrities Who Wear the Burst Fade
It’s always a good idea to look to our beloved celebrities when we are in need of inspiration. They love to stay on trend. Or, even better, are actual trendsetters and decide what’s in and what’s out in the world of hairstyling.
So, who among the planet’s best known singers, actors, and athletes has worn a burst fade? R’n’B singer Usher has been sporting one before they were a thing. He looks fantastic with his curly hair on top and the faded sides.
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has also worn a burst fade which he styled using a lot of hair gel. The athlete also got a hard part to compliment the look, and we have to admit that he looked absolutely smashing. In fact, he was one of the promoters of the haircut. Thousands of men rushed to hair salons to copy his look.
Will Smith had one in the 80s and 90s both for his roles on the small screen and the silver screen. Justin Bieber tried his hand as well in his teen years at a burst fade with a pompadour. Of course, he had his signature blonde hair that he just can’t seem to be able to quit.
What do you think? Were you in love with Justin’s hair back then or do you prefer other versions of the burst fade? Let us know in the comment section below how you feel! If you have questions about the hairstyle you’re going to get, don’t hesitate to write to us. We’ll do our best to help you out!