How to Get a High Top Fade

By Jennifer Young

The hi-top fade is a haircut which developed from a combination of the fade and a hi-top. This haircut was extremely popular in the African American community between 1986 and 1993. The haircut is characterized by hair which is shaved or cut very close to the scalp on the top and sides of the head. The length of hair gradually increases as the hair reaches the crown where the hair is all one length. When styled, the hair cut resembles an individual who is wearing a top hat without the rim.

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Hi-top fades can be cut at home, or by a barber.

Step 1

Trim hair on the sides with scissors, if you have long hair. Leave approximately one inch. This step can be accomplished by combing a section of the hair and pinching the gathered section between your pointer and middle finger. Trim the hair with the scissors at the edge of your pinched fingers.

Step 2

Cut the hair on the sides with the electric razor. The bottom section of the hair should be shaved close to the scalp and the length should increase, as you reach the crown.

Step 3

Shave the bottom third of the head, and then begin moving the electric razor or hair clipper in a vertical, rocking motion -- where it is closest to the skin at the bottom and move farther away from the scalp -- as the razor moves to the top

Step 4

Comb all of the hair on the top of the head so it all sticks straight up. Use hairspray or gel, if the hair will not maintain position.

Step 5

Use the clippers or scissors to trim the top of the hair, so it is flat -- using the combing and finger pinch method -- or small movements of the electric razor, held parallel to the floor.

Step 6

Trim the edges of the top to form a rounded edge, if desired. This step can be done using small movements of the electric razor or finger pinch method.