The high top fade, also spelled “hi-top” fade, is a hairstyle that was popular in the hip-hop scene of the mid-to-late ’80s and early ’90s. While the hairstyle was popular before his band “Kid ‘N Play” became popular, Kid from “Kid ‘N Play” had a particularly high hi-top fade. The style became even more recognizable as “Kid ‘N Play” came out with music videos and the “House Party” movies. The hairstyle itself stands straight up from the top of the head by several inches or more, fading to much shorter hair on the sides and back.

Things You'll Need

Place a quarter-sized dollop of hair gel in the palm of one hand. Rub hands together gently to get the gel evenly on both palms.

Bend at the waist so the hair going up in the high top points toward the floor. Rub the gel into the hair thoroughly. Apply more as needed.

Stand in front of a mirror before the gel dries. Use the palm of your hands to push any stray hairs on the side up into the high top. Apply small amounts of gel to stray strands, if necessary.


  • Thin, straight hair will require more hair gel. Excessively thick hair may require very little or none.

  • If your hair is very thick and will stand on its own, comb it up with hair pick.