Fades were heavily predominant in Black and Latino cultures when I was growing up in the 90’s. Will Smith from Fresh Prince of Bel Aire was probably one of the more iconic high top fades of the 90’s along with basically every other rapper of the time.
A fade is basically any hairstyle where the hair is cut from a longer length to a lower length, usually down almost a skin level, and the hair is gradually faded from the longer length hair to the lower length hair.
This creates a seamless effect of the hair going from long to short and it looks as though the hair simply fades away. Hence the term.. “Fade”. This requires very specific clippers that are designed to cut hair very close to the skin and can be done so while quickly adjusting the length of your cutting blade to achieve the desired result.
In a Rush? Here is our top pick for the best fade clipper
1. Wahl Professional 5-Star
My mother and aunt were hairstylist and Wahl was their preferred brand of choice. I still use Wahl clippers to this day to trim my beard. The Wahl Professional is basically the standard of choice among hairstylist professionals for cutting a fade. The motor is powerful and the attachments are plentiful. You definitely can’t go wrong with a pair of Wahl Professional Clippers.
2. Wahl Professional 5 Star
The Magic Clip is the ultimate cordless clipper. It features high precision zero-overlap 2161 blades that offer superior speed and ease of use, a convenient taper lever for easy fading and blending, and a lithium-ion battery for a 90+ minute run-time per charge. This is a professional clipper that comes with basically every attachment that you’re going to need in order to cut a quality fade. And as one reviewer puts it:
“It looks sick and it's definitely worth your money it has the premium guards and it includes everything. Everything is really high quality really recommend.”
3. Andis Professional Fade Master Hair Clipper
If Wahl is CocaCola then Andis is definitely Pepsi. Andis is almost indistinguishable from Wahl in terms of professionals that use them and also their quality. The Andis professionals are corded, but they need to be as the motor in these units are very strong and would probably need a battery that would significantly increase the size of the unit.
Like most professional clippers, they rarely come with attachments, but that’s okay as investing in a quality fade clipper means that it will last you a lifetime. You’ll have to purchase additional guards and attachments as separate items for this one.
The Best Fade Clippers For Beginners
4. Wahl Fade Clipper Kit
Wahl makes lots of consumer-grade versions of their most powerful professional clippers if you’re looking to purchase fade clippers on a budget. The Fade Clipper Kit comes with over 10 different cutting guard attachments that are going to give even the most novice, do it yourself, hair cutters the ability to control lengths.
This is going to give you the ability to really make your haircut look professional without the fear of messing up and leaving uneven lines in your head.
Just simply use the different guards that are available to prevent yourself from cutting and lower and necessary and switch out different numbers to progressively fade the hair lower and lower.
5. Wahl Color Pro
This list is going to have a lot of Wahl clippers and for good reason. They make a phenomenal product. The color pro is a cordless clipper that comes with multiple attachments that are all colored to make this fade clipper extremely easy to use for beginners. You read the length in inches or on the clipper itself and grab the corresponding guard that matches the color.
You can look at many guides on Youtube of “how to fade your hair” and they will usually give you lengths that you can follow.
The best part of this clipper is that it works cordless and also while plugged in. It comes in a neat travel pouch as well.
6. Wahl Clipper Elite Pro
There are two things that I like in a clipper. Storage cases and sturdy blades. This unit has both. The blades on the Wahl clipper elite are basically the same fade clipper blades you get on their more expensive units, but they offer it in a more beginner frame that’s easier for novice users.
The motor is extremely powerful and the adjustable guards have lots of room to really give you a close fade cut to the skin. These are the clippers that I personally use as they have a lot of versatility. You can’t go wrong with these for beginner fade clippers.
How To Setup Your Clippers
Types Of Fade Hairstyles
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