Men's haircuts have definitely grown more varied over the years. These days, you can wear your hair long, short, or somewhere in between and you will be in line with fashion. One specific type of haircut has really taken hold, though. It's called the fade, and it's popular with men of all ages. Here's a close look at fade haircuts and the reasons why they're so popular.

What is a fade?

Technically speaking, a fade is any haircut in which the hair on the back and sides of the head is cut short, using clippers. The top is left long. However, the length from the top of the head to the sides gradually decreases. In other words, the long top fades into the short sides of the hair.

Now, not all fades are the same. There can be variety in long the top is and even how long the sides and bottom are. There's also some variety in how quickly the hair is faded. Sometimes, the transition is quite abrupt. Other times, the transition is more gradual.

Why is the fade so popular?

One of the reasons why the fade is so popular is because it is so variable. The stylist can move the inflection point up or down based on the client's face shape, creating a cut that suits them personally. For example, if a client's face is very round, the stylist can help elongate it with a gradual fade. For a longer face, they may use a more abrupt fade to draw the eyes outward.

Fades are also really easy haircuts to style. The hair on the sides of the head is not long enough to need combing or much maintenance at all. And the hair on the top of the head can be combed forward, back, or to one side, based on the wearer's preferences.

It's also easy for men to change their fade a bit with each cut — without having to go through a dramatic regrowth or waiting period. For instance, they can have the top left a little longer one time, move the inflection line down the next time, and so forth. Men who like to play around and have fun with their style love fades for this reason.

The fade is an awesome haircut for men, and it's one you may want to try soon. Talk to a barbershop like HD Barber about the right length and blending approach for your look.