by Kerry Andersen
The fade for men buzzed onto the scene in the 1940’s and 1950’s as the go-to hairstyle for military cadets looking for a stylish but low maintenance cut. The close cropped style has maintained popularity due in large part to its versatility. Short at the sides and back, the hair is cut progressively shorter as it tapers down the head in a fading effect that almost blends into the skin.
Barbers on Broad owner Angie Stine says, “The fade is a classic cut because it flatters everyone, offers the flexibility to switch up your style at the top, and can be customized to suit your personality and the look you are going for.” Stine recommends consulting with a barber to determine which fade will flatter the shape of your face.
There are essentially three types of fade haircuts to choose from, defined by the point on your head where the fade begins:
The one downside of a fade is that it grows out quickly and needs to be maintained with a visit to the barber every two to three weeks. To keep it looking sharp between cuts, Stine recommends a pomade or hair gel to lock in your style and keep it fresh throughout the day.
Barbers on Broad is located at 102 W. Broad Street in Lake Charles and offers premium men’s haircuts, beard trims, straight razor shaves, and facial waxing. Open Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Book an appointment at www.barbersonbroad.com