Tips for Growing in a Short Fade

Jamie Newman | April 20, 2018 | 9:10 AM
Hair/Sam Villa ArTeam; Photo/Katie Parker; Wardrobe/Brittany Hart; Makeup/Nicole Schimel; Model/Kegan Watkins

So you've perfected your fade. Great! But what happens when your client wants to grow in a short fade? Growing in fades gracefully can be a challenge due to the extreme difference in hair lengths, but with these tips, it doesn't have to be.

“Transitioning to a longer, brushed-back style takes time and patience, and there will definitely be an awkward phase to push through as hair grows,” says Jesse Linares of the Sam Villa ArTeam.

Linares shares tips to help barbers and stylists convince clients to stick it out for the long run of a seamless, long, loose style.

  1. Keep the edges clean: Longer hair tends to misbehave throughout the day, so make sure guests come in regularly for minor cleanups, especially at the neck and around the ears. Keeping the perimeter of the haircut tidy will allow the interior to grow in nicely without the shape looking unkempt.
  2. Preparation is everything: Disciplining hair to stay in position is essential and that starts with the right styling products and a Sam Villa Light Professional Ionic Blow Dryer. Focus more on foundational volume or smoothing products (depending on needs) that can be blown dry into wet hair. Redken Heat Design 09 is good for controlling frizz on all hair types and provides a plush end result - perfect for foundational blow drying before applying paste or pomade.

This sort of styling creates behavior in hair, and going from wet to dry with the right product will provide longer-lasting control than just finishing products like pastes and pomades. Save those for last, to provide the final touch to the established look.  


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