Shadow Fade Haircut Tutorial

With Gary Woo.

Duration 2 hour 23 minutes
Skill level Intermediate
Certificate Men’s Tapered and Faded Haircuts Collection


The shadow fade is a popular fade haircut, especially for, but not limited to, afro hair. While there are many variations of the shadow fade haircut, the defining feature is within the gradient of the short fade up to the longer top hair. Some fades feature a very pronounced short section, or even skin-tight section, with a very gradual fade from long to short. Other haircuts have a smooth gradient from long to short, while others still have a definite line between the long and short sections. The shadow fade generally will consist of very short, to a slightly longer mid-section around the temple, then blending into the longer top section. This mid-section density resembles a shadow around the top of the fade, hence the name.

Gary Woo teaches an example of a shadow fade in his haircut tutorial in the MHDPro Men’s Tapered and Faded Haircuts Collection. This collection features five tutorials demonstrating a variety of fades and tapered neckline haircuts from expert international barbers and educators, including Amsterdam’s New York Barbershop, Shanghai’s Gary Woo and London’s Stelios Chondros. This collection is perfect for introducing you to fades, which you can adapt to suit the requirements and suitability of your clientele.

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A technique for cutting hair. Clippers are used to cut hair following the movement over top of a comb.


Going from a shorter length to a longer length gradually with no appearance of lines or steps.

Graduated Line (Cutting)

Graduation is the build-up of weight, within a shape or on an external line, through the use of over-direction.

Scissors Over Comb

This is a technique where the comb is used as a cutting guide for the scissors.

Tapered Necklines

A neckline that has soft outlines that follow the natural hairline shape. The outline appears to fade out with no harsh lines visible.