1 To 2 Fade – Styles, Tips, And Pictures

Fades have for a very long time now been one of the most popular haircuts for men.

This small addition to any haircut can elevate the overall look, and make the haircut more interesting to look at.

1 To 2 Fade - Styles, Tips, And Pictures

If you want to know more about the 1 to 2 fade, then you have come to the right place. Here we will show you how this style looks, hope to style it, and more.

Let’s get into it.

What Does This Fade Look Like?

The following is an example of a fade going from 1 to 2:

The fade from 1 and 2, is one of the smoother fades when compared to other fades. The reason for this is because the fade that begins at the bottom of the sides and back has a #1 length, which means that it is the fade with the shortest length.

Although this is still deemed “short,” it does not appear to be quite as short on the sides as it is in the center.

In addition to this, as you progress farther up the sides, you will transition into a #2 length. The difference in length between the number one and number two positions is not very large (around 3mm difference to be exact).

Because there is not nearly as big of a difference between these two lengths as there is with a fade from 0 into 2 or a fade from 0 to 3, it is not quite as attention-grabbing as these and is a good entry into fades.

A 1 to 2 fade will give you a transition that is quite smooth, with somewhat long lengths, and with very little to no difference between the longest and the shortest length. Because of this, you will be left with a rather soft transition.

If you are looking for something more subtle, you may find that a fade from one to two is a nice option for you to consider.

You are allowed to play with the hair on top in any manner you see fit, just like you would be free to do so with any other form of fade.

When you combine the fade with other hairstyles like a man bun, pompadour, quiff, or comb-over, the amount of different looks you may create is practically limitless.

It’s possible that adding a fade from 1 to 2 at the sides of each of these styles would be an excellent approach to make them stand out just a little bit more.

1 To 2 Fade – A Definition

With this look, the length of the hair on the sides and back of the head is faded so that it gradually increases in length from a length of number 1 (1/8 of an inch) at the bottom to a length of number 2 (1/4 of an inch) further up.

There are no jarring transitions between the lengths. Rather, they glide into one another.

Utilizing a 1 to 2 fade, which is an easy hairstyle to do, allows you to fade out the sides of your hair in virtually any style that comes to mind. This fade is also quite versatile.

The fade begins with a #1 length that is 3 millimeters in length, and then as it proceeds upward, it progressively develops to a #2 length.

To transition from the #1 length into the #2 length, a barber will frequently go through a #1.5 or a #2 length with the lever closed. This is done to smooth out any jagged lines that could be seen in the space between the two lengths.

What you’re left with is a very gradual and seamless blending of lengths, which, in the end, gives your hair that iconic “faded” style that so many people enjoy.

1 To 2 Fade – Styling

When you get a new haircut, the first thing that you have to do is to style in the way that looks best for you. Here are the most common styling tricks used for this kind of haircut.

Long On Top

Any hairstyle in which the hair on the sides is faded gradually from a #1 into a #2 and the hair on top is left longer, in contrast, is referred to as a “1 to 2 fade long on top,” It’s common practice to use scissors to clip the hair on top.

As can be seen above, the shorter hair on the sides and back of the head fades into longer hair on top of the head. This cut is a modern variation of the pompadour, and the sides have a fade that ranges from one to two in clipper sizes.

It is a terrific way to contrast the really short hair that is chopped along the sides of the head with the long, thick, and voluminous hair that is swept up in the pompadour.

Buzz Cut

The #1 to #2 fade buzz cut is characterized by a gradual transition in length from the #1 length to the #2 length on the sides of the head, while the top of the head is buzzed down to an identically short and equal length.

The haircut has the potential to be very successful. But, for it to be effective, the hair on the top of your head must be at least a length #2 by the time it’s all said and done.

The primary reason for this is that for it to not look weird, the cut must be the same length as the longest length of the fade at the very least.

For example, if you have a 1 to 2 fade on the sides of your head and a #1 buzz cut on top, the combination will seem quite odd.

The combination of a buzz cut and a fade may, on the other hand, provide an appealing hairstyle if the process is carried out properly. By adopting this subtle method, even a straightforward style like a buzz cut may be made to look more distinctive than it is.

Comb Over

A 1 to 2 fade comb-over is a type of haircut in which the top of the head is combed up and over to one side, while the sides of the head are chopped to a length that is somewhere between a #1 and a #2.

The hair on top, which has been “combed over,” will ultimately blend in with the hair that is thinning on the sides in a smooth transition.

This style of comb-over is not the same as the one used to cover male pattern baldness, where a man typically used longer hair to cover bald spots in other areas.

A comb-over is a formal hairstyle that entails sweeping the hair to one side and then smoothing it back using a comb. This style may be worn by both men and women.

It is also common to combine it with a fade. The sides and back are shorter as a result of this, which produces a striking contrast with the longer top.

How To Ask For A 1 To 2 Fade

Tell your barber that you want a “1 into a 2” at the sides and back to get this haircut. This will ask for a shorter fade at the back and sides of your head.

In addition, you need to specify the height of the fade that you want it to have, whether you want it to be low, mid, or high, or a gradual taper.

When a client can provide this degree of specificity to a barber, this will be a massive help in getting the final look right.

There are a lot of individuals out there that don’t have a good grasp on what it is that they’re asking for, so researching what you want so you can tell your barber is vital.

If you want to be even more precise, you may use your hands to indicate how high up you want the transition point to be. You will be able to be a lot more specific with the aid of this.

For instance, in addition to declaring “mid 1 to 2 fade,” you may use your fingers to indicate the place that is roughly halfway up the sides.

By doing things in this way, there is a reduced chance that there will be confusion.

You can also give an image to your barber to show precisely what it is that you want to be done to your hair.

This might be a random image of another person, or it could be an old photograph of you from the period when you had a fade that you especially enjoyed.


While there is still a bit more for you to learn, this has covered all of the basics of a 1 to 2 fade.

Now when you go to the barber, you should have a much better idea of what to expect to form this cut, as well as how to communicate to your barber what you want effectively.

Joseph Pais