Ask any barber, and they will tell you; fades are one of the most common haircuts that men ask for. Done well, and it will come out clean, smooth and well blended. If done wrong, it can look like you took a dull pair of sheep shears to your own head. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you are in the barber chair if you see any sort of imperfections, make sure you point it out to your barber, and if they are a true barber, they will be happy you said something and will fix it up without hesitation.
It’s important to understand what type of fade you are looking for when going into a barber shop, and if you do need help, consult your barber and let him explain the different variations of fades and which one would best suit not only your face shape, but also your lifestyle. There are more conservative fades that can be less drastic and more professional, these are typically called low fades.
On the other side of the spectrum you can have more military style fades that are usually done for convenience; these are typical of high and tight hairstyles. It’s key to take into consideration the length of hair you want to keep on top, because if you end up fading your sides to high up, it can quickly turn into an undercut, and that may not be what you want. If you are struggling with how to explain to your barber what you want, look through the internet and try and find a picture that best illustrates what you are looking for.