Victoria barbers show what's hot in fades today
As the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent simply stated, "Fashions fade; style is forever." My heart and his were probably very much in line: nipped-in waists and full skirts, menswear on a woman and, of course, just about anything from the 1960s.
When it comes to the fellas, however, longevity of fashion isn't necessarily in the fabric but more so in the hair.
Pulling from the pompadour Elvis revived in the late 1950s to the comb-over made "popular" by the balding men of the world, the fade is a perfectly timeless example of how fashion reinvents itself in the barbershop.
Walking into Texas Made Fades - a mans-man barber shop on Village Drive - I didn't know what to expect. My only experience with a barbershop came from what I'd seen in the movies, so you know, I expected Ice Cube to come out a little hard around the edges and then teach me a life lesson.
What I found was a decked-out shop shouting man cave from its bright red couches, chairs and mechanic-shop inspired cutting stations.
It was cool as ice.
Shop owners Roy Dehoyes and Bobby Medina said they designed the shop so that it's a community space - a space where the other barbers feel at home, and that's the vibe that bounced off the glimmering concrete floors.
Within seconds, it was more than obvious that I knew little about fades because in each chair I saw a little something different.
So, I asked, "What's a fade?"
While there are too many to mention, from the Southside fade to the Boosie fade, here are a couple favorites.
Lows and highs
The most basic of fades - although that may be a subjective word since I watched a barber motor through five or six clippers during the cut.
Dehoyes said the lows and highs - sometimes medium - fades are nine times out of 10 what people think of and ask for when they get a cut.
The fade begins with a certain length on the top and depending on how high or low the cut begins, it tapers down to a nice, smooth finish by the ear with no line.
That progression is what defines a fade, Dehoyes said. Without it, you'd just have an ugly ol' bowl cut.
Anything really goes for the top of the head when it comes to the taper fade. But when it comes to the edges, they better be bald to the skin.
Between the taper and the original fade, there can be a lot of confusion, but to clear it up, the taper gradually decreases from the top of the pate all the way to the bottom of the neck.
The cut gives hair a fuller look, and a lot of rappers rock the taper.
The comb-over used to be a Hail Mary for men marching into bald city, but today, the look shows off men's luscious locks defined by a clean, hard line.
The look pays homage to the greaser subculture of the 1950s - think Johnny Depp in "Cry-Baby." Yummy.
The look is a combination of a low fade all around and the comb-over on top. The cut, currently, is pretty popular.
What's a fade without a design sliced right through it?
From replicating a portrait in a beard to sports logos and freehand designs in the back, they have seen and done it all at Texas Made Fades.
The designs can literally be crafted anywhere there is hair, and ladies, if we're gluing 3-D Hello Kitty charms on our nails, support your man when he comes home with a RIP Robin Williams piece on his head.