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Men’s Curly Hair Styles

Are you looking to style curly hair into a fresh and modern style?

Well, why wouldn’t you? We’ve all wanted to make our curly hair attractive but finding the right curly hairstyles is going to be essential if you want to pull off the look.

In this article, we’re going to cover the different curly hairstyles from long messy curls to short curly hair so you can choose the right one for you.

Now, if you have wavy hair or straight hair then check out our article on how to get curls men so you can try out a new haircut for curly hair and rock the look that’s become so popular in recent years.

Let’s get started.

How To Maintain Curly Hair

The shape of curly hair makes it much more prone to dryness and breakage than other hair types. However, you can conditioner to counter this as it will make hair softer and more manageable.

At the very least you should be shampooing your hair every other day but less is even better as too much can damage your hair but still shower every day.

You can break up any grime and dirt in your hair by massaging the scalp thoroughly but not too hard. You can condition every day if you feel you need to and if the hair ever looks or feels greasy, then you can spray some dry shampoo at the roots and work it in so you can get back that natural, fresh-looking curly texture.

Daily conditioning isn’t always enough to keep curly hair looking its best though so if you’re really struggling with dirty or greasy looking hair then you can use a leave-in conditioner or a few drops of oil after the shower to lock in the moisture and help fight frizz.

Alternatively, you could use a deep conditioner or hair mask once a week or at least once a month. Also bear in mind that the curlier your hair is (so if you have long curly hair or thick curls), the more additional moisture it requires.


Curly Hair Types

Thick and Coarse Curly Hair

Coarse and thick curly hair can be too much of a good thing if not maintained correctly. The key to soft, manageable hair is a good conditioner and lots of it too.

You should try and ger moisturizer in the hair at every opportunity with a moisturizing shampoo, daily conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and even deep conditioning treatments depending on what long curly hairstyle you want.

Hair products for curly hair like creams and pomades hold hair and retain moisture so keep on the lookout for those. Check out how to style curly hair for more tips.

Thin Curly Hair

The challenge for thin and fine curly hair is to avoid it crumbling under its own weight Even with curly volume, hair products can weigh thin hair down. In addition to the right length and layers for your curl type, use lightweight products that define curls.

Kinky Hair

Kinky curls are very tight and form tight coils in an S-pattern, Z-pattern, or sometimes without a defined curl pattern. This type of tight, kinky curl is the most prone to dryness and breakage so moisture is vital with this curly hair type.

You want to wash it less, use moisturizing products, avoid silicones and mineral oil in hair products, deep condition, don’t brush dry hair and use protective styles.

Frizzy Curly Hair

While not actually a type of curl as frizzy hair deviates from the surrounding texture, standing up or curling on its own, it’s still worth knowing how to tame it as it’s a common side effect of having curly hair that isn’t properly styled. There are two main causes of frizzy curly hair:

  1. Hot and Humid Weather
  2. Dehydration and Damage

The good news is both can be combated with care and products. First, towel drying hair with an actual towel can cause frizz so instead, dedicate an old t-shirt to the cause or try a microfiber towel. Second, don’t play with your hair during the day. The more you touch it, the more it will frizz up.

Curly Caesar

This cut is a classic but has continuously been reinvented throughout the decades. It’s defined by the short horizontal bangs and an even length throughout while the side, back, and top are kept roughly the same length.

This is one of the best curly hairstyles for men as it adds texture but makes your curls look stylish and low-effort. That messy, low-effort look is always highly sought after among guys today.

Another great thing about the Caesar is that there are many ways to style it, from messy and uneven, to a more uniform appearance. But with curls, you want to be able to show them off and not all barbers know how to accentuate them in the right way so make sure yours does.

Curly Hair With Quiff

Now, this is definitely one you’ve seen being rocked by countless guys and it’s arguably one of the best curly hairstyles for men or at the very least, the most common. This is ideal for men with short or medium-length hair but a variation of it can be achieved by anyone.

It’s harder to style a quiff with curly hair but not impossible. An incentive to get a curly quiff is that they look pretty unique with a curly haircut.

Curly Hair With Fade

There is no doubt in my mind that you’ve seen a guy with a fade while out on your travels. It’s a very popular and common trim for both straight and curly hair men.

They’re popular because of their versatility and how they can be pretty much worn with any hair length or style. I’d go so far as to argue that all men can benefit from the step look on the sides and back of their head.

The fade is especially popular with curly hair guys because the contrast just looks so good with curly hair. Whether it be a low fade, taper fade, or even a high fade.

If you love your curly locks but don’t like the extra weight brought on by them then a fade is the way to go. By incorporating a fade hairstyle, you can remove the weight of the curls from around the sides of the head, leaving just the curly hair on top which brings attention to the style on top as well as giving you that sleek, modern look.

If you want some tips on how to get a fade then check out our article on how to cut your own hair with clippers: fade.

Curly Undercut

The curly hair undercut is one of those medium curly hairstyles that looks unique but stylish. Unlike the fade, the undercut is a one-length trim that does not taper into different lengths. It starts high on the sides and then back for an edgier, short haircut that focuses your attention on your curly hairstyle.

Long Curly Hair

Long curly hair can be hard to manage but it can be worth it as having a mane of natural curls can be a striking look that will surely get you noticed. Long curly hairstyles will always have people talking and asking questions so if you want to stand out then consider growing your hair out.

You’ll want to prioritize curly hair products that add volume as having long curly hair requires you to stay on top of things to keep hair healthy as well as get that natural texture that suits long curly hair so well.

Long hair doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have hair like Rapunzel. Shoulder-length hair is also a popular choice as it’s more manageable and can even be put up into a curly bun if you’re in a rush.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you change your hair type?

Unfortunately, you can’t change the texture of your hair but you may notice some changes in it the more it grows. As your hair grows longer the weight of the hair can cause your curls to stretch making the curls appear to be looser. You can also never guarantee that your hair will always stay the same.

What causes curly hair?

The shape of your hair follicle largely determines your curl. Oval follicle shapes produce curly hair while round follicles produce straight hair. It’s this difference in shape when one side is curved but the other side is flat—that makes your hair curl.

How often should I brush curly hair?

Doing it too often isn’t the best choice. To keep your curly hair looking good and refined, try to keep contact between your brush and curls to a minimum if possible. A good recommendation is to brush hair with the same frequency with which you wash your strands, but what works best can vary based on hair type.

Is it bad to wet or wash curly hair every day?

If your curls feel dry then you should wash less frequently as washing your curls every day can remove the natural oils of your curls which makes it difficult to retain moisture. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wet your hair at least once a day.

When should I detangle curly hair?

Always detangle curly hair while it’s wet and never when it’s dry. Coat hair with conditioner, preferably one with a lot of slip, then working in sections, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle the curls.

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