Curly hair looks great on men of all ages, but it can be difficult to manage and tame. Many men with curls consider the texture of their hair to be a curse, but actually, your curls give you the opportunity to find a really original and fashion-forward look that is just perfect for you. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is short, long, or somewhere in between, there is a curly style to suit you.
Finding the Perfect Curly Hair Style for Men
Curls definitely take more maintenance than straight hair, and they can also be much harder to cut. It’s important to find a hairdresser who has experience in working with curls and knows how to cut into them without ruining their texture. If you have curly hair and are looking for a little inspiration then we’ve got the best 20 haircuts for men with curly hair available right now:
1. Curly Tussled Hair with a Beard
When you have curly hair, the best thing you can do is work with it rather than against it. Use a texturizing gum or a thick gel to add additional texture to your hair, then emphasize the rugged look by pairing your curly hair with a fully-grown beard. This understated look needs very little maintenance whilst still making a big impact.
2. The Curly Undercut
Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with an ultra-modern undercut. Leave your hair long on top to embrace its natural texture then shape it around your neck and ears as short as you dare. This is the perfect way to work with your curls and ensure they are as manageable as possible.
3. Curly Quiff
Channel your inner Elvis by styling your hair into an ultra-modern curly quiff. Use holding products (such as holding gel) to achieve the perfect quiff shape, but remember to make the natural texture of your curls an obvious part of your look.
4. Golden Highlights
Break up the texture of your curls by adding golden highlights to the length of your hair. If your hair is very thick then this will also make it look lighter and give your hair depth.
5. Short and Curly
If you don’t have the energy to tame and style your curly hair every day then why not wear it short instead? Ask your hairdresser to work with the texture of your curls as they cut, so that your hair is easy to slick down and style.
6. The Man Bun
Long and curly hair looks fantastic, but it can also sometimes get in the way! The man bun is a stylish and practical solution: not only does it look fashion-forward, it can also help to hold your hair off your face.
7. Bleach Blonde Curls
Add eye-catching color to your curls by bleaching them blonde. This is a great look if you already have fair hair, and want to lift and brighten your style. Ideal for the summer, this is a high maintenance style that will require regular visits to a hair colourist.
8. The Curly Bob
The Curly bob looks great but achieving this look will need the attention of an experienced barber: ask your hairdresser to shape your hair into a bob-type cut using the way your curls fall naturally. Be sure to use leave-in conditioner to decrease frizz and make your hair as manageable as possible.
9. Long and Luscious
Long curly hair for men is easy to style and maintain. Simply let your hair grow and naturally and then trim it whenever the ends become dry or split. If you want to style and emphasize your curls then use a salt spray, which will add texture without making your curls feel stiff or rigid.
10. Slick Back Style
Slick back your mid length curly hair for a stylish and semi-formal look that will take your curls from daytime to evening. This look is easy to achieve with a good quality wet-look pomade which will hold your style in place for hours.
11. The Extreme Undercut
Shave the sides of your head and leave the hair on top as long as possible for an extreme undercut style. This brave look should only be attempted by the fashion-forward man that likes to be the center of attention.
12. Side Swept Quiff
The quiff is a popular style for men with curly hair, but to inject extra style points and give your quiff an upgrade, why not pull it to the side? This is a great style if you have asymmetrical features or if you’re looking for a style that will minimize a high forehead.
13. Broken Up Curls
Break up your curls and add texture to your hair by teasing out some of the curls at the top of your head, for a casual, no-nonsense look. A salt spray will help to achieve this texture, whilst a strong-hold hairspray will hold it in place.
14. Add a Perm
If you have naturally straight hair but would love the texture and style of curly hair then why not consider injecting curls by adding a perm to your hair? Comb through your curls to break them up, and stop your curls from looking too uniform.
15. Add a Hair Band
If you love your curls but hate the way they fall into your eyes then why not experiment with a hair band? This is a great way to pull your hair away from your face and is a style that looks modern and trendy at the same time.
16. Windswept Waves
If you’re spending time outdoors then keep your hair tousled and product-free by letting the wind inject texture into your waves. This is a style best suited to a cut with a side parting. Ask your hairdresser to cut into your curls as naturally as possible, so that your curls fall into their natural position.
17. Strong Centre Parting
Wearing your hair in a center parting is a great way to show off your curls. This is a style that suits men with strong jaws and symmetrical faces, as it emphasizes and draws attention to your features.
18. The Textured Top Knot
For low key days where you simply don’t have the energy to style your hair, pull it back into a high ponytail or bun for a no effort style that oozes style. This is a style that looks fantastic worn with either stubble or a beard.
19. Wet Look Waves
If your hair tends to fall in waves rather than curls then slicking them back using a strong pomade is a great option. Whilst this style looks high maintenance, it is surprisingly easy to achieve, and is a great way to keeping mid-length curls out of your face: The matching curled mustache is optional.
20. Men’s Side Swept Bangs
Add structure to your curly hair by adding side swept bangs to your style. This will cover your forehead, ideal if you carry weight in your face, and looks great paired with curly hair that is either long or mid-length. The upkeep for this style is relatively low, meaning that you won’t have to spend hours each morning cementing your style.