Top Curly Hairstyles for Men You Must Try

Last updated on April 3rd, 2015 at 02:50 pm

7 of the Best Curly Hairstyles for Dudes

As a curly guy myself and being the author of the site Manly Curls, you can take my word when I say that finding the right curly hairstyle for a guy is not an easy task. You see, not all curly hair is created equal, and I have gone as far as to create a curl typing guide and a hair typing guide to give you guys a starting point when deciding which hairstyle to choose. There are four hair types for men, and three of these hair types are “curly”. These hair types are:

  • Wavy hair (what you’d regard as loose curls or simply as wavy)
  • Coiled hair (what you’d regard as ringlets or corkscrews)
  • Kinky curly hair (what you’d regard as afro textured hair and what is sometimes called, in not a positive manner, as nappy)

The above three curly hair types have a range of hairstyles for men that suit them. Both in The Curly Hair Book and The Men’s Hair Book, you will find a wide range of suitable hairstyles, and I would like to dedicate this article today to go through some of the more suitable curly hairstyles for men.

I initially planned to post 7 hairstyles, and I even titled the article with this number in mind. However, I decided last minute to add yet another hairstyle to this article guide for a total count of 8 curly hairstyles for guys. I believe that, with the 8 styles that you will find below, you have a useful range of looks to choose from no matter what your curl type or hair length may be, and it’s variety in hairstyling options that curly dudes tend to complain of not having. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section. Enjoy!

Shake and go

The Shake and Go is my favourite medium-length curly hairstyle. Just like the name suggests, you simply shake your curls and let them lay on your hair in a freestyle manner; you then leave the door as it is. This particular hairstyle suits men with the three curly hair types, hence it’s ideal for any dude wanting to grow his curls to a medium length (see my hair length guide for all the hair length categories; a medium hair length is between 2 and 6 inches of length).

The shake and go hairstyle for curly hair men

Side part

The side part is a classic hairstyle for men. The side part is the kind of hairstyle that the majority of men have grown with, as it’s a favourite among mothers who love dressing up their children in suits and formal wear that make the kids look like they are 40 years old. Regardless, the side part is a very intuitive hairstyle in that it’s pretty easy to do: comb your hair to the side, starting from either the right or left temple. The hair should be combed perpendicularly or at an angle from the parted line.

The side part is a great classic style for men with wavy hair and coiled hair and who have hair ranging from short to medium length. Oh, and be aware that combing your hair to the left (i.e. parting the hair at the right temple) is considered in Latin-speaking countries as a physical sign that advertises your interest in having a sexual encounter – with members of the same sex. So those of you wanting to plan a trip to Colombia or Spain better be aware of this local hairstyle custom or else you may find yourself getting a lot of “sexy” stares and winks from random guys (you’ve been warned).

The classic side part with wavy hair

Just like this guy

Ivy League

The Ivy League is a hairstyle in that it’s an actual haircut that leaves your hair in a very static shape. The Ivy League haircut is a short hairstyle consisting of tapered sides with a hair clipper and a top with the hair tapered in length backwards. What this means is that the forelock (i.e. hair on the front of the top of the head) will be slightly longer than the crown or vertex (hair on the back of the top of the head). Thus, when seen from the side, the Ivy League haircut resembles a wedge.

The Ivy League haircut is an excellent hairstyling option for men of all curly hair types. It’s a clean haircut that requires minimal styling as the length of the hair is kept very short (1 to 2 inches) and the styling is either to the side or combed forward with a short quiff or bangs.

The Ivy League haircut for curly men

Recon haircut

The Recon haircut is a military haircut, and it is my favourite short curly hairstyle for men. The Recon has all your hair either shaved or clipped with no guard, except for a small rectangle area of hair on the top of your head. This area of hair head is some 4 inches wide and about 8 inches long, and, in military slang, the hair on the Recon is known as the landing strip.

The Recon haircut can be done on any of the three curly hair types, although it looks the best on coiled hair and kinky curly hair. If you’re a buffed guy or have an athletic body, the Recon haircut will get you a lot of Casanova points with the ladies as I know from plenty of on-the-field experience that women go crazy with this military haircut on muscular dudes.

Have a look at my hair clipper guide for some good hair clippers to purchase for your Recon.

The recon haircut as a military hairstyle for afro curls


The Afro is a hairstyle that, just as the name suggests, suits afro-textured hair, and afro-textured hair is known in my hair type guide as kinky curly hair. Having said that, an Afro hairstyle can also be achieved with coiled hair and even wavy hair, and, in this case, the hairstyle is colloquially known as a Jewfro or Whitefro.

The Afro is a medium-length to long-length curly hairstyle and the goal of it is to acquire as much upward volume as possible, which is something that is inherently achieved with kinky curly hair.

The Afro hairstyle for men

The Jim Morrison

The Jim Morrison hairstyle was an epic 1970s hairstyle that was popularized by Jim Morrison of The Doors, although the hairstyle was indeed worn by many other rock stars of the time. The Jim Morrison is nothing more than a Bobcut with messy layers, as perfectly sported by Mr. Morrison himself and which I could not help but coin this hairstyle as the Jim Morrison hairstyle in tribute of a man who could wet any woman he wanted with his hair alone.

The Jim Morrison hairstyle is best achieved with wavy hair that is of a medium length to long length, although the hairstyle can also be achieved with coiled hair, but the coils need to be weighed down with a styling cream first.

The Jim Morrison hairstyle for wavy hair

The Hanging Locks

The Hanging Locks hairstyle is a hairstyle that I coined after seeing it on Spanish singer David Bisbal. This is a long hairstyle that has all the hair on the top of the head at a long length of 8 to 10 inches while the hair on the sides and back of the head is trimmed some 2 inches shorter. This gives the hairstyle a much-more compact look while the hair is allowed to dangle and hang down with its own weight or the added weight of a styling cream.

The Hanging Locks hairstyle is the perfect hairstyle for long wavy hair and long coiled hair. Just be aware that coiled curly hair takes significantly more length to hang down than wavy hair (in both my books, The Curly Hair Book and The Men’s Hair Book, you will find plenty of tables with the different lengths and time frames to achieve depending on your curl type or hair type).

The long curly hairstyle of a Spanish pop singer

Beyond shoulder length

The Beyond Shoulder Length hairstyle is one heck of a hairstyle that requires determination. It’s suitable for the three curly hair types, but it can take anywhere from 3 years up to 7 years to achieve. As the name suggests, this hairstyle is longer than the classic shoulder length hairstyle and it’s at the shoulder length that most men stop growing their manes.

The Beyond Shoulder Length hairstyle is usually grown till chest length or mid-back length, hence the many years that it takes to grow. How fast you grow this hairstyle will depend on your hair genetics, hair nutrition and curly hair type, with wavy hair taking less time to get there and kinky curly hair taking the longest time to get there. I have grown my curly hair to chest length and even to my waist, and, let me tell you, this is one huge journey that will test your patience, determination and ability to not give one iota of a damn as people stare at your hair and try to even touch it without your permission.

If you’re still a bachelor and can keep your curls neatly groomed and looking good, I can tell you that your Beyond Shoulder Length curly hair will become an absolute chick magnet. Troy Polamalu is possibly the most-known dude with Beyond Shoulder Length hair, although it is an absolute fact that the hairstyle looks way better on me than on Troy Polamalu (and if he has a problem with this, then he can go ahead and challenge me to some sort of televized curl fight).

The long curly hair of Troy Polamalu

Conclusion to these top curly hairstyles for men

Guys, you really have no excuse now to not do anything about your curls. You can choose according to your hair type and desired length, and, whichever hairstyle you choose out of these seven curly hairstyles, I can tell you that you will look great if you learn to acknowledge the stuff atop your head.

Before closing off, make sure to check out my men’s hair products guide for all the best hairstyling products for your curly hair. I’ve gone through the hair gels, styling creams, pomades and the many more products that are worth the purchase in the pursue of an epic and awesome mane.

And now, your turn: which hairstyle do you like and/or want to get, and why? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

All the best


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