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23 Celeb-Approved Curly Hairstyles for Men

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While curly hair may require more maintenance and care than most other hair textures, that toll comes with a high payoff: Curly-haired guys have a bevy of styling options thanks to all of that density, texture, and volume.

A simple product can transform curls to waves, or accentuate your curls while offering control and direction. (The same can be said for applying less product, too.) A new fade or part can also breathe life into a curly ‘do, and a chopping-off can give you some seriously lush short hair, thanks to that natural texture and fullness.

Below, some of the best curly hairstyles you can use as inspiration (if you have the texture for it). For styling and upkeep tips, we tapped London-based barbers Julius Caesar and Miguel Gutierrez, co-creators of STMNT Grooming Goods.

 

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Disconnected Natural Curls With Low Shadow Fade

Patrick Mahomes
GETTY IMAGES

“Natural curls allow for effortless styling,” says Caesar. Use a low-hold, no-crunch grooming spray (like STMNT Grooming Spray, $22) on fresh, towel-damp hair in order to give the curls just enough hold without looking overly styled. You can blow it dry if you want a slightly more structured look, Caesar adds.

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Natural Diffused Brushback

Cauã Reymond
 SONIA RECCHIA / GETTY IMAGES

“The natural definition of these curls calls for the saying ‘work with your curls, don’t fight them!’,” says Caesar. To style, warm up paste in your palms and target the roots and the sides of your hair. “This will give the hairstyle just the right amount of hold it needs to perform throughout the day,” he says. Try R+Co Flexible Paste ($29).

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Curly Curtains

Charles Melton
 JON KOPALOFF / FILMMAGIC

“This is a simple variation of a kind of ’90s curtains/center part, [but] without the parting,” says Gutierrez. “To achieve this you need to have the top a fair bit longer than the sides, with a disconnection to contrast the two. This doesn’t look like a super extreme contrast, but it works all the same.”

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’70s Curls

Ramy Youssef
DANIELE VENTURELLI / WIREIMAGE

“This works well with his style,” says Gutierrez of Rami Youssef’s ’70s-inspired hair. “For this, all you need to do is grow out your hair and keep it cut more proportionally around the head to create more of a round shape, which was quite popular back in the day. This particular haircut has kept the back a bit longer, for a slight mullet vibe.”

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Round Layer Textured Curls

Daveed Diggs
GREGG DEGUIRE / GETTY IMAGES

“The highlight of this hairstyle really comes through in its progression through its grow out,” Caesar says. “A good wash and a hint of paste raked through the roots will allow daily wear.” Try STMNT Shine Paste ($25) for a brilliant finish.

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Squared Mid-Taper With Dreads

Jimmy Butler
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“A very square shape tapered off on the sides and nape works well with Jimmy Butler’s jawline and athletic appearance,” Caesar notes. “When choosing to mix natural dreaded curls alongside a sharp-edged hairline, be sure to keep the line as natural as possible.”

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Side-Parted Waves

Sacha Baron Cohen
RACHEL LUNA/GETTY IMAGES

Like Sacha Baron Cohen here, some guys can unravel their curls on occasion for a wavier result. “Ask your barber to demonstrate how to style the hair, so it goes down and back a little more, for more of a square shape. It will help define the jawline,” Gutierrez says.

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Natural Medium-Length Curls

Mika
STEPHANE CARDINALE – CORBIS

“This is probably scissor cut all the way around with the edges, kept fairly natural,” Gutierrez says. “To style, I’d assume he would use something light like a leave-in conditioner, and if he wanted even tighter curls, he may diffuse them post washing.” Try Briogeo Farewell Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($24).

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Twisted Afro With Skin Fade

Ryan Coogler
 JASON KOERNER / GETTY IMAGES

“A skin fade not only highlights a twisted/dreaded mini afro, but it also brings attention to the beard,” Caesar says. Try fading it at any angle, at any grade, or at any height.

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Long Wave Brushback

Sendhil Ramamurthy
PAUL ZIMMERMAN / WIREIMAGE

“If you have full-hair density and a well-balanced haircut, you can style it in a variety of ways,” Caesar says. “Rake pomade throughout the hair with a few sprays of water. It will come off as a refined hairstyle with a sense of laidback effort.” Try R+Co BLEU Elastic Styling Pomade ($52).

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Natural Even Curls

Lionel Richie
RACHEL MURRAY / GETTY IMAGES

“Haircuts like these work very well because they give a clean appearance without the need for being too sharp,” Caesar says. “On towel-damp, freshly conditioned hair, apply a light amount of grooming spray (for just enough hold and control), and let it air dry for an all-day wear.” Again, go for STMNT Grooming Spray ($22).

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Brush-Backed Curls With Taper Fade

Ismael Cruz Córdova
 BRENT N. CLARKE / FILMMAGIC

“This natural swirl in his front hairline commands a strategically executed hairstyle, like the one he’s wearing,” says Caesar. “Blow-dry the hair while towel-damp (and with a pinch of shiny paste, like STMNT Shine Paste, $25) to give the brush-back a bit of needed hold. Then top off the hairstyle with a hint of matte paste and hair spray to finish.” Try BluMaan Monarch Matte Paste ($24) and Oribe Superfine Hair Spray ($42).

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Wavy Overgrown Crop

Jasper Liu
EDI CHEN / GETTY IMAGES

“This looks like it was previously a bit shorter on the sides, and left to grow out,” Gutierrez says. “I’d predict he’d have gotten a grade 2 on the sides, kept quite low to hold weight towards the top of the side, and it was cut around 5-6 weeks before.” He also wonders if the curls are natural, or if they’ve been chemically created. (Either way, that option is available to guys with straight hair; just visit your local salon to inquire.)

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Heavy Disconnected Waves

Barney Harris
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“The disconnect is never as obvious when it’s pushed back and to the side, and this is what he’s done here,” Gutierrez notes. “I would assume he’s used a salt spray or grooming spray to create the volume with a hairdryer, and then used a little shine paste to create the awesome texture on top.” Try Byrd Texturizing Surf Spray ($16) and STMNT Shine Paste ($25).

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Dyed Dreaded Hi-Top Fade

Tinie Tempah
ANDREAS RENTZ / GETTY IMAGES

“The slight natural root under the blonde gives a sense of added dimension to complement the natural-finish dreaded curls,” Caesar says. (You’ve probably seen this contrast achieved with other dyes, too, beyond just the bleach blonde.)

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Disconnected Curly Side Part

Taika Waititi
KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / GETTY IMAGES

“This haircut is very current in the contrast between the top and the side, ” Gutierrez says. “Often, when people have curls and they have a side-parted haircut (even without a solid line), they tend to create this cool, loose textured vibe which looks like something between a just-got-out-of-bed look and something from the film Fury. I love it.”

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Afro Shadow Caesar

Kingsley Ben-Adir
 MIKE MARSLAND / WIREIMAGE

Here’s one from the family of haircuts that is our expert’s namesake: The Caesar. “This style is all about simplicity,” Caesar says. It’s light on styling—perhaps a grooming spray for gentle hold and frizz control—and it doesn’t showcase your texture quite as much (unless you’ve got subtle grays like Kingsley Ben-Adir, or if you use a high-shine cream to finish).

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Short Natural Crop

Ali Suliman
MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY IMAGES

“This is just a natural short haircut for curly guys,” says Gutierrez. “I’d assume he got the back and sides clipped with a longer grade (maybe 4) and then left it to grow out. It doesn’t look like any product was used, and it works really well with the unkempt vibes from his beard.”

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Skin-Faded Side-Part Crop

Sam Smith
DAVE BENETT / GETTY IMAGES

“This looks similar to the previous style, except the sides have been skin-faded down to a 0,” Gutierrez says. “And with the length on top, they’re pushing it a little bit to the side to create a really nice shape. It’s quite harsh on the sides while being unkempt but neat on top. It contradicts itself, but works well.”

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Diffused Curl Side Part

Aldis Hodge
JASON MENDEZ / GETTY IMAGES

A curl-brushed or diffused finish can give you just enough definition on an otherwise standard hairstyle, without any extra maintenance. “A natural side part adds a dapper finish, too,” says Caesar.

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Tidy Curls

Will Ferrell
STEVE GRANITZ / WIREIMAGE

“I like the way the sideburns are left a little bushy,” says Gutierrez, pointing out that this style is common on guys who (of all things) don’t want to accentuate their ears. “The rest is fairly balanced with the sides being a little short.”

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Neo Afro Pomp

The Weeknd
 AXELLE / BAUER-GRIFFIN / FILMMAGIC

“This hairstyle really compliments natural thick density of curls,” Caesar says. “From the looks of it, this one was cut for this shape, and styling was kept to a minimum. I’d suggest a light amount of light moisturizing spray on towel-damp hair, and left to air dry, or at most slightly diffused with the blow-dryer.” Try SheaMoisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist ($12).

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Neat Natural Waves

Jonah Hill
 VERA ANDERSON / WIREIMAGE

“This is fairly uniform in length, which is often done to help complement someone’s head shape,” Gutierrez says. It’s also great if you’re trying to mask some general thinning up top.

FAQ
  • How do you get the wavy hair look for men?

    Even if your hair is just a little wavy, it is possible to amp that natural texture up. Just take a cue from Timothée Chalamet and add texture spray to damp hair, scrunch it in with your hands, and let it air dry.

  • How should men cut their curly hair?

    Cutting curly hair is all about adhering to a couple rules: layer the cut so there’s movement and evenly distributed weight, and don’t shred the ends with thinning sheers.

  • How often do men with curly hair need to get a trim?

    Those with medium-length hairstyles should visit the salon for a trim every 1 to 2 months. If your hair is even shorter, 1 month is probably best (though curly hair is great for masking split ends).

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