Curly hair on men can be tricky to work with – especially when it’s got some length to it. It’s tempting to go just back to shorter hair. Before you go for that “chopping off” option, it’s worth reconsidering – seeing your natural waves as an opportunity for you to think out of the box and have fun with styling.

To help you tame your mid-length curls into a model-esque men’s hairdo, we got some tips from hair guru Annika Bowen. This Melbourne-based hairstylist has worked with men’s hair of many different lengths and textures, and she happily shared with us some steps on how to style curls for men. These steps are based off the look spotted on the Hermes spring 2014 men’s runway show, which featured several models with chin-length curls.

Follow the steps after the break to replicate this look, noting that these are aimed at men with naturally curly or wavy hair.

mid length curly hair for men how to

How to style mid-length curly hair for men

Starting with wet hair, use a curl cream to define your curls. Rub about 1-2 pumps on both hands and apply to hair using a scrunching technique.

Note: You can also twist small sections throughout your whole head to help define your curls more. You can also use big clamp clips to hold scrunched sections in place while letting hair dry.

Product recommendations:

curl cream products for men

Annika suggests Create by Label M Curl Cream or Tigi Catwalk Curl Collection Curls Rock Amplifier.

Next, you can either let your hair dry naturally or diffuse with a hairdryer. Note: the diffuser attachment helps to keep curls defined as you dry.
Create texture on your hair by spraying either sea salt spray or more curl spray. Again, you can let your hair dry naturally or use a diffuser.

Product recommendations:

Try Label.M Sea Salt Spray or Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray.

This step is very important but can be a bit scary for guys (feel free to ask for help from a lady). Once your hair has dried, use a curling iron and curl random sections of your hair. To do this, you’ll have to wrap your hair around the curling iron and hold it for about 5-10 seconds then release. This creates clean and defined curls, especially if your hair is only wavy and not naturally tightly curled.

Mid length and curly hairstyle for men

Take some wax of your choice (matt wax/paste with a bit of hold works best – see suggestions below) then apply a small amount into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together and then scrunch the product into the mid lengths and ends of your hair to style it into your desired shape. On the Hermes runway, a side part was used though you can place the part wherever works best with your face shape.

Product recommendations:

matt paste products for men

Annika recommends trying TIGI Bed Head For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax or Complete by Label M Matt Paste.

mid length and curly hairstyle for men

Working with moderately long and curly hair may mean you’ll have to put some extra work into styling it but once you’ve seen the results, you’ll know that the hard work or effort you’ve put into it is worth it. Extra work simply means extra heads will turn as you walk down the street.

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