Thick, unruly, seemingly leading a life of its own, men’s curly hair may be difficult to manage, but when tamed and styled properly it can turn out to be a guy’s greatest accessory.

And as much as the hairstyle you choose should be based on your face shape, it should also come down to the type of hair you were born with. So instead of fighting it, embrace your hair’s natural texture and learn to work with it.

Read on after the break for a complete guide on men’s best haircuts and hairstyles for curly hair. Plus the things you might be doing wrong, how to properly care for your curly hair, and products that shouldn’t be missing from your shelf.

Tips: caring for curly hair for men.

  • Choose the right shampoo & conditioner – they both have to work for your particular hair type, in this case curly and wavy hair. Experiment until finding a perfect match to use on a regular basis, and don’t ignore the conditioner as it will help moisturize the hair and scalp, giving your hair a healthy appearance and making the curls more manageable.
  • Refine your hair routine – Once you find the perfect products that work best for your type of curly hair, you’ll want to refine your routine, meaning you’ll want to wash your hair every 2-3 days to keep it from growing dry, moisturize regularly, perhaps use a mask once in a while, and avoid towel drying.
  • Buy the right tools - you’d be surprised but they are often the ones to make all the difference. You’ll want to invest in a wide-tooth comb, a high quality hair brush with natural bristles, and a blow dryer (preferably one with a specialized diffuser).
  • Trim your hair regularly – to remove the split ends and the damaged sections of hair; it’s important to think realistically when choosing the best haircut for curly hair, taking into account your particular hair type, your lifestyle, and the time you plan on spending every morning in front of the mirror.

best hairstyles for mens curly hair
Image: Peter Warrick Photography.

Men’s haircuts for curly hair.

And speaking of men’s haircuts for curly hair, seek a stylist for advice and suggestions on which are the best options for you, and don’t forget to ask for tips and tricks on how to recreate the style at home.

Among the most popular haircuts for curly or wavy hair, you’ll likely to find:

A short curly men’s style:

  • best fitted for your curly hair if you don’t plan on putting too much effort into it;
  • perfect if you’re looking to remove bulk and extra weight from the hair;
  • easiest to style at home, because little effort doesn’t mean no effort at all.

best haircuts for curly hair mens
Image: 3.1 Phillip Lim, S/S ’16

Length through the top:

  • best fitted if you’re looking for a stylish way to remove a big bulk of your curls;
  • perfect if you’re currently planning a change of look;
  • easiest way to add a bit of edge to your natural curls by keeping the back and sides rebelliously short.

best haircuts for curly hair mens

A medium length:

  • best fitted if you’re looking to make the most of your curly hair without committing to excessive styling;
  • perfect if you like to play around with your curls;
  • easiest way to make use of your natural texture.

best haircuts for curly hair mens
Image: Dries Van Noten, S/S ’16

Medium length with a bang:

  • best fitted if your hair is curly (or wavy) but still plenty manageable;
  • perfect if you’re looking to add a retro feel to your curly haircut;
  • requires a bit of extra time in the styling department seeing how the fringe may call for straightening, or a blow dry to gain the desired shape.

best haircuts for curly hair mens
Image: Hermes, F/W ’16

Long, curly men’s hair:

  • best fitted if you love your curly hair, plan to do the most of it and are willing to put in the time, effort and products to make it work and look good;
  • perfect if you plan on finally growing your hair (to make the transition to long hair easier your curly hair will still require regular trimming);
  • great if you’re looking for versatility in the styling department, as long hair invites and allows a little bit more creativity.

best haircuts for curly hair mens

Men’s hairstyles for curly hair

Curly hair makes for a great hairstyle even when worn all natural, just washed and brushed, giving you’ve found the best haircut and ways to tame it. But for a little extra inspiration when it comes to styling curly hair, dare try:

  • a severe side-parting, playing around with the curls and texture, adding a few finger waves as opener for your curly curls.

best hairstyles for mens curly hair

  • natural texture – it might sound scary seeing how it’s the very thing you’re striving to manage, but natural curly hair makes for a one-of-a-kind, unfussy look, as no two curls are similar. Once you’ve got the haircut, the moisturizing and drying techniques figured out, it gets real easy.

Not to mention how the natural, curly texture has transformed into a winning, on-trend look, all over the 2016 runways, both for the guys and the girls.

best hairstyles for mens curly hair
Image: Etro, S/S ’16

  • fixing up your hair with the use of a headband. It works great if you want to get the hair off your face, if you want to spice up the life of your curls, or want to add a touch of urban-sports to your look.

best hairstyles for mens curly hair
Image: No. 21, S/S ’16

  • switching up your parting – sometimes it’s the easiest way to breath new life into your curls. Add to it by styling the curls with a diffuser or a blow dryer, and playing around with different hair products recommended for curly hair. Nothing like experimenting with your curls to find your signature style.

best hairstyles for mens curly hair
Image: Ermenegildo Zegna, F/W ’16

And if you’re going for it, and you’re finally growing out your curls into gorgeous long hair, you will be tempted to try out a man bun at some point or another. Go for it, enjoy and dare experiment with ways of tying your hair that best work with your curly hair.

best hairstyles for mens curly hair

How to style men’s curly hair.

  • for tight and tidy curls, use a high-hold, matte-finish styling product, and work it in from the roots when your hair is still damp. Once dry, the product will work as a barrier against humidity, helping your curls maintain their shape.
  • to maintain or improve your volume, use a moisturizing sea salt spray; apply a few spritzes to dry or damp hair, and let it air dry naturally for non-sticky neat curls.
  • if you aim for natural volume without frizz and flyways, a high-quality diffuser is of order. Apply your favorite styling product on damp hair, and work the diffuser right through your curls, starting on low heat and low intensity.

styling products for curly hair
Shop the products: 1. Oribe Signature Shampoo; 2. Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Conditioner; 03. Pankhurst London Defining Serum; 04. Aesop Violet Leaf Hair Balm; 05. Lavett & Chin Sea Salt Texturising Mist.

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