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The Top 19 Hottest Black Men Haircuts & Hairstyles

Shaved, short, long, fro or natural, there are several different ways for black men to style their hair. Considering a style change? Check out these varied (and handsome!) hairstyles and haircuts for black men to try the next time you’re at the barber.

High Bald Taper

High Bald Taper hairstyleInstagram @joeybwood

Q&A with style creator, Joey Blackwood
Barber @ Da’ Spot BarberShop in Pomona, CA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This particular look is a high bald taper with a faded beard line up and curls on top. This a pretty common haircut, except for the faded out beard. Fading out the beard is fairly new trend that has been become more popular in the last couple years. It gives the client a little more detailed and clean look to their beard.

The curled style on top has been around for a while, but has become more popular with the release of a product called the “curl sponge” which I used to bring out the curls for this particular haircut. Instead of just shaping the hair out, now you can add a finished curled look to the top of clients with coarse hair.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

There are a lot of different products you can use throughout the service of this haircut, as well as products you can use to finish and style the client.

I recommend shaving gel to detail the beard and beard oil to finish the detailed beard. You can also use hairspray to lock in the curls on top after curling it, and of course aftershave and maybe oil sheen if you want to give the client a shiny look. Also take note if the client has gray hairs so you can use a semi-permanent dye or an enhancement to get rid of the gray. A technique I use with the dye or enhancement is applying not just to the gray, but around the client’s hairline to create a more sharp and full look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

At this point there is no texture of hair that I can’t handle, but if I had to choose it would be someone with a light scalp and black colored hair.

Clean Skin Fade

Clean Skin Fade hairstyleInstagram @jakecuts.pa

Q&A with style creator, Jake Boyle
Barber @ Modern Classics Barber Studio in Summit, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a skin fade blended into a 1.5 on the top. In my opinion, there’s no cut cleaner then a skin fade.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This haircut doesn’t require too many products. I usually just use a lining spritz for the shapeup. Clippers and a razor will do the rest.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

What I like so much about a skin fade is that anyone can pull it off. You can have long hair on the top and skin fade it, or you could have a buzz cut. It works either way! I would recommend this cut for someone with a clean scalp and no dry spots/rashes on their head for the best results. These things would be much more exposed with this cut.

Distinguished Gentleman

Q&A with style creator, Donald Emery Jr.
Barber @ Presidential Grooming in Baton Rouge, LA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

What I love about this cut is that it’s low maintenance. It is also a great summer cut for those on the go.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The overall style can be maintained at home, although you should seek professional advice for shave techniques and growth patterns. For the beard, a beard pick and an all natural beard balm should be used to promote growth and add moisture to the skin underneath.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This stylish look is great for the distinguished gentleman, or someone that is naturally thinning in the crown area.

Uniform Layered Cut

Uniform Layered Cut hairstyleInstagram @cthornthebarber

Q&A with style creator, Chris Thorn
Barber @ 215 Professionals in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This uniform layered cut is one of the most common haircuts for men today. It is ideal for most face shapes and hair textures. This look is also versatile as it can work in a business or casual setting. My favorite thing about this look has to be that it is very low maintenance.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I would recommend a shampoo and conditioner as needed, and suggest a product that best compliments the client’s hair texture (i.e. mousse, pomade or gel).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

As stated previously, this look is ideal for most facial shapes and hair textures. This particular look works best for anyone simply because of its versatility and durability.

Natural Wave

Natural Wave hairstyleInstagram @fresh_hov

Q&A with style creator, Jose Crespo
Barber @ Major League Barbershop in West Haven, CT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an urban, sporty, athletic, classy and natural look! The thing I love the most about this look would be how the waves come together so uniformly and the best this is that they are natural. Hardly any product was used!

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve this look you need A LOT of time, a little bit of grease, and a 100% boar bristle brush. Apply a small amount of grease to your hair and proceed to brushing in the direction that goes with your hair’s growth pattern. You will need to do this repeatedly, over and over again until you reach the desired amount of waves. Note that natural waves will not come in one day. Getting waves is a process and requires a few days of brushing.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this style to anyone who want a short and sharp look! It works best for clients with coarse or ethnic hair which will wave up faster than fine smooth hair.

Bold Design

Bold Design hairstyleInstagram @theburghbarber

Q&A with style creator, Wendell Kinley
Barber @ theburghbarber in Pittsburgh, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

First of all, doing a hair design on the side of the head can sometimes be tricky because you don’t have a lot of room to work with. The one thing that I really enjoy doing is geometric designs that are simple and bold. If you go too small and intricate it will only last a few days at most, but if you go more bold you will have a lot of contrast between the skin and the design it will stay a lot longer.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The product that I typically use on hair designs is Kiss Express. It is a semi permanent color that just makes the darker areas of the design really pop.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

One who wants attention!

Low Fade With Part

Low Fade With Part hairstyleInstagram @gthebarber21

Q&A with style creator, Guarionex Diax
Barber @ Gthebarber in Riverview, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this haircut as a low fade with a part. My favorite part about this haircut is the part with the fade, which makes the haircut pop out even more. The edge also brings out the haircut.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The product I use for this haircut is called Spritz. It freezes the hair in place and make the edge more precise. I also use oil sheen which leaves the hair shiny and silky smooth.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This type of haircut really for anyone!

#8 The Buzz

Written by Carina Connelly

Closely cut, this hairstyle is perfect for the man on the go because it requires little to no maintenance between cuts.

The Buzz Dwight Gooden Style Black Men HaircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Apply a scalp and hair moisturizer.
  2. Brush hair with a boar bristle brush.

Recommended Products:

Try using a small amount of coconut oil to moisturize both hair and scalp.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#9 The Small ‘Fro

Written by Carina Connelly

Have great curls, but don’t want long hair? Try an in between style that lets you show off your natural texture without having to commit to long hair.

The Small Fro Black Men HaircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Starting with clean, damp hair, apply a leave-in conditioner.
  2. Using, a wide tooth comb gently brush through curls.
  3. Apply gel from roots to tips.
  4. Fluff curls using fingers and allow to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Try Mix Chicks His Mix Leave-in Conditioner For Men to help tame frizz and define curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#10 Clean and Short

Written by Carina Connelly

Clean and Short Black Men HaircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Apply a scalp and hair moisturizer.
  2. Brush hair with a boar bristle brush.

Recommended Products:

Try using a small amount of coconut oil to moisturize both the hair and scalp.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#11 The Grown Out Buzz

Written by Carina Connelly

Looking for a style that’s a little more lived-in, but too long? Try this grown out buzz for a style with texture.

The Grown Out BuzzPhoto credit: Shutterstock.com

How to Style: 

  1. Starting with clean, damp hair, apply a small amount of a hair and scalp moisturizer.
  2. Gently brush curls using a boar bristle brush and apply a small amount of pomade.
  3. Allow hair to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Try L’anza Healing Style Refine Pomade for smooth frizz-free texture and definition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#12 All Twisted Up

Written by Carina Connelly

Growing out your hair and need to look professional? Try twists! They are low maintenance and a great way to show off your personality.

All Twisted Up Style for a Black ManPhoto credit: Shutterstock.com

How to Style: 

  1. Starting with clean wet hair, section hair into four quadrants. Begin at the neck hairline and work up.
  2. Taking a 1” by 1” section, apply a small amount of pomade and twist hair from root to tip.
  3. Continue until all quadrants are done.
  4. Allow hair to air dry.
  5. Once hair is dry, you can leave it as is or shake it out.

Recommended Products:

Try Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Shine Pomade Hairdress with Shea butter and Cocoa butter to moisturize ends and provide hold with shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#13 Naturally Curly

Written by Carina Connelly

Love your natural curls? Let them be free in this natural, easy going style.

Naturally Curly Style for a Black ManPhoto credit: Shutterstock.com

How to Style: 

  1. Starting with clean, damp hair, apply a leave in conditioner, gel, and a small amount of argan oil.
  2. Gently detangle using a wide tooth comb.
  3. Twist various sections of hair to define ends.
  4. Allow hair to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Curly hair is naturally a bit dry. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner like Mixed Chicks His Mix Shampoo and Mixed Chicks Deep Detangling Conditioner.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#14 Wave Maker

Written by Carina Connelly

Like the classic look of waves? Try this style for a timeless style that always looks professional and put together.

Wave Maker UJA-Federation HaircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Starting with clean, air-dried hair, apply a small amount of pomade.
  2. Brush hair forward with a boar bristle brush.

Recommended Products:

For freshly cut hair, use a soft boar bristle brush. For longer hair, try using a hard boar bristle brush. Try Brush Strokes Two-Sided Boar Bristle Brush for handy access to both types of brushes.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#15 Polished Fade 

Written by Carina Connelly

This slick hairstyle is polished and devilishly handsome. The style mostly comes from the cut and is easy to maintain at home.

NYC Black Men HaircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Apply a small amount of coconut butter to hair and scalp.
  2. Brush hair forward with a boar bristle brush.

Recommended Products:

Try Dr. Bronner’s Coconut oil. It’s organic, cold-pressed and has a light (and delicious) coconut aroma to it.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#16 The Fro Hawk

Written by Carina Connelly

Thinking of trying something a bit rock ‘n’ roll? Try the ‘fro hawk for an easy to maintain, edgy style.

The Fro Hawk Black Men HaircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Apply a small amount of pomade to slightly damp hair.
  2. Using a boar bristle brush, gently brush hair towards crown.
  3. Allow to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Humectant Pomade for definition and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#17 Short Curls

Written by Carina Connelly

This style combines both natural curls and a short haircut — the best of both worlds! It’s hip, stylish and seriously easy.

Short Curls Power Haircuts For Black MenPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Apply a scalp and hair moisturizer.
  2. Apply a small amount of curl defining crème.
  3. Allow hair to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Try AG’s Curl Details Defining Cream for lightweight, frizz-free hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

Styling Tip:

To get your style to last another day, mist hair with a little bit of water to re-activate the product and resuscitate your curls.

#18 Clean Shaven Skin

Written by Carina Connelly

Have thinning hair or sick of having to style it? Try going for a clean-shaven look! It’s ageless and stylish.

Clean Shaven Black Men haircutsPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Apply a scalp moisturizer.

Recommended Products:

Try the Lab Series Shave Line collection for shaving creams that help prevent nicks and post shave creams to repair the skin.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

#19 Long Curls 

Written by Carina Connelly

Have a loose curl pattern? Try growing out your hair and rocking a long layered style. Lacking loose curls, but still craving the look? Try an s-curl texturizer to loosen your curls.

Long Curls Haircuts For Black MenPhoto credit: PRphotos.com

How to Style: 

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a leave-in conditioner and a small amount of gel from roots to tips.
  2. Gently remove excess moisture with a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt.
  3. Allow hair to air dry.

Recommended Products:

To remove excess moisture without disrupting the curl pattern, try using a microfiber towel. Jessi Curl’s Scrunching Towel removes moisture without causing frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any face shape and hair density.

Black men’s hairstyles often rely heavily on the cut. If you are thinking of trying a new style, talk it over with your barber and get his or her opinion. There are some seriously cool styles to try, so try one or try them all!