The 25 Sexiest Curly Hairstyles for Men This Year

There are tons of men’s curly hairstyles and haircuts to choose from. Even though curly hair can be hard to manager, there’s no need to cut it all off. With the right cut and product for your unique texture, you can have an awesome looking cut at almost any length.

Get your inspiration on and pick out a cool cut below to show your barber or stylist. Here are the best curly hairstyles for men:

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Short Flat Top Curls

A cool curly short flat top for black men
Instagram @jarredsbarbers

A fusion of the high top fade and voluptuousness curls. Making use of curls but softening them a bit, this cut is an adaptation of the classic flat top fro. Modern chic.

Short Curly Hair with Surgical Line

Modern short curls with thick surgical line
Instagram @13byblackstar

Guys with short curly hair, looking to get an innocent, but cool look. Depending on your style and social freedom, you can spice the look up with a trimmed line on either side, or tune it down by going without. Makes good use of voluptuousness inherent in the curly hair on top, as it gradually fades going down.

Skin Fade Curly Frohawk

A hip skin fade curly frohawk
Instagram @maxi_privilegebarbers

Simple and trendy, easy to maintain and super versatile. Basically, the VW of haircuts, if you possess natural curly hair.

Textured Curls for Fine Hair

Textured Curls for Fine Hair
Instagram @thesizzwizz6ix

Q&A with style creator, Johanna Rose
Stylist @ Parlour Salon Ossington in Toronto, ON

How would you describe this look?

I call this cut the tornado curl. My friend has the best curls and I just love the tight sides with the crazy fun texture and curl on top.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you have curly hair, this is a great short look. The #1 product I recommend for curly hair is oil, and my top pick is “Dark Oil” by Sebastian. Make sure to hydrate those curls! Then get your favorite curl cream. I like Kevin Murphy  “Motion Lotion.”

Long Messy Curls

Q&A with style creator, Sydney Redlins
Hairstylist @ Badlands Salon & Barber in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look?

This cut is a rounded, layered curly cut. I like the volume and texture that the layers through the top bring out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is fairly low maintenance on a daily basis. I would recommend a curl enhancing the product, such as Davine’s curl cream. Use a diffuser to dry if you like extra volume, otherwise, air drying is fine. This is a great style for a curly haired person whose hairline is beginning to recede.

Cool Curly Undercut

Cool Curly Undercut
Instagram @color_keys

Q&A with style creator, Jesus Romero
Hair Artist @ Sassy Do’s Salon in San Bernardino, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look would be a zero high fade with disconnection or long top. I like to call it the fade and curl! I love giving my clients a structured haircut that requires little to no effort when getting ready for your day to day routine, so my most favorite thing about this haircut would be just that. No effort – naturally looks great overall!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It gives you a clean, modern, professional look while enhancing the natural hair texture. The requirements for styling are little to none. Maybe a foam or curl cream while the hair is damp. After that, you have the choice of using a blow dryer for a faster dry time or you let nature take its course!

Longer Curly Hair on Top with Shorter Sides

Q&A with style creator, Horatiu Tolan
Barber @ Mirror21 in Romania, Cluj-Napoca


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

This is a natural look with long messy curls on soft hair combined with sharp edges.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend using a sea salt spray and a matte paste.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ideal for the cool client who wants to stand out with light curls.

Tapered Curly Hair

tapered curly hair
Instagram @vagabond_hair_academy

Opt for a tapered curly haircut to show off your natural texture! If you got that funny and gentle personality, this one suits you the best. When styling, use clay for added definition. A mist of hairspray will also maximize the texture of this your tapered curly hair.

Curly Zero Fade

curly hair and zero fade
Instagram @barber.moin

No more mainstream look! Try this curly zero fade and stand out. It’ll show more of your skin from the sides and the nape area while flaunting your black curly strands on top. This cut works wonders on both permed and naturally curly hair.

Mid-Length Naturally Red Curls

A trendy mid-length haircut for naturally curly red hair
Instagram @chinkthebarber

Q&A with style creator, Andrew
Barber @ Saint Barbershop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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

I like to describe his curly cut as having the “best of both worlds” It has both a smooth graduation and a ton of texture and movement. Clearly, the natural hair color was my favorite thing about this overall look. Redheads are a dying breed.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I rough dried RUGER sea salt spray into the hair and used a tiny bit of RUGER Matte VOL.2 to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to anyone with thick curly hair. As for the fade, depending on the size and shape of the head you can always bring the fade a bit higher or lower.

Slicked Back Curly Hair with Low Fade

A current curly slicked back haircut with low fade
Instagram @turbo_barber

Q&A with style creator, Noel Feliciano
Barber @ Ace of Fades Barbershop in Waterbury, CT


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

This is a variation of the classic pompadour with a tight low fade, curls, and slicked back hair. My favorite thing about this haircut and look is its versatility and the timeless look.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I like using American Crew Gel for control and high shine. To recreate the look, apply the gel to damp hair while combing it through with a standard cutting comb and some minimal blow dry styling to keep the curls soft and crisp. Finish off with the high hold hairspray from Ion.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut is best for the active professional male because of its refined look and the ability to loosen up the curls for a night on the town. It works well with medium to coarse textures with a medium to high density. Wavy or curly hair showcases the texture well on a round or square face shape to minimize the strong jawline on this guest.

Medium Length Curly Hair

A hip medium length naturally curly haircut for black guys
Instagram @bgeorge81

Q&A with style creator, George
Barber @ Untouchable Cuts in Rayne, LA


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

This medium length curly hair style features curls is a variation of many different cuts. It’s a “South of France” mixed with a burst fade and a semi-blowout taper. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s different from the norm.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The product I used for the curls in this style was Ultimate Wave by Paul Mitchell. This product is great for guys with curly hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The type of client that should consider this style would be someone with naturally curls that is of medium texture with a more rounded and full face shape. It’s perfect for some whose lifestyle allows them to slap some product in and be on their way out the door without standing in front of the mirror.

Curly Haircut + Temp Fade

A stylish curly temp fade for latino men
Instagram @amitcorso

Q&A with style creator, Amit Corso
Barber @ Cutting Edge Barbershop in Lancaster, PA


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

This is a bald temple fade, keeping the fade low to enhance the outline. My favorite thing about his hair is the attention to detail.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

These are his natural curls, so no products were used to curl his hair. I used Wahl clippers and Andis outliners to create the haircut.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a classic look with curls that doesn’t go out of style. Round or oblong shaped heads will suit this style the best. The longer the hairstyle, the tighter the curls!

The Curly Undercut

Unique curly hair with an undercut
Instagram @bobbybanks

Q&A with style creator, Robyn Pape
Hairstylist @ Red Bloom Salon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


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

These curls are definitely client-based inspiration. This client always comes in with an idea of what he would like, and I take those ideas and adapt them to his hair and texture to make it work. This time he wanted to go to a symmetrical shape between both sides rather than the popular side part that we had been giving him before this. Since I’ve seen a rise in bowl cuts as a trend this year, I thought he would be the perfect adventurous client to try it on curly hair!

My favorite thing about it is that it seriously embraces his natural curls. Usually, people with this amount of curl prefer shorter, square shape cuts to try and fight it.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Since this client loves his curly hair and doesn’t like to tame it down much, we use a lighter paste rather than a clay that would weigh it down. For these curls, I ran Kevin Murphy Free Hold medium hold paste through his hair while wet, then used my blow dryer on low heat to shape the curl with my fingers until it was about 90% dry. Just before it starts to get frizzy!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This guys short curly hair is definitely not one you see every day and might be a little out there for my more conservative clients. I know this client well and have been cutting his hair for at least a couple of years now, so I was sure he would embrace more of a funky lid. This look is obviously for a client with natural curls who isn’t trying to hide it!

Simple Long Curly Hair with Side Part

long curly hair with side part
Instagram @guilherme.amorim.ph

Here’s a simple long curly hair with a side part that you must go for! Let your dark hair grow, and paint some blonde highlights because you’ll need a bit of brightness. Longer curls need love more than any other hair texture. Thus, always find a product that provides intense moisture to prevent dryness.

Curly Faux Hawk + Burst Fade

Q&A with style creator, Keith Littles
Barber @ The Original Barber Shop in Las Vegas, NV


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

This haircut is a burst “South of France” fade. The texture of his hair allows for a great blend. The transition of the fade is definitely my favorite part of the haircut.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

It’s not rocket science when trying to find a product for curly hair. His hair has a natural curl, so a small amount of gel or pomade of choice does his hair right.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone with naturally coarse but fine hair can sport this curly faux hawk. It’s a loud haircut with a lot of class all in one with curls in the mix.

Old-School Fade with Curly Fringe

old school fade with curly fringe
Instagram @jackieloveshair

An old-school fade with curly fringe makes an excellent, modern look! With this chop, men with curly hair can stay nice and clean. You can use both sea salt spray and clay respectively, as they are sure to boost your ginger red curls’ texture.

Bald Fade with Short Curly Twists

bald fade with short curly twists
Instagram @bvrberbros.co

Featuring a bald fade with short curly twists that makes a lasting impression! Keep your hair moisturized for a healthier-looking edge.

The Curly Pompadour

pompadour for curly hair
Instagram @seuelias

Sharp and sophisticated, the curly pompadour is for gents who love a textured look. The sides are clean to give the black, thick curls more emphasis. If you’re down for a bit more edge, added shaved lines would do the trick.

Curly Quiff

Curly Quiff
Instagram @alchemyorlando

This curly quiff combines classic and modern. No effort styling meets an accomplished appearance.

Curls for Fine Hair

curly hairstyle for men with fine hair
Instagram @friahair

Such stylish curls for fine hair! Grow your hair longer to show off your texture, creating an illusion of density and more body. To minimize the frizz and define the curls, a styling cream will do the job for you.

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Hansen
Hair Stylist @ Relik Salon in Orem, UT


How would you describe this?
This look is what I describe as a natural curl. Curls are all around a great texture, especially for men.
Natural curls are an effortless style that can be dressed up or dressed down. 
What’s your best advice?
For men trying to wear their natural curl in this shorter style, they should be open to purchasing the right product to help maintain it and control it.

Styling is simple by just letting it air dry- but you can use your fingers to twist the curls with some product to help them not get frizzy once dried.

For thicker hair, a flexible pomade is perfect to control the curl and frizz but doesn’t harden or glue to the head weird.

For smoother curlicues or fine hair, a very light smoothing creme or light mouse would do the trick to style it while it&rsquos damp to air dry it and keep it frizz-free.

For curly hair- oil is your best friend and will add extra moisture to your curly locks but also it can be applied daily.

Shoulder Length Curly Hair

shoulder length curly hair
Instagram @stylemelexx

One of the best haircuts for men with curly hair texture is here! Flaunt this shoulder-length curly hair, and make a statement. Amp up its volume and shape by using a curl enhancer that also adds a shine to your ginger shade.

Fresh Curly Afro

Fresh Curly Afro
Instagram @patrick_ina

Frizzy is in as you rock your natural hair with this curly afro. Tapered sides are a bonus to an already astonishing do.

The Curly Man Bun

curly man bun
Instagram @hairstylebeardd

Wear it and never let your hair get in the way again! Play with your natural texture, and consider wearing the curly man bun. It matches neat sides and nape for a fresher, cleaner vibe. This style is sure to accentuate the warm blonde streaks on your black shade.

Short Curly Ringlets

short curly ringlets
Instagram @therealdremajor

Get that funky, bouncy look with these short curly ringlets! Paint blonde highlights on your black hair for a dimensional finish. Short curly styles like this will need extra moisture to keep it looking shiny and healthy.