The 29 Sexiest Curly Hairstyles for Men This Year

There are tons of curly hairstyles for men to choose from. Even though hairstyles for curly hair can be hard to manage, 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 Curly Top

Short Flat Curly Top
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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.

Curly Drop Fade

Curly drop fade
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A curly drop fade gives a little more style and contrast than the traditional fade. Make sure to let your barber know not to go too high in the back of the fade. It will take away the style you want to have. This cut is a get-up-and-go type of cut. All that is needed is a curl sponge, and out the door, you go!

Modern Curled Mullet Style

Modern curled mullet style
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The modern curled mullet style brings edginess only a few men can pull off. When considering a haircut not too many men have, modern curled mullet is the way to go! It’s a cut for men with confidence and wanting to step out of the box.

Curly Wavy Hair with Hard Part

Curly wavy hair with hard part
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Curly wavy hair with hard part is the closest any man can get to a combover. It’s challenging to achieve a combover on coarse, curly, or wavy hair. With the right length on top, you can somehow comb over the hair from the hard part. I recommend a product with a good hold to keep your curly, wavy hair under control throughout the day.

Shaggy Curls and Waves for Men

Shaggy curls and waves for men
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Shaggy curls and waves for men look better on men with long hair as the extra length highlights the intricacy of the curls. Men with pear-shaped faces with a chiseled jawline would benefit from this hairstyle as it flatters the face, balancing it with the volume of the hair.

Mid Fade Short Curly Hair with Surgical Line Design

Mid Fade Short Curly Hair with Surgical Line Design
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Guys with short curly hair who are looking to get an innocent but cool look, this is a great option!

Depending on your style and social freedom, you can spice the look up with a mid fade and a trimmed line design 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 with Line-Up

Skin Fade Curly Frohawk with Line-Up
Instagram @maxi_privilegebarbers

A skin fade frohawk is one of the men’s hairstyles for curly texture that’s looking trendy, easy to maintain, and super versatile! Basically, it’s the VW of haircuts, if you possess natural curly hair.

A faded short haircut like this would look great with a sharp line-up, too.

Short Textured Curls for Fine Hair

Short Textured Curls for Fine Hair
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This cut is called the tornado curl, created by stylist Johanna Rose from Canada. The best part of this look is the tight sides with the crazy fun texture and curl on top.

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

Long Messy Curls

These long messy curls are on a rounded, layered curly cut. What’s great about curly hairstyles for men like this is the volume and texture that the layers through the top bring out, says stylist Sydney Redlins of Brooklyn.

This haircut on tousled curls is fairly low-maintenance on a daily basis. Redlins recommends a curl-enhancing product such as Davine’s curl cream. “Use a diffuser to dry if you like extra volume, otherwise, air drying is fine. Also, it’s a great style for a curly-haired guy whose hairline is beginning to recede,” Redlins explains.

Curly Undercut with Zero High Fade

Cool Curly Undercut with Zero High Fade
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This curly haircut is a zero high fade with disconnection or a long top. “I like to call it the fade and curl! No effort – it naturally looks great overall,” hair artist Jesus Romero of California points out.

This curly undercut with a disconnected fade gives a clean, modern, professional look while enhancing the natural hair texture. The requirements for styling are little to none. Romero suggests, “a foam or curl cream is great to apply 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 Short Sides

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

Barber Horatiu Tolan of Romania states, “I recommend using a sea salt spray and a matte paste when styling this haircut.”

Curly hairstyles for men like this are ideal for the cool dude who wants to stand out with light curls.

Medium Curly Hair with Tapered Sides

medium curly hair with Tapered Sides
Instagram @vagabond_hair_academy

Opt for a curly haircut with taper fade to show off the natural texture of your medium curls! 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 tapered curly hair.

Curly Zero Fade

curly hair and zero fade
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With this curly zero fade, you’ll stand out and no more mainstream straight hair style! 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, and with or without facial hair.

Mid-Length Naturally Red Curls

Mid-Length Naturally Red Curls
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This curly cut is described as having the best of both worlds. It’s a creation by barber Andrew of Canada.

“It has both 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,” Andrew states.

Andrew recommends this curly cut to guys 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.

Soft Slicked Back Curly Hair with Low Fade

Soft Slicked Back Curly Hair with Low Fade
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This is a variation of the classic pompadour with a tight low fade, curls, and slicked-back hair.

“My favorite thing about curly hairstyles for men is their versatility,” says Noel Feliciano of Connecticut, the barber behind this cut.

For the wet hair effect, Feliciano likes using American Crew Gel styling products for control and high shine. “Apply the gel to damp hair while combing it through with a standard cutting comb and some minimal blowdry styling to keep the curls soft and crisp. Finish off with the high hold hairspray from Ion,” Feliciano notes.

This curly slicked back style 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.

Faded Medium-Length Curly Hair

Faded Medium-Length Curly Hair
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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. It’s different from the norm, according to barber George from Rayne, LA.

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

George suggests, “The type of guy that should consider this style would be someone with natural curls that is of medium texture, and with a more rounded and full face shape. It’s perfect for guys whose lifestyle allows them to slap some product in and be on their way.”

Curly Haircut + Temple Fade

Curly Haircut + Temple Fade
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This is a bald temple fade for curly hair, designed by barber Amit Corso of Lancaster, PA. The fade is kept low to enhance the outline.

“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,” Corso mentions.

This temple fade with short curls is a classic look 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

The Curly Undercut
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These textured curls with undercut are an asymmetrical shape between both sides rather than the popular side part.

According to hairstylist Robyn Pape of Canada, “since I’ve seen a rise in bowl cuts as a trend this year, I thought it would be perfect to try it on curly hair!”

This curly undercut is a great option for men who want to embrace their natural curls. Usually, people with this amount of curl prefer shorter, square shape cuts.

If you don’t like to tame your curly hairstyles for men down much, Pape suggests, “use a lighter paste rather than clay that would weigh it down. For these kinds of curls, I ran Kevin Murphy Free Hold medium hold paste through the hair while wet. Then, I used my blowdryer on low heat to shape the curl with my fingers until it was about 90% dry. Just before it starts to get frizzy.”

This guys’ short curly hair is definitely not one you see every day.

Long Curly Hair with Side Part

long curly hair with side part
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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 and tight 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

This curly faux hawk haircut is a burst fade by barber Keith Littles of Las Vegas, NV. The texture of the hair allows for a great blend.

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

Littles also adds, “men 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 on Tight Curls with Curly Fringe

Old-School Fade on Tight Curls 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
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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 with Beard for Thick Black Hair

curly pompadour with Beard for Thick Black hair
Instagram @seuelias

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

Feel free to also pair this short curly hairstyle with a beard for a much exceptional outcome.

Curly Quiff

Curly Quiff
Instagram @alchemyorlando

This tapered messy curly quiff on brown hair combines classic and modern. No effort styling meets an accomplished appearance.

Stylish Curls for Men with Fine Hair

Stylish Curls for Men with Fine Hair
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These are such stylish curls for fine hair! Grow your hair longer to show off your texture, creating an illusion of density and more body.

“This look is what I describe as a natural curl,” says stylist Amanda Hansen of Utah. She adds, “Curls are all around a great texture, especially for men. Natural curls are an effortless style that can be dressed up or dressed down.”

For men trying to wear their natural curl in this shorter style, Hansen advises that they should be open to purchasing the right product to help maintain it and control it.

Hansen states, “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 thick hair, a flexible pomade is perfect to control the curl and frizz but doesn’t harden or glue to the head weirdly. With smoother curlicues or fine hair, a very light smoothing creme or light mouse would do the trick to style it while it’s damp to air dry it and keep it frizz-free.

For natural curls, 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
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One of the best haircuts for men with curly hair texture is here! Flaunt your shoulder-length loose curls to make a statement. The length is a great choice, especially if you have a face shape with a bigger forehead. When styling long curls, amp up the volume and shape by using a curl enhancer that also adds a shine to your ginger shade.

Fresh Curly Afro with Taper Fade

Fresh Curly Afro with Taper Fade
Instagram @patrick_ina

Frizzy is in as you rock your natural hair with this afro curls style. Tapered sides are a bonus to an already astonishing and cool hairstyle like this one.

The Curly Man Bun

curly man bun
Instagram @hairstylebeardd

Play with your natural texture, and consider wearing the curly man bun for black men. It matches neat sides and nape for a fresher, cleaner vibe. This hairstyle for black men 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 c like this will need extra moisture to keep it looking shiny and healthy.