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Updated on December 28, 2020
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2. Curly Fauxhawk with Temple Fade

This fauxhawk is perfect in length, thickness and shape that are highlighted by the faded temples. The style is equally flattering for both young guys and mature curly afro men who embrace and appreciate the natural texture of their hair.

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You often win twice when you accentuate something that is given to you by nature. Natural coils will stop causing you inconveniences and looking awkward as soon as you learn how to present them in the best light. That involves the choice of the right haircut and a couple of effortless styling tips. Here is a bunch of ideas for African American curly hairstyles.

Curly Hairstyles for Black Men

If you prefer to go for a short crop, a small ‘fro to highlight your natural texture is a very good solution. It won’t require any particular styling, remaining professional and neat-looking between your visits to a barber.

Let the complete crop grow out a little longer than you are used to and ask your barber to define the shape of your head, preserving the length. Dense tight coils in this case will stick out up and to the sides but with the defined shape it’s a big plus and a cool look.

The longer your coily mane is getting, the more careless styles you may achieve. If these are not your plans but you definitely enjoy your lengthy curls, have them partially braided. This way you set a direction for them, obtain a neater look and get a better control of your disobedient hair. Note that a full gallery of cool braided patterns is waiting for you on the page braids for men.

Shaping spikes at the ends of your coils helps to make your mane less voluminous yet shapelier. Sometimes the ends are defined not only with a styling product but also with color. Light brown highlighted ends go fine with natural dark brown hair.

Black men curly hair looks run the gamut from long, curly Afros and high-top fades to curly twists and textured fauxhawks. Take a look at some of the best curly hairstyles for black men that are funky, edgy and downright cool.

1. Long Top, Short Sides and Back

This style reverses the direction of hair, sweeping the longer curls forward, onto the forehead, while framing the sides and nape with a V-shaped faded undercut.

2. Curly Fauxhawk with Temple Fade

This fauxhawk is perfect in length, thickness and shape that are highlighted by the faded temples. The style is equally flattering for both young guys and mature curly afro men who embrace and appreciate the natural texture of their hair.

3. Kinky Spikes

Upon first glance it may appear that this haircut has regular thick curls on top. Although if you look closer you will notice that the curls actually look like some fun kinky spikes that are twisted only at the ends. Shaped edges are always a plus.

4. High Fade with Longer Top Curls

The blonde tips are clearly the focal point of the style, but the curly texture and the creative cut should be noted as well. A high fade and the long length of curls up top create a fun contrast in lengths and textures, as well as providing a cute inverted trapezoid silhouette of the style.

5. Black Curly Taper Fade

Black men with curly hair sometimes prefer to have their afro curls cut very short to look neat, but today there are many slightly longer cuts with perfect edges which look very chic, accurate and with personality. Some of the best creations are those that manage to do little while making a big impact.

6. Natural Fade with Line Up

This may not be the most versatile look and it’s not for everyone, but it’s one of the best cuts for the black male who wants something different. The structured shapes are executed with extreme precision to flatter the face shape and features (in particular the cheekbones), while the simplicity of the cut for natural hair on the top of the head creates a nice balance.

Black Skin Fade With Facial Hairstyle

Instagram / @patty_cuts

7. Tapered and Dyed

This is a perfect example of how versatile and creative black mens curly hairstyles can be. The success of this style is in the contrasts: not only is the long top enhanced by the short sides, but the different textures and colors also make for a very fashion-forward appearance. The dye ensures that the long curly top becomes the focus.

Long Top Fade For Natural Hair

Instagram / @f4fade

8. Mini Frohawk with Artwork

The cut keeps the middle long in a mini frohawk, while the sides are faded in order to show off the fun artwork. The eye-catching style is also complemented by the trimmed beard.

Short Natural Mohawk With Fade

Instagram / @pjabreu

9. Long Top and Blurry Sides

Blurry fades are all the rage, because they guarantee a neat and interesting look. The juxtaposition between the long natural hair and buzzed sections make the look dynamic, the line up in the front takes it to a whole new level of cool.

Natural High Top Fade With Line Up

Instagram / @criztofferson

10. Dramatic Skin Fade

Black guy curly hairstyles can be classic and versatile, but they can also offer you freedom of self-expression. The skin fade of the cut is made more unique by the dramatic shaved lines on the sides. It’s different, creative, inspired by the Nike’s swoosh, maybe, – absolutely a head turner!

Line Up Fade For Natural Hair

Instagram / @smashthalegend

11. Blonde Afro Curls

The high fade with a fun mop of curls is a style that won’t be passed unnoticed. The blonde hair ultimately makes a statement and compliments the afro curls. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors if you want to achieve a truly standout appearance.

African American Natural Undercut

Instagram / @cool_cutz

12. Tapered Afro Twists

An afro twist is a way to make your curls stiffer, more controlled. Great for men who want to keep their length and show off their curls, while having no fuss when it comes to frizz.

Short Dreadlocks With Skin Fade

Instagram / @mister_xclusive

13. Sponge Twists and High Fade

Curly hairstyles for black men who want something modern but uncomplicated incorporate a fade and line up. Work with what nature has given to you – accentuate the jaw corners with a facial hairstyle and add cute sponge twists on top for a fun texture.

Black High Shadow Fade

Instagram / @andyauthentic

14. Rounded Top with Temple Fade

It’s classy and relevant. The rounded tall top, flawless line up, discreet temple fade and a small shaved in line create a hairstyle that speaks good taste and doesn’t distract from your personality.

Natural Line Up With Fade

Instagram / @hair_blender

15. High Fade with Dramatic Cuts

Want to standout? Look no further! The high fade is emphasized by the shaved design. The combination of different textures from the shaved hair to the twisted curls creates an overall appearance that is edgy, yet sophisticated. Finished off with a lighter color, this classy variation of the flat top offers you a bunch of new ideas on how to wear your brown hair in non-boring ways.

Men's Natural Cut With Shaved Designs

Instagram / @pjabreu

16. Modern Tapered Cut

This is a haircut for black men that breaks the normal mold. It’s modern and finds the right balance between the texture, faded sections and circular shapes of the line up.

Short Natural Curly Cut With Line Up

Instagram / @patty_cuts

17. Medium Curly Afro

The curly fro is perfect for black men with curly hair or mixed guys who have a bit more length. Neither long nor short, layered and structured, while effortless-looking, these locks could be among your hair goals!

Medium Natural Hairstyle For Guys

Instagram / @itzmetho

18. Frohawk with Shadow Fade

If you want a look that is a guaranteed conversation starter, this is probably it! Different from your typical afro, the frohawk is essentially a mini afro down the center (much like a mohawk). Paired with a shadow fade, this look is all about attitude!

Faded Natural Mohawk For Men

Instagram / @zeke_the_barber

19. Curls with Diagonal Fade

Professional although not classic, the skin fade with curls creates a dapper look; a great option of curly black mens hairstyles with added pizzazz. There is still enough length to show off the natural qualities of the locks, while the low fades create a diagonal line that runs from the temple to the nape, resulting in a more interesting shape – which is complimented by the beard.

Curly Temple And Nape Fade

Instagram / @criztofferson

20. Simple Arc Cut

The short, curly and shaped nature of the cut makes it very popular among black men. With minimal effort to style, it has a fierce, statement-making look that will help you to make the right impression.

Temple Fade And Line Up For Natural Hair

Instagram / @starlinerz

21. Tapered Cut with Sponge Twists

The line up is particularly impressive when linked to the sharp facial hairstyle. With such perfect edges, you are free to show off your texture and afford a longer length. Be sure to take care of the twists with an ample amount of conditioner.

Natural Line Up Haircut

Instagram / @mr_presidentialg

22. Fro with Faded Sides and Nape

The contrast of soft and sharp, long and short, wild and barbered is the key point of trendy men’s hairstyles. Your cut can be pretty simple, but the mentioned contrasts and flawless edges make all the difference.

Skin Fade For Natural Hair

Instagram / @kutbyshank

23. Medium Length Natural Dreads

Medium length dreads look neater and better shaped when paired with a temple fade. The overall look is low maintenance and fuss-free, but it’s made even cooler with the angles of facial hair.

Medium Natural Hairstyle With Temple Fade

Instagram / @suave1born

24. Soft Medium Curls

For biracial men and black men with curly hair who don’t mind a bit longer look, this is a good solution. The flowy locks make for a relaxed yet seductive appearance to suit a strong man who is still a romantic at heart.

Men's Medium Natural Curly Hairstyle

Instagram / @hallosmith

25. Low Maintenance Skin Fade

Little maintenance is needed for this, which is what makes it so appealing. It’s one of the easy natural men’s hairstyles, and apart from the rather dramatic skin fade, it’s a pretty standard style – for the man who wants a simple, everyday look.

Natural High Skin Fade

Instagram / @lomas_thebarber

26. Highlighted Curly Hair for Black Men

Thick, fun and full of highlighted curls, are the best ways to describe this cute curly Afro. If you are lucky enough to naturally have this hair color, you don’t have to worry about the dyeing process. If not, then a simple highlight application of dark brown and auburn should do the trick.

27. High-Top Fade with Blonde Streak

When it comes to short black men’s curly hair that makes a bold statement, few looks are better than a haircut like this one. A high-top fade is given a major boost with a wide bleached streak that accentuates the asymmetry of the cut.

28. Asymmetrical Curly Cut with Designs

Another idea on a short curly hairstyle with an asymmetrical twist, this Mohawk is fun and creative. You can copy it or customize with a chosen design.

29. Curly Red High-Top Fade

A high top fade looks much more modern when it’s not sculpted but trimmed so that the top is naturally uneven. This black men curly hair look attracts first of all with its reddish brown color, but the cut is pretty nice as well.

30. Curly Fade with Neat Edges

The use of colored spots is not the most popular way to accentuate a fade, but here it looks absolutely fabulous. The actual fade is kept relatively low with the naturally curly texture coming through. The sides are very precisely lined-up, while the contrast of auburn and black is the focal point of the look.

31. Low Curly Fauxhawk

While many Fauxhawks are worn longer, this style is neat, professional and with its own individual touch. The lightly faded sides and curly texture on top are something that gives this Fauxhawk its own identity.

natural short haircut with fade above the ears

Instagram/ @mister_xclusive

32. Short Afro with Temple Fade

Black guys with curly hair should pay attention to the edges if they want a neat style where they can still show off their kinks. Here you have a short curly style that is breaking the rules and following its own path.

33. Smoothed Afro

A classic African American hairstyle that dates back to the 1960s, the Afro is just as popular now as it was then. There are no added frills or modern touches to this particular Afro, but perhaps keeping it in its natural state is what makes it so endearing.

34. Medium High-Top Fade with Designs

Black guys with curly hair can choose to blend a retro hairstyle with a modern shaved design to get a unique look. Choose some unhackneyed line pattern that complements your bone structure.

35. Two-Tone Mohawk with Fade

These days the most stylish men’s haircuts tend to blend two or more styles. Mohawk and fade is one of the most popular combinations. If you also add a color or bleached parts, you’ll get a statement look to wow the crowd in any not too conservative environment.

36. High-Top Fade with Curvy Part

Lovers of retro 1990s style are guaranteed to go crazy over this classy cut that harkens back to the days of early hip hop. This high-top fade is dressed up by adding a swooped, side part to the front. The side and back sections are neatly faded.

37. Caesar, Mohawk and Fade

The short, curly look on this photo is definitely a head-turner. It looks like a Caesar cut in the front, a Mohawk in the back and a classic fade on the sides. The only thing to add is an expertly trimmed facial hairstyle.

38. Streamline High-Top Fade

Natural hairstyles for men can be practically anything that you like because there are so many styles that celebrate natural texture. Polished and cut to perfection, the high-top fade features a precise line-up that seamlessly connects to the beard.

polished high top fade for black men

Instagram / @captain_smash

39. Long Top Faded Sides

It’s a high class to blend a shaved design into your style so that it doesn’t overwhelm the whole look or make it too gaudy. Here every detail is classy, flawlessly done, and to the point.

40. Curly Fade with Long Side Part

Curly hair for black guys can be shown off even in very short hairstyles. Let the curls thrive on the top and keep the sides neat and polished with a high fade. Use a side part to distinguish the two sections if you want a sharper look or let them blend seamlessly.

Well, these were curly hairstyles for African Americans. Hope you’ve found here something inspiring. If not, check the coolest mohawks for black men and know that your ideal hairstyle is somewhere close.

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