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Updated on December 21, 2022
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Curly hair is pretentious in styling until you find the right haircut and the right styling products. When it happens, you won’t ever feel unhappy again with your curly hair. In case you are strongly convinced that curls do not look good on you, you can any time get an extra short haircut, but we would recommend that you at least try a short haircut with tapered sides, possibly with undercuts or consider short-to-medium styles. There are guys who are happy to sport their curls medium, and they are not ever going to chop them off.

Mens Curly Hairstyles and Haircuts

Anyway, here’s the best selection of different curly hairstyles for men. Take a minute to get a new hair idea for your curls!

1. Faded Curly Undercut

curly top with fade hairstyle

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Feel the wind blow through your hair (as well as on the sides of your head) with a minimalistic curly top. Get the sides and nape buzzed or faded to set off your long curly hair on top. Every male with thicker hair can pull this look off, no matter the shape of your face.

2. Windswept Medium Haircut

Put in minimal effort in this chic, beach look. Not all curly hairstyles for men need a lot of product to work. Whether you have long or short hair, take advantage of your hair’s natural volume and texture by letting it fly. All you have to do is to give your hair a defining side part.

3. Long Curly Hairstyle

When working with men’s curly hairstyles, it’s important to rely on your natural color, volume, and curl shape. Don’t be afraid to use some products to enhance your look (like our model does below), but keep the usage light as to not overwhelm your curls. You want your hair to look as natural as possible!

4. Disconnected Cut for Curly Hair

For a unique disheveled style, part your hair to the side and flip it all into one pile. An asymmetrical curly top is sure to grab attention – the wilder and more rock ‘n’ roll, the better! For the maximum fashion impact, pair this crazy hairstyle with a neatly trimmed beard.

5. Curly Hawk with Bleached Tips

Pull your hard punk aesthetic and your fondness for soft, bouncy curls together with this curly hairstyle for men. The two-tone curls on top add extra depth to the look, giving a “natural” highlight to the outline of your hairstyle. Who needs perfect lining when your curly top has that?

6. Punk Wavy Top

All you need to join a band is this hairstyle and a little bit of eyeliner. You can blend into any punk band this way. Grab your instrument and let your hair fly in the wind with these long curly bangs. Just be sure to keep them trimmed so they don’t overwhelm your face. Moreover, curly hairstyles for men like this one look modern and trendy despite the age.

7. Fluffy Medium Haircut

This style probably has the most fun shape from all the hairstyles mentioned here. It’s best for relaxing after a long weekday – and you always have the option of pulling it back if you need to. If you’re looking for something to do with your long, naturally voluminous hair, just let it grow to its natural shape.

8. Razor Fade with Curls on Top

When you choose the buzzed sides, the only way to grow is up! Of all the men’s curly hairstyles, we love the hard and soft edges of this one best – the harsh cut on the sides adds a cool racing stripe style, and the softness of the curls on top is a great contrast.

9. Curly Pomp with Temple Fade

Less can be more, curly haired men, so don’t be afraid to try a retro look with a modern twist. Instead of giving yourself a full jerry curl, fade the sides, so you can still have a curly top, but with short, soft curls instead. No product required, but hey – it doesn’t hurt!

10. Side-Parted Undercut

Perfect with a button-down or to meet your girlfriend’s parents, this short, brushed look is great for anyone who wants to be taken seriously (without sacrificing too much of their natural style). Men’s curly hair can be difficult to tame, so this is a perfect style for anyone who wants easy-to-manage hair.

11. Brown Fade with Curls

Make curls the focal point of your hairstyle by keeping the sides neatly cropped and the top long with strategically messy coils. Use a hair tattoo at the nape of the neck to balance the look with a subtle edginess.

12. Light Brown Cut with Low Fade

To tame your thick curls, opt for a polished skin fade. Not only does it make your hair easier to manage, but it’s also a sexy cut that anyone can pull off. Finish it with a clean-cut beard– always an excellent choice to elevate haircuts for men with curly hair.

Curly Fade With Line Up

Instagram / @criztofferson

13. Chestnut Taper with a Wavy Top

Maintaining longer hair doesn’t necessarily mean you have to encroach upon the man-bun territory. Grow out a curly top and keep the sides trimmed to embrace your length sans the uber-hipster look. Opting to just keep longer locks on the top is polished enough for the office, but still casual to sport day to day.

Taper Cut With Curly Top

Instagram / @barber_djirlauw

14. Deep Brown Asymmetrical Cut

If you’re blessed with luscious curls, don’t be afraid to play up their drama. Let your locks fall into your face, spotlighting your playful side, all while looking effortlessly cool.

Long Curly Top Haircut For Men

Instagram / @naomihairdesign

15. Salt-and-Pepper Curly Fade

Curly hair for men can be suave and sophisticated at any age. The natural salt-and-pepper color teamed with loose curls creates a hairstyle that is full of texture and dimension.

Taper Fade For Curly Hair

Instagram / @rpb_nq

16. Layered Cut with Long Wild Curls

Unleash your free spirit with shoulder-grazing curls. A universal truth of long curly hair is that layers are your best friend. The varying lengths keep your hair from sticking out like a triangle and create a cleaner, more mature look that radiates artsy vibes.

Men's Medium Haircut For Curly Hair

Instagram / @ednalugo

17. Black Undercut with Fade

The texture of the curls balances the sleekness and sharp angles of the undercut. It’s an essential style for anyone in the market for a dope new cut.

Short Black Afro With Line Up

Instagram / @cool_cutz

18. Red Curls with Shaved Sides

For the quirkier curly men’s hairstyles, a ringlet-filled top is a great way to express your personal style. Plus, if your hair is thinning, shaved sides help disguise it. Rely on the voluminous curls to give the illusion of thick hair. Complete the look with a beard if you’re feeling hipsterly.

High And Tight For Curly Hair

Instagram / @barber_djirlauw

19. Curly Blonde Taper Fade

If you don’t know what to do with your thick shorter curls, simply try brushing them forward. Doing so creates textural waves that draw attention to your face, especially when your hairstyle joins forces with a short beard. Its simplicity will effortlessly take you from the office to a date night.

Curly Blonde Taper Fade

Instagram / @rpb_nq

20. Black Undercut with a Shaved Design

Different types of hairstyles can tell a lot about someone’s personality. A coif, like the one shown below, says that you are bold and badass. Designs shaved into the side of the head offset the curly top. The stark contrast between the voluminous and sleek sections makes for a serious visual intrigue.

Combover Fade For Curly Hair

Instagram / @criztofferson

21. Side Part Taper Fade

Adding polish to men’s curly hair can be as simple as creating a deep side part. Slick the shorter side down with heavy duty gel. The minor detail has a major impact; that will keep your crop neat.

Curly Temple Fade With Side Part

Instagram / @cutsbyerick

22. Brown Curly Pompadour

Short curly hair gives you volume that’s hard to achieve with straighter tresses. As pictured here, thick hair almost mimics the looks of the pompadour—sans the round brush styling and hair gel. So, thank your curls for all the effortless hairstyles you can rock.

Taper Haircut For Curly Hair

Instagram / @virogas.barber

23. Blonde Curls with a Sharp Line

Frame your fade with a crisp, straight line shaved into the side of the head. Almost like a side part, but a little more modern, this sleek hair tattoo transforms the coif from meh to mesmerizing.

Men's Undercut For Curly Hair

Instagram / @glennmcgoldrick

24. Undercut with Longer Messy Curls

Undercuts are always a failsafe of the many hairstyles for curly hair, men can trust. Update yours unleashing a grown-out top with a bevy of springy coils framed by a narrow undercut. The mountain of spirals exudes youthful vibes and cool style. Svelte lines etched at the nape of the neck are a subtle way to add dimension.

25. Black Undercut with Shaved Line

An issue guys with curly hair often face is frizz. Keep your cut short and use styling lotion so that your haircut and personal style takes the stage, not a messy fro. Amp up your curls with a cut that’s as dope as you are, with accents like sleek designs in your undercut.

Short Fro With Undercut

Instagram / @allenray_3

26. Brown Mop Top

Thick curly hair is known to be somewhat unruly, but you can combat it with good haircuts that take your mane and transform it into a modern style. While the fade is a timeless choice, ask your barber for a little extra length up top so you can proudly show off your cute hair texture.

Fade For Thin Curly Hair

Instagram / @justin_thebarber

27. Clean Black Fauxhawk

A well-done faux hawk commands attention. Curly hairstyles for men have the power to play up your swagger, just like the super modern one the model is sporting below. Eye-catching shading and clean lines of the line up give this sexy cut just enough sophistication to make it office-ready and club-ready, alike.

Short Mohawk With Line Up

Instagram / @pjabreu

28. Dark Taper Fade with Bangs

Looser waves lend themselves to creating perfect male bangs because of how they fall so nicely. In the morning just give your strands a little tousle with light-hold hair gel, and you’ll have that easy, cool-guy style.

Short Men's Haircut For Curly Hair

Instagram / @hayden_cassidy

29. Curled Quirky Quiff Hairstyle

Whether you’re somewhat artsy or wise beyond your years, the retro coif is a quirky expression of style. The cut uses your natural curls to amplify the volume of the look. Just part your hair, tease the roots of the top section and gently brush back your strands to achieve this polished hairstyle.

Hipster Combover With Facial Hairstyle

Instagram / @mattjbarbers

30. Curly Shadow Fade

Those who don’t like any limitations should try unabashedly bold haircuts for curly hair. Men will appreciate volume and dimension from the time they step out of the shower until they hit the sack. With a good cut, you don’t have to worry about how to style it once you leave the barber. If you notice a little frizz, just use a spritz of water for the curls to bounce back.

Curly Long Top Short Sides Hairstyle For Men

Instagram / @allisnrbrt

31. Short to Medium Cut with Bangs

For dark hair, short curly hairstyles mask the unruliness that comes across as unkempt. Men with thick curly hair who keep it short-to-medium and styled with a product can change styles quickly – making this look easy to dress down for a band practice or dress up for a black tie event. It’s perfect for when you’re out all day.

32. Voluminous Layered Hairstyle

This wild one can’t be tamed! Not all curly hairstyles (like this one) actually require haircuts, though you might want to style this look with a curling iron or a curl enhancer. When it comes to curly hair, men with long, thin faces are the best candidates to pull off this amount of volume and texture.

33. Platinum Blonde Undercut

Gray hair isn’t just for grandpas – it’s for men with curly hair too! Going with a light gray dye job on the top and your natural hair color with your facial hair gives you the best of both worlds. You can have long and short hair (and this high fashion look means you’re ready to walk the runway at any time).

34. Brushed Back Romantic Hairstye

Over-teased mens curly haircuts can actually be a good thing! If done the right way, guys with curly hair can balance a steamy book cover look with real world capabilities. Little to no facial hair is best (as the focus will be on the sheen and volume of your long hair), and relaxed fashions are best too with the mood of this look.

35. Slicked Back Wavy Hair

Let the focus be on your face! Copy one of the cutest men curly hairstyles from this article: comb out your long curls, brush them back and behind your ears, and then trim your facial hair into an impressive-looking beard. With your hair out of the way, the focus can be on your eyes – so make sure to keep your eyebrows well-maintained also.

36. Clean Look for Curly Hair

A male undercut hairstyle for curly hair is a way to wear cute curls on top, while your sides remain super clean, being clipped to #1 or #2. It’s optimal to wear your curls textured with hair mousse or cream for curly hair. The products remove frizz, highlight the lovely shape of the curl and provide the right degree of fixation without the effect of stiff, rigid hair.

mens undercut hairstyle for curly hair

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37. Hairstyle with a Wet Look

Adrian Grenier appeared at the MTV Movie Awards with the ideal curly hairstyle for men who like to attract attention. His short-to-medium cut with smoothly tapered sides let the curls reveal on top. Adrian styled them to one side, using gel. Gelled hairstyles with varied degrees of “wetness” are in trend this season.

cute curly men's hirstyle

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38. Medium Length Gelled Curls

Medium curly hair on men looks very romantic. At the same time, medium curls seem manlier if combined with a neat facial hairstyle. One of the hottest actors of “Game Of Thrones” Kit Harington wins the hearts of his female fans not only with his talent, but his super cute and cool curls as well.

medium curly hairstyle for men

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39. Blonde Hairstyle with Curly Hair

Simon Baker wears classic black frame glasses to make his look stricter, because hairstyles for men with curly hair of blonde shade are commonly associated with angel curls. A good way to stray from this association is to style your curls chaotically. But note that you need a relatively fresh cut in order not to look too messy.

blonde curly hairstyle for men

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40. Short Disheveled Curls

Adam Brody is so cute with his wind-stirred hair! Disheveled curls with a matt finish look natural and spontaneous. These are styled with a curl enhancer, applied to wet hair. Scrunch your hair with the product and blow dry or let it air dry. Do not comb your hair – neither before application or the product, nor after!

mens disheveled curly hairstyle

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41. Short Ringlets with a Beard

Often people underestimate their natural hair texture and try to straighten curls or curl straight strands. But when it’s yours, it looks harmonious on you and often as your most flattering option. Danny Masterson doesn’t shy away from his tight ringlets and pairs them with the best masculine “mountain man” facial hairstyle.

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42. Male Hairstyle with a Cool Quiff

James Franco likes to wear cool mens curly hairstyles with elongated top. In this case the fun curly texture of his hair only begins to reveal at the sides, while on top it shapes the cutest full-value curls. The hairstyle should be styled to a side with wax, pomade or cream for curly hair. It can also be paired with a beard and mustache mash-up.

mens curly hairstyle with a quiff

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43. Short Tapered Haircut with Curls

Not every hair type gives a cute curl shape naturally. If your hair sticks out to all sides instead of giving shapely waves, spirals or ringlets, get a tapered haircut with short sides and slightly elongated top. Tom Hiddleston’s hair looks pretty nice, doesn’t it?

short curly hairstyle for men

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44. Black Curly Hairstyle with Undercut

Miguel Jontel plays on the contrasts of lengths and textures and wins a super stylish look. The curls styled high above the forehead are balanced by the meticulously clipped facial hairstyle.

black men's curly hairstyle

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45. Short to Medium Curly Haircut

The best hairstyles for curly hair men can easy maintain are created from the simplest universal cut with the length that lets the curls reveal their texture. The result from usage of any sophisticated haircut techniques or finishes on curly hair won’t match your expectations, because it’s the texture that is primary in such hairstyles.

medium to short curly hairstyle for men

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The look of your curly locks depends on what type your hair belongs to. Type 2, type 3 and type 4 give absolutely different kinds of curls. Every hair type needs special hair care products and styling solutions. Find them: choose a flattering haircut and interesting curly hairstyles for men from our article, and you’ll never have problems with your curls.

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