easy hairstyles for guys: man with blonde curly hair swept up into a quiff

Get Curly Hair For Men in 5 Easy Steps

According to international catwalks and stylish trendsetters all over the globe, curls (AKA man perms) are officially back in fashion. This may be good news for you gents with natural coils, but for those without, it’s probably left you wondering how to get curly hair for men, right?

Now, even if you’ve only rocked dead-straight locks your entire life, know that you can achieve this season’s hottest curly ‘dos, too! Just watch our easy-peasy tutorial above to get the lowdown and follow the steps below to learn our insider styling advice to help get those textures going.

How to Get Curly Hair for Men with These Simple Steps

Looking to give naturally curly or wavy textures a boost or add body and texture to straight hair? Follow our straightforward steps to the tips and products you’ll need to blow dry your hair curly.


Wash Your Hair.

So, ready to learn how to get curly hair for men? Let’s get started!

You’ll achieve the best results on damp hair, so begin by washing your hair with an hydrating shampoo like Dove Daily Moisture 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner and roughly towel dry until it’s no longer dripping wet.


blonde male model wearing a white tshirt and blue shirt with wet hair
Dove Daily Moisture 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner Front of bottle

Apply a Heat Protect Spray

As this style uses heat, safeguard your hair by applying a heat protection spray, such as the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray.

This product is particularly great to use pre-styling, as it also helps to reduce the time it takes to blow dry your hair. So, you’ll be able to get out the door quicker and start your day – always a plus!

TRESemmé Defence Spray Front

Apply a Styling Mousse

To create waves and movement in your hair, the next step is to use some styling mousse like TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse on your mane.

TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse Front

Blow Dry Your Hair.

Once your strands are prepped and ready to go, use the Toni&Guy Ultimate Compact AC Dryer to dry your hair.

As you dry, use your fingers to scrunch your strands, as this will work the sea salt spray into your hair and help to create the wavy effect you want.


blonde male model drying his hair with a hairdryer

Final Look.

Finally, once your hair is completely dry, use your fingers to perfect your ‘do and shape it into your desired style.

blonde male model with curly quiff hair


5 Different Types of Curls for Men You Can Try

Curly hairstyles for men come in a lot of different forms, ranging from tight, springy curls to more relaxed, surfer-style waves. There are different methods depending on which look you’re setting out to achieve – check out some of the most popular options below.

Soft-Body Curls

male model with sunglasses and blonde soft body curls
Fake your way to natural-looking results with soft textured curls. Credit: indigitalimages.com

For casual, natural-looking results, think about boosting your hair’s body by incorporating curls that have soft definition, but are not quite ringlets. This is ideal if you’re looking for a quick hairstyle change-up, yet don’t want a dramatic transformation.

To do this, simply towel-dry your hair until it’s slightly damp then liberally apply a sea salt spray. If your hair is long enough, you can twist it into small sections and combine it into a larger bun, fastening it with an elastic band to keep it in place.

Leave it in overnight (or until your hair is completely dry), then undo it to reveal soft, natural-looking curls.

It’s worth noting that this works better if you have medium to long-length hair that already has a hint of waviness to it. If you have straight hair, either use a straightener or curling wand to help create the curls, before gently teasing them out with your fingers to achieve the desired effect.

Surfer Waves

Dark haired man with slight waves
Get the surfer style- without having to go anywhere near a beach! Credit indigitalimages.com

For a more pared-down, tousled look, or to style short or medium-length hair, try using a texturising paste to give you that windblown style and a natural-looking matte finish.

All you need to do is rub a pound coin-sized amount of product through damp hair, and, using your fingers, twist small sections of hair to create a wavy effect. Leave to dry naturally for best results.

Controlled Curls

model with dark hair and short controlled curls
Tame wild manes with controlled curls. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re looking to create texture and add volume to a short cut, a straightener is absolutely essential, especially if you have naturally limp locks.

Use it to twist your hair in different directions when it’s dry and work a wax through with your fingers. This will enhance the textures you’ve created and give a more defined finish.

Crimped Curls

male model with brown curly mens hair crimpled
Channel the throwback 90s style with a crimped look. Credit indigitalimages.com

’90s vibes are everywhere right now, so if you have long hair, and want to add some serious volume and body to it, why not try a crimped style?

After you’ve washed your hair, rough dry it with a hair dryer until it’s only slightly damp. Brush through to remove any knots and tangles, before dividing it into 3 sections. Braid each section into basic 3-strand plaits and secure with a small elastic band at the bottom. Leave these in overnight.

In the morning, undo the braids to reveal natural-looking kinks. To enhance the crimped texture and hold the effect for longer, spritz some hairspray and your style will last all day.

The Man Perm

brunette male model on the catwalk with permed hair
Thought perms were just for women? Think again! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Products can only get you so far, so if you’re after a more permanent fix, it’s worth considering a perm. A perm is essentially a process through which chemicals break and then restructure your hair’s natural bonds.

They can be reformed into your desired shape, be it super tight ringlets or more undone, loose waves – whatever look you want. The effects can last from a few months up to a year, depending on how well you take care of your hair, so it’s definitely worth the investment.


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