Curly hairstyles for men trending right now

Ink | 16 April 2016

Whether you have a handful of soft waves or a head full of tight coils, it’s time to embrace them via a cool new cut.

Curls are in – and we’re not just talking for surfer dudes. So good news if you’re one of those lucky gents who boast soft, flowing waves or tightly coiled locks; this is your moment to shine – and redefine those natural textures. Want to know how to wear your sexy curls this season? Here’s our roundup of the coolest curly hairstyles for men you can’t afford to miss…

5 Curly hairstyles for men you should try now

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Men’s curly hairstyles: short back and sides. Credit:

Short back and sides with bangs

Bangs have been making quite a comeback – not only on the menswear runways (see Dries Van Noten’s and Margaret Howell’s spring/summer 2016 presentations), but on the sidewalks, from London to New York, too. And that’s great news for those with larger foreheads and longer faces, as well as if you’re sporting curls and want to make the most out of those cool textures.

Keep the look tidy by going for a short back and sides. Ask your barber to make it tighter for more contrasting results, or to retain a little more length through the sides for a more classic outcome.

The great thing about having a fringe is that it offers plenty of flexibility in styling and is perfectly manageable during those morning rushes. All you have to do is spritz some Toni&Guy Mens Messy Salt Spray (£7.49*) to help enhance your natural texture, then blow-dry the style into place using the Lynx Natural Look Styling Clay (£4.29*) to help hold it if needed. Simple.

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Curly hairstyles for men: undercut or faded sides. Credit:

Curly top with undercut/high fade

Want to really show off those naturally defined curls with a more directional look? Then why not maintain a longer top combined with an undercut (or a high fade) to add sharpness and edge? Plus, a shorter back and sides mean that the style will be easier to manage than if you went for an even-all-over cut.

If your hair is only slightly wavy – don’t worry – this haircut can still work. Just ask your barber to build in some strategic layers at the top to help enhance those natural waves. When styling it yourself at home, enlist the help of heated styling tools and an easily-workable, medium-hold product like the Toni&Guy Mens Styling Fibre (£6.99*) to give a matte, textured finish with just enough curl definition.

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A long and wavy man-tail. Credit:

Long and wavy

Our roundup of the coolest curly looks for men wouldn’t be complete without a longer hairstyle, would it? Yep, long hair is still very much in vogue in 2016. And although this style may not be ideal for those with a lot of very tight curls (unless you’re up for some serious maintenance!), it’s great for men who have looser curls or light waves.

The hairstyle you should go for is casual and effortlessly tousled (have a look at Etro’s and Yves Saint Laurent’s SS16 menswear shows for reference). The more natural-looking you can make it, the better – which means: minimum styling in the morning!

For an easier-to-manage style, ask your barber to work in subtle layers at the bottom to soften up the cut and get rid of extra weight, and make the Toni&Guy Mens Messy Salt Spray – which will help bring out the best in those natural textures – your new BFF.

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Curly hairstyles for men: fluffy top and fade. Credit:

Fluffy top and fade

Similar to the curly top with an undercut, this is yet another fashion-forward look that will work a treat on gents with curly to very curly hair. This cut combines a short back and sides, which fades, with a longer top, boasting plenty of texture and volume. Not only will this curly hairstyle for men make your hair easier to manage, but the striking contrast (already built into the cut) means less styling is needed to achieve a defined look.

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Curly hairstyles for men: Loose waves. Credit:

Messy loose waves

For those who want to take full advantage of sporting naturally wavy locks without having to go long, this season’s obsession with messy medium hairstyles actually works in your favour.

We’re not going to lie, it’s not a low-maintenance style… But get the cut and length just right and it will open doors to a plethora of styling options – not to mention it’s brilliant for giving the illusion of a thicker, fuller head of hair, too.

The look in fashion right now is one that champions a more natural-looking effect, so define those wonderful textures with a product like the VO5 Extreme Style Texturising Gum (£3.99*) (or perhaps the VO5 Extreme Style Grooming Pomade (£3.99*), if you want a shinier finish and stronger hold) before using a diffuser to help accentuate your hair’s natural movement and push the style into place. You will then get touchable, casually tousled hair and plenty of volume – all the components of a hairstyle that women will go crazy for, too.

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