So you want a new look but don’t know which styles will get on with your afro hair? Have you ever thought about trying the thot haircut?
The style – which features a curly top with shaved fade sides – is a hugely popular black men’s hairstyle and it looks so good it basically speaks for itself. So enough of us rambling, scroll down to see exactly what all the hype is about and discover all the different ways you could pull it off.
7 ways to wear the curly thot haircut
1. Keep a neat hairline
If you’ve got afro hair then you’ll know that, as it grows out, it’s easy to lose definition – both in terms of your individual curls and the overall silhouette. The thot haircut can help with this.
By working on neatening up your hairline under your curls, it gives the look a more precise, groomed finish. This is also a good place to trail a shaved detail or two, if you’re feeling adventurous. Credit: @wayofdeven
2. Try twists or locs
Like to style your hair into twists or dreadlocks? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that thot cuts look great with both looks!
Not only is this a neat way to keep your hair in check as you go through the transitioning process of creating your dreadlocks, but it will also give you a cool contrast in length and texture.
Editor’s tip: Afro hair and dreadlocks in particular need to be kept hydrated, so a good leave-in conditioner is a must.
The TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist is a handy one, as it’s in an easy spray bottle format for on-the-go application.
3. Go for a shaved undercut
Thot hairstyles are a really easy way to make textured hair more manageable, as the shaved undercut detail keeps the hair concentrated to the top of your head so it’s out of your face all day. Credit: @hugodalmonte
4. Be subtle
Think that the thot haircut is a bit too ‘out there’ for you? Think again. Sure, there are some pretty wild examples about, but if understated is more your vibe the thot is still a great versatile style.
For a more subtle take on the look, we suggest keeping your hair as it is but adding in a shaved element. This is a good way to nod to the trend while still letting you feel like yourself. Credit: @sheloveslark
5. Long and untamed
There are loads of different variations on the thot look but as long as you’re sporting curls and a fade you’ve got the look down. Longer styles – like these twists – also look great with a faded undercut detail, so if maintaining length is important for you, it’s ideal.
6. Keep it classy
See yourself as a bit of a style maven? If more eccentric thot haircuts don’t set your heart racing, you can go a little refined and opt for a disconnected fade with a rounded ‘fro.
This will keep things suitable for both work and play, while also ensuring you’re never without a dapper style. What’s not to love? Credit: @a.c.mccormack
7. With a pop of colour
Want to have some fun and inject some colour into your ‘fro? Blonde, frosted tips (think ’90s Justin Timberlake) are a popular choice, but once you’ve lightened the hair you can pretty much go whatever colour you want. Credit: @thatsdrero
Editor’s tip: Once you’ve gone through the process to get your new coloured hair, the last thing you want is for it to fade really quickly.
To combat this, remember to use a colour protection shampoo, like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo, whenever you wash your hair to help lock in your colour.