Men’s curly hairstyles for every face shape

Amra | 23 April 2016

Curly-haired and struggling to find the right cut? We’ve got you covered.

From loose waves, to tight coils and everything else in between, it’s safe to say, there isn’t just one type of curl. No wonder the world of men’s curly hairstyles can be a minefield. So, then, how do you know which one is right for you?

While it’s all well and good to hunt down pictures of stylish gents with similarly textured locks and just copy their cut, what do you do when the silhouette doesn’t suit your particular face shape? We know, research can seem like a long-winded process, when all you want is a simple haircut that will make those unruly locks easy to style and maintain. But getting the wrong cut for your face type can actually prove more of a nuisance, seeing as you’ll spend more time trying to style it in a more flattering manner. So whether you have a round, square, long, triangular, or oval face, here are five men’s curly hairstyles to help you make the best of your features.

Men’s curly hairstyles for oval faces

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

If you have an oval-shaped face, the good news is there are plenty of styles and lengths to suit, because your features are already proportionally-balanced. So take advantage of it! The only thing to watch out for are hairstyles that have heavy fringes or bangs, as these tend to make your face look rounder and are not the best way to show off your features.

Styles to try: The modern curly quiff hairstyle has been on our radar since we spotted it on Dolce & Gabbana’s men’s spring/summer 2016 runway, and is great for those of you with oval-shaped faces. Think of it as a more relaxed version of a traditional quiff: less height with a lot more focus on curls. As for the cut: hair is left long on top and swept backwards, while the sides and back are cut shorter. The result? A sporty, dapper look that will perfectly complement an oval face.

Men’s curly hairstyles for square faces

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Men’s curly hairstyles: try the loose shag for an easy-cool look. Credit:

If you’re a square-faced gent, consider yourself lucky. As your face shape is considered stronger and more masculine-looking, it can also suit a wide range of hairstyles. A tight and short curly hairstyle will complement your features, but if you want something a little softer, try a rounder cut.

Styles to try: A loose shag haircut is a great one for square-faced gents with long curly hair. Taking inspiration from the ’60s and ’70s, this cut is all about making the most your hair’s natural waves and textures. It’s sexy, touchable and can add some softness to your angular features. On the other hand, a classic Grecian-inspired Caesar cut could also work for anyone with shorter curls (think Gerard Butler as Leonidas in 300). Just be sure to apply some VO5 Extreme Style Casual Control FluffTamer (£3.99*) to your hair to help keep frizz at bay.

Men’s curly hairstyles for round faces

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Men’s curly hairstyles: add height to counteract round faces. Credit:

If you have a round face, the idea is to create the illusion of height and sharper angles with your haircut. The key is to add volume and dimension, and to avoid hairstyles that add width. While it might be a little trickier to find a haircut to flatter round faces, it’s certainly not impossible. Try to avoid buzz cuts and hairstyles with centre parts, since they tend to emphasise roundness.

Styles to try: With the above tips in mind, we think a curly faux-hawk, or a curly side-part are your best options. Best done on short to medium-length hair, a faux-hawk works well for rounder faces as it’ll help create the illusion of height. The cut retains some volume at the top, with shorter back and sides. For a more statement-making look, you can ask your barber to fade the sides, instead, to create a striking, yet stylish contrast.

Men’s curly hairstyles for long faces

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Men’s curly hairstyles: try adding width to long faces with all-over length and a fringe. Credit:

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the aim with long-faced gents is to add width. Although your face shape will suit pretty much any hairstyle, it’s best to avoid any upwardly-styled haircuts with lots of volume on top, as these will only further lengthen your features.

Styles to try: The best curly hairstyles for long faces are ones which are almost equal in proportions, so make sure you don’t take the sides too short, or leave the top too long. We recommend you try a haircut that’s longer on the sides and layered at the top. Fringes and bangs can also help balance out your elongated proportions, creating a more flattering overall shape. Keep things simple and stylish with a curly mop top.

Men’s curly hairstyles for diamond and triangular faces

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Curly hairstyles for men: balance angular features with textured loose lengths. Credit:

One of the rarer types, it’s equally important for those with diamond-shaped faces to make sure they pick the right curly hairstyle to complement their unique features and angles. The aim is to accentuate and frame your diamond-shaped bone structure, so opt for a little more length if you can. Similar to diamond shapes, triangular-shaped faces have a narrower chin and wider-set cheekbones, only with a bigger forehead. So the same set of principles apply when picking a hairstyle to suit.

Styles to try: Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa’s heavily textured longer-length cut is ideal for a diamond-shaped face. For guys with triangular-shaped faces, a longer curly hairstyle with some volume built in will work well. Use the Toni&Guy Mens Messy Salt Spray (£7.49*) to help add texture and movement to your mane.

Proof that men’s curly hairstyles can work, whatever your face shape and hair length.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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