7 ways to style thick wavy hair for men featuring James Franco and Bradley Cooper

Leona | 03 April 2018

Looking for thick wavy hair for men inspiration? Then you’re in luck as we have a host of stylish looks, right here!


While many men stress over the thought of thinning hair, life isn’t always so easy for those with thick hair either. Be it unruly curls or the odd lock of hair with a mind of its own, thick wavy hair on men can present their own problems.

While your barber may advise on a cut to help take away some of the heaviness, we’ve shortlisted the top hairstyles for men with thick curly hair using the help of some famous faces. From Bradley Cooper’s long curls to Kit Harrington’s flow hair, see the best ideas for thick curly hair on men, below.


How to style thick wavy hair for men


male model on runway with thick curly medium hair
Floppy but not a flop. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Floppy strands

When it comes to hairstyles for men with thick wavy hair, many guys immediate think to chop it all off in an effort to tame those strands. But we’re here to tell you that, while we love a cropped ‘do, you can experiment with longer looks, like this floppy style.

Letting his thick curls hang forward, this model is giving the man fringe a more modern and grown-up vibe, gently sweeping his undone strands to the side.

james franco thick wavy brown hair pushed back smiling
With hair that nice we’d be smiling too! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Swept back

Looking for a hairstyle that won’t fall out of fashion anytime soon? James Franco’s simple, swept-back style is a classic look for all hair types and there is no denying it looks just that little bit better on thick wavy tresses – hence his megawatt smile.

VO5 Fluff Tamer

Editor’s tip: For natural, relaxed styles like this, we suggest using the VO5 Fluff Tamer. Ideal for medium-length looks that tend to frizz, you can use this fluff fighting product on wet or damp hair for different finishes.

bradley cooper long thick wavy brown hair tucked behind ears with long beard
Bradley Cooper keeps his thick wavy hair long. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Tucked back curls

Who knew Bradley Cooper had such think wavy hair? We certainly didn’t. We’ve become so accustomed to seeing Bradley with shorter styles that his thick locks went totally unnoticed!

If you need a professional hairstyle for the workplace, but also want to rock long hair, we suggest follow suit and keeping your hair neatly styled back.

male model on todd snyder fw18 runway with curly medium length golden brown hair
It was full ’70s vibes on the Todd Snyder runway. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Retro ’70s vibes

The runways have been awash with ’70s styles the last few seasons and the trend is showing no signs of letting up.

So if you want to style your thick curly hair like all the ’70s dudes you have the lucky advantage over your fine- and thin-haired bros, as thick wavy hair is the best hair type to pull off these looks.

TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray

Editor’s tip: The trick to this look is to enhance your curls to the max. We suggest using the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray to create maximum texture. Simple spray evenly from root to tip on damp or dry hair and mess with your fingers.

kit harrington with long thick curly brown hair
Get with the flow like Kit. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Flow hair

Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, whose hair is just as famous off-screen as it is on, shows off his thick wavy hair in a flow style.

We’ve seen flow hair everywhere and on everyone from Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf and, of course, Mr Harrington – so if you decide to make this your next hairstyle, you’ll be in great company.

adam brody thick wavy brown short hair
Adam has been hair inspiration since The O.C days. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. The cool guy cut

When looking for haircuts for men with thick curly hair, this textured look can do no wrong. Ask your barber to leave length at the top while gradually getting shorter around the sides, giving a softly tapered finish.

zayn malik with high and tight thick wavy hair wearing round sunglasses and green jacket
Peaky Blinder vibes. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. High and tight

If your thick hair is weighing down your style, opt for a high and tight (AKA a Peaky Blinder cut), just like Zayn Malik.

With a high, almost skin fade, all attention is drawn to the top of the head, where all you have to do is rub a small amount of hair wax throughout the lengths for definition and texture. Simple, stylish and A-list approved.




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