Sponge Curls: An Easy Tutorial for Men with Short Hair

Taking curls for men to a new level.

Ever looked at a guy with a low fade cut with mini curls and wondered if he woke up like that? There’s a chance he did and then there’s a slight chance that he didn’t. What most people with perfectly curled haircuts won’t tell you is how they actually got it. This is where we come in; we have your back! We’re here to let you in on sponge curls—a hair styling technique using a sponge brush which is extremely popular in the African-American community.

Want to learn how you can get this look? Read on to learn the easiest way to achieve sponge curls on your hair:

Step 1

Start with clean hair.

To start your sponge curls routine, the first thing you want to do is start with clean hair. Wash hair with SheaMoisture Men African Black Soap & Tea Tree Oil 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner to cleanse and condition your curly texture in one shot.

sponge curls: clean hair
Step 2

Apply water to hair.

Make your hair more pliable by spraying it with water. Don’t spray too much because you don’t want your hair to be soaking wet. This is key to creating sponge curls, so don’t forget this step!

sponge curls: apply water
Step 3

Apply a curling cream.

Apply a curl defining cream to help add softness and define your curls. Pump Bed Head by TIGI Foxy Curls Contour Cream into your hand and rub throughout your hair.

sponge curls: apply a curl defining cream
Step 4

Brush with sponge brush.

Take your sponge brush and brush your hair in circular motions to get the sponge curls shape. Repeat this all over your head.

Man using a sponge brush
Step 5

Define your curls.

If there are any areas that need a little more love, you can twirl it between your fingers to create defined sponge curls. If needed, you can apply more cream to the section before using your fingers to define. 

sponge curls: define sections
Step 6

Final look.

We told you we had your back! How are you loving your finished product?

sponge curls

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