sponge curls

Sponge Curls: An Easy Tutorial for Men with Short Natural 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 that 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:

How to Create Sponge Curls

Creating sponge curls is easier than you think! With just a few products and one hair tool, you’ll have a look that’s perfect for short natural hair and lasts for days.


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

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

Apply a curling cream.

Apply a curl-defining cream to help add softness and define your curls. We love SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Defining Cream because it’s lightweight, moisturizes your hair, and defines your curls without weighing them down.

sponge curls: apply a curl defining cream

Brush with sponge brush.

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

Man using a sponge brush

Define your curls.

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

If you’re looking for additional hold, you can apply SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & SheaButter Waves Pomade

sponge curls: define sections

Final look.

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

sponge curls

Whether this is your first time creating sponge curls or you’re looking for a new technique, this is a great hairstyle to add to your rotation.

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