35 Haircuts and Hairstyles for Men With Thick Curly Hair

Rock those curls with some of our favorite looks. 

Have you been thinking about switching up your look? We are here to help! We’ve created a collection of hairstyles for men with thick curly hair to inspire your next hairstyling adventure. Whether you’re looking to make a big change or you’re hoping to find something a little more subtle, there’s something here for everyone. This collection of hairstyles for men with thick curly hair includes some of our all-time favorites. Keep an eye out for product recommendations for all our thick wavy hair men out there, too:

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Make use of some of our favorite styling products for thick curly hair men.

1. Style ‘Em Up

Grab a bit of AXE Spiked-Up Look: Extreme Hold Gel and comb your curls up and away from your face. This brushed-through look will take your curls down a notch but you’ll still be making a major statement.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair cropped short brunette
Cropped curls most definitely still qualify as curls.

2. Cropped Short

Keep your curls super short for a streamlined and office-ready look with a short crop.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair curls under a beanie
Sometimes a hat is the only answer to unruly curls.

3. Tuck Your Curls In

When in doubt tuck your curls into a beanie. Everyone is susceptible to bad hair days at one point or another and having a beanie on hand will save you from the worst of them.

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Combed out curls create a softer effect.

4. Comb ‘Em Over

If you’re looking for something a little softer, try combing your curls to the side. You’ll compromise on some of the structure but none of the charm.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair blonde surfer curls
This longer look gives us major surfer vibes.

5. Chin-Length Surfer Curls

Or how to look like you just walked off the beach (all year round).

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair bowl cut
A curly iteration of our favorite 60s style.

6. Tailored Take

Reign in unruly curls with a style that celebrates your texture without going overboard.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair overgrown afro
We love longer haircuts for men with thick curly hair. Opt for a (much) longer afro.

7. Go Big or Go Home

Let your curls hang long and loose and brush them out for extra volume.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair grown out long hair
Grow your curls to your shoulders.

8. Let ‘Em Loose

Let your hair grow to your shoulders and opt for a hair care routine that requires minimal styling. In this case, the less you do the better your hair will look.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair long curls headband
Longer curls require a few hair accessories.

9. Pull it Back

If you let your hair grow longer you’ll quickly learn that long hair can sometimes be pretty overwhelming. Make sure to invest in a headband for those days when you need your hair out of your face.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair highlights
A few highlights never hurt anyone.

10. Add Some Color

Add a few strategic highlights to the front of your hair and let your curls hang down over your forehead.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair light brown man bun
Man buns are one of the hairstyles for men with thick wavy hair that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

11. Tie it Up

The longer haircuts for men with thick curly hair can be a little overwhelming at times. Learn how to create a man bun for days when you need a breather.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair dark tight corkscrew curls
Show off your texture with tight corkscrew curls.

12. Tight Curls

Define your curls with a pump of Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse and wear them super tight.

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We’re always big fans of wearing your hair natural.

13. Natural Curls

Wear your hair natural for maximum curl cred.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair salt and pepper curls
Wear them loose and let them grow.

14. Salt and Pepper Curls

Embrace your natural texture and color for a super soft and easygoing look.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair red brushed curls
Your hairbrush is your right-hand man.

15. Tease it Out

Use any brush or comb to tease your curls out into faux-‘fro perfection.

hairstyles for men with thick curl hair overgrown brunette fade
Show your texture up on top.

16. Overgrown Fade

Wear your curls loose on top and more closely shaven on the sides for a softer version of our favorite fade style.

an afro man walking in a city while handling a coffee cup
Large and in charge.

17. The Large Afro

The bigger the hair, the harder they’ll stare. Wear your thick curly hair voluminous and big.

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair: loose curly bangs
The thick curly fringe.

18. Curly Bangs

Want to make your fringe a bit more interesting? Aim for an imperfect finish. You can draw inspiration from styles for men with thick wavy hair if you have loose curls.

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair: brushed out afro
Pick it out and make it fluffy.

19. Brushed Out Afro

Not into the super defined curly afro look? Brush it out!

hairstyles for men with curly hair: half up man bun
Pair your loose curls with a loose bun.

20. Half Up Man Bun

Want to get your curls out your face? Gather your curls up into a loose bun.

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair: defined curls
Defined curls are the way to go. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

21. Defined Thick Curls

If you want to embrace your curls, try this defined look. Use a styler like Dove Men+Care Control Gel to keep flyaways at bay and to enhance your curl pattern.

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair: loose curls
Pull your curls back.

22. Loose Curls

There are many hairstyles for men with thick curly hair that allows you to style your curls the way you want. If you’re not into having your curls wild and out, opt for combing them back.

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair: mop top
A mixture of tight and loose curls.

23. The Mop Top

Have a combination of thick, tight and loose curls? Take inspiration from this style to create a cool and disheveled look.

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair
Give your look an update with a new striking hue.

24. Short Blonde Curls

Not sure what else to do with your thick curls? A color change can give you an instant update. If you’re looking for haircuts for men with thick curly hair, this is a cool style to get inspired by!

hairstyles for men with thick curly hair: short afro
Keep it simple with a short afro style.

25. Short Afro

Pair your thick curly afro with a fade on the side.

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Give your curls a red tint to show when the sun hits.

26. Hint of Red

We love how this tint of color looks when the sun hits it just right!

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Brush out your curls for a new texture.

27. Brushed Out

Give your curls a brush for a looser kind of texture.

thick hairstyles two-toned
Do some color-blocking to accentuate your curls.

28. Two-Toned

Color-blocking is cool and bold style.

thick hairstyles headband
Switch up your curly style and pull it back with a headband.

29. Add a Headband

Pull back your style with headband to create some volume.

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Leave some fluffy curls on top.

30. Fluffy On Top

Create a side-shave that goes rather high up. Grow out your fluffy curls on top!

thick hairstyles highlights
Go for some subtle highlights.

31. Subtle Highlights

Who doesn’t love a good pop of color?

thick hairstyles blonde
Give those curls a hit of blonde!

32. Blonde

Bold, beautiful, blonde–need we say more?

thick hairstyles mid-length afro
Go for a mid-length ‘fro as a healthy compromise.

33. Mid-Length Afro

We absolutely love this length!

thick hairstyles short cut
Keep your thick curls maintained with a short cut.

34. Short Cut

Keep it short and sweet to make caring for your curls that much easier.

thick hairstyles curls on top
A clean side shave and thick curls on top never looked so good.

35. Thick Curls On Top

Go big!