50 Short Curly Styles For Men 2021

A new year should bring a new look. Now is the perfect time to turn your curly locks into the best short naturally curly haircut on the block. Whether you style your hair often or wear the same style day-to-day, you’re bound to be inspired by the looks we’re about to unleash. 

Since curly hair can be dense and very thick, many people assume it’s challenging to work with. This isn’t true when you have the right style and products for curly hair

We’re giving you our all-time favorite men’s short haircuts for curly hair.

Man with High top, low sides hairstyle

High top, low sides

This short haircut for men is classic and continues to fit in with the trends. Use a bit of AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream when you’re looking for big results. 


Man with Loose curls

Loose curls

Let your curls blow in the wind and let go of the “tamed look.” This style is perfect for days full of rest and relaxation. 


man with Slicked-back Sides

Slicked-back Sides

Grab some gel or styling mousse to transform your curls in a matter of minutes. This polished look fits the bill whether you’re going out day or night. Try TRESemmé Curl Hydrate Combing Cream to easily detangle curls while also preventing frizz.

man with Pulled-Back Curls

Pulled-Back Curls

Pull your curls away from your face and show off your finest feature – your face! Use sunglasses or a headband to get the job done.

man with Heavy Top

Heavy Top

Unleash your thick curls and allow them to do what they were meant to – stand out. 

man with Natural Curls

Natural Curls

Many times you’ll find your unique look when you stop trying to control your hair and just let it be. 

man with Coily Bangs

Coily Bangs

Let your bangs free and allow them to frame your face. Use the SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Defining Cream to help define your curls even more.

man with Loose Finger Waves

Loose Finger Waves

Nice and neat curls start with the right product. Get these loosefinger waves by slowly wrapping your hair around your index finger.

man with Close Cut

Close Cut

This short haircut for curly hair is one of the most popular since it’s easiest to maintain. If your schedule is busy, you may want to try this recommendation. 

man with Bun It Up

Bun It Up

This quick go-to style saves the day in the mornings when you practically roll out of bed and head for the door.

man with Wild Curls

Wild Curls

Let your curls free! This curly hairstyle exudes confidence and creativity. 

man with Long Bangs

Long Bangs

If your forehead isn’t your favorite feature, let your long bangs save the day. Use Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse Cream to help define and hold natural curl patterns. 

man with Afro


Afros let your natural hair texture shine. Though some people may think this style comes with no maintenance, it does take time to shape and style. 

man with Box Top

Box Top

Keep up with the times with this box haircut for men. Get this style using by picking out the top using an afro pick.

man with Puff Ponytail

Puff Ponytail

Gather your curls into an elastic and sport this puff ponytail. Use a product like Emerge My Everything Hair Styling Butter Cream made with pequi oil (known for anti-frizz along with curl definition) and almond milk (excellent for its strengthening properties).

man with The Large Afro

The Large Afro

This large afro can be styled any way you want. Let it free or add a side part for a completely new look. 

man with Hat Styled

Hat Styled

Tuck in your curls when you’re on the move and get a timeless look in return. It’s also a great addition when you don’t have the patience to deal with your hair. 

man with Hand Styled

Hand Styled

Leave the combs in the drawer and use your fingers to get this sophisticated look. By using your fingers, you’re less likely to cause breakage or split ends. It’s a win-win. 

man with Highlights


Spice up your curls with a few highlights to frame your face. When choosing a color, find one that compliments your amazing skin tone.

man with Short Afro

Short Afro

The key to the perfect short afro is a leave-in conditioner to nourish your strands. Give Suave Men Leave-In Conditioner With Shea Butter & Coconut Oil a try. 

man with Defined Curls

Defined Curls

Rock your best ringlets when you wear defined curls. Products like leave-in conditioners and styling creams like TRESemmé Air Dry No Blow Dry Cream will make this style come to life.

man with Loose Waves

Loose Waves

Your hair may not be completely curly, but it still can pull off many of the popular curly haircuts for men. Loose waves show off a bit of texture and are quick to style.

man with Springy Curls

Springy Curls

These super-defined curls look so neat you won’t want to touch them after styling. 

man with Auburn Curls

Auburn Curls

Jazz up your curls with a bit of color. This look can be pulled off any time of the year, especially during the fall season.

man with Loose Bangs

Loose Bangs

Let your bangs live their best life. Allow them to hang without forcing them into a specific style. 

man with Free Curls

Free Curls

When your short naturally curly haircut starts to grow out, we recommend this textured wind-blown look.

man with Shaped Curls

Shaped Curls

This curly haircut gives your hair some shape and definition. You’ll definitely want a barber or second set of hands to pull off this style.

man with Styled Curls

Styled Curls

Shaping your curls with hair products is definitely an art, but can be easy if you have the right products. Style your curls with a product like AXE Natural Look: Softening Cream.

man with Orange Curls

Orange Curls

Let your personality shine through with orange color. This bright hue will definitely get some of the positive attention you deserve. 

man with Salt and Pepper 

Salt and Pepper 

The salt and pepper stage should be embraced! There’s nothing quite as timeless as this color combination and the confidence and ease that comes with embracing your aging strands.

man with Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde hair is a blend of blonde and red hair. Let this hint of gingery red consume your mane! Strawberry blonde is always a fun color to play with and there are over 25 shades to choose from.

man with Wash and go

Wash and go

There are days your curls misbehave, and then there are days you send praises above when you can just wash and go. Sport this style on warm days when you can allow your hair to air-dry outdoors. 

man with Even Curls

Even Curls

Keep your curls the same length all over for an easy-breezy hairstyle. It’s one of the easiest short naturally curly haircuts to maintain. 

man with Pony


Tuck your curls into a high pony when you’re on the go. Achieve a slick pony with The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream.

man with Cropped Curls

Cropped Curls

Wear your curls closely cropped for easy styling and a clean and fresh look.

man with Full Layered Bangs

Full Layered Bangs

If you’re a fan of bangs, you’ve got to try this layered look. Layers will make your hair appear fuller and are perfect for those with fine hair.

man with Side Swept Bangs

Side Swept Bangs

Wear your bangs long by letting them grow out past your cheekbones. 

man with Chestnut Bangs

Chestnut Bangs

Have a bit of length on top that you want to show off? No problem. Add some color and let your curls roam freely.

man with Flipped Curls

Flipped Curls

Show your true texture without the need for your closet full of styling products. Let your hair curl and flip as it may.

man with Fluffed Curls

Fluffed Curls

Some days you actually can just “fluff and go” and your hair will look great. Create this carefree look in seconds. 

man with Tossed Curls

Tossed Curls

This tossed curls look is easier than you think. Wake up, give your curls and shake and you’re ready to go.

man with Combed Through

Combed Through

For the mornings when time is on your side, spend it grooming and setting your hair perfectly. Piece together this look with your favorite styling cream.

man with Piecey Blonde

Piecey Blonde

Those with thin and fine hair will appreciate this piecey blonde curly haircut for men. By separating strands, it gives your hair the fullness you’re looking for.

man with Tousled Curls

Tousled Curls

Simply shake and go for your best hair day ever.

man with Hint of Red

Hint of Red

Switch up your style a bit with a bright shade of red. If you aren’t ready to go full-on, just a touch of this bright color can make all the difference no matter what style you wear.

man with Slicked Back

Slicked Back

There are some days you just don’t feel like dealing with your hair, and that’s ok. It’s why styles like this slicked back look were made possible.

man with Lined Up

Lined Up

No curly haircut is complete without a line-up. Rock this style where the lineup is precise. 

man with Mop Top

Mop Top

Let the top of your hair hang freely. It’s an awesome style if you’re looking to grow out your undercut.

man with Hat Hair

Hat Hair

Yes, curls are meant to be free, but they also can be tamed with a hat on the days where you “just can’t.”


Bottom Line

There are over 50 short haircuts for curly hair for you to try. Whether you want to unleash your curls or keep them tucked under a stylish hat, the choice is up to you. 


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