How to Style Men’s Curly Hair: 10 Cool and Easy Looks

Cause there's more than one way to style your curls.

You may have some incredible curly locks, but haven’t a clue on how to style them. We’ve all been there! When it comes down to it, how to style men’s curly hair is a particularly tough challenge. Maybe you use gel, mousse or wax; maybe you have no idea how each of these products can even benefit your hair. That’s totally understandable—working around a finicky hair type can be a process.

Curly hair is inherently a bit more challenging to work around, and we’re here to demystify this hair type and shed light on some of its styling challenges. Curly hair is signified by a wavy or curly strand and is also drier in texture. It is frizz-prone and vulnerable to changes in humidity. That said, this hair type can reap incredible benefits with the use of the right hair care products. Read on to discover the different ways to style men’s curly hair, plus some inspirational looks to try:

How to Style Men’s Curly Hair: 10 Different Ways

men's curly hair slicked back
Achieve this cool look for the modern man with slicked back hair.

1: Slicked-Back Hair

Use gel to give you a slicked back yet controlled, modern-day greaser look. Popular amongst business professionals because of its quick yet polished finish, this look ensures that you won’t have to fuss or deal with your hair post-shower in the morning. We like Dove Men+Care Control Gel, which helps give hair a strong and powerful hold with a smooth finish. To create the style, apply a dime-sized amount of gel into your hands, post-shower. Mix the product together and rake throughout your hair. Use a brush or fine-toothed comb for a smoother, more refined finish.

style men's curly hair loose waves
Loose waves will look even more defined with some hair mousse.

2: Loose Waves

If looking natural is your thing, you’ll probably want your curls to have more bounce. Retain that look with some help from hair mousse. To get this look, apply a small amount of mousse (around a golf-ball sized amount) onto hands and rake the product through your hair. Try TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse to help boost the body of your curls and give you a defined yet natural hold. Bonus: It won’t make your hair sticky or stiff!

men's curly hair flipped
Give your look a flip with this modern hairstyle.

3: Flipped

For a twist on slicked-back hair, why not opt for a flip at the ends? To achieve this look, you’ll need some pomade to help you create a slick crown with ends that are flipped out. We like Bed Head for Men by TIGI Pure Texture Molding Paste for a texturized yet polished look.

Want more tips on styling and caring for men’s curly hair? Read on:

If you have curly hair, you’ve probably been picking up tips along the way to get your hair looking and feeling manageable.Healthy-looking curls come down to making sure you hydrate your hair. Men’s curly hair, in particular, tends to get a little neglected on the moisturizing front, as a lot of guys might not be aware of the right way to moisturize and condition for their hair type. But keeping your curls happy will make any style much easier to achieve, so it’s important to finally learn the best way to nourish your curls. Read on to learn how to style men’s curly hair:

How to style men's curly hair
Get that ’90s look in no time.

4. Long Center Part

If you love that grungy look and don’t want to define your curls, that’s totally cool! Wear your curls in a long center part to capitalize on the ’90s vibes. Just make sure you take care of your hair when you wash it. Curly hair tends to be dry because the oils from your scalp can’t make it down to the ends of your hair. This means you’ll need a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, like AXE Max Hydrate 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner.

how to style men's curly hair cropped
Part it to the side. Works every time.

5. Side-Parted Crop Cut

When learning how to style men’s curly hair for shorter lengths, try this side-part crop. It’s short enough to make sure you don’t have to deal with your hair so much, but long enough to have some variety for day to day. We like to throw in a side part for curly hair because it adds more definition. It also helps make your curls look more voluminous, which is always a good thing.

how to style men's curly hair curly bangs
Rock that curly top. Photo credit:

6. Short Crop Cut

For curly haired guys who really want to take it up to there, go for the partless short crop. This look is great for tighter curl structures (a.k.a. smaller curls) because they can give this short cut some structure. If you struggle with frizz or a poufy look every time humidity rears its ugly head, you can easily tame those ringlets with a little bit of cream. Just apply a bit of AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream to your fingertips, working the product throughout your curls.

how to style men's curly hair half-updo
Keep part of your hair down to show off those curls.

7. Half-Up Man Bun

There’s no better way to get your curls out of your face and simultaneously keep them front and center than with a half-up look. It’s essentially a man bun, but only done to the top half of your hair. For a step-by-step tutorial, follow our post on how to achieve a half-up man bun.

how to style men's curly hair ponytail
Have fun with your curly hair by rocking a ponytail. Photo credit:

8. Curly Ponytail

If you want your curls off your face or off your neck, try a ponytail. If your hair is long enough, it will still show off your curly hair while keeping it comfortably out of the way. This is a great look for the gym, casual weekends and even formal affairs, as it easily dresses up or down. All you need to do is pull your hair back and secure it with a neutral hair tie.

How to style men's curly hair
The curly look works for mini-dreads too.

9. Defined Curly Fringe

We are loving the look of these defined curls. It’s pretty easy to define men’s curly hair, and all you need to do is keep moisture in mind while your hair dries. You may need to break out the blow-dryer to get the look, but don’t worry, as it’s totally worth it for healthy-looking curls. When your hair is dry and defined, use Bed Head for Men by TIGI Power Play to manipulate your curls into the style you want.

How to style men's curly hair
Part your fringe in the center for a cool look. Photo credit:

10. Curly Curtain Fringe

For a totally different look to wear with your curly hair, try this parted style. The curtain fringe really just means that the hair that covers your forehead is parted in the middle, like—you guessed it—a curtain. This will make your hair look much more deliberately stylish. Use some wax like Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste to hold your hair in place.

Need more information about learning how to style men’s curly hair? Check out how to get defined curls when you’re short on time.