Would you like to know a trick to win the styling and beauty game? Accentuate a feature that nature gave you. Evidently, we’re talking about curly hair. As soon as you learn how to style it properly, it will solve two of your problems.
Maintaining it will become a lot easier because the natural coiling will finally stop bothering you so much. Plus, you’ll notice that you’ve never looked better in your life. Here are 45 playful curly hairstyles for black men.
1. Classic Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
The simplest way in which you can wear your curly hair is by cutting it in a traditional medium length and enjoying all its natural benefits. The greatest thing about it is that it requires fantastically little maintenance when you wear it this way.
2. Hard Part Tapered Curly Hairstyle
This is a high and tight haircut for curly haired-people with a very modern element added to it. It has a hard part on one side. That’s the same as a normal parting, only that your stylist has to create it for you with a razor.
3. Elegant Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
Micro curls can always be partially worn in loose dreads. They make for a fantastic hairstyle that transitions wonderfully from a day look at the office to an evening look when you go out with your friends or on a date.
4. The 70s Hairstyle
Hipster trends typically have a foundation in borrowing styling elements from other decades. That’s one of the reasons why we love this subculture. Here is a beautiful 70s inspired afro. You can almost see the paisley shirts and bell-bottomed corduroys!
5. Accentuate the Natural
We’ve placed huge stress in this piece on flaunting what nature has given you, and we’re about to do it again. If you have curly hair and you’re proud of it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be wearing a supersized and teased afro.
6. The High and Tight Curly Hairstyle
Minimalists will love the high and tight as the answer to all their curly hair problems. This haircut also comes with a bald fade on the sides, as a modern element to keep you current, urban, and as fresh as possible.
7. Bearded Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
The bearded fade has taken over the whole world in the past few seasons. If you want to try it out, we have written a whole piece on it with 45 ideas on bald fades with a beard you can take to the stylist right now. Here it is.
8. Corkscrew Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
Is there anything more beautiful than corkscrew curls? We think not, and that’s the reason we believe you should flaunt them in a medium cut. There’s no reason to hide this amazing natural trait if you’ve got it!
9. Blonde Tips
Blonde tips are nowhere near as modern or new as you might think they are. The style is just seeing a revival now, along with other things from the 90s and the 2000s. However, that doesn’t make it less appealing to us.
10. Hair Designs
This is a curly fauxhawk or a fake mohawk with the sides trimmed down instead of shaved. The trimming will allow you to get a minimalist hair design, which is extremely fashionable right now.
11. Loose Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
Loose curls can be obtained or styled in case you didn’t come by them naturally. You can use a soft brush and leave in conditioner, either spray or a creamy formula and work your tighter curls into a wavier shape.
12. Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
This is also called the easy way out when you have curly hair. Get a short haircut that will save you any troubles of maintaining it or having to deal with it every day. Just remember that you still have to condition all the time for good health.
13. Long Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
Long hair in men has been highly fashionable in the past few years. To jump on the trend, however, you will need to accessorize accordingly. Take a look at facial piercings, earrings, and don’t forget about hair accessories.
14. The Top Knot
The star of the last seasons when it comes to men’s hairstyles has definitely been the man bun and its brother, the top knot. You can sport it even if you have curly hair, in this messy and artsy look that will surely make all the ladies swoon.
15. Blonde Peekaboos
If you’re looking to add some color to your hair, but you’re not a fan of bleaching it and then dyeing it, don’t worry. That’s what peekaboo highlights are for. They can easily breathe life into any hairstyle, depending on the color you love the most.
16. Extra Long Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
There’s long, and then there’s extra long. If you are brave enough to face such a length of curly hair, we applaud you. Make sure you take lots of selfies and upload them on Instagram because the world needs to see just how brave and stylish you are.
17. Added Volume
You can add more volume to your locks in a very simple way. Use extensions. If you feel like your mane isn’t luxurious enough, a few strands of fake hair will do the trick. You can find a matching color or go for highlights.
18. Red Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
This is where we begin the colorful portion of our article, to show you just how important and beautiful color is when it comes to curly hair. It can highlight your curls in a way you never thought was possible, truly making you a man of the 21st century.
19. White Honey Curly Fauxhawk
Extreme shades of blonde are having a huge moment right now. There’s no room for traditional shades because now it’s time for white blondes to shine. This, for example, is white honey and you can use it to dye the tips of your curly fauxhawk.
20. Blue High and Tight
If a high and tight short curly crop just doesn’t do it for you anymore, you can always add a pop of color up there. This is cobalt blue, a very cold and manly color which, luckily goes with almost anything. Wear it both to the office and for clubbing.
21. Copper Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
If blonde and gold are slowly but surely losing ground as far as styling trends go, copper and brass are becoming the new celebrities. This is what copper looks like when you decide to dye your whole hair.
22. Creative Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
How about a dash of that stylish copper we were talking about earlier mixed with a super cool hair design, and a bald fade? The basis of this hairstyle is, once again, the high and tight crop men everywhere cannot get enough of.
23. Turquoise Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
Here’s a variation of the above only, this, time, the pop of color is turquoise, and the hair design is a star. This is a summery style which you can wear at the beach or on your next holiday. It’s both fresh and funky.
24. Brush Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
This hairstyle is called ‘the brush’ for obvious reasons. You can get it in any color you like, depending on your personal interests. This is a sandy blonde on a natural dark base, which creates the effect of a halo.
25. Gray Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
This bluish gray is absolutely impeccable both as a hair color and as a short haircut. The short gray curls look like spikes inspired by the punk movement of the 70s. That’s what happens when hairstyling meets art.
26. Iceberg Curly Hairstyles
Continuing the countdown of the shades of blonde that are hot right now, here’s iceberg blonde, masterfully highlighted with a hair scarf. A very summery style, this serves to remind you how far you can travel fashion wise with so little.
27. Chai Curly Hairstyles
Another shade of blonde you definitely need to try is chai tea. It’s a type of blonde that closely resembles the delicious drink. The magnificent thing about it is that you can wear it both in the summer and in the winter.
28. Neon Blue Curly Hairstyles
Neon blue is also called comic book blue because of its close affiliation with the type of vibrant colors you typically see in comic books. It’s a personal favorite of ours and one we would really love to see more of in the streets.
29. Teal Curly Hairstyles
This color is, in fact, right at the border between teal and seafoam green, with a touch of mint for good measure. That’s why, if you like it, it would be a good idea to leave this to your stylist instead of trying it on your own.
30. Pink Curly Hairstyles
Bubblegum pink is, curiously enough, a shade which you can wear in three of the four seasons. It’s definitely a color for spring, summer, and winter, but you’ll need to touch it up when autumn hits.
31. Cherry Cola Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
The cherry on top of this haircut is literally the cherry cola flat top tier of the high crop, pun intended. It’s a beautiful color to wear, perfect for autumn and winter when it blends in perfectly with the natural surroundings.
32. Two Colors Curly Hairstyles
You don’t even have to stop at just one color if you can’t decide. If you have a playful nature, then this style will be right up your alley. Split your hair in half down the middle and treat it to two distinct colors, complimentary or not.
33. Peacock Curly Hairstyles
Another way in which you can use more than one color for your hair is adopting the peacock style. It’s a version of ombre in which you have to artistically mix shades of green, blue, and teal to replicate a peacock’s tail.
34. The Jaden Smith
Our list of curly hairstyles for black men also includes a few celebrities. Here is Jaden Smith and his sort crop with a bit of blonde on top. It helps highlight his eyes as well as his complexion, all the while preserving his boyish good looks.
35. Fierce Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
This high and tapered style is perfect for a special occasion. You can wear it when you’re in the front row at a fashion show, when you’re the best man at a wedding, for a photo shoot or even on your own big day.
36. The Lenny Kravitz
Not doubt that Lenny Kravitz is one of the most handsome celebrities ever. Therefore, any hairstyle he adopts for his curly hair is an immediate hit with his fans the world over. This is a very simple, round crop.
37. The Trey Songz
If you are looking for some sexy inspiration, look no further because Trey Songz is your guy. We suggest you copy not only his haircut, but his entire look as well, because nobody does it better than Trey.
We have a separate top of the best black men hairstyles we could find!
38. The Michael Jackson
Rightfully named the biggest entertainer of all time, Michael had many looks throughout his career, as he constantly reinvented himself on the stage and off. However, who can forget this medium gelled curly one he used to sport in his earlier years?
39. The Lionel Richie
Speaking of medium, gelled cuts, there was no way we could have left out the original Hello singer, Lionel Richie. Yes, long before Adele belted her version, Lionel warmed hearts everywhere making us wonder who was it we were really looking for.
40. The Jheri Curl
We also had to mention an infamous curly hairstyle, the Jheri curl. It was supremely well-known and worn in the 80s and, thankfully, it didn’t survive that decade. Nowadays it’s more an object of harmless ridicule and funny memes than anything else.
41. The College Prep Afro
Here’s a hairstyle seeping with vintage inspiration. Plus, if you wear the right outfit, you can really look like a prep college boy from the 70s. This is what having a great sense of style is all about, after all.
42. The Michael B. Jordan
Here he is in an impeccably tailored suit with very short curly hair that clears his face and allows us to see his outstanding facial bone structure.
43. The Gary Dourdan
You’ve seen him in Alien: Resurrection, but you know him from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where Gary Dourdan stole the show with his hazel eyes and fantastic hair. Here he is with a beautiful dark chestnut afro.
44. The Morgan Freeman
Would any list comprising curly hairstyles for black men be complete without the one and only Morgan Freeman? He is a perfect example of aging with grace and allowing your hair to go naturally white and distinguished at the same time.
45. The Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr., the wide receiver for the New York Giants, can teach us not only about football and sportsmanship but about hairstyling as well. His is a haircut copied by thousands across the nation, and for a good reason. He looks incredible!
Curly hairstyles for black men come in many shapes and sizes, as you’ve seen from our comprehensive article. We’ve talked about letting your hair grow long so that you can flaunt what nature gave you, cutting it short for minimum maintenance, as well as the latest coloring trends which range from iceberg blonds to teal and seafoam green. It’s all up to you and your personal preferences what you choose as your next hairstyle!
July 2019: We updated the styles in this article.