The low fade is a classic, but it may be a bit dull considering all the options you could have with curly hair. Check out the new list from Zachary M. Anderson at Men’s Health that really highlights the joy of the curl!
Hair—particularly the diversity of textures and patterns—has been a point of confidence, pride, and trend-setting innovation for generations of folks within Black communities. From leading the development of the earliest hair care patents, to inventing research-based products and tools that continue to dominate the market today, there’s long been remarkable consideration for the versatility and diversity of Black hair.
Curly or not, no two strands of hair are ever alike. Hair is arguably one of the most versatile characteristics—and external statement pieces—of personalities. Beyond serving its functional purpose of keeping the crown of the head warm and protected from the elements, identity and expression has been rooted in hair for centuries. A single strand of hair has the power to quite literally reveal one-of-a-kind characteristics of our DNA.
No matter your identity, and whether curly or straight, brunette, blond, or red (and any color in-between), hair has the power to set the vibe. How many of us have “freshened up” cut ahead of a photo-planned vacation, date, or big interview? And not to mention the confidence—and attraction to and from others—that can be sparked by a bunch of simple strands we call hair.
Now, getting tactical. Curly hair takes maintenance. Don’t skimp on quality products and expert advice when it comes to your hair. From curl definition and upkeep, to looks tailor-made for short or long curly hairstyles, there’s always an inspiration and a regimen that shines.
Check out these 7 curly hairstyles for Black men to try now.
Asymmetrical High Top
The ’90s are back. The asymmetrical look makes an unforgettable statement, and while it takes some confidence to pull-off, you won’t regret this one, especially if you have medium-length curly hair. One way to achieve curls for the look: go for a good leave-in conditioner.
“Leave-in-products are a great option every man should have, as they provide extra moisture to the hair, protect from damage and help to eliminate frizz,” said Steven Wren, barber and owner of Steven Brandon Hair Studio at Sola Bloomingdale. “The difference in caring for short and long curls depends on the style worn by each individual. The person that wears a short and curly style may need to see the barber/stylist more often to maintain that short look.”
A classic, the deep wavy look is a go-to that won’t be washed out. A sharp line-up defines the style and gives a handsome finishing touch. Expect to put some time into developing your waves, and look into products that can help achieve the look.
“A lot of times, the friction we cause while sleeping can not only raise your hair cuticle, making it unnecessarily frizzy, but it also causes breakage which can lead to very uneven curls,” says Celine Bido Yasin, hairstylist at Maggie Rose Salon. Slick it down. “Water-based pomades are great to use when creating the brushed 360 wave style,” adds Wren.
Get the rest of these fan-favorite styles on Men’s Health here.