The afro is a legendary haircut for men. Everybody knows at least one 80s song or movie featuring a cool guy with a big afro on his head, and it’s up to you to continue that stereotype. With that said, there are dozens of approaches to the humble afro; we’ve compiled some of our favorites in this image gallery, so you can choose the perfect contender.

Donald Glover’s Afro
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Donald Glover's Afro

Apparently it’s not just cool actors from the 80s that wear afros, since Donald Glover is man enough to wear this wild and frizzly cut.

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Drake’s Short Afro
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Drake's Short Afro

The short afro is almost it’s own haircut. It’s incredible how sharp you can look with just an afro hairstyle, a little facial hair, and a black bow tie.

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Frizzly Afro with High Fade

Trimming the sides of an otherwise big and messy afro creates a totally different look. It might be classified as a mohawk at this point, but there’s one thing we know for sure: it’s fun and it’s unique.

Top afro
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Afro with Top Bun

Did you know you can tie your afro into a man bun? This rare men’s afro hairstyle combines the best features of two controversial styles: the afro and the bun. We love it, and, as an added bonus, you can switch to and from this style whenever you like.

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Top Heavy Long Afro

This afro hairstyle is a great example of just how easily you can manipulate the length of an afro. It features long, curly top hair which stands proud and shorter side hair to better suit this face shape.

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Old School Afro

We think the best afros are the old school afros that look like they’re fresh out of 80s Los Angeles. It’s big, it’s messy, and it goes great with those glasses!

Mid skin afro with line up
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Mid skin afro with line up

This is another top heavy afro hairstyle, but this time there’s a disconnected line up trimmed in for a little je ne sais quoi. As always, the length of the fade is entirely up to you.

Skin Fade Flat Top Afro
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Skin Fade Flat Top Afro

Technically speaking, this men’s afro hairstyle is extremely similar to the previous one. In practice, added length on top, an out-facing shape, and a skin-close fade on the sides gives off a youthful vibrance.

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Low Fade with Short Curls and Line up
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Low Fade with Short Curls and Line up

Here’s another short afro, this time styled for extra flare. The clean-cut hairlines and soft side fade are what really do the trick (plus that earring!).

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Classy Top

Top heavy afro hairstyles aren’t just for standing out. This well-kempt men’s afro is short and effective, and looks rather elegant with the glasses and fresh-pressed shirt.

High volume Afro Top with Faded Temple
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High volume Afro Top with Faded Temple

This voluminous afro is carefully shaped for a youthful, yet reserved, modern look. The result is a style fit for city life, especially in the warmer weather.

Symmetric Curly Afro Hair
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Symmetric Curly Afro Hair

Here’s a unique, curly afro with a line-up at the hairline. It’s short, cool, and different. This is definitely a good introduction to the world of afros.

Hardline Design on Shapely Afro
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Hardline Design on Relaxed Afro

We love this natural, relaxed afro. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a long-ish afro, but the hairline and eyebrow design adds an eye-catching flare.

Faded Line Up with Dense Top
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Faded Line Up with Dense Top

Why not combine the best of two worlds: the afro and the undercut? Short on top and shorter on the sides, this clean afro works great with and without facial hair.

Afro Top Knot with Faded Sides
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Afro Top Knot with Faded Sides

Speaking of combining two worlds, ever wondered what it would look like to combine the trendy man bun with an afro? Look no further: this is the distinctive appearance it creates.

Brush Up Taper Fade
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Brush Up Taper Fade

Here’s another undercut-esque afro, with a long, brushed-up top and skin-close sides. This is an awesome, free-spirited look, especially for younger guys.

Bowled Top with Short Line Up
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Bowled Top with Short Line Up

This evenly-cut bowl afro screams Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, but just after a fresh trim. Maybe it’s the sideburns giving us that impression.

Shapely Afro
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Shapely Afro

Here’s another bowl-shaped afro. This classic look is super simple, and we think it’ll work for most guys. The clean shave is a cool touch in this slightly more elegant variant of the style.

Shaved Temple with Faded Line Up
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Shaved Temple with Faded Line Up

This short top-afro has some light hair on the sides and around the chin, leaving a light, low-maintenance look perfect for managing the summer heat.

Bowl Top with Burst Fade
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Bowl Top with Burst Fade

Check out this bowl top, and notice how different it looks with the sides trimmed close. As with all undercuts, this is a youthful twist on the base hairstyle.

Mo-Hawk with Eagle Paws
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Mo-Hawk with Eagle Paws

This afro is extra special, with its scraggly faux-hawk down the middle and even some light hairline designs. Just add gold chains for maximum impact!

Fine Fade with United Thin Afro
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Fine Fade with United Thin Afro

This square afro is short on the sides and neatly managed along the hairline. The light facial hair gives a punk-ish look with endless character.

Taper Faded Afro Hair
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Taper Fade

Add faded sides to your afro for a more youthful look. Then brush up the top hair and allow a little facial hair to grow it for this simple yet effective style.

Irregular Strands
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Irregular Strands

Strands are a super outgoing motif for any afro. These medium-long length strands stick out in every which way for a very vibrant afro look.

Elevated Afro with Strict Undercut
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Elevated Afro with Strict Undercut
Mid Faded Neat Line Up
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Mid Faded Neat Line Up
Flat Top with Clean Line Up
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Flat Top with Clean Line Up
Neat Afro Mid Fade with High Volume Top
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Neat Afro Mid Fade with High Volume Top
Buzz Cut with Clean Skin Fade
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Buzz Cut with Clean Skin Fade
Taper Fade with Mild Line Up
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Taper Fade with Mild Line Up
Afro Buzz Cut with Shaved Sides
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Afro Buzz Cut with Shaved Sides
Pointy Sharp Line Up
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Pointy Sharp Line Up
Taper Fade with Line Up
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Taper Fade with Line Up
Afro Taper Fade
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Afro Taper Fade
Tidy and Sleek Mid Fade
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Tidy and Sleek Mid Fade
Clean Buzz Cut with Faded Sides
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Clean Buzz Cut with Faded Sides
Afro Line Up with Low Fade
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Line Up with Low Fade
Designer Knot with Tapered Design
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Designer Knot with Tapered Design
Low Fade with Mini Line Up
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Low Fade with Mini Line Up
Line Up with Taper Faded Afro Hair
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Line Up with Taper Fade
Mohawked Burst Fade
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Mohawked Burst Fade
Broken Line Up wth Shaved Temple
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Broken Line Up with Shaved Temple
Low Bust Temple Fade
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Low Bust Temple Fade
Clean Fade and Line Up
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Clean Fade with Dreads
Buzz Cut with Temple Fade
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Buzz Cut with Temple Fade
Classic Brush Up
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Classic Brush Up
Classic Taper on Medium Afro
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Classic Taper on Medium Afro
High Volume Afro Top with Mid Fade
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High Volume Afro Top with Mid Fade
Coconut Tree Afro Curls
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Coconut Tree Afro Curls
High Faded Temple Fade
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High Faded Temple Fade
Neat Temple Fade
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Neat Temple Fade