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.

Skin Fade Flat Top Afro, by @mattjbarbers / Instagram
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.

Mo-Hawk with Eagle Paws
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Mo-Hawk with Eagle Paws
Brush Up Taper Fade
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Brush Up Taper Fade
Bowl Top with Burst Fade
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Bowl Top with Burst Fade
Bowled Top with Short Line Up
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Bowled Top with Short Line Up
Flat Top with Clean Line Up
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Flat Top with Clean Line Up
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
Taper Fade with Line Up
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Taper Fade with Line Up
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
Irregular Strands
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Irregular Strands
Mohawked Burst Fade
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Mohawked Burst Fade
Shaved Temple with Faded Line Up
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Shaved Temple with Faded Line Up
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
High Volumed Top with Temple Fade
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High Volumed Top with Temple Fade
Classic Brush Up
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Classic Brush Up