Go big or go home.
January 18, 2021
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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
How cool is this, that elevation to the left is just something one would not see every other day. Next, the hard part on the side makes everything so obvious and clean plus the straight hairline is just a banger. See that shaved line? That is what makes it modern.
Feels like one of those hardcore military styles with that straight taper and strict taper fade along the sides and the lower it goes cleaner it gets. That angular line up makes it just very clean and that frizzy loose top is the best.F
Flat tops are definitely a thing and combine it with a small line up and that thin temple makes it a whole style. Moreover, the key to this style is the attention to the details. You can also have a temple fade in here which would look pretty cool.
That high volume top with that afro thick texture is quite fun and it looks even better with that low taper fade which blends in perfectly in the situation. The line ups are mid faded as well to give extra oomph to it and bring out the fun in the hairstyle.
Afro hair is very famous for its thin texture at times and this is what one can pull off with that texture. Moreover, that line up you see is faded into skin midway and the sides are high faded with size 1.5 clippers on the top just to have that girth on the top. Plus, the beard makes it balanced enough.
High fade with faded line up added temple fade and high volume on top what else could one ask for? This texture on the top makes it so much better and don’t miss those details with the hairline, that straight line makes it perfect.
That waves of the shore with that shaved part make forehead so much more intuitive with that sneaky taper fade on the sides and temple being completely faded makes beard so much thicker making the face as one balanced.
Curly afro hair really makes a lot of difference and trust me this brush-up texture on the top makes it look very lively. The sides are however parted without any undercut but there are taper and low fade. Also, are not gonna talk about that pointy, sharp line up?
Is it just me or you see that neat taper fade on the sides with that mid faded lineup. Moreover, the top is blended into sides with size 2 clippers all around and that makes it all equal and looks one whole look.
This is also a flat top given that it has this curved top with those sleeky sides, it is just a neat hairstyle. The mid fade with skin fade all the way to temple makes it so much top oriented. Plus the neckline fade makes it just a step better.
A mid fade is always a go-to option and if paired with something like this or even a short hairstyle makes up for classic gentlemen or one of those military hairstyles. The line up is also faded in between with that sleek texture makes afro hair what it really is.
Buzzcut makes the buzz if done correctly, and here to make it even better the sides are taper faded but it is not just that. The low fade with neckline fade brings all the fun towards the top with waves on the top are the best. Afro hair is best when that detailing is done right.
This hair texture is a mix of silky and afro hair strands. The combination of both results in this plus if you add those semi curled strands then it is perfect. Brush them up and taper fade them along with the line up makes the top look dense while sides tapered.
Where do we exactly start? The top knot is top-notch with sides having shaved patterns. The sleek mid fade on the side makes so much sense and brings attention to the top and lastly, that braid makes it a very modern look in general.
Small line ups are a thing and they definitely hit well when paired with afro hair. That plus the temple fade looks so clean and feels like no clutter. Whilst the top is an equal volumed bowl cut-ish.
Well, flat top, yes but slightly concaved and that adds that extra flair to the classic flat top. Plus the sides are taper faded with no line ups. How often do we see that? Not too often, also not to forget that clean hairline.
The recipe for this one is quite simple: Start with a dense curled afro top and add a shaved slit in the middle, then move on to sides and mid fade, remember to do it cleanly and then have those line up carved pretty angular.
Drop fade or a mohawk afro hair? Well, in a nutshell, it is both. Plus the line up is tapered and not faded so that’s worth noting. The top is dense and has a very afro-ish vibe to it.
How often we see a lineup cut into half, almost never I guess but here we are this look fresh out of the fashion. The top is dense and brushing it up makes it look wholesome. The sides are low faded and that gives it a very neat outlook.
Usually, the bowl cut is not paired with a low fade or any sort of undercut but this one looks new. Not only that but the tattoos on the neck compliment the beard which in return compliments the face and the haircut. Don’t forget to have an equal volume all across.
Woah! This is a banger, I mean look at those thick long braids with boxed weave at the top. The sides are clean because of that mid fade and the line up is one straight taper, no messing around, just straight up panache,
Behold the classic afro cut with that clean outlook. The secret sauce is that extreme buzz cut with size 1 clippers all around. The temple is faded so as to make the beard look fuller. The beard balances the face in general and it cannot be any better.
Is it to increase height by 2 inches? No, just kidding but having brush up with those semi braided strands are just outta the usual world. The sides make it better by having an almost high fade and a tapered line up. It cannot get any better.
We know about temple fade but how does temple taper sound? New right? Well, have a look at it first hand. T=It not only makes sides look better it also makes the top quite fuller and the top here is quite big on volume and has that dense curl feel to it.
Flat tops are getting very common these days but what makes it fun is the little variants that everyone pairs it up with. Here, the sides are high faded and that line up is quite small which is cute in a way. Notice the temple fade? Smooth.
Is that coconut tree cut with that amazing matte gold dye? The undercut on the sides is quite good as it pulls the attention to the very unique top. Slapped on with a taper and a mid fade is just so much better.
One only needs this in life, I mean just look how perfect the style looks. The sides are nicely tapered and then subtly faded towards the temple. The top is curled afro hair but dense enough to look like a brush without being one. Those angular line ups though, always get the attention.
Dense, thick, and crowded top with that slick shave part is just so cool. Not to mention, the sides are undercut faded. These tapered sides are getting very popular these days and so are temple fades. Don’t miss it too!
High fade really does justice when it comes to sleek looks, like here. The top is high volume with thin afro curls all cramped together. The temple fade makes it neat that in return helps make way for the beard.