There are many versatile haircuts for black men to create all kinds of looks. From looking your best in business meetings to a party, you must choose a cut that you are comfortable with. Of course, once you decide upon a cut, ask your stylist as to how much daily maintenance it will require. Just remember that each head of hair differs and may require unique types of care to ensure that you look your best.

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Short and Crisp

A short cut never seems to go out of style and it looks wonderful on anyone wanting to simply look clean and neat. Low maintenance, you can simply apply moisturizer, brush (use a boar bristle) and get on with your day!

Mid skin afro with line up

High fade Short Curls

A short cut with curls is quite the trend today. It sets off facial features nicely and by simply using a small amount of cream for definition, it is low maintenance, just be sure to get trims about every six weeks to keep it looking neat.



An extremely simple style, this cut is always trendy. It looks well on grade school-age boys to teachers, virtually any professional. Cornrows also allow one to easily grow hair into another look that may be longer, perhaps like an afro or other styles. Be sure that the stylist you choose has expertise with cornrow cuts.

High Top Afro With Fade

High Top Fade

This is one of the trendiest haircuts for black men, particularly young men. With virtually no or little work, this cut keeps hair very short and close to the neck (this area can also be buzzed or bald) while top length rises towards the head top. Great for men with curly or afro textured hair, tapering starts usually at the ear and leads up a few inches according to your length requirements and texture.

Skin Fade Flat Top Afro
Skin Fade Flat Top Afro, by @mattjbarbers

Medium curls

If you desire to emphasize natural long curls, this is among the best haircuts for black men as it requires easy care. Like any good style (particularly if you choose longer hair), trimming is unquestionably needed to make sure that hair stays healthy and ship-shape. By trimming frequently you avoid frizzes, the potential for knots and split ends. Make sure that you inform the stylist if you desire some layers and exactly how much hair you wish trimmed. You also should ensure that you visit a stylist who understands how to keep black hair healthy.


Flat Top

Often resembling a crew cut, a flat top differs in that the top head hair is cut to that it stands up then cuts evenly across to achieve a neat shape that is square. If you want a style that is not much work, then you should consider a flat top cut. Usually it only needs some daily application of a wax or gel, with frequent trims to avoid shabbiness and keep it looking neat.

Low Fade with Short Curls and Line up
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Mini Afro

Regarding many of the haircuts available for black men, the small afro doesn’t take much to look great and up-to-date. Ever so popular in the 70’s, this short length is attractive and refined on any man and requires a small bit of styling. If you are considering this look and your hair is longer, consider having it cut down to achieve this look. As far as styling tips, some men apply wax to their hair while damp prior to styling it. Be sure to have hair conditioned regularly to avoid breakage and use good styling products.

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Mohawk Afro

For men who wish to be edgy, you cannot go wrong with this cut. It is simple to care for and hair can remain in the natural condition that you choose (curly or using a chemical to straighten). The hair sides below and above ears can be bald, shaved or cut very low. Upkeep for this style is a breeze as you can choose to put some pomade in, brush and go!

Drake’s Burr Cut with Line Up
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Buzz Cut with Line Up

A buzz cut never goes out of style when it comes to haircuts for black men. If you find yourself constantly on the run, then a buzz would probably suit your daily regimen. You need very little care in maintaining it daily and you don’t need styling products unless your hair is a medium length. Simply put a dab of moisturizer and brush it.

Afro with Braids
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Head Turning Twists

If you are the kind who enjoys keeping hair length long, but you worry that it may not look professional, then consider hair twists. This style needs very little daily work, however trimming should be done about every eight weeks. Frequent trims are vital to ensure that split ends are prevented, reduce hair breakage and maintain its overall appearance, as no one wants sloppy twists.

Relaxed Dreads Undercut

Relaxed Dreads Undercut

Here’s a casual look that incorporates shorter dreads and an undercut. As shown here, this haircut can seamlessly connect with a beard, which frames the face and creates symmetry.

Pitch Perfect Volume with Mini Line Up

Pitch Perfect Volume with Mini Line Up

If you strongly favor neat and tidy hairstyles, this cut is one you should consider. The hair is trimmed and cropped almost to perfection, and a small line up further emphasizes the neatness of the cut.

Afro with Undercut

Afro with Undercut

Undercuts are quite versatile and can be mixed with many other styles for a stunning result. This style uses an undercut as the base for a high volume blown out afro to provide contrast and definition.

Almost Mid Fade with High Volume Top

Almost Mid Fade with High Volume Top

This is another great option for coiled hair. The top is kept full and neat, and the sides are gently faded, which produces a very unique visual effect.

Afro Taper Fade with Shaved Line

Line Up with Skin Fade

Like undercuts, line ups work well with a variety of styles. Here, a line up is used to give definition to a slightly messy top, while a shaved line adds a little flair.

Longer Curls

Curly Afro with Subtle Line-Up

If you like longer hairstyles, this exploded afro may be right for you. The expanse of curls on the top is nicely framed by both the beard and the subtle line up that acts as a foundation for the afro itself.

Low Fade with Two Shaved Hairline

Low Fade with Two Shaved Hairline

This haircut is simple, but it has a couple of unique touches. The defined line up creates a half moon shape on the face, and the two shaved lines on the side add an extra dash of style.

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Short Curls

This straightforward look is a great way of managing curly hair while still allowing it to behave and flow naturally. Since it’s a shorter cut, it doesn’t require much styling.

Buzz Cut with Temple Fade

Buzz Cut with Temple Fade

One of the shortest looks on this list, this buzz cut is sharp and straightforward. If you have a beard, this cut will emphasize it rather dramatically.

Flat Top
by @dannyandcobarbers

Loose Flat Top

Here’s another take on the flat top that’s casual and relaxed. The hair is still defined, but it doesn’t have the angular edges seen on other flat top looks, which makes this a great laid-back haircut.

High Top with Line Up
High Top with Line Up, by @z_ramsey

High Top with Shaved Line Up

This stylish twist on the line up features two shaved lines intersecting the lineup and running all the way to the back of the head.

Temple Fade

Temple Fade with Line Up

This low maintenance fade with a uniform top is an excellent choice for any situation. Whether you need a haircut for work, school, or just everyday life, this is a solid option.

Beard and Line Up with Fade

Line Up with Short Curls and Fade

A striking style with lots of personalities, this short fade is great for guys who want something that’s both neat and trendy.

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Textured Waves

For a haircut that has lots of texture, consider this style that adds a wavy motion to curly hair. The mid fade on the side continues that waviness and unifies the cut.

Line Up with Temple Fade Afro Hair

Line Up with Temple Fade

This hairstyle is great for active guys who are always on the go. If you want to keep your hair short and out of the way, then this haircut will serve you well.

Very Neat and Tide Top with Mid Faded Line Up
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Very Neat and Tide Top with Mid Faded Line Up

Thin thin thin hair never was this charming! Look at that sleek low fade with sharply cut line ups and perfectly straight hairline. The top is clipped with size 2 at maximum and the sides are tapered with size 1 clippers to make the top look dense.

Afro Hair with Skin Fade with Hairline

Skin Fade with Hairline on Top

Wavy afro hair with that slit shave makes this a very trendy yet a dape cut. The sides are finely fade with a slight tinge of line ups being sharp. The mid fade also goes to say that is a very skin fade-ish and the beard perfectly balances the face. This is a wholesome meal!

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Faded into Curls

Is that a rugby inspired hairstyle, it sure is! The pocky strands on top with undercut differentiates yet it is very subtle. The sides are mid faded with line ups intact. Don’t miss the back of the head with a small tail for that extra panache.

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High Top with Line Up

Thin curly afro hair is a dream but here it does come true. Let’s start with the undercut with the sharpest line up ever. The sides are finely tapered but not skin faded into the beard and that is what makes this cut slightly different than others.

Short Line up with Goatee

Short Line up with Goatee

This one is very close to a military haircut with a very balanced texture overall. The line ups are sharp and pocky as ever to show that details matter. Next up, the temple is the most tapered part with a very clean beard. Maybe this is perfection!

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Fancy Neckline with Burst Fade

Introducing an afro version of mo-hawk with a sleek drop fade. The line up has a life with being so sharp and perfect. Moreover, the temple is not faded instead it is blended into a beard to balance the overall look and the dense volume overall makes it look intense.

High and Tight Afro
High and Tight Afro, by @javi_thebarber_

High and Tight Afro

We all can agree this is one of the most common hairstyles for this year with dense and longer top with shorter sides. This one though is not all that same, the faded temple with short yet sharp line up makes it pop. Next up the subtle undercut is a great cherry on the cake.

Short Afro with a Disconnected Tapered Neckline
by @javi_thebarber_

Short Afro with a Disconnected Tepered Neckline

Is it Afro Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, just kidding but he is a big fan of the “V” shaped neckline. This one goes one mile further with that shaved line. The sides as we see is taper faded and not just skin blended. The top, however, is an exact opposite of destiny at its maximum.

High and Tight Curls

High and Tight Curls

The recipe to this marvel is actually quite simple although it might not look like it. The classic undercut to separate top with sides, the sides are then skin faded with temple almost non-existent. However, the beard starts with temple length to balance the face!

Afro Drop Fade

Afro Drop Fade

The drop fade is a classic trend only if worn right and this is a prime example of how it looks when done right. The dense afro hair on top compensates for the drop fade in the sides. The line up also is a part of drop fade which means details are very important.

Eyebrow Match Hardline Design

Eyebrow Match Hardline Design

Welcoming the coolest hairstyle with a blend of too many nice elements. The hairline is amazingly straight with no frizzy hair, the sides are tapered with twin shaved slits. Also, it is low faded to make it even better and the top is dense with a high volume of thin hair.

Round ‘Em Curls

Round 'Em Curls

Dense volume all around with sides slightly tapered is a very retro look because there is no trendy undercut or taper. The temple, however, is slightly tapered to make the volume look under control and the line ups are carved. The top is however grown medium with some wax to keep it all intact.

Disconnected Undercut and Natural Curls

Disconnected Undercut and Natural Curls

This one is quite similar to the last one but this one has few of the trendy hairstyling elements to it. The sides are tapered to make the top look dense and the temple is faded at the very bottom. The line ups are small yet shared out pretty well. The top, well, has all the attention it deserves.

Pointy Medium Afro

Pointy Medium Afro

A very unique yet poppy hairstyle we see here with a mid fade but faded exactly like an equator. The line up also is a part of fade and hence does not exist. Lastly, the top is quite an interesting blend between high volume and slightly spiked up, walk-in with this style no wonder you get so may eyes.

Messy Shag Top

Messy Shag Top

Messed up dreadlocks with that volume are just attention snatchers. The length is long enough to be fancy and short enough to manage it perfectly. Moreover, the line up is streamlined with the temple so well that it looks like as a whole.

Neat Medium ‘Fro

Neat Medium 'Fro

Another one in the style of having a dense overall look is here. The short line ups are just cute yet they are vivid enough to look dope. Next up the round overall texture makes this looks like an afro bowl cut with the shorter hairline. The clean shave is a good touch to this classy retro style.

Medium Fade and Line Up

Medium Fade and Line Up

Afro hair can be styled in a trillion ways and this is one of the best ones where the sides are finely taper faded with a complete temple fade in the end. The top is dense and long enough to grab attention and short enough to be easy to manage and lastly, the beard is so neat that it balances the whole face quite well.