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!

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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
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.

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

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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.

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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
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 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.

High Top with Line Up, by @z_ramsey / Instagram
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
Very Neat and Tide Top with Mid Faded Line Up
Afro Hair with Skin Fade with Hairline
Skin Fade with Hairline on Top
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Faded into Curls
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High Top with Line Up
Short Line up with Goatee
Short Line up with Goatee
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Fancy Neckline with Burst Fade
High and Tight Afro
High and Tight Afro
High and Tight Afro, by @javi_thebarber_ / Instagram
Short Afro with a Disconnected Tapered Neckline
Short Afro with a Disconnected Tepered Neckline
High and Tight Curls
High and Tight Curls
Afro Drop Fade
Afro Drop Fade
Eyebrow Match Hardline Design
Eyebrow Match Hardline Design
Round ‘Em Curls
Round 'Em Curls
Disconnected Undercut and Natural Curls
Disconnected Undercut and Natural Curls
Pointy Medium Afro
Pointy Medium Afro
Messy Shag Top
Messy Shag Top
Neat Medium ‘Fro
Neat Medium 'Fro
Medium Fade and Line Up
Medium Fade and Line Up