Curly hair for men has never been more popular on the red carpet than in recent times, with actors such as Kit Harington, Finn Wolfhard, and Jesse Eisenberg all showing that with the proper care and attention unruly curls can look both sophisticated and sexy.
You might be thinking that they have the advantage of teams of stylists, and it would be impossible to achieve the same look at home, which is why we are sharing with you these top tips on products and care to achieve the same look.
So whether you yearn for Donald Glover’s afro styling or Jason Momoa’s flowing locks, read on to find out the best ways to get curly hair for men.
Washing very curly hair.
As a rule of thumb, the tighter the curl, the less often you need to wash your hair, in order to avoid it becoming too dry and therefore frizzy. We recommend every four to five days to keep it looking good.
For afro or tightly curled hair, the first tip is to wash it in cool water which helps to reduce damage and use moisture-rich products to rehydrate the hair which will help to add shine and curl definition.
A hair mask is highly recommended for an extra moisture boost and should be combed through with a wide-toothed comb or a Denman-type brush.
Check out this video for more tips on washing very curly hair.
Washing other types of curly hair.
For men with less curly hair, more frequent washing may be necessary, particularly in shorter styles, but you still need to make sure you are choosing your products carefully.
There are many shampoos and conditioners on the market specifically designed for curly hair care which will ensure that your curls will remain in the best condition without suffering from product overload which can result in greasy limp hair, definitely not the look you want to achieve!
Towel drying curly hair.
Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb whilst it is still wet to remove any tangles.
A great top tip is to use a microfibre towel rather than a regular one, as it causes less friction and therefore less frizz.
Don’t rub your hair with the towel, instead gently squeeze the water from it so as not to break up the natural curl or this will make styling your hair more time-consuming.
Styling afro or very curly hair for men.
With afro or very curly hair, it is always best to start the styling process with wet hair.
If your hair is anything else but very short, it is a good idea to have some sectioning clips and hair scrunchies to hand (not elastic bands, they will damage your hair and cause more frizz) so you can work through your hair from bottom to top and so produce a much more professional look.
The first step is to apply a leave-in conditioner, working it through your hair from roots to ends. Pay attention to the ends, particularly if you are trying to grow your hair, as these can become brittle and break if not conditioned properly.
Next, section your hair before applying your styling product. You want to work in spiral sections from your hairline to your crown.
Use an oil-based styling gel that will help define your curl without making it dull or brittle. Take your time with this, using your fingers to twist the curls into your desired shape.
Finally, finish with hair oil, patting it gently and evenly over the hair to add lustre.
Remember, if you take your time and style your curly hair properly, it should last several days before you need to do it again. Click here to see this process in action!
Tips for styling regular curly hair for men.
As with afro or really curly hair, it is always best to start the styling process with wet hair.
Unless your hair is very dry, a leave-in conditioner isn’t really necessary for this type of men’s hair, but choosing a product to suit your hair type will make all the difference to the final result.
Generally, styling creams work better than pomades or waxes when your styling curly hair, as they give better definition to the natural curl and are easier to work through the hair. Try a rework product which can give new life to your hair just with a bit of scrunching later in the day!
For a slightly more tousled look, sea salt spray is a great product on curly hair for men. Simply spray, scrunch, and you will instantly look as though you have been surfing all your life, dude!!
And in case you are baffled by the word ‘scrunch’ it is a way of defining and adding body to your curls by literally ‘scrunching’ handfuls of hair.
Still not sure? This should make things clearer!
Drying curly hair for men.
Regardless of your type of curl, the best method of drying your curly hair is to let it air dry if possible. This gives the best-looking final finish.
But if you really can’t bear the thought of walking about with a wet head, then a diffuser attachment on a hairdryer set on a low speed and heat will give a good result. Just try not to move the hair too much.
How to get curly hair for men with straight hair.
Straight haired? Want to know how to get curly hair, men? Fear not, there are ways you can still achieve this look!
You could consider a perm. Worried you may end up looking like an eighties throwback? Don’t! Perms have advanced greatly since then and can look very natural.
If you don’t fancy being permanently curly, there are many other methods such as hair tongs, curlers or even simple twisting techniques that will help you get the perfect temporary tousled look.