Modern Hairstyles for Black Men

Written by christopher carter
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Modern black men may wear their hair in a variety of styles from long, flowing dreadlocks to low fade haircuts. One of the areas requiring the most detail in terms of modern hairstyles for black men is the lining. A crisp lining adds sharpness and a clean-cut appearance to any style, whether long or short.

Close Cuts

Close or short, tapered haircuts are the hairstyle of choice for many modern black men. You may shave your head all the way bald or go with a very close shave. Short, blended fades and 360 waves are another popular hairstyle selection for contemporary black men. This would be similar to the look achieved by African-American male celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Shemar Moore and Tyrese Gibson. This type of hairstyle works well in business and various social settings. It provides the individual with a more clean-cut, sophisticated image. Generally speaking, this type of hairstyle will work well with a variety of ensembles from tuxedos to track suits.

Natural Afro

The natural or "Afro" has been around African-American culture for decades. The Afro is still a major part of African-American fashion for men and women. The Afro can be worn in a big curly hairstyle, or in a smaller version, not higher than 3 or 4 inches. Most younger black men prefer a smaller Afro with a sharp lining. Additionally, this hairstyle may be well tapered and blended on the sides. Like the shorter haircuts for black men, the Afro is relatively low maintenance. In most cases, you may need to comb your Afro with a pick. Consider adding moisturiser like Jam or Afro Sheen to complement the natural texture of your hair.


The Mohawk hairstyle gives the contemporary black man a "rocker" look. Black men tend to wear the Mohawk in any number of variations. You may wear this style with closely shaven sides and high on the top, or you may prefer a shorter top that's better suited for blending with your sides. Yet another variation of the Mohawk worn by black men allows for longer lengths on the side. The lining and tapered sides are the highlight of this style of Mohawk, with the top usually worn a little longer than normal. Furthermore, many black men choose to decorate the sides of their Mohawk with an array of designs.

Braids and Dreadlocks

Braids and dreadlocks are a good option for black men who prefer to wear their hair at longer lengths. If you choose to keep your hair braided, you'll be able to include a multitude of designs and patterns. If you wish, you may decorate your braids with various bead colours. Dreads consist of matted portions of hair that are interwoven together, allowing your hair to grow free. In some cases, dreads and braids may be kept at shorter lengths, which is helpful if you work in a corporate setting where longer hairstyles may be frowned upon. Even though your hair is dreaded or braided, it's recommended that you keep a crisp lining to promote a more clean-cut image.

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