Afro hairstyles for men

Updated March 23, 2017

The Afro hairstyle finds its origins in the 1960s and '70s, and is a popular hairstyle choice of African American men to this day. An Afro accentuates the curly nature of the hair of African American men, and can be worn in a variety of lengths and styles.

Natural Afro

A natural is the large version of the Afro. It's referred to as a natural because it is a natural hairstyle that requires very little maintenance. A natural may be several inches long. A pick or large comb is used to properly style a large natural Afro. The Afro hairstyle has been worn by many celebrities, from Michael Jackson to Ludacris. To maintain a large Afro, you may have it shaped by a barber or let it grow freely.

Well-Coiffed Fro'

A well-coiffed fro' is a more contemporary version of the Afro. It's a medium-length version of the natural. Normally, a well-coiffed fro' is 1 or 2 inches long. Wearing this style allows you to go with a more chic style. Most of the time, this style of Afro has a more relaxed or natural lining. A well-coiffed fro' is a good option for individuals with kinky hair. This style of Afro is popularised by celebrities like Lenny Kravitz.

Modern Afro

A modern Afro contains all the elements of a natural Afro, but with a twist. In fact, you can create a number of variations of the Afro to suit your personal taste. For example, you can braid the front of your hair, and style the rest of your hair in an "Afro puff." You can wear a medium-length Afro, with a well-tapered back and sides. A sharp lining provides a neater spin on the Afro, making it a versatile hairstyle that can be worn to work or other social events. This style is worn by celebrities like Will Smith.

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