Hairstyles for short & curly hair for black men

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Hairstyles for short & curly hair for black men
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Black men with short and curly hair have a range of options regarding hairstyles. Some of these include processed or natural texture, colour dyed or not, and loosely or tightly gathered hair.

In general, hairstyles should complement your features, reflect your lifestyle and flatter your personality. Choosing a naturally shaped, sharply squared or meticulously peaked hairline offers a personal slant to some of the most popular styles. Short and curly hair may be thick or thin and have high, medium low or no side burns. You can easily personalise basic hairstyles with colour, styling products or even accessories.


An Afro is one of the most popular and enduring hairstyles for short curly hair. You can make it puffy with a pick or naturally bunched following the hair's character. Other interpretations of the Afro are twists outs, blow outs and freedom styles.


The modern Fade is not the box top of the 1980s and 1990s but a very short, gently rounded and tapered hairstyle with more hair left on the top of the head than the sides. You also can see the Fade worn in "High and Tight" or Low versions. A more daring take of this style is an asymmetrical triangle form on top.


Cornrows are a sexy option that remains popular among athletes, music entertainers and fashion trendsetters. The possibilities of line-ups and design patterns are endless. Braided to the scalp, this is a perennial style of trendy and cool.


The Frohawk is an exciting alternative hairstyle that stands out from the crowd. You can get it by shaving or braiding the hair on either side of the head toward the centre, allowing the hair slack to stand up in crest form. Some view the Frohawk as the grandchild of the Conkalene.


Dreadlocks are a celebration of hair's natural texture and tendencies. It is a clear assertion of one's character. This hairstyle may be highly tailored or left unadulterated. Either way, this style is one of personal distinction. Sometimes you can imitate it with braids or twists.


Black men with short and curly hair may choose to wear a Caesar by closely or completely shaving their hair. This is a timeless classic that creates a sharp and refined look with or without stylised razor lines.

Choosing a Style

Styles for work may not always be the same as the styles you would wear casually in social gatherings. Choose accordingly. Some hair choices may impinge on the tight corners of convention while others will garner the attention you seek.

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