3 Awesome Tips for Curly Hair Men

Curly Hair Men need knowledge because with knowledge comes power. Having a curly mane is all about knowledge and Rogelio, as usual, gives curly men the tips to rocking a curly mane to be proud of! 

It doesn’t matter what sort of curly hair type you have, the more you know about your mane the better. As the years have gone by, I have acquired so much hair knowledge that even if 10 years ago I only knew 10% of what I now know, I’d be a happy curly camper. The point of life is maximizing time (after all, time is the only thing you will never get back) so I want to give you guys with curly hair some of my 3 tips (including shampoo recommendations) to take that mane by the horns and ride it like I do it, awesome style!

1) Awesome Tip for Curly Hair Men

“Your hair is a part of you”

Let’s start with a philosophical-type tip. Listen curly dude, your curls, waves and kinks are something you were born with. Unless you want to wait until mankind finds a way to alter the body’s genetic makeup, you should start accepting what you have. Curly hair is just as awesome as straight hair and, as you have seen so far in my blog, you can do a lot of things with it. From an alpha Caesar Cut hairstyle to growing an Afro to letting your curly hair down and growing it to Shoulder Length, curly hair is a versatile beast that all it needs is some loving to look the part.

Don’t be that guy who walks about in life with a buzz cut because he doesn’t know what to do with his curly hair. A buzz cut should be one of the many curly hair weapons in your arsenal, not an imposition. Get on with the program and rock your curly hair like we do at Manly Curls (shame on you if you haven’t been reading frequently and learnt all the styling options I have been writing about!).

2) Awesome Tip for Curly Hair Men

“Stop shampooing those curl so much”

I have created my very-own No Shampoo method and I have even experimented with my curly mane in the name of pioneering the movement of curly hair men; conventional shampoos used on a daily basis are one of the worst things you can do to your curly hair (the other one is being a fan of Lady Gaga).

Stop shampooing every day and experiment with your frequency of shampoo use. I always recommend curly fellas to start with 1 shampoo/1 day no shampoo; that is, skip the shampoo every other day. From there onwards, decrease the frequency of shampoo a bit more every 2 weeks, all of this based upon observation as explained in my No Shampoo method. Curly hair is naturally predisposed to being dry due to the difficulty that scalp sebum has in travelling through the hair shaft. Shampoos obliterate the sebum already coating your hair and will instantly make your hair dry.

In terms of what shampoos to use for your curly hair, use the following (click the link to go to the product page on Amazon):

Be aware that there isn’t a particular best shampoo for curly hair per se although the above shampoos follow the guidelines that I give you in my bestselling book, The Curly Hair Book.

3) Awesome Tip for Curly Hair Men

“Be patient with curly hair”

I get a lot of emails from curly men asking about how my hair hangs down and why do their curls and kinks puff out and never get to hang down. There is a lot to this but, in a nutshell, curly hair needs weight to hang down. You can add weight to your curls by:

– Using hair products: conditioners will add weight to your curly hair and help them hang down. So will hair gels but conditioners will allow the curly hair to hang loosely as opposed to keeping them stiff as gels and waxes do.

– Relaxing the hair: if you have very kinky hair (Type V), the fast way to have your curls hanging down is by perming them (i.e a Jhery curl hairstyle aka Jerry Curl). Be aware though that perming or treating your hair will damage it and cause it to become dry and brittle. An example of the Jheri curl is Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.

– Growing your hair longer: the tighter your hair type (Type IV and V) the more length it will need to hang down. I have Type III curly hair and it took for my hair to reach about 7 inches before it would start hanging down, and it wasn’t until it reached 10 inches that it would loosely hang down. Check out my article on the Shoulder Length hairstyle as I talk there about the different lengths required for curly hair to reach this hairstyle (and, thus, start hanging down).

Conclusion

Curly hair is awesome, really, it is. At Manly Curls we are proud of being men with curly hair and leading this movement. Do yourself a favor and start, today, applying these awesome tips for curly hair men because, curly brother, curly hair is not a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle!

All the best.

Rogelio

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Rogelio

Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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31 comments for “3 Awesome Tips for Curly Hair Men

  1. Brock
    August 15, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Hey there, so regarding the less frequent shampooing method, would you do that with conditioner as well or would you still use a conditioner every day?

  2. Brenden
    June 14, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hi Rogelio,

    I’m 16 and I have half-straight mixed curly hair… I have no idea what to do with my hair :(
    Help me please…

  3. Adeel
    February 7, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Hey Rogelio,

    My hair is slightly curly and I want it to be more curly. At the moment, it’s about 2-3 inches and stands up straight so doesn’t look like its curly, I want it to be curly and stand up as well! it’s because I don’t want to be like every other guy and plus, I think it’ll look better if my hair is more curly.
    Love the hair man! Saaafe.

  4. James
    October 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I have a hard dry Curly hair,i don’t know in which Type it would fall.
    Whenever i try to make it fall downwards,the top of my hair stands upwards
    Please give me a tip

  5. Nebraska Guy
    August 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Dude I ALMOST loved every part of your article, the “Lady Gaga dragging part” hurt me badly LMAO

    love, Guy Little Monster

  6. steve
    November 2, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Great tips and \I am following them for the most part. I am growing my hair out ( which is very wavy and turns to curls as it gets longer, but not your level of curl). As my hair gets longer, I find the back and above the ears is getting on my nerves and starting to resemble something close to a mullet. Probably not, but I am paranoid. Question is, should I just trim the back and risk looking chopped off and blunt, or should I just leave it and wait through the Kenny G look? If I cut it, the top does catch up right? Confused and wondering!
    Thanks in advance!

  7. jose hermosillo
    October 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    i have some questions…1st is that my hair gets dry and poofy…what could use to help that…and my hair always gets tangled…any suggestions for that?

  8. hunnay
    April 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    hiiii i,m indian my hair is very dry, frizzy. i apply oil after yhat .it.s look i do n,t take a bath..so it,s look very ugly so give me some tips for handling this problem..

  9. Izzy
    March 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    hey Rogelio,
    my hair always are out of control if i let them grow.. i cant understand Tip 2 ( “Stop shampooing those curl so much”).. On every morning i put Gel or wax in the hair, so before sleeping i have to wash my hair, if not i have it on the pillow (and face) at the morning… damn i hate my hair..

  10. ronald
    December 12, 2012 at 2:32 am

    hey Rogelio what’s your opinion on getting a blow out hair cut for type III to
    IV mixed hair?

    • Rogelio
      December 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Ronald,

      It’s good to go so long as you use the coldest temperature on the hair dryer and you don’t use a comb to pull the hair back, use your fingers, not a comb!

      All the best.

  11. Att
    September 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hi,
    I am a Malaysian. School in Malaysia do not allow students with long hair 6-8 inches.I know it sounds weird. So what hair style should I use ?

    • Rogelio
      October 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Hi Att,

      I have actually had other Malaysian readers telling me about the same problem in their school. My advice is to slick back your hair if you want to retain 6-8 inches in length as slicking back the hair hides much of the actual length (i.e. slicking back the hair makes the hair look shorter).

      Instead of defying the rules, however, I recommend you to simply go for medium length hairstyles that are still cool to wear and show your curls. I have written about several hairstyles done by Cristiano Ronaldo which will be of your interest:

      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/02/cristiano-ronaldo-curly-medium-hairstyles/

      Feel free to let me know which one you’d be interested in choosing.

      All the best.

  12. Andrew
    September 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    hi,
    i have wavy hairs and i am wishing to have shoulder length hairs; currently they have 2-3 inches length and they look weird; can you guide me that what kind of hair cut should i have during this period to long length? and after how many days should i have haircut?

    Thanks

    • Rogelio
      September 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Andrew,

      I would recommend you to go with a natural hairstyle that has you with same length all around your head so as to prepare you for growing to shoulder length. The Jewfro is a medium length hairstyle which basically has your hair puffing out naturally until it grows to a length that will make the hair hang down. For wavy hair, you will need about 6-8 inches of length to have it starting to hang down so in the mean time I’d recommend you to opt for a hairstyle like the Jewfro. When you are growing to shoulder length, you want to use a hairstyle that doesn’t manipulate the hair too much so as to avoid damaging the hair strands; the Jewfro is a great hairstyle for this purpose. Once your hair gets to 6 inches, you can start hanging down your locks.

      The Jewfro:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/04/jewfro-curly-hairstyle-men-cool-stylish/

      Hanging down your locks:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/02/ask-rogelio-david-bisbal-curly-celebrity-hairstyle-men/

      Hope that helped, feel free to ask more.

      All the best.

  13. Iahhel
    June 25, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Hi,

    I came across this site just now for some unknown reason…but I am glad that I did. I have a hair type I or type II curl and it’s about 4inches long…it’s starting to hang down (i think) from what i observe after showers when it’s damp it looks very nice but as soon as it dries it puffs up and gets all tangled and very hard to manage…my hair has been exposed to hair dyes…what would be your advice to my poor hair?

    btw…i noticed that after taking a shower in the moment when my hair starts to get dry if i wear a cap (something loose so not to aggravate the problem) my hair becomes smooth and loose and hangs down just the way i want it…but how do i do that without wearing a cap first?

    • Rogelio
      June 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Lahhel,

      What you encounter is normal; hair hangs down when wet yet puffs out when it dries. This is due to your hair being weighted down by the water when it is wet thus hanging down but once the water evaporates, your hair loses the weight and coils back, hence puffing out. What you want to do is retain that moisture. You have 2 things to manage and work on:

      1) First thing, your hair is not holding up enough moisture. Moisturized curls is what you want as that will lead to a much easier “beast” to manage. You want to find your optimal shampoo frequency, learn how to style your curls and be using a leave in conditioner. Don’t worry, it can be done as a modern guy and you won’t have to castrate yourself to be able to sport moisturized curls. Read and apply the following:

      Find your optimal shampoo frequency:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/05/no-poo-method-curly-men-shampoo-guide/

      Know how to style your curls:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/04/how-to-style-curly-hair-men-guide-tips/

      Leave in conditioners, what they do and how they work
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2011/06/curly-hair-men-leave-in-conditioners/

      Start with these for now. Also, don’t dye your hair if you want to sport the most luscious locks, dyes damage your hair.

      2) To get your curls hanging down, you can use hair products to weight them down. As soon as yo start getting your curls better moisturized as per Point 1 and you’ve read and applied all the articles above, you will already be on your way to optimizing the hanging down of your curls. However, for better results, use a styling cream or some coconut butter (use pea size) to coat the tips of your hair after applying a leave in conditioner when your hair is damp. This will help in hanging down your curls.

      Lastly, if your curls are type II, you will not get your curls to fully hang down until they reach 6 inches and that is provided you follow the advice on Point 1. Read below for knowing your hair length (useful to always know)

      http://www.manlycurls.com/2011/07/curly-hair-men-identify-length-of-your-curls/

      About your cap thing, by using a cap you are temporarily straightening your curls as the fitting motion of the cap pulls the curls down. Thus, once you remove the cap, your curls will be temporarily loosened up. This is a trick I learnt many years ago when I had medium length curls (about your curly length, actually). As soon as you wet your hair again, you loose this effect. The same “loosening up effect” occurs when you tie your curly hair, as you’d do when you have longer hair.

      Hope that helped Lahhel, feel free to keep me updated as you go along!

      All the best

  14. Joshua Allred
    May 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    ok so my hair is crazy thick on the top and sides but its not in the back it is thick but it is not curly what can i do to my hair to get it well not so strange

  15. Jason R
    April 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    One of my clients told me about your website and I am surprised to see a guy like you with long curly so nice looking. Normally we get clients wanting a buzz for their curls but you are living proof that one can do more with curly hair. Keep it up.

  16. Carla
    March 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It may sound silly but are the hair tips that you give generally useful for us girls too? I’d love if you could also dedicate a few articles to tips for us too.

    xxx

    • Rogelio
      March 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Carla,

      Yes, all of the hair and lifestyle tips I give are useful for women too. With men, grooming curly hair needs to be approached more delicately so if it is useful for men, I can tell you it will also be for women. I see you have subscribed via email and there are other female readers already on board, you will learn a lot on your curls and from my different angle. If you have any questions as we go along, feel free to contact me.

      All the best.

  17. El Barto
    March 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    You have great hair Rogelio. My gf is doing that natural curly hair stuff and her hair doesn’t look as good as yours. Mind you, she spends a good chunk of her salary in those silly products and is constantly on the bathroom doing “her curls” because she wants to be natural, which is funny because last time I checked man-made conditioners cannot be picked from the forest.
    She is also trying to convince me (I have wavy hair) to do it with her, do you follow any of those routines? What do you think of wavy hair, how do I approach my hair? Would growing my hair to the same lenght as yours be too much of a hassle?
    Thanks man.

    • Rogelio
      March 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Hi,

      I know what you are referring to and personally, I see it as horses for courses. It is not my style to spend half my day in the bathroom putting gooey potions on my hair and all of that. In fact, that’s what Manly Curls is all about (no hassle hair) so I welcome you to our ranks!

      Wavy hair is another expression of curly hair so you need to address it optimally. Address your hair as something which is part of your image, don’t neglect it but also don’t become obsessed about it. Start with these tips and continue to read the site. Growing your hair as long as mine does require a bit more effort than short hair but if you get to know how to manage it, it is easy to carry around as a modern day male.

      Keep me updated on what you do and how it goes!

      All the best

      • James
        March 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        Can I ask you Rogelio, even with your hair so long, do you manage your hair without having to spend the morning fixing it?

        • Rogelio
          March 20, 2012 at 12:16 am

          Hi James,

          Yes. It has taken me some time to cut down on the time taken to manage my name. Currently I am in and out of the bathroom in exactly 7 1/2 minutes (counting styling my curls and washing my body), so I have fitted these curls into my busy morning schedule. I am the first one to disregard spending my morning grooming my curls in the bathroom.

          All the best.

  18. Billy Bills
    February 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Your hair is awesome man. I have wavy hair and these tips are great to start doing something about my hair :)

  19. Got me an afro
    February 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hey Rogelio, is that you in the thumbnail pic of this article? because if it is I think I am pairing you with lenny kravitz as my hair icons.

    • Jack3d
      February 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      I’m pretty sure that’s him, he is the Chuck Norris of curly hair.

      • Rogelio
        February 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Hey fellas,

        Yeah that’s me and my hair. LOLed at that Chuck Norris, Jack3d!

        All the best.

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