Many curly haired men find styling their curls to be quite a drama. Read below for your how-to guide to styling your curly hair as a male without emasculating yourself in the process.
I know the feeling very well. One day your curls look great, the next your mane looks like you touched one of those funky electric balls you see in science museums. Thing is, you have no idea as to how you got your locks looking “luscious” that day and you are oblivious as to why your hair is now looking like crap.
It wasn’t until I made the decision to start on a “manly” journey to curly hair stardom that I started making detailed hair observations to satisfy my hunger for hair knowledge. That was quite some years ago and not only did I observe my hair but I also got the chance to observe the curls of others. I was at university and because I had a part-time job in the fitness center as a gym instructor, all the dudes at university saw me as the guy to reach for hair advice without sounding girly.
The above gave me the opportunity to see how my hair care knowledge worked on others. Truthfully, curly hair is a beast on its own and whether you are a Type I or a Type V, curly hair tends to behave as it wants unless you know what you are doing. I know as well as you do that feeling of waking up and seeing the mess flourishing on your head and thinking “what if I just shave my head?”.
Styling curly hair for men should not be complex nor a drama. We have better things to do than waste our day on hair
Worry not, at Manly Curls I have done the dirty job already so that you can benefit from the stuff that will work on your luscious locks. Forget about chilling out in the hair salon with a group of females around you talking about the latest celebrity gossip as they drink tea, at Manly Curls we are men and we do manly things (geesh, that didn’t sound quite right…). So get the bottle of whisky out (I prefer Black Label, thank you) and let’s talk curly hair styling.
How to style your Curly Hair as a Guy, step by step:
1) Wet your hair
Whether it is freshly out of the shower or as a quick thing after you brushed your teeth, you must always style curly hair when damp (that is, you must wet it first). Make sure the hair is damp and not dripping water. Shake your head to remove the excess water or towel-dry it until it reaches this damp state. Your curls should be hanging loose if medium/long length or untouched if they are short, do not part them to the side or pull them back in this first step.
2) Apply your selected styling hair product
It can be a leave-in conditioner, hair gel or styling cream. You must apply the product on your fingers and apply it gently on all the curls. Do not apply it on the segment of the hair closest to the scalp, think of applying the product on the tips of the hair. You apply the product by running your hair-product coated fingers through the hair, from midway through the hair strand to the tip (upward motion). You only need to run your fingers ONCE on a given area.
3) Make sure you have coated your curly hair
Are your curls coated in the chosen hair product and you did so as explained in Point 2? Great, you now have the foundation to styling that mane. If not coated completely, continue running your fingers until all your curls are coated. You will get good at it the more you practise and it will take you less than a minute once you get good at it, even with long hair.
4) Style your curls in the desired hairstyle
Now that your curls are coated in the hair product, you will use either your own fingers or a wide tooth comb to place your curls in the manner of the intended curly hairstyle you have in mind. There are many hairstyles to chose from for us curly haired men, read around Manly Curls as I have written and continue to write on specific hairstyles for us curly dudes. Some great hairstyles for curly guys include the Caesar Cut, the Metro Mullet, the Jim Morrison, the Afro or the Faux Hawk.
5) Finishing touches
Once your curly mane is styled as you intended it to, you can use a blowdrier to speed up the drying of your curls or you can use hair spray to fix the hairstyle in position. If you are going to use a blowdrier, use a diffuser and the coldest temperature that the blowdrier allows. Blowdriers are not girly and many guys use them secretly (as in, steal it from their girlfriends), it is up to you how vocal you want to be about your blowdrier use though, but rest assured that it is a great styling tool. Read more on blowdriers here.
If you choose to use hair spray, keep that stuff off your face and eyes, spray it from a distance of about 1 foot and don’t overdo it unless you want to have carton-like hair (spray for a count of 3-5 seconds).
This is what happens when you wake up hangover and stayed partying till 7AM the previous night. Oh, the curly hair dramas
Styling curly hair for us men is trickier than how it goes for our straight-haired peeps. It is not complex or involves sacrificing your testosterone levels in the name of “luscious locks”, at least if you do it the Manly Curls way. Your curly hair will take a bit of personal trial and error to nail your mane to a T so don’t give up. Follow these steps to how to style your curly hair for men and you will be on your way to curly hair stardom too.
Keep the whisky flowing, camarade.
All the best.