Ask Rogelio – Afro Curly Hair and Grooming it!

Hey Rogelio!

I just wanted to thank you for this site and all the blog posts that you make to try to help people like me. I wanted to ask you for advice!

I’m a 18 year old guy who has been struggling with a curly afro-ish hair since 10 years old. To tell you the truth I don’t even know what type of hair I have. It’s kind of dry and puffy. I tried so many gels, mousses etc and just cannot find a way how to define the curls. It just looks like a huge Afro and I am a white guy! I just wanted to know what advice you could give me because styling my hair is hell for me!

After some mesurements, my hair (from the middle of my head) is 4.7 cm/ 1.8 inches. So I don’t really know in which section I belong to. As for hair care, I shampoo 2 times a week with a treatment shampoo (with sulfate) and a moisturizing conditioner. but every other day I just wet my hair. I just cannot get my hair to curl without looking like an Afro because it does lay flat but stands up.

Thanks a lot

Miles (Montreal, Canada)

Hi Miles,

Glad to hear that you enjoy my site! Your issue is a common one that I get people asking me for advice on and which is worth being published for other curly haired dudes to read. Let’s kick it!

When I approach these kind of questions, I like to identify the problems first, segment them and then address each particular issue. In your case, these are the issues that I see:

1) Lack of optimal knowledge on curly hair grooming

2) Not knowing the specifics of your own curly hair

3) Not being realistic about your hair and what you can achieve

Let’s address these issues, shall we?

 

1) Lack of optimal knowledge on curly hair grooming

This is a common issue among curly haired men (hey, I was like this too). While each male’s curly hair is unique in its own way, we can generalize on several topics and one of these topics is grooming. In essence, your curly hair should not be dry; this tells me straight away that you could improve your grooming. Dryness is your main enemy when it comes to sporting a good-looking mane of curls and you should be avoiding it at all costs. Dryness also impairs the definition of your curls thus making your curly hair look like a ball of frizz.

For starters, it is imperative to find your optimal shampooing frequency. This is essential and I ramble on and on about this because I get bombarded with emails all the time asking me what I do to my curly hair to look as it does, and I always say this: strive to find your optimal shampooing frequency. I have dedicated a popular article to my no shampoo method and I recommend you to read it a few times if you haven’t done so already. You basically want to experiment via trial and error so as to find when it is time to include a shampoo session in your grooming schedule. It can range from every other day to once a week (or even once a month) but you must find your optimal frequency!

 

Troy Polamalu and Rogelio depicting dry curly hair from shampoo use

Expect puffy hair if you haven’t found your optimal shampooing frequency!

 

You are currently doing 2x week which sounds about right for your hair length and curl type (I will get to hair length & curl types in Point 2). You are also adding in a conditioner on your shampoo day which is an excellent decision and which I recommend. What I then advise you is to increase the frequency of your conditioner use to just about every day. Play around with conditioner frequency, conditioners are very hard to overdo as opposed to shampoos so start using the conditioner every day for the next 2 weeks and gauge how your hair reacts to this.

Likewise, pay special attention to how you are styling your curly hair. Use your fingers, never a comb or brush (unless you want to sweep your hair, then use a wide tooth comb). I would advise you to use a leave-in conditioner as the base of your styling, then add oils or hair gel as desired. A good combo is to use a leave-in conditioner to coat the hair (mid-shaft to the tips) then add a pea-sized amount of coconut oil/hair gel/styling cream to the tips so as to enhance the definition of the curls. And remember, always style curly hair when it is damp, never when it is dry!

 

2) Not knowing the specifics of your own curly hair

There are 2 aspects of your curly hair which you can know right now and which you can use to your advantage: hair length and curly hair type. You want to know what is your hair length category and what type of curl you have, and you want to know these objectively and not by taking a guessing approach as many curly haired men (and women) are lead to do.

For hair length, check out my hair length guide. Your hair length falls in the short length category.

For curl type, check out my curly hair type guide. From what you are telling me, you very likely have Type IV curls, but get the ruler out and measure it. Your issues (afro-like puffing hair) are very similar to the issues I encounter when my curly hair is short (welcome to the club!).

Having said the above, it is perfectly normal for your hair to puff out when short if you have Type IV curls (even Type III) and it is one of those things you have to live with. You can surely optimize your curly mane and its looks by working on your grooming but you have to also be realistic about what you can achieve (Point 3).

Check out the suitable hairstyles that I cover for each curly hair type in my guide as well as the specific advice for each. A great hairstyle that I use when my curls are short is the High and Tight as it is a neat and low maintenance style that detracts from the puffyness and volume of our curl type. I have also dedicated an article to the Jewfro hairstyle, which is, to put it bluntly, the afro for the Type III/IV curly male.

Lastly, be aware that there are other hair typing systems and mine uses Roman numbers (so it is Type IV and not Type 4) and an objective measure to identify your curl type (as opposed to guessing which is what other hair typing systems do). Know your hair length and your curl type, and you will already be one step further in your mane awesomeness journey.

 

3) Not being realistic about your hair and what you can achieve

This is a very important part which many curly men tend to forget. You have to be realistic about what you can attain, at least if you don’t want to structurally modify your hair. There is a whole industry dedicated to modifying hair, whether it be by using chemicals such as relaxers or texturizers or via the use of straightening gadgets or even wigs, extensions and weaves. Sometimes we look up to actors and celebrities for the ultimate source of hair inspiration but we tend to forget that they have a whole team of image consultants behind them which ensures they get to sport the most awesome of manes. Moreover, in movies and public acts, curly celebrities will not think twice in using whatever it takes to have their curly hair look the part (actors wearing curly haired wigs is very common in Hollywood movies). While all of this is especially applicable to curly women looking up to popular curly women, it is also applicable to us men with waves, coils and kinks.

What I am trying to convey with the above paragraph is that you must also set the right expectations for yourself. Adrian Grenier has awesome curly hair, sure, but if you have Type IV curls, then forget about having the same hair as him because he is not a Type IV. I have thick coils and kinks and they hang down, sure, but it took me 10 inches of growth to get them to finally hang down naturally, if you have my curl type you will not get the same hanging down of your curls if your hair length is only 6 inches. See where I am going? Be realistic about what you can achieve, get your inspiration but also understand that we are all different in our own ways, and this is not only applicable to hair but to the rest of one’s life too.

If your hair grows in an afro at short length, then get your afro rocking like a king! Don’t try to do a side fringe or a Mop Top because your hair is not made to do that! A cool popular dude to look up to for Type IV curls is Corbin Bleu, great curls and a great afro. And for what is worth, the photo below is me with my Type IV curls in a short afro-like hairstyle. Check out my About Rogelio page to see what my curls look like at different lengths too.

 

Rogelio with his short curly haired afro for men

I kept banging my head against the wall trying to do side fringes in my youth until I finally realized that allowing my curls to express themselves was the way to go!

 

Overall, you are on the right track to sporting great hair, you just need to do some further tweaking. Optimize your grooming, know your curl type/hair length and be realistic about what you can attain and achieve. If your hair grows in an afro, then you’re going to sport a damn awesome afro! Or if you don’t like your afro hairstyle, then change it to a High and Tight or grow it long (among other options), but above all, embrace your curlyness, optimize it and use this to enhance your overall life as a modern male.

Keep me updated, you’ve got a source of support here!

All the best,

Rogelio

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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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25 comments for “Ask Rogelio – Afro Curly Hair and Grooming it!

  1. Hasan
    September 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Hello Rogelio,

    I am in the process of growing my hair but I am looking hope. I dont know what to do with it anymore, I am not sure if it will curl or not? should i use any products? Here are pics? How will it be if I keep growing it?

    See pics here
    http://imgur.com/a/ZuoLX

    The issue is I have an interview coming up soon so I dont know If I should keep it, keeping it messy like this doesnt look professional, is there a haircut I should go for?

    Thanks,
    H

    • Rogelio
      September 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Hasan,

      Your hair is very curly, so it will need at least 2 years to reach your shoulders if you’re planning on growing your hair long (e.g. to shoulders). Since you already have a taper haircut (on the sides and back of your head), what I recommend is that you get a short taper haircut done again at a barbershop or hair salon and tell them to leave the hair on the top of your head WITHOUT any cutting. Make sure to tell them that because otherwise they will cut the top, even if it’s a little, and you don’t want that when growing your hair.

      The new taper haircut on the sides and back of your head will give you a cleaner and fresher look for an interview. The problem with curly hair is that it can indeed look messy, so, by keeping the sides and back short and recently cut, your hair will look much more professional. In fact, a taper cut on the sides and back and a long top is how I grew my hair long while working in the corporate world. It’s doable, but you just need to ensure you’re projecting a sharp image.

      Lastly, if you aren’t already, make sure to start using a hair conditioner, which you can learn more of in my guide in the link below:

      http://www.manlycurls.com/2013/11/conditioner-for-men-hair-regular-leave-in-conditioners-deep-masks/

      I also provide a lot of details on how to use conditioners in both my books, The Curly Hair Book and The Men’s Hair Book, so feel free to get a copy of any of the 2 books from Amazon to learn how to customize your hair grooming and long term hair care (this will completely change your hair for good, trust me on that). In any case, whether you buy either of my books or not, start using a conditioner 3 times per week on an every-other-day basis (e.g. Monday “on”, Tuesday “off”, Wednesday “on” and so on). Read my guide on the link above anyway as I include information on how to use a conditioner.

      Hope your interview goes well and keep me updated!

      Rogelio

  2. Harry
    May 29, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Hey Rogelio,
    I’m a 17 year old guy from Greek Cypriot descent, and so I’ve got really thick, wiry, coarse, frizzy hair. Naturally its type II Curls, I think.
    I used to comb/brush it every day making it straight/wavy but recently I discovered that if I put olive oil in my hair all night and wash it off in the morning (with Shampoo – Aussie) my hair goes curly and ringlets start to form!
    Anyway, I’ve always had a problem with my volume of hair since it doesn’t grow down, it grows like an afro – out and out! If I was to brush my hair up it would stay up stiffly.
    I’ve never grown it for longer than 6 months because I hate the afro look, I’ve always
    wanted long hair that goes down.
    I have to have a fringe because as I said, if i try and move my hair up it stays up.
    What I’d like to know is,
    If I leave my hair for a year or more will it go down? or will my hair forever stay up/just be a massive bush?
    Here’s a picture of my hair wet (after a night of olive oil in it):

    When it dried:

    When I used to brush it, a picture of my hair brushed up:

    And finally, when I was a baby (2 years old) I had amazing curls, here’s a pic:

    Do you reckon my hair could curl like that again?
    I’d really appreciate it if you could get back to me, I’ve had problems with my hair ever since I can remember!
    Thanks a lot, Harry

  3. Amari Johnson
    May 23, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Hi,
    I was wondering what I should do regarding my afro. I’ve been growing it for about a year now and I was thinking about changing the look. I wanted to go along the lines of Lenny Kravitz’s afro, but I wasn’t sure how to accomplish this. I have type V kinky, course hair. I usually wash it once or twice a week. I do not use conditioner though. I wanted to get dreadlocks and was told that conditioner makes the locking process harder to accomplish. Do you have any advice on what I should do?

  4. Sam
    May 8, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Hi Rogelio, I just stumbled upon your site not long ago, and thank goodness I did. I would have began growing out my hair from an uneven starting point, but letting it just get trimmed every 6-8 weeks as recommended by other sites. That is, before I found your blog. I was coming up on about that time to trim my hair, though it was already short, because that’s what the site(s) told me to do. However, after reading your article on growing men’s* curly hair to shoulder length, I instead had my haircut last week to ensure my hair was of even length all around before embarking on my journey. It had to be a buzz cut, and I have some queries that I’m hoping you can help me out with. The most notable of which being the fact that I have “combination” type curly hair.

    Your reader JM, who commented above, brushed on the topic a bit. I too am unsure of my curly hair type/texture. I guess I have combination hair due to my being mixed race(?) I think I have type III hair on top. But my sides and back can show a considerable amount of scalp at times when I could certainly do without. Keep in mind, my hair all around is not coarse but soft. And I definitely do not have thick strands, it just seems that way because my strands are dense, and boy, can they get DRY, especially (emphasis on especially) the sides and the back. It’s unbelievable. Just over a week of a buzzcut, I am already able to tell from looking at my hair on the sides that it’s already forming “sections” that make my hair, especially those areas, seem very dry and uneven already; truly frustrating stuff. I don’t know, I just know that my sides and back always end up being drier and not as manageable than my top.

    I find that gel can make my hair look way too fine and thin (and potentially show unnecessary scalp), whereas even using creams after letting a short haircut grow for a few weeks starts making my hair look like it’s just dry hair really being forced to move and it just makes my hair look strange (and “scalpy”) after a few weeks in my opinion, to the point where I have to opt for no product altogether in order to just make my entire head of hair appear more full, yet it is still dry. Can you provide me any thoughts in these instances? Is combination hair also covered in your book(s) you released on top of hair texture, porosity, (etc) and most importantly how exactly to care for my specific type(s)? My goal after my “big chop” is to get that shoulder length hair I read about in your blog, but ensuring it will look good in the end no matter what it looks like in the process, and I plan to follow your shampoo frequency article in the meantime. I just feel like I still don’t know my hair really before I embark on this journey, especially because my hair has been so difficult to understand, and would just like that great peace of mind now that I have set forth. Thank you very much!

    (I know this is my 3rd revised post in the last hour or so, but I believe this is finally my full burdened one!)

    • Rogelio
      May 9, 2013 at 4:40 am

      Hi Sam don’t worry,

      Since you wrote a lot, I’ll address your enquiry as points:

      1) Going by your description, it is best that you mention who does your hair resemble, as in which male celebrity’s hair your hair looks like. Since your hair is probably too short to measure (which is what I always recommend curly men to measure so as to work out their curl type), then have a look at pics of you with longer hair and think of a male celebrity who has the same sort of hair like you do. For what is worth, most half-black/half-white males tend to fall in the Type III-V bracket (i.e. they have tight curls instead of waves). That’s assuming you are half white/black, though.

      2) Most curly men actually have 2 curl types; this is absolutely perfect. However, the 2 curl types will follow each other in number; that is, you’ll have a III curly hair on the top and IV curly hair close to the nape and ears, for example. You will not have loose wavy hair (Type I curls) and very kinky hair (Type V curls) on your head, though. The only scenario is if you have either treated your hair or have abused it.

      3) Hair gel will define the locks of hair; what this means is that hair gel will pair hair strands to form locks and thus define the locks. This gives the impression of “thinner” hair if used with short curly hair. Furthermore, hair gel doesn’t create scalp; what you’re seeing is the improperly-washed hair gel breaking into tiny pieces, which can give the impression of scalp. This effect occurs with just about all hairstyling products when not washed off your hair properly.

      If you want volume, then use hair mousse, but you need at least 2 inches of hair length for best effect.

      4) It’s very normal for curly hair to be dry; it’s the nature of the beast. Your best bet is to find your optimal shampooing frequency and to WORK my Sebum Coating method, which I’ve described in the article you’ve read that outlines my No Shampoo method. In my book I detail with great length both my No Shampoo method and the Sebum Coating, although the article you’ve read is a good start.

      As said, find your optimal shampooing frequency AND distribute the sebum through the hair strands by running your fingers through the hair. The effect of my Sebum Coating method is like night and day, and I’ve had guys buy my book just to thank me for having documented this method as it really works!

      5) I suggest you lay off the hairstyling products for now and learn to deal with your natural hair. Don’t hit the hairstyling products until you reach the 2-3-inch mark; once there, play with different hairstyling products until you find a good one for you.

      6) Yes, my book covers all you need to know about your hair/curl type and how to manage your specific curl type. I even give you tables to work out how long it will take to grow your hair to certain lengths according to your curl type. I don’t cover porosity though because it is not needed and because all I’ve read so far about porosity is mumbo-jumbo and, to put it bluntly, crap. And that includes some of the sites you’ve probably read too.

      If you need proof for my words, check the pics/videos of my natural long hair and then compare them to the pictures of the women who claim to be “natural” and who waste their lives with nonsense that is aimed to turn them into product-buying divas. That doesn’t mean that there are some tidbits that are cool to know, and I’ve worked out a decent method to measure some cool stuff about your hair (tensile strength, porosity, how to know in an instant whether a hair is shed or broken etc), but that’s only because I’m a nerd and into experiments.

      7) The goal is for you to know your hair; that’s what I encourage you in my book. Know your hair by listening to it; test and trial. Have a good hair foundation such as with the stuff I talk about in my sites or with the huge template I give you in my book, and from there on tweak your hair to your own case. You have plenty of time to do this as you won’t be hitting shoulder length for at least 2 years, so aim to customize your hair and then it will look its best. I guarantee you that.

      And of course, absolutely feel free to update me on your progress.

      All the best.

  5. Youssef
    March 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Hi Rogelio,

    I really love your site,and i hope that you could help me with my hair,i don’t really know what type of curly hair i have,therefore i took a picture of my hair when it was wet,right after shower and when it was dry, http://imageshack.us/g/341/img0701ls.jpg/ ,the first 2 pics are when my hair was wet and the next 3 was when it was dry,i wanted your to tell me what can i do to my hair to make it look better,Is it better,if i go short with it?I was wondering is it possible to get short curls like yours.Oh and i stopped using mousse or any products for over a month,and condition like once a week.So would really appreciate it if i can get my hair to be more curly instead of an afro,something like david bisbal,if not,any ideas to make my hair look better ?

    Thanks so much.

    • Youssef
      March 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Here is my wet hair after putting conditioner, http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/1989/img0714mo.jpg

      So is it possible to make my hang down,and like instead of it being an afro be more like curly,like your hair.

      • Rogelio
        April 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

        Youssef,

        You’re a good guy in search for answers. Since all the answers you need are in my book, I’d like to give you a copy of my book as a gift. You have great hair, but you need to sort out a good hair-grooming routine and hair-care strategy like I do. I’ve written 230+ pages on this topic, so I cannot give you a precise answer in just one comment, Youssef.

        I’ve sent you an email to send you the book as a gift.

        ATB

  6. JM
    December 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Hey Rogelio, I am unsure what kind of hair texture/type I have. I am of mixed race. 25% White 25% North African 25% Indian 25% Middle eastern my hair is relatively straight, but puffy on the top, and has loose curls when it gets longer. I think I’m a mix of type 3 on top and type 5 on the sides and in the back.I have worn my hair extremely short most of my life, recently letting it grow longer, and have been experimenting with new styles. Recently, have been doing a side part with the rest of my hair combed to the other side and it doesn’t look like a normal white persons, but my hair is not normal afro hair. I was wondering if it would look good if i shaved the sides and did a crew cut or even an ivy league and was wondering how pomade would look in my hair.

    • Rogelio
      December 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Hi JM,

      Sometimes describing one’s hair is a bit tough because most males’ heads are not groomed optimally, so your curl type may be different to what you currently believe you have.

      I always say that doing a fade on the sides and back is an excellent option for curly haired males, so certainly doing so then doing a part or Ivy League hairstyle can look great, so do give it a try.

      Pomade is a great hairstyling tool, and it has some good effect on the lesser curl types (I-III); I actually personally recommend pomade in my book for these curl types. Always remember though, start with small quantities first to gauge your response, and pomades can be a bit hard to remove when cleaning your hair, so tread conservatively.

      Hope that helps.

      All the best.

  7. Alex
    December 20, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Hi Rogelio,

    My hair is type 3, its curly dry, but soft at same time. When water touch it then it turns so straight and silk type and if i’m using a head band and remove it after some time it look straight, but there is a problem.. I want it to hang down by it own just like yours (it look same as yours short), it about 3-4 inch and it less puffy when i lighty twist it after bath and it remains like that whole Day, but when will it do it by it self?? I also noticed hair falling when i comb, bath or run my fingers its a small ball of hair everyday, is that normal??? I Went to doctor they say nothing to worry about and no sign of problems.. Then o Went to special clinic.. And they Said i’m balding, but i didnt trust Them, becouse they only toke alot of money without cure anything and they ant even doctors!! – my dad and mom is not bald, but most of my oncels is sadley and om just 19 years old. In some months it didnt sheed one single hair, but now it starting to sheed again… I cutted it very short, buzzed- you cant see hair shedding unless if i rub much and look close to my hands then i see 6-7 small hairs ech time i do that – please tell me of you had same experience as me when it was short and what to do

    • Rogelio
      December 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Alex,

      Let me address the points you mention ad hoc

      1) Type III curly hair takes about 12 inches to fully hang down; in my book, I talk about visible lengths too, which is a more reliable length type to assess when your hair will hang down. At 3-4 inches as is your case, your curly hair will naturally puff out; it is something that you have to live with at those medium lengths. You can weight the hair down with a styling cream but you will still need about 8 inches of length.

      2) Your hair is straightened from having tied your hair; this is a reversible effect that goes away upon wetting your hair again.

      3) Careful with “hair loss clinics”; most of them lie to you so that you buy their overpriced balding medication. Like I recommend in my book, start taking picture of the sides, front and top of your head every 3 months. Monitor any changes, particularly at the temples.

      4) Hair loss is more complex than your mother and father not being bald. You can still go bald if your brothers and cousins have a full head of hair.

      5) Rubbing your hands over your hair will remove hairs anyway, this is nothing to worry about. Do Point 3 above (monitor scalp), and wait it out before spending money seeing specialists.

      Hope that helped.

      All the best.

  8. debbie
    October 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Rogelio,
    I am mum to a ten year old quarter cast boy. His hair partly curly and partly straight with white texture. He hates the curls and would much rather have straight hair, but he won’t have a number 3 or 4 with clippers! Do you have any suggestions that may make him happy??

    At the moment I am at a loss so would appreciate anything you could come up with!

    Many thanks,

    Debbie

    • Rogelio
      October 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      I hope you are doing well.

      I understand your son because I was like that too. At that age, one sees that most kids with “good hair” have straight long locks, which look cool. Because curly hair puffs out instead of hanging down, your son won’t be liking his own hair very much because his hair feels different. It will be later in life that he will learn to embrace his own hair, but at age 10, it is difficult to convince a child to love his hair as it is. Coincidentally, at that age I also used to hate getting my hair cropped with a hair clipper and would always ask my mother (more like beg her!) to use scissors and leave some length on the top.

      My main advice is to ask him what he wants. At that age, you can traumatize him with regards to his hair because he will see his hair as bad and will remember the bad experiences he had when it was time to get a haircut. Ask him what he wants and tell him the options that he has, striving to make him understand that he can’t have the hairstyles that his straight haired peeps have, yet he can on the other hand have other cool hairstyles that they can’t have. I have written an article on suitable hairstyles for curly haired children, which I am sure will give you some ideas:

      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/02/hairstyles-curly-boys-haircuts-teens-ideas/

      I would go for a short (2 inches) or medium length (2-4 inches) hairstyle such as the shaggy one or the Jim Morrison. Side parting his hair into an Ivy League hairstyle is also a great option. You can read more about the Ivy League here:

      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/01/curly-hairstyle-men-matthew-morrison-ivy-league/

      Essentially, have the barber/hairdresser trim his sides and back with a scissor, totally avoiding the hair clipper (I understand your son’s feelings towards the hair clipper). Leave some length on the top for him to be able to customize his hair as he likes, but do also help him understand that because he has curly hair, he cannot do the hairstyles that the “cool straight haired kids” have, but he also has some other great options available. Show him pictures and show him of other popular men with curly hair so that he can see that curly hair is also cool. Here is an article that I cover some popular curly actors to give you/him some ideas:

      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/02/actors-hairstyles-curly-hair-haircuts/

      And, of course, let’s not forget about Cristiano Ronaldo:

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

      I hope that helped, and feel free to ask more questions or let me know how you get along.

      All the best.

  9. Moe
    September 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I have the type III curls which are like the jewfro puffy curls is it possible for me grow my hair out long enough and get this style ? http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RLlkyu7Q9wU/TyHR3W5PpmI/AAAAAAAAEO8/N8bvaD1xE5A/s1600/10.jpg

    • Rogelio
      September 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Moe,

      I’d have to see a photo of your curls but if you develop a Jewfro and your curls puff out, then you likely have Type III-IV curls and the person in the photo you posted has Type I curls (wavy hair) for which a slicked hairstyle works great. Slicked hairstyled don’t work for Type III-IV curls so, without actually seeing your curly hair, I’d initially say no, you can’t get that hairstyle.

      Feel free to post a pic of your curls (upload it to photobucket or other website) and I’ll have a look.

      All the best.

  10. KC
    September 14, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Hey Rogelio,

    Your Site is amazing its taught me a lot about trying to tame my type III and IV hair. Currently i am trying to find a new style & trying to see the next move but there is a shortage of African american styles that don’t involve a curly Afro or natural look for my type . do you have any suggestions?

    • Rogelio
      September 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Hi KC,

      I am a big fan of faded hairstyles. Basically, get your sides and back faded (cropped with a hair clipper) and allow the top to remain puffed out with a medium length (2 to 6 inches).

      The issue with afro-textured hair is that it is best left without being manipulated which means that hairstyles which allow the hair to express itself are best suited for this curl type. In fact, the same concept (not manipulating hair) is applicable to all curl types save for Type I (lo0se curls/waves).

      I’d go with a fade, a top fade, a High and Tight or a High and Tight Recon (which for black guys looks awesome). Some articles:

      Fade haircut:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/02/fade-haircut-curly-men-will-smith/

      High and Tight:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2011/08/curly-hair-men-high-tight-hairstyle/

      High and Tight Recon:
      http://www.manlycurls.com/2012/02/hairstyles-men-curly-hair-high-tight-recon/

      If you would like to do hairstyles which have you sweeping your hair, the best way is to use a light texturizer to loosen your curls so that they are left wavy instead of tight coils. The only problem with texturizers is that they inherently damage the hair as they work to alter the hair shaft’s structure. Having said that, if you use the texturizer lightly to soften up your coils, the damage done to the hair will be minimal. As I say, a texturizer is another option if you don’t want to do natural styles. (I assume you don’t want to do twists outs etc).

      Let me know how it goes.

      All the best.

      • KC
        October 1, 2012 at 5:24 am

        hey Rogelio
        it went well i texturized the edges because by fate my type IV is only there. probably will not go for the wavy ook because at 4in. it looks somewhat wavy so i have an almost natural jheri curl look(without it being gross & social unacceptable). i might do a sweep or side part.

        All the best
        KC

        • Rogelio
          October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

          Hi KC,

          I’m glad that it worked well!

          Just bear in mind that when hair has been texturized, it is brittler than otherwise. My advice for you is to try to use your fingers to sweep/manipulate your hair instead of using a brush or even comb.

          As usual, feel free to update me on how it goes.

          All the best.

  11. Manly Curls fan
    July 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Rogelio, I’m impressed at how you have approached your reader’s enquiry, some great suggestions and advice you give. You have a fan of your work right here, keep up the great effort!

    • Rogelio
      July 7, 2012 at 1:22 am

      Thanks buddy. As I said below, my pleasure.

      All the best.

  12. Jonas
    July 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Man, you are like the Dr Phil of curly hair. Thank you for this site, I check it out regularly and your advice is much appreciated as it has inspired me to finally do something about my curls.

    J

    • Rogelio
      July 7, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Hi Jonas,

      It is my pleasure to be able to pass onto you some positivity and knowledge to help you do something about your hair.

      The Dr.Phil extrapolation is a new one, I had heard another one of our readers commenting me being the Chuck Norris of curly hair but the Dr.Phil one is just as immense LOL!

      In all seriousness, I am happy you find my words of benefit, feel free to keep me updated as you continue the journey of getting your curls looking their best.

      All the best

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