Men Hair Types: The Best Guide for Guys to Know if They Have Straight Hair, Curly Hair or Whatnot

There are 4 hair types for men, and your hair style and grooming must be worked around your hair type. Check out the Internet’s most epic male hair type guide below!

Men can have four hair types, so which one is yours and why should you know this to sport epic hairstyles and haircuts?

If you have been reading Manly Curls for some time or if you have read any of my two bestselling books, The Men’s Hair Book or The Curly Hair Book, you will know by now that I am big on profiling hair. I believe that, to have an “awesome mane” (the cheesy name I use in my books to describe good-looking hair), one must first identify what it is that he has atop his head. It is thus that today I would like to write a super epically-awesome (if I may say so) guide on men hair types, so that you can, once and for all, know what “kind” of “stuff” you have flourishing from your scalp.

It should be said that typing your hair (i.e. putting it into a hair type) need not be difficult at all, at least if you use my guide and method. In fact, the premise of Manly Curls and of my two books is to grab everything concerning male hair and boil it down to a solid foundation that you can then easily and conveniently recreate, customize and benefit from. Ergo, the hair type that I pioneered some good time ago is both simple and to the point, and it will rapidly help you to establish the very-first stone of a solid foundation that optimizes the management of your hair, including the right men’s hairstyles, haircuts and hair products for you.

In the hair type guide that I created, there are 4 types of hair:

  • Straight hair
  • Wavy hair
  • Coiled hair (not curly hair! I will get to that in a minute)
  • Kinky hair

The ISEZ hair type guide

Myself, being a fan of acronyms, decided to name my hair type guide with a funky name: ISEZ. Each letter of the “ISEZ” term does not represent the first letter of a word but instead represents the shape of each of the hair types (so ISEZ is just an acronym wannabe, in reality). Thus, in the ISEZ term, the “I” represents straight hair, the “S” represents wavy hair, the “E” represents coiled hair and the “Z” represents kinky hair.

Still with me? Good.

But, like dude, you have a site called, like, Manly Curls or something, like where is the curly hair in your hair type guide, dude? Like, seriously, dude?

As I said earlier, I would be covering the fact that “curly hair” is not a hair type, so allow me to now let you know of the rationale behind one of the world’s most important discoveries (like, seriously, dude). You see, your hair either grows infinitely straight without bending or it curves (more like twists) as it grows; this is key in determining a male’s hair type. The pattern with which your hair grows is 100% genetically determined, so you’re essentially stuck with what you have, unless you want to mechanically alter your hair pattern. Since your hair either grows bone straight or grows with curves, it is thus that we have two hair textures: straight hair and curly hair.

Both hair textures (i.e. straight hair and curly hair) do then act as parent terms for the actual men hair types. In the case of straight hair as a texture, its hair type is the same (i.e. straight hair). However, in the case of curly hair as a texture, its hair types are wavy hair, coiled hair and kinky hair. To make it easier for you to visualize the relationship between hair texture and hair type, have a quick look at the illustration below:

An illustration of the men hair types

The issue at stake here is that, when people say “curly hair”, some will interpret curly as wave-shaped hair while others will only classify ringlet-shaped hair as curly. This is why using curly hair as a single hair type is futile and confusing, and it is also why I decided to create the ISEZ hair type guide based on shape and physical similarities rather than on subjective terms that are easily misinterpreted. Furthermore, if the curving distance for wavy hair (as it grows) were to be shortened, wavy hair would actually become curlier and resemble the shape of coils instead of waves, and, if the curving distance of coiled hair were to be lengthened, coiled hair would in fact become less curly while becoming wavier. Ergo, the stuff can certainly get confusing.

So, there: curly hair is a texture and not a hair type, and hair types is what this guide is about. From here onwards, you will find the 4 hair types that make up my ISEZ hair type guide with all the information you need to start building your hair foundation. I have also included which men’s hairstyles and hair products best suit each of the hair types so that you can get working on your hair foundation as soon as possible (and get your epic awesome mane too).

I am publishing my hair type guide here at Manly Curls as reference material for all of you, thus it is a huge guide and I suggest that you take your time to read it in full and bookmark it for further reference in the future. You can consult my hair type guide in this page at anytime you want, although this hair type guide I’m publishing here covers only the basics of the whole in-depth hair type guide in The Men’s Hair Book. Most importantly, in The Men’s Hair Book you will be learning in a holistic fashion how to customize your hairstyles and haircuts according to your hair type as well as learn how to conveniently customize your long-term hair grooming and hair care for the best hair you can ever possibly achieve.

Having said the above, I feel that publishing this version of my hair type guide here at Manly Curls will benefit many of you and will provide you with plenty of knowledge so as to begin to understand and improve your hair.

Enjoy it!

Straight hair

As you’ve read already in this guide, straight hair is hair that simply grows straight without curving. Mind you, there will be some minor curving if enough length is grown in a straight lock due to the peculiarities of daily wear and tear and of mechanical action such as combing or heat styling. However, the curving will be very slight and only appreciable when the hair is long (I’m talking of more than 6 inches of hair length).

To make things a little easier for you to ID your hair, back when I was creating this guide I decided to include a length mark for you to use so as to identify whether your hair is straight or not, and this length mark is 3 inches starting from the scalp. If you hair does not bend within the first 3 inches of its length starting from the scalp, you then have straight hair; if, instead, it curves, then move onto the other types for proper identification as your hair will be wavy, coiled or kinky.

For reference, dudes with straight hair include Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and our friend Justin Bieber.

Brad Pitt with his straight hair in a shaggy hairstyle.

Brad Pitt has made extensive use of his hair throughout his career to enhance his already-handsome looks, and, with that hair of his, who wouldn’t?

Advantages vs. disadvantages of straight hair

Straight hair is the easiest of the 4 hair types to shape and style, which is a big plus. Straight hair does also get to hang down with only a couple of inches of length, so straight hair is pretty useful if you want to emulate the Justin Bieber hair fringe flip from back in the day when we could not tell if Justin was a boy or a girl (not that we now can, but at least now with Justin Bieber’s brush up hairstyle we can now assume that he’s got some XY on him somewhere in his DNA).

Hang on, with all these uber-cool advantages mentioned above, straight hair must surely have at least some kind of disadvantage, right Rogelio? I hear you ask. Well, my friend, that is indeed correct: straight hair royally sucks at getting enough volume, which is why men with straight hair go crazy with hair dryers, hair wax and hair gel to acquire some volume for their manes. It’s a trade-off: you get the cool Bieber-esque dangling locks while your ability to naturally recreate enough volume on your hair is nil. Each hair type has the same kind of trade-off and, considering that you’re pretty much stuck with your hair type for the rest of your life, it’s in your interest to maximize the advantages of your particular hair type.

Hairstyles for straight hair

The hairstyles that best suit straight-haired men include short hairstyles that can be shaped into myriad of patterns as well as long hair ranging from jaw length to shoulder length. A Faux Hawk requiring a short haircut works pretty well for straight hair as does the aforementioned brush up hairstyle (although make sure to use a hair dryer for the brush up; just read the guide on the link I posted earlier for Justin Bieber’s brush up if you want to give yourself a brush up hairstyle).

Hair products for straight hair

If you have straight hair, the best products to use for your hair type are hair wax, pomade, hair mousse, hair spray and a hair dryer. You can, of course, get many other men’s hair products but these 5 hair products that I’ve just mentioned should be your hairstyling bread and butter. Furthermore, if your hair is of a medium length or longer (i.e. longer than 2 inches), you want to be using a regular conditioner at least once a week. In my book, The Men’s Hair Book, you will find the whole template and methodology for working out the frequency of use of a conditioner and shampoo (among many other things you will learn).

Get the following products for straight hair (click on each link):

Wavy hair

Wavy hair is hair that slightly curves as it grows from the hair follicle, so, when given enough length, wavy hair resembles wave-like shapes and thus its name. At short lengths (up to 1.5 inches), wavy hair can be mistaken for straight hair, so ideally you need 3 inches or more of hair length to be 100% sure of your hair type. In any case, if your hair curves within its first 3 inches of length but does not make a full coil shape, then your hair is wavy. Due to its natural wave-like shape, wavy hair gets to represent the “S” in the ISEZ term.

Adrian grenier with his wavy hair in a messy hairstyle

Adrian Grenier: possibly the only dude on Earth whom I’d admit has better hair than me…

Advantages vs. disadvantages of wavy hair

Wavy hair could be said to be the ideal hair type for guys. Wavy hair still maintains the easy hairstyling trait of straight hair while it also has the natural hair volume of curlier hair types, so wavy hair gets to look like a serious lion’s mane at medium lengths. Wavy hair also looks pretty good when long and doesn’t have the extreme look-at-me factor of coiled and kinky hair (trust me, after a while, the novelty of having women approach you to ask about your hair care routine will wear off).

Hairstyles for wavy hair

Hairstyles for wavy hair include medium length hairstyles like side parts and messy hairstyles. Likewise, shoulder-length wavy hair can look pretty cool and wavy hair will also look good during the whole growth stage to reach a shoulder length, which is something that coiled and kinky hair do not benefit from and which I call the awkward stage for coiled and kinky hair due to these 2 hair types typically looking awkward or funny during the growth stage to shoulder length (although this won’t happen if you know what you’re doing, so continue reading).

Hair products for wavy hair

Since your wavy hair is (after all) curly, you want to start using a leave-in conditioner on most days of the week. Likewise, your need for a regular conditioner increases with wavy hair and, once your hair length is longer than 2 inches, you want to be using a regular conditioner a couple of days per week; if you are unsure about conditioners, then read through my hair conditioner guide to learn what a regular conditioner and leave-in conditioner are. Bear in mind though that you can find in The Men’s Hair Book all the frequencies of hair-product use as well as the methods and system to working out absolutely everything that your hair needs according to your hair’s particular necessities.

With regards to hairstyling products, you can still use hair waxes and pomades, but make sure to also get a good styling cream to use when your hair looks frizzy and to also use when you want to further define and polish your waves at medium lengths or longer. You can still use a hair dryer, but make sure to use it with a diffuser.

Get the following products for your wavy hair (click on each link or reference the previous hair types):

  • Get this hair wax.
  • Get this hair pomade.
  • Get this styling cream.
  • Get the same hair dryer as for straight hair, but do also include this diffuser. The diffuser is simply clipped to the nozzle of the hair dryer and helps to dissipate the heat (you will learn why in The Men’s Hair Book, but essentially, this is good for your waves).
  • Get The Men’s Hair Book as for straight hair.

Coiled hair

Coiled hair is what most of you (but not all) would interpret as “curly hair”. As the name says, coiled hair forms in coil-like shapes that are easy to spot. Mind you, wavy hair does also grow in a coiled shape (since it curls) but, because of the long distance that it takes wavy hair to complete a coil, the shape that wavy hair forms is “wavy” and not coiled. With coiled hair, however, the distance to coil is shorter and hence its shape.

Coiled hair will form coils in its first 2 inches of hair growth. Unlike wavy hair where you will just see the hair curving in its first 3 inches of length, coiled hair will explicitly and visibly form coils in the first 2 inches of hair length. You can, in fact, think of coiled hair as 3D cursive “E” letters (capital “E”), and thus the “E” in the ISEZ term for coiled hair.

For reference, dudes with coiled hair include Troy Polamalu, David Bisbal and yours truly (aka “that” dude with the epic blog… kinda, sorta, maybe…).

David Bisbal with his curly hair in a cool long hairstyle.

To grow coiled hair long or not grow coiled hair long; that is a question that will cross the minds of many coiled-haired dudes

Advantages vs. disadvantages of coiled hair

Coiled hair that is properly looked after (keyword being “properly”) will stand out in a good way. Defined curls (i.e. coils) are a rare sight (which hopefully will be more common with all of you reading my sites and books), and medium length to long length curls will attract babes like honey attract flies (or, as the songs goes, like a “milkshake brings all the boys to the yard”); I can tell you that.

While, with wavy hair, girls will approach you to bore you to death with the same hair-care questions, with (nice) coiled hair, girls will instead be desiring to play doctor and nurse with you. Shapely glossy coils exude a very-sexual allure, and not taking advantage of this swag potential as a dude would be a serious offense to yourself. The problem? Having nice-looking coils (i.e. an awesome mane) is a tricky thing and the vast majority of men with coils don’t know how to manage their hair; thus, they end up resembling SideShow Bob or Will Ferrell instead of resembling a curly-haired version of Fabio.

A big disadvantage of coiled hair is that it isn’t easy to style, especially if your hair care or hair-grooming routines are atrocious as it happens with the vast majority of curly hair men. You should always use a wide tooth comb to style your curly mane, and you may also use your fingers to style those coils of yours; however, do not style your curly mane with a regular comb for the love of Bambi! I see this all the time with curly dudes who are oblivious as to why their curly hair looks like tumbleweed (hint: 98% of the time, it’s the comb).

So, while coiled hair is certainly not easy to style, coiled hair does however gain plenty of natural hair volume without a problem, so you do not need to do any fancy hairstyles (like straight-haired dudes have to) to be able to enjoy some epic hair volume, and this wild volume is part of the sexual allure of coiled hair (but again, you only get to enjoy this benefit if you actually take care of your coils).

Hairstyles for coiled hair

The hairstyles that suit coiled hair include the military haircuts for short hair and the Shake and Go for medium length hair. Growing curly hair long can be a traumatic experience, so only attempt to grow your coiled mane long if you are determined to stick to it no matter what the circumstances ahead may be, which includes having to learn everything about your curls (within reason, no need to grab your lady’s Cosmopolitan magazine). The good thing is that shoulder-length coiled hair can look quite epic, so waiting the couple of years to grow your coiled mane to shoulder length can certainly pay off in terms of overall aesthetics. It’s up to you, but I know it was very much worth the effort and time for me.

Hair products for coiled hair

The first product that you should be getting for your coiled hair is my book, The Curly Hair Book. Before you start thinking how dare I shamelessly plug my other book in this manner, let me tell you that The Curly Hair Book was the first book I wrote out of my 2 books and I wrote it with the ravishing passion that only a curly-haired dude with a blog called Manly Curls could write. My goal with both my books is to educate you and help you to make the most of your mane and, in The Curly Hair Book, I do exactly that while also telling you about my personal experiences with my curvy locks and how my hair-related experiences can be of use to you and for your mane (not main) future. I also wrote in The Curly Hair Book about “that” time when I thought I was going to be kidnapped in some lost village in the middle of Oman… so, yeah, the book will not be a boring Cosmopolitan-esque read; that’s for sure.

In term of men’s hair products and other than The Curly Hair Book, you want to be investing in both regular conditioners and leave-in conditioners. Another hair-care product that you should ideally be introducing yourself to is a deep conditioner. A deep conditioner provides a stronger conditioning effect than the one achieved with a regular conditioner, so use the deep conditioner only once a month or once every 2 weeks.

With regards to hairstyling products, don’t use hair wax and instead leave your hairstyling to a good styling cream. Furthermore, a leave-in conditioner can serve as a de facto hairstyling product, especially if you’re going for the Shake & Go look or if you have long hair. Lastly, you may also start using natural butters and oils to coat the tips of your coils so as to protect them and give them better definition. Oh, and do yourself a big favour and grab a wide-tooth comb while you’re at it.

Get the following products for your coiled hair (click on each link or reference the previous hair types):

  • Get the same styling cream as for wavy hair.
  • Get the same conditioner as for straight hair and wavy hair.
  • Get the same leave-in conditioner as for wavy hair.
  • Get the same pomade as for wavy hair.
  • Get this wide-tooth comb.
  • Get the same hair dryer as for straight hair and wavy hair (with the diffuser recommended for wavy hair).
  • Get this extra-virgin olive oil to lightly coat the tips of your curls (olive oil goes great for conditioning curly hair and the olive oil in the link can also be used to cook!).
  • Get The Curly Hair Book

Kinky hair

Kinky hair is the last of the 4 hair types and it is the curliest of the 3 hair types under the curly texture. Kinky hair is also known as afro-textured hair and it is the hair type most commonly found in black males, although kinky hair can also be found in other races and ethnic groups. With kinky hair, the length needed to curl is so short that the curls (i.e. kinks) will look like having sharp curves and more like a “Z” shape than an “E” shape, and thus the “Z” letter in ISEZ.

Kinky hair is easily identified within the first half inch of hair length, and it is the hair type that is the easiest to identify out of the 4 hair types. If you are not sure whether your hair is coiled or kinky, a reliable test is to stand in front of a mirror some 3 feet away from it and try to tell apart the curls in your head. Can you spot your curls or can you only see your mane as a whole mass of curvy hair without differentiating individual curls? If it is the latter (i.e. can’t tell the curls apart, then you have kinky hair.

For reference, men with kinky hair include Barack Obama, Will Smith and Morgan Freeman.

A young Barack Obama with his kinky curly hait in an Afro hairstyle.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that guy right there is a young Barack Obama back when he used to wear an Afro hairstyle

Advantages vs. disadvantages of kinky hair

By far, kinky hair is the hair type with the most volume. If you want to rock some epic hair volume, then kinky hair is where it’s at. Kinky hair is also very resilient so it provides a great surface for some creative denting (i.e. designing) on the hair with a hair clipper.

The disadvantage with kinky hair is that it will take you a lot of years (over 6 years) to grow enough hair length for your kinky hair to hang down naturally, and this is a common complaint among women growing their natural kinks long. More commonly for men, though, is the complaint of not having enough curl definition; by default, kinky hair isn’t as defined as coiled hair, so you will find it much harder to achieve defined curls due to the very tight and short nature of the curls themselves in kinky hair.

Hairstyles for kinky hair

Because of the aforementioned resilient nature of kinky hair, this hair type goes great for hair designing with a hair clipper. An epic hairstyle for kinky hair is the Afro hairstyle because of the natural hair volume that kinky hair enjoys; no other hair type is capable of growing epic Afros as kinky hair can grow! Furthermore, and again due to its voluminous nature, kinky hair does very well with high hairstyles such as the High Top Fade and the Fade haircut where the sides and back of the head are clipped very short and the hair on the top of the head is shaped with a hair clipper.

Hair products for kinky hair

If you have kinky hair, then forget about hair wax and pomade for your hairstyling products; well, maybe use a little bit of pomade every once in a while, but focus on the following hairstyling products instead: a leave-in conditioner, a styling cream and natural butters. As for hair care products, you should be using a regular conditioner on most days and a deep conditioner once every 2 weeks.

Get the following hair products for your kinky hair:

  • Get the regular conditioner as for straight, wavy and coiled hair.
  • Get the pomade as for wavy and coiled hair (if at all).
  • Get the leave-in conditioner as for wavy and coiled hair.
  • Get this afro pick (very helpful to detangle your kinks and enhance the Afro shape when your mane is at a medium to long length)
  • Get the deep conditioner as for coiled hair.
  • Get the olive oil as for coiled hair.
  • Get this extra virgin coconut butter to also use on your tips as well as most of your hair length.

Conclusion to this epic guide on hair types

Four thousand words, my friends; four thousand words to give you the most-detailed hair type guide that you will ever find online. I believe this is the longest guide so far here at Manly Curls, and that says a lot considering that I usually publish 2000 to 3000-word hair and male lifestyle guides. In any case, I believe writing and publishing this version of my ISEZ hair type guide is very much worth the effort so that I can dedicate this guide as an all-round men’s hair resource for all of you. As said, feel free to bookmark this guide for future reference, share it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, share it on Google Plus, link to it from your site or blog (if you have any) so that your readers can enjoy this guide too or simply email it to a couple of your friends whom you think would benefit from this hair type guide.

As for me, well, that’s all for now, but do stay tune to Manly Curls and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with my published articles, grooming guides and occasional ramblings! And, if you have any questions or comments, then feel free to post them below.

All the best, gentlemen.

Rogelio

Last Updated: 12th September 2016

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47 comments for “Men Hair Types: The Best Guide for Guys to Know if They Have Straight Hair, Curly Hair or Whatnot

  1. Darius
    April 19, 2017 at 6:32 am

    What can I do to keep my hair looking like this throughout the day? This is how it looks when I get out the shower. It then starts to frizz and looks dry later in the day.

    A photograph of a black male from Manly Curls wearing tight curls with short hair

  2. Dominic Coronel
    February 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

    My hair is a crappy dried out wavy mess and it’s only an inch and a half long. I have no idea what to even do with it. I wonder if I grow it out long enough I could make it straight and silky….

  3. February 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    My hair looks straight but around half inch it most of my hair curls at the tips any ideas way I love never let it grow longer then that since my hair won’t stay down just puffy

  4. Edwin
    February 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    How do you post pictures?

    • Rogelio
      February 7, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      You can use an upload your pictures to an image-sharing website (i.e. the ones that allow you to upload any pictures so that you can share them online) and then you can post the URL here.

  5. Charles Arles
    February 3, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Is it possible for one to change kinky hair into wavy or straight hair?

    • Rogelio
      February 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, it is possible, but only if you use a hair straightener (also known as a flat iron) or a hair texturizer/relaxer. These products are used to permanently modify curly hair so that it becomes less curly (i.e. wavy) or completely flat (i.e. straight). If you’re interested in using a hair straightener to straighten your curls, then feel free to visit my hair-product guide and read carefully my tutorial on hair-styling tools for men.

      If what you’re asking is if there’s any way to “train” or convince your kinky-curly hair to become wavy or straight, then the answer is no. This is a very-common question that I get all the time and it’s one that I’ve explained in my book and on this website. Unfortunately, the world is riddled with scammers who will try to convince you that, for a specific price that fills their pockets with money, you can train your hair to grow and behave however you want it to.

      Hope that helps.

  6. Raphael Don
    January 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Hey Rogelio, I have a weird hair type because my hair is very thick and it curls when it is about 2 inches long and eventually poofs out. What may be the problem? My hair also curls a lot when I do not wash it for a long time. Help!

  7. Salvador
    September 11, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Hi Rogelio

    Before anything, thank you so much for your “Men’s Hair Products: Epic Tutorial For Guys” article. I cannot even describe how it changed my life.
    I have read a lot of your articles trying to find an answer about some (maybe not usual) hair products.
    So, you recommend the use of olive oil and coconut oil for kinky hair (which is exactly my hair type), so my question is: Do products like olive oil, coconut milk/oil or some mixtures like olive oil and eggs or coconut milk and olive oil helps straightening hair?
    I have heard that it does, but I really would like to hear your opinion about this matter.
    And if it does, how would my hair look like? Because I am aware that it would not look like Justin Bieber’s hair.

    Thank you very much.

  8. Rahul
    June 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Hey there, after reading the article I realised I can call my hair wavy but the weird thing is my hair is wavy from the top only my side hair stays straight and I want my from hair to become straight as well. It is really stubborn like I cant get it to change in the sense see I comb my hair backwards and it stands and goes back but from the front it make and S from the bottom. It’s like the belly of the S and then as you go up it curls like the top part of the S and it doesn’t give me that slicked back look and when I try to comb it aside or down it will go back up the moment I let go off it and my parents don’t have curly hair in the only one in the family with it.

    Is there any product like a hair gel that won’t cost a lot but will help me make my hair straight, and some other tips that you can give me to get my hair to not be so curly and stubborn please? It would be a lot of help.

  9. ekansh
    May 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Should I comb my hair wet or dry? Which one is better wet or dry? Please reply.

    • Rogelio
      May 16, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Hello,

      Whether you’re using a fine-tooth comb (i.e. a regular men’s comb), wide-tooth comb or simply styling with your fingers, you should always aim to style your hair when it is damp. If your hair is dry and you want to comb it, then lightly wet it by either pouring some water on your hair or by using a spray bottle to spay some water in your hair (like some barbers do prior to cutting a customer’s mane).

      If you have curly hair (wavy, coiled or kinky), you must always avoid combing your hair when your hair is dry. Use this as a rule of thumb and you will do fine.

      Best,

      Rogelio

  10. joe
    April 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hey dude, your article is outstanding.
    I have one question which I really post on every blog and it is that I have a bit of long hair which is wavy and curly, but I want a modern pompadour type of a haircut. So, is it possible??
    As for that I need to have straight hair which I think is possible by getting a hair protein treatment and stuff like that.
    But I am not sure. I mean like really 100% sure. So do you have any suggestions on how to fulfill this dream as i want it forever?

  11. Maruf
    March 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Hi, My name is Maruf. I’m from India and I have black hair. I don’t seem to find my kind of hair in the list, LOL!

    If I get a haircut and go for a military haircut (small), then it grows back with straight hair to some extent almost for a month and then it starts getting curly. I am quite irritated with it! :(

    So what is my hair type actually? Straight or curly. And one more thing, I’m planning to get a long hairstyle like that of Christian Bale in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”, so is it possible for me to have a hairstyle like that or is it just not possible with my hair? Should I just keep on getting my curly hair that grows at the tip of my hair cut out for longer straighter hair to grow or let it keep growing with the curls?
    Please reply as early as possible.
    Thanks in advance :D

  12. Archit
    March 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Hi, My name is Archit. I am from India. I am not sure what type my hair is. My hair is like between type 2 and type 3. So I am not sure how to style my hair. Right now my hairstyle is a mix between the pompadour and the brush-up hairstyle that you invented. So my question is:
    What products should I use and what hairstyle do you recommend for me?

  13. Dante
    December 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Hey, I don’t know if it will make sense or not but my hair is… Well I don’t know what type it is. It grows straight from the back and sides but then curls after 6-7 inches. I don’t know how to style my hair. Also my hair gets really rough and weird when I’m outside.

  14. Bob
    December 7, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Rogelio,

    I have a strange hair type being black and slightly mixed with Asian – I have wavy-ish hair that curls up (not spirals, just fish-hook shaped curls which will often clump together) permanently after adding water or grease once. What type of hair do I have? Also, I struggle to keep a style in my hair as after a shower my hairstyle breaks down and it’s very irritating. I don’t think I know what looks good (especially from a girl’s perspective).

    Any advice is much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Bob

  15. Bob
    November 27, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Hi,

    I’m a mixed black male. I have wavy, slightly curly hair which can be curled up tightly into by adding water or grease. Is there any way to make my curls bouncier, fuller or more defined? Also, is there any way for me to get spiral curls (even if frizzy)?

    Please help.
    Thanks in advance.
    Bobby

  16. Shery
    September 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I understand what my hair type is. I have strayed hair strands from my scalp… As my hair grows longer, it forms wavy-type curls near the forehead area. I cannot come up with a hairstyle.

  17. Satya
    July 17, 2015 at 7:43 am

    My hair is taking an S-shape after 1.5 inches of length. How do I get rid of this without using a flat iron? I need this type of short straight hair.

    A picture of an old Indian male with short straight hair styled with bangs in a Caesar haircut

  18. Kunal Sanchez
    April 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Rogelio ,

    My hair is curly to a certain extent but I’ve got a little bit of a hair loss issue .
    There are little patches around my scalp although they’re not too obvious when I comb my hair down or to the side . I’ve been getting undercuts for the past couple of years but lately I’ve been thinking if I should get a Mohawk fade or a Pompadour, along with a pomade or a non “strong hold” base so that my hair won’t keep falling off .

    Please kindly advice .
    Thank you so much .

  19. Nico
    April 12, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Dear Rogelio,
    Ok so i have mixed heritage, African, Native American, Italian, and lots of other European nationalities. I’ve been reading and checking back into this website for about three years now, growing my curly hair out all the while, and i’ve kinda stumbled to a halt. At first i thought i had type 2 hair because when it was 2-3 inches (it had kinda loose curls not really coiled but not really wavy somewhere in between.

    Now it looks like i have type 3 or 4 at 17 inches, my hair has tighter curls by the root now then it did back at 2-3 inches. Is it possible for hair type to change or did i miscalculate my hair type? I now frequently have my hair in braids or pulled back because of the volume and thickness of my hair.

    When my hair is out of braids, washed, conditioned, combed and freely flowing i find that the hair underneath curls in ringlet-ish (towards the ends) compressed-wavy sections and pushes out the hair laying on top of it, the hair on top however curls in the short compressed up and down wavy way but the sections of curls frizz and poof and do not look neat (like the previously mentioned curls have exploded from the inside). The back, which hits my shoulders and starts down my back, are the aforementioned compressed coil-waves which look very nice because they are in defined sections without frizz.

    So how would I:
    A) De-frizz the front of my hair to look like the back
    B) Make my hair stay closer to the sides of my face to appear to minimize some of the thickness and “fluffiness” on the sides (when my hair is voluminous it makes my shoulders seem narrower and my face seem smaller as well as my neck)?

    Would questions A and B help each other?

    Many Thanks,
    Nico

  20. Carl W
    March 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hi man, I have the most complicated hair one day it is curly and the next day it’s all straight. I NEED HELP on what to do. Also my hair seems to stay the same length for about two weeks now, is there any hair products I can use to grow it out faster? I am in a hair crisis. HELP ME PLEASE!!! Rogelio

    • S.C.
      July 21, 2015 at 4:16 am

      I’m not Rogelio, but I have the same problem that you do. My hair is always really thick, but some days it’s a big, wavy mane with some coily curls here and there but other days it’s just a thick and has some wave to it. If I want my hair to be a wavy, coily, thick mane I find that I can’t shampoo for 2-3 days. You can still get your hair wet and then restyle it after the shower, but shampoo’s a no go for about 3 sometimes even 4 days. Moisture is key to curls and the sulfate in shampoos strip moisture from your hair. I use a sulfate-free shampoo that’s literally all butters, oils, and extracts; no chemicals but it still dries my hair out. I also have the same hair growth problem as you, my hair sits at one length for about 2 weeks then has a significant growth spurt. (I find that my hair grows significantly faster than average though.) I’m not sure why it does this but I don’t use any products to style it or make it grow faster I just let it do it’s own thing. When it’s not dried out my hair is almost identical to Adrian Greniers’ hair.

  21. Michael E.
    January 27, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Hi, I’m Mexican and I have dry hair and medium length curly and I need to know what to do for hair care to have coiled curly hair. I do not know how to take care of my curls because before i had very fluffy curls with great frizz, but I decided to change my style and hair like this:

    A picture of a bearded hipster male with long brown curls at a length that is close to the shoulders

    A picture of Spanish singer David Bisbal with medium-length curly hair after he got a haircut for his long coiled-curly mane in 2012

    A picture of a young Arab male with long hair combed as a middle-parted hairstyle while also sporting a medium taper haircut on the sides and back of his head

    I would like to ask if you could please tell me what I have to do to have those curls. I have styling cream, mousse, conditioner and molding gel. Thanks.

  22. John Durham
    January 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    What kind of hair do i have? this picture is back in 2010. That’s the longest my hair Has been and i think my mom had put a bit of HAIR gel to define my curls. Will my hair drop? should I grow it out?

    Edit: Picture removed as picture’s link no longer working.

  23. Gregory
    January 7, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Hi I really need help I’m African American and have a high top fade because of picking my hair it is now very straight now I want to try and get back to some nice tight curls, like per every inch there are 2-4 curls so I could use help on methods, products, or just articles to help me thanks!!

  24. Nick
    January 6, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Hey there! My hair is sort of in-between wavy and coily; the first coil forms at 2.5 inches. My hair is currently 4.5-5 inches long. Can I please have some advice on what hairstyle would look good on me? (Also, FYI, I have an oval-shaped head)

    Cheers,
    Nick

  25. foncel erwan
    January 4, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Rogelio !

    I’m french guy so sorry if my english is not perfect. I read a good part of your awesome blog which learn myself many thinks about curly hair. But there is one question than i didn’t success to answer. The question is what’s my curly hair type ? I try to determine my curly hair type with a ruler. When I do that, my conclusion is i have type II of curls. So why i ask you to help me if im able to determine my curls ? Simply because my hair not looks like nick Jonas hair or Adrian Grenier hair. Please help me !

    http://www.noelshack.com/2015-01-1420403438-wp-20150104-030.jpg
    http://www.noelshack.com/2015-01-1420404390-wp-20150101-023.jpg
    http://www.noelshack.com/2015-01-1420404344-wp-20150101-007.jpg

    Thanks !

  26. Charles Bruke
    December 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hello,
    I’ve been reading a lot about men’s haircut, for I want to change mine, I’ve registred to a forum “menshairforum.com, I think you’re a memeber there.
    Anyway, I asked some questions there and nobody cared to answer them, so if you don’t mind, I will ask you just one question:
    I have short(at the moment)straight hair, I dont have hair in both sides of the top of my forehead, here’s an image: http://i.imgur.com/VWkcEiF.jpg
    What do you think is the best haircut that suits me the best?
    Thank you very much.

    • Rogelio
      December 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Charles,

      If you have that kind of shape, I would certainly go for an undercut which is a type of haircut where everything below the temples (sides of your head) is clipped with a single length, which is usually a number one. Then, I would recommend you to grow your hair to 4-6 inches on the top and use a styling wax and a hair dryer to recreate the Brush Up hairstyle (in the link) which is a hairstyle that required the hair on the top of your head to stand up, either vertical or close to vertical.

      Using a hair dryer is recommended for the Brush Up hairstyle, but if your budget doesn’t allow for it, you can still get some decent volume with a styling wax. I recommend you to read my guide on the Brush Up hairstyle to learn how to style it. Keep the sides and back in an undercut.

      About the Men’s Hair Forum, that’s the best men’s hair website on the internet. They have lots of barbers there and they are quite helpful; however, we’re in Christmas and whatnot, so many are either enjoying their holidays or with extra work. I’m very busy already with my two blogs, but I try to pass by that forum and post every once in a while to help people out. I would still recommend you to browse their forum as they have a lot of hairstyle guides and some great advice. You’re also welcome to ask questions here at Manly Curls, by the way.

      Feel free to update me on your progress!

      Best

      Rogelio

      • Colin
        April 30, 2015 at 11:40 pm

        Dude my hair is so damn curly and I don’t know what to do with it. It doesn’t fit into the three categories you established and I want to grow it out but I don’t know if it will fall/come down like I want it to. Please help.

        Here are some pictures. Any help from any one would be appreciated.

  27. Jordan Dean Hussain
    December 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Can I get my wavy hair look coiled and kinky like your hair when it’s long? And if so, how do I go about this?

  28. David
    December 2, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Hey,I’m a guy with naturally straight hair and I can’t do anything I want with it. For months now I’ve been attempting to pull my hair back and make it wavy, a little like Gaspard Ulliels hair in the Chanel de Bleu tv advert, with no good results. Is it even possible to wave my type of hair? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you

  29. dikhara holloway
    November 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Hey I was wondering if you know what to do to take care of my hair it has mix between coily, wavy, and kinky so what so what type of hairstyles are best for that?

  30. Eduardo
    November 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hi. My name is Eduardo and I have a weird hair type that I have not seen on anyone else but me. My hair is naturally straight. But the weird thing is that it grows like an afro. A straight afro. Seriously, my hair is straight but it just stands tall. it won’t go down like the other straight hair types. It shoots straight up. It won’t stay flat down. What kind of hair type do you think i have? And is there any way i can style my hair differently? So far, i think my hair is “non style-able”.

    • edwin
      December 10, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Any pics?

    • Austin
      July 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Bro, no way! I have the same exact problem, and I’ve never seen anybody else with it, and I have no idea what to do with it. If you figured anything out, I would appreciate if you could let me know because this article does not fully solve my problem, unfortunately.

    • bryon
      September 8, 2016 at 12:32 am

      Hello. I’m Bryon. I have this same problem! When the sides grow out, it sticks straight out too. I want to do the “Justin Bieber” brush up hairstyle. Will I be able to do this? Please answer Rogelio!!!

  31. OthmanSoManly
    August 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Hi there, my name is Othman, I’m from Morroco and I got this sort of weird hybrid hairtype 70% kinky 30% wavy, which advice I should follow ?
    Also got some difficulties to find a haircut that matches me well, still experimenting.

    Kisses <3 <3

    • Conor Hall
      September 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Hey,

      I have the same hair style as you. What I’ve done is cut the sides really short and used the kink to make kind of a fringe. I don’t know if this helped at all.

  32. Mike Robinson
    July 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I have almost the exact same curl type (different color) as Adrian Grenier. What curl type would you say he has?

    • Akhil
      November 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Type 2 curly hair

  33. Gustavo
    June 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Hi, my name is Gustavo and I have straight hair like my dad. The rest of my family has wavy/curly hair. My family comes from Mexico and I know this might seem really crazy but I want to grow an AFRO so bad. I see people with kinky hair and afro and I wish I could grow it like that. Beyoncé used to rock her afro and that’s the EXACT same way I would like to have it. I know it seems crazy but is there any chance I could do this or is it a lost cause? Please respond I need your guidance! Thanks.

  34. Jurrian
    June 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I come from The Netherlands, I’ve got blue eyes and blond hair.
    But I actually am pretty sure that my hair type is the most rare hair type the world has ever seen. Also I think that there is nobody on this website with the same hair as me. My hair is very curly and sometimes it looks afro. But it isn’t possible that my hair is afro hair because my ancestry is Germanic. All of my family members have straight blond hair and blue eyes just like me, accept for the hair. So my question is: If you are able to tell me what kind of hair type I have? And if you are interested to see some photo’s of my hair because it’s very, very rare?

    Yours faithfully,

    Jurrian

    • seth
      July 23, 2014 at 1:34 am

      same here, I have never seen hair like mine. It is so curly that I can’t style it any differently. I usually have my hair cut relatively short because If I try to grow it out it starts to look like an unkept bush (party because I never comb or use conditioner and always shampoo daily), but it always grows out into an afro (which I hate). Lately I have been trying to follow these tips and it seems to be getting a little more attractive because I got sick of people saying “You looked mental when I first saw you.” That wasn’t really what I wanted to hear by the way. My hair grows fast though so hopefully i can get to hang down eventually

      • aki
        December 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        Dude i have curly hair and i love when it grows into an afro.

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