The Essential Guide to Types of Curly Hair for Men

This is a guide to Curly Hair Types, a guide that is essential for those men with wavy, coiled, curly, kinky and afro-textured hair. Curly hair is expressed in a spectrum of curl types, hence the need to categorize and know what type of curly hair you have so as to be able to make the most out of it!



There are two main hair textures that you can have on your head: straight or curly. If your hair is not straight, it is curly, albeit curly hair is expressed in a spectrum of types. From wavy hair that can look straight when it is very short to super tight coils that puff out in the wildest of manners, most curly men walk around without knowing what type of curly hair they have. If you want to have good looking hair, you must know your curly hair type as, depending on what you are growing atop your head, you may need to change different things in your hair grooming and hair care routines. Most of the advice that you will find at Manly Curls is applicable to curly hair as a generic term and all to all curl types, but there are some tidbits that need to be emphasized more or less according to one’s curl type.

Since my experience is in curly hair and because curly hair is a pain in the derriere to manage, I have created this guide for wavy, coiled and kinky haired men so that they can identify what specific type of curly hair they may have. This guide is specific to such expressions of hair and excludes straight hair, not because I have anything against straight hair but because straight hair doesn’t have any sub-types of expressions, unlike curly hair. Thus, if you don’t identity your hair type with what is to follow, you will have at least found out that you have straight hair. For all that matters, straight hair can be paired with wavy hair (Type I hair) when it comes to knowing all about it and managing it, so I invite you to apply this guide even if you have straight hair.

As I have said, there are two hair textures, straight and curly, and curly hair in men comes in different expressions, which I have put into types. As a definition, curly hair is hair that grows in a non-straight manner, thus curly hair grows, right from the very beginning, in a curled or curved pattern. The pattern in which curly hair grows differs between individuals (regardless of gender) and may differ slightly even between areas of the scalp, but, overall, curly hair can be classified into five types: I, II, III, IV and V. Please be aware that I refer to these 5 types of expressions of curly hair as curl types, curly hair types or may simply call them hair types. Likewise, I use Roman numerals (I-V) for this guide and classification, and I encourage you to use Roman numbers when talking about my curly hair type guide so as to avoid confusion.

The different types of curly hair for men

Curly hair comes in a variety of types from wavy to coiled to kinky to afro-textured!

And below is the book where it is all explained in depth; the essential hair manual for curly men!

The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils And Kinks

(click the book’s link above to see/read more about my book)

The lowdown on curly hair for men

Curly hair type is more difficult to identify in men than in women simply because men tend to have shorter hair, which many times masks the true hair type of a male. Depending on your curl type, its curling/curving shape may take up to three inches of length to manifest a full curl, and, since most curly haired men prefer to keep their curls short, it then means that most curly folks are unaware of what their true curly hair type is.

As stated, curly hair grows in a curved pattern, meaning that curly hair is composed throughout its length of curls. A “curl” is the hair section ranging from when the hair is curving in one direction and then starts curving in the opposite direction: the distance between the initial start of the curve until the point where the curve changes direction is a curl.


A curl from a man used to depict the different types of curly hair


A curly hair lock for men to know how to type their wavy, coiled, kinky and afro textured hair

As hair grows and a curl develops, the curved growth of the hair will lead into the formation of another curl and an “S” pattern will be visible (as depicted above in both pictures). Now, hair grows in 3 dimensions thus the “S” pattern is not always noticeable. Rather, if we were to put a lock of curly hair flat against a surface, we would see that, in reality, the joining of the two curls does form an S. In both pictures above of curly locks, you can see the different S forms taking place as each curl leads into the next throughout the length of the lock of hair.

In term of noticing the curl pattern of your hair, this is not always an easy task. Hair that takes 3 inches to manifest a curl, as is the case of Type I or wavy hair, may look straight at a length of 1 inch despite it is already curling, only that the curved shape is too mild to be noticed at that length. On the other hand, Type V hair, otherwise known as kinky hair, has a distinct curled shape apparent from 1/8 of an inch and the hair can be seen curling at even near shaved length. The commonality with all types of curly hair is that they will all curl, with the only difference being at what length a full curl will become apparent. The latter then dictates the hair type one has and which you will be able to identify in this guide.

How to identify your curly hair type

Before jumping into the curly hair types of this guide, you should first examine you hair. For this, you will need a mirror and a ruler. Go in front of the mirror and pick a lock of hair from the top center of your head, ensuring that you do not pull or extend the lock; it should remain in its natural shape. This area is the one on your scalp which is exposed the less to daily wear and tear, such as constant friction with a bed pillow during sleep, so the hair on this area yields the closest image of what your natural curl type/shape is.

Aerial view of scalp with area to examine


Once you grab the lock of hair, place the ruler alongside it and measure when your hair forms a curl. If your hair is less than 6 inches, perform the measurement starting from the scalp (i.e place the ruler on the scalp) whereas if the hair lock is longer than 6 inches, you should perform the measurement starting from the tip (end) of the lock. Repeat the measurement another 2 times for a total of 3 times and work out the mean average of how long it takes for your hair to form a curl. You now have one of the most important details of getting to manage your curls in the awesome way we promote here at Manly Curls.

Match your worked-out curl length with the following curly hair types by length:

The curly hair types

  • Type I: 2 to 3 inches to form a curl
  • Type II: 1 to 2 inches to form a curl
  • Type III: 0.5 to 1 inch to form a curl
  • Type IV: 0.125 to 0.5 inch to form a curl
  • Type V: up to 0.125 inch to form a curl

If your hair takes over 3 inches of length to form a curl, you have straight hair, not curly hair. You can know more about these 5 curly hair types below:


Type I curly hair

Type I curly hair requires up to 3 inches to form one curl. If your hair is shorter than 3 inches, you will be able to visibly notice your Type I curls curving at the 1.5-inch mark. If your hair is shorter than 1.5 inches, I recommend that you look at pictures of yourself with longer hair or ask a family member, since at a very-short length your hair may, in fact, look straight. Looking at the hair of both parents is not reliable because hair genetics is more complicated than inheriting the hair type of any of the two parents. However, they should be able to tell you who in the family line has hair similar to yours.

With hair shorter than 1.5 inches, Type I hair looks straight at first sight hence the need to carefully examine the hair so as not to confuse it with straight hair. Type I curly hair is colloquially known as wavy and famous curly men with such hair include Hugh Grant, George Clooney and Antonio Banderas. Remember, what is known colloquially as wavy hair falls under the category/texture of curly!

Some great hairstyles for Type I curly hair are the Mop Top hairstyle and the Side Swept.

Recommended hair products for Type I curly hair are:

  • THIS hair gel: keeps the waves smooth and not sticky.
  • THIS pomade: for any side sweeping or slicking back of your waves.
  • THIS hair wax: for keeping your hair styled up and secured in place. All day control if you’re into shaping your hair into different styles. A good product to have as part of your hair-product arsenal.
  • THIS hair dryer: if you want to add extra volume to your Type-I mane, then blow dry your curls with this hair dryer.

Hugh Grant with wavy hair also known as curly hair

Hugh Grant displaying typical Type I curls

Type II curly hair

Type II curls are the crunched version of Type I, and the length required to form a full curl is shorter: 1 to 2 inches. If your hair is shorter than 1 inch, you should be able to view a curved pattern already at the 0.5-inch mark. If your hair is shorter than 0.5 inches, the same family reference recommendation applies as to Type I curly hair. Type II curls will look straight only at lengths less than 0.5 inches, yet, from longer lengths onwards, Type II curly hair will express a visible curved pattern.

Type II curls are colloquially known as wavy, loose curls or tight waves, and celebrities such as Adrian Grenier or Nick Jonas have these curls. Type II can still be mistaken for straight hair when very short, so keep this in mind if your hair is short and you are typing your curly hair.

Two great hairstyles for men with Type II curly hair are the Caesar Cut and the Shoulder Length hairstyle.

Recommended hair products for Type II curly hair are:

  • THIS hair gel: will keep a good hold of the curls while yielding a natural gloss.
  • THIS hair mousse: will give a natural look with less hold than the hair gel. Perfect for dangling or loosely-styled curls. Also for long curly hair.
  • THIS hair fiber: to tame frizz while shaping hairstyles with a medium hold.
  • Hair dryer: see the hair dryer recommended for Type I curls above. If you want bigger hair (i.e. more hair volume), that’s your hair dryer (use concomitantly with the recommended hair mousse).

Adrian Grenier with his wavy hair also known as curly hair

Adrian Grenier with classic Type II curls


Type III curly hair

Type III curly hair takes 0.5 inches to 1 inch to form a full curl. Because Type III curly hair curls at a much shorter length than Type I and Type II, Type III curly hair will start forming in a coiled pattern and will look like a cursive capital “e” (E) when viewed under normal conditions. This “cursive E” coiled effect is typically exemplified in Type III and Type IV curly hair; it looks something like the E below:


A cursive E used to illustrate a type of curly hair

Type III is known colloquially as ringlets, coils or coiled and is most commonly the curl type that people have in mind when they think of curly hair. Curly male celebrities with Type III curls include Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake and John Turturro.

Great hairstyles for Type III curly hair include the Ivy League hairstyle and the Faux Hawk, and you can also have a look at military haircuts for short hairstyles that suit men with curly hair (you can sport any of the military haircuts regardless of your curl type too).

Recommended hair products for Type 3 curly hair are:

  • THIS hair gel: if you want to use hair gel, then go with this one specifically.
  • THIS styling cream: great for taming frizz and keeping your coils looking natural at medium to long lengths of curly hair (can also be used for short curls too).
  • THIS hair wax: for a matte effect on your curls while keeping them in place. Great for short curly hair and medium-length curly hair (up to 6 inches in length).
  • THIS hair spray: to keep your curls looking like those of Justin Timberlake below. Style your hair with the linked hair gel, styling cream or hair wax, and then finish off by spraying your hair with this recommended hair spray in the link.
  • Hair dryer: if you want to use a hair dryer, then get the one recommended earlier for Type I curly hair (THIS one) and only use the hair dryer 4 days per week as a maximum.

Justin Timberlake with his curly hair and a cool curly hairstyle

Justin Timberlake with a mane full of Type III curls

Type IV curly hair

Type IV curly hair is the crunched version of the coils and cursive Es formed in Type III. By now, curls are formed between 0.125 inches and 0.5 inches, forming tight E-shaped curls. If the hair is shorter than 0.125 inches, the hair is curved at any length, and the curving pattern is easy to notice unless the hair is at a near-shaved length.

Type IV hair is colloquially known as curly-kinky, kinky and coiled, and examples of celebrities with such curl type include youngsters Corbin Bleu and Jaden Smith as well as NFL player Troy Polamalu.

Two hairstyles that suit Type IV curly haired men are the High and Tight and the Fade haircut.

Recommended hair products for Type IV curly hair are:

  • THIS styling cream: will keep your tight coils looking shapely. If it isn’t available, then you can also go with the styling cream recommended above for Type III curls.
  • THIS leave-in conditioner: an excellent styling product if you want to just let your curls sit and look their part; the leave-in conditioner will improve the aesthetics of your curls. Use if your Type-IV curls are longer than 4 inches.
  • THIS pomade: only use if you want a high-shine effect and your curls are shorter than 4 inches.
  • THIS hair mousse: an excellent product to have around for when you’re bored from the rest of your styling products.
  • Hair dryer: the same applies as with Type III curls.

Corbin Bleu with curly hair and a cool hairstyle for his curls

Corbin Bleu with some very elegant Type IV curls

Type V curly hair

Type V curly hair exhibits a peculiar shape resembling a “Z” instead of the coiled cursive E shape from Type III and Type IV curly hair; that is, Type V curly hair is so tightly coiled that the curls in this curl type do not have enough length to express a visible curve, and, at first sight, their shape resemble what looks like Z-shaped hair strands. Curls are formed in less than 0.125 inches, hence their curled shape is apparent even at a near-shaved length.

Type V curly hair is colloquially known as kinky, kinks, afro-textured and, in some circles, as nappy, and it is the curl type of popular curly men such as Cuba Gooding Jr or Will Smith.

A great hairstyle for Type V curly haired men is the Afro and the Recon haircut and Fade haircut are great choices too.

Recommended hair products for Type V curly hair are:

  • THIS leave-in conditioner: a must-have product if your curls are 6 inches or longer.
  • THIS curl cream: if your curls are shorter than 6 inches, style your kinky-curly mane with the linked curl cream. This curl cream will help a lot with any frizz that you may have, especially if you’re growing your kinky curls long and they start to look too frizzy.
  • THIS coconut butter: if you’re into natural products and want your kinky curls to look shapely and frizz free, then use one or two dabs of the linked coconut butter to coat your Type-V curls with. It’s imperative that you do this when your curls are damp (e.g. after drying your hair when you shower).
  • Styling cream: if you want some added natural gloss for your curls, then use any of the styling creams recommended for Type III or Type IV curls too.
  • Hair dryer: the same applies as with Type III and Type IV curls.

Will Smith with a cool curly hairstyle for his Type V curls

Will Smith demonstrates how Type V curls can be sported stylish and manly without the need of a buzz cut


Conclusion to the Curly Hair Type Guide

Curly hair can be puffy, coarse, dry and much more, but one thing remains, curly hair will form a curl at a given particular length as genetically determined, which is why this guide is your starting point to identify and learn to manage your hair. This guide, together with the Guide to Identify your Hair Length and the rest of the content on this site, will have you making the most out of your curls as a 21st-century modern male.

You may also find that you have two curl types on your head; this is perfectly normal, and you should go with the area of the scalp that I recommend to take your measurement from. If you have two curl types (I do, for example), you will find that they are the curl types that follow or precede one another in the guide. That is, you may have Type III curly hair on the top of your head and may also have Type IV on the nape and sides of your head. You will never have, however, highly discrepant curly hair types on your head (e.g Type I and Type IV). As mentioned in this guide, always remember that the area on the top of your head is the closest representation of what your natural curl type is.

Finally, I approach this Essential Guide to Types of Curly Hair from a reductionist point of view even though curls are formed, like anything else in nature, in three dimensions, not two. However, I believe that creating this typing guide with a two-dimensional mindset offers more pros than cons because, as modern males, we want convenience and results without getting “too girly”. Moreover, I have found it to be a quick and reliable method to identify a person’s curl type without getting too technical or creating confusion. In the case that you are unsure about what your curly hair type is even after taking your measurements, then refer to the illustrated examples of popular curly men for a good feel of what your curly hair type is.

That is it, although I recommend you have a read through the hairstyles posted for each of the hairstyles and I also recommend you to read this other epic guide of mine on curly hairstyles for men. In any case, this Essential Guide to Types of Curly Hair is a starting point for those men who want to know more about their curls and make the most out of their manes. Because curly hair is not a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle!

All the best,


Guide Last Updated: 25th October 2018

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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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95 comments for “The Essential Guide to Types of Curly Hair for Men

  1. Jahlil
    August 18, 2018 at 8:58 am

    hello Rogelio i would like to look like bill bruford from king crimson i don’t know how to style my curly hair at all it is frizzy my friends and random people make fun of me can you please help me you are my last hope!

    • Rogelio
      August 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      See my previous reply.

  2. Dejan
    August 18, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Hey Rogelio, can you help me out a bit? I would be really thankful! I can’t figure out what type of curly hair I have, I growed my hair for almost 2 years, this is how it looks like:
    cool long wavy hair middle part hairstyle layered cut men
    I got a haircut, because I hated back then my hair, I looked stupid, but now I found out this website, and it helped me alot, I’m also thinking about buying your book later on when I get the money, but can you tell me what type do I have? This is now when I got the haircut:
    medium wavy hair length cut surfer hairstyle
    I would be really thankful if you help me out with this, the rest I will on the website, about care and how to grow again, I really want to grow my hair again, and never go back to short haircuts. Thx alot Rogelio!

    • Rogelio
      August 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Hello Dejan,

      It’s been some time and I didn’t see your comment. Growing curly hair long is an easy ordeal; all that you need is patience, enough protein in your diet and maybe some methylsulfonylmethane (the latter is a dietary supplement that can have a minor benefit in faster hair growth). Make sure that your getting enough sleep and, if you want to go all the way in, that your thyroid is working fine (via a blood test). The name of the game when it comes to growing healthy hair fast is to be patient and eat enough.

      In any case, I’m sure that you already are, by now, the owner of a head of epic locks again!



  3. Prasiddha Neupane
    June 17, 2017 at 5:07 am

    I have medium curly, black hair and it is very rough and dry. What product I should use and what type of haircut I should choose. Please suggest me some ideas.

  4. Dejan
    May 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Can anyone help me? I can’t figure out what my hair type, when I pull my hair from the center it doesn’t curl, it’s straight, but other places on my head, the hair is curling out in wavy style. My hair length on top of my head is 5 inches long, and this confuses me.

  5. Raphael jones
    April 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hi Rogelio, I find it very hard to figure out my curly hair type and may you please give me some detailed instructions as to finding my hair type?
    I also think I have type 3 hair.

  6. Joshua
    April 17, 2017 at 2:52 am

    How can I get my curly hair back?

    As a child, I would always get up in the morning wash my hair in the shower, towel dry, put Pink hair oil in it and comb it out with a narrow tooth comb everyday. My curls used to be the size of sidewalk chalk, they would look like a sideways slinky but now it in the shape of an upright spring that would be found in a pen. This summer coming up, I was thinking about cutting it all of and starting over. You have any suggestions on what I should do?

  7. Adrian
    April 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I think that I have “Type I curly hair”. I am looking for inspiration. I want to look like the Prince of Persia from the game “PoP: Warrior Within”. Could you help me?

    An image of the Prince of Persia with long wavy hair in a middle-parted hairstyle

  8. Mateo
    April 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Rogelio,
    This is an awesome website. I will like to know if you can change type V curly hair to straight hair.

  9. Steve
    February 21, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Hi there!

    Okay so I’ve been wondering what my curl type is.

    From the sides that I’ve allowed to grow they curve at the 1 inch mark but my top doesn’t curly for a while but I cut a strand off and it immediately started curling at a shorter pace. If I cut the top off imediatly will that mean that my curls would get tighter because that’s what’s happened every time I’ve cut a few strands off the top.

    It’d be great to know, thanks!

  10. Catherine
    January 5, 2017 at 4:34 am

    So happy to have found that blog!! My 2 year old has type three curls but all the advice I find for styling toddler hair is for tighter curls. Can you recommend products for kids? I’ve been using shea moisture curl cream for kids but I’m not too happy with it. I also only use conditioner and his hair and try not to wash it every day.
    I’ve been letting it grow for 3 months and it’s finally in a stage that I think it will look good (I’ve been trying to fight the urge to cut it). Should I trim it? The sides seem to be getting longer than the top and With looser curls.
    Anyway, I’ll be reading your advice! Love your name!

  11. jim durante
    November 15, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I am one eighth black, and like curls as shown on Will Smith. I am loosening my afro lately, and am comfortable with a longer look, kind of like Corbin Bleu.
    I wanted to ask if you know of a product that could de-frizz, tighten and moisture black curls. Any help, bro, is appreciated.



  12. Austin
    October 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Hey, great website, very informative and worth while! I have what you’d categorize as a type V curl in my nappy head, but like you said the top is starting to see great potential with nice strong locks (with one in particular lock that almost looks like a IV or so. My question for you is, how do i get my hair to start looking more like a IV? And if thats not possible, how can i start to get those nice strong locks that are on the top of my head to be everywhere around my head?

  13. Joseph Watkins
    September 8, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Very definitive guide. Thanks for sharing this with us; Jesus Christ Bless!

  14. Marcy
    September 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Hello and thanks for all the awesome tips! My 12 year old son is a yea rout of chemotherapy and what was once type I curly hair is now type III-IV (he really has both mixed together). He is absolutely determined to grow it long and will not trim it. Can you offer any suggestions on how we might style it? I bought him a metal headband to keep it out of his face but it hurts his head. I bought him a wide stretchy headband that sits on the forehead (hope that makes sense) but he puts it on and “molds” his hair into funny shapes. Any tips on how we can keep it from looking like a really funny poof ball that’s trying to eat his head? It’s currently about 6″ if you stretch the curls out. Thanks!!

  15. Kevin
    November 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Rogelio,
    I badly need some expert/specialist advise with my type 2 curly hair. It’s always like a disaster every time i wake up, it may be too short or a bit long. I wish that I could send you the photo of my hair and see it for yourself.

  16. Ben
    April 18, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Hey Rogelio, I’m not even sure if you still keep up with this site, but if so, here’s my question!

    I’m thinking my hair is somewhere between a type 2 and 3. Recently I’ve been taking the sides short and keeping the top a bit longer, though I never have really been happy with the appearance. I really want to grow it out, but I want my hair to fall, which I realize would take a long time. Is there anything I could do to help weigh down the hair, and possibly avoid looking ridiculous until I reach the desired length? Another issue is that the front of my hair forms almost perfect ringlets, where the rest is wild and unruly. I saw that you mentioned earlier that this is fairly common, yet it definitely causes an issue.

    Hopefully you’ll get back to me soon and I can do something I’d actually like with it. Thanks!

    • Nicky
      August 16, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      A Defuser attachment could help u blow dry the hair in the direction you want. When blow drying a good amount of styling gel, blow dry in the direction you want your hair to go! Well keep in mind not to touch too much and complete the look with pomade but not too much as it will result in dry frizzy hair.

  17. Ricardo
    August 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Rogelio,

    I’m a reader from Brazil. Great blog! Your hair is really cool, man!

    I would say my hair type doesn’t fit any of the types here but it’s probably a mix of Type IV and Type V. Here are two pics (with no products on, as I wake up in the morning): and

    What should I do to make my curls more defined? I would really love to hear tips from you.

    • Keith
      June 17, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Hey, I’m curious of the type of curl pattern you have. My hair is very similar to your’s in color and curl pattern.

  18. Jean
    August 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Hi there, my name is Jean, I’m a sixteen years old french teenager. I got these hybrid curls like type III/IV I think. I wanted to know if it was possible for me to get a haitcut Ivy League haircut not too far from Matthew Morrison’s.

    I’m not an expert so heres two pics to judge for yourself :)
    short curly hair arab male

    short curly hair arab male closer

    Cheers, great blog btw

  19. Stipe Pavić
    July 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Hello, it’s me Stipe, I’ve got a question for you.
    First of all, I’ve got a type II edium black hair, but it does not look great because I don’t have a great cut, also I don’t know which hairstyle even fits me, so could you help me? If you need a pic I could send it to you.

  20. Stipe Pavić
    July 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Hello, it’s me, Stipe. I’ve got a medium, black, curly hair, and I’m 17
    I have no clue how to get the right cut for my hair, because right now my hair, even tho I use conditioner and antifrizz serum, doesn’t look great because my cut isn’t great and I don’t know which hairstyle even fits me, and you are the only expert that I can ask, I live in a sall town, and there are no experts lke you :) So the question is: How to get the right cut and which style fits me, and if you want I can send you a picture of me.

  21. Shane
    May 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Dear Rogelio,

    I am writing to ask your advice. I have very curly hair which is probably type III although it can look like type II for quite a while before it goes super curly. I’ve been going with an aggressive high and tight (just off recon) for the last couple of years with it shaved to the skin quite high up on the back and sides. As of about 4 months ago I started letting the top grow and it has finally gone super curly. I have maintained the sides and back with an aggressive fade to zero starting from about half way up and I really like it. However I am worried that it is looking ridiculous and young for my age (I’m 39). I am keen to go for an undercut and am wondering what you would advise. I need to look professional as I have an office job but I want to keep up the cool styles for a bit longer before I go conservative.

    Basically I am wondering what you would advise – let’s say that if I grow my hair longer it will start to look like the guy Spanish singer who you had on another part of your website. But that would take me a couple of years. In the meantime would you recommend an undercut as I grow the hair longer, and if so how should I taper between the long and the short. Also, none of the advice on undercuts seems to recommend an aggressive fade but I’m quite keen to keep that going. Do you have any thoughts on this and perhaps any examples of type III curls with an undercut?
    Thanks a lot and do keep up the excellent work on the site which is really helpful!


  22. Hugo
    April 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Hi there Rogelio.
    I would really like to have some tips from you about my hair.

    So thats my hair right there, its natural and very curly as u can see.
    I want to cut it, I have it like that for 6/7 years now, and I got tired of it xD

    Was thinking of doing a normal buzz cut just like this plus some earrings:

    I’ve been wondering if that buzz cut would look like that with my type of hair. What clipper is that by the way? 1?
    Are there any other haircuts I could get, nothing too eccentric


    • Rogelio
      April 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Hey Hugo,

      Part of me feels sad to see those curls go, if that’s what you want. You have some real nice curls, my friend; if I were you I’d grown them instead of chop them!

      Back to your question, yes, you’d get a similar hair texture as the male in the picture you posted. The trick is to use a good hair clipper, the number is a #2. Bear in mind that his hair (guy in the picture) has the hairline shaped up, that means that he has used a hair finisher to get that hairline shape. This is easily done with a finishing trimmer (see my recommendations at the end of this comment).

      I have seen you have posted also in my fade haircut guide, and a fresh haircut to get for a male with curly hair is a High Top Fade (I’ve explained it in the fade cut guide). I would also recommend you to have a look through my military haircuts guide, which covers all the short haircuts for men that are of a military nature. A High and Tight would look pretty cool on your as well as an Ivy League. My military haircuts guide can be found in the following link:

      In terms of hair clippers, the best hair clipper to get is this set from Oster (click the link):

      The set above comes with the main hair clipper, which is a heavy duty one ready to buzz through the thickest of manes. The set also comes with a fast feed and a finisher, which are tools you can use on your facial hair (i.e. for stubble and for the sideburns) as well as to shape your hairline. It’s very easy to shape your hairline with the finisher, just switch on the finisher and work through your hairline (of the forehead) to manually trim the shape you want.

      If you’re not interested in shaping up your hairline, then I would recommend this other cordless hair clipper from Andis (click the link):

      The good thing about this hair clipper is that it is cordless and very light to use (the Oster one above is also very light to use). The Andis clipper also has a very powerful motor, much powerful than the rest of clippers and it is made by a company that knows how to make real good clippers. The Andis clipper is designed for heavy use and frequent use (daily, if you want) and it is an excellent investment as its lifetime is of years (and not of months, lie the regular clippers). The only disadvantage of the Andis Clipper as well as the Oster clipper set mentioned earlier, is that they are not cheap, but then they are an excellent investment worth the purchase.

      Hope that helped and keep in touch!


  23. Gustavo
    January 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Rogelio! I was reading some random stuff on the web about growing curly hair, and I was amazed when I found your website! I absolutely love it! I’m in the early stage of hair growth and I never done it before, so I have a few questions that hopefully you can help me out:

    here’s how short my hair is now, so you can have an idea of how it looks:

    raw curly hair with no conditioner
    with leave-in:
    curly hair with conditioner

    I personally think my hair type is somewhere between II and III, what do you think?

    so I have a few other questions:
    1. I’m going to try out the 1 day on 1 day off technique, should I use conditioner everyday though?
    2. how about leave-ins, is it ok to use it everyday? can I sleep with leave-in on? or even use it 24/7?
    3. I read on the web that we should hydrate it once a week with a deep conditioner, is that true for hairs like mine or should I do it more often?

    by the way, I’m vegetarian and have a very healthy diet, so I that’s not something I’m worried about.

    Thank you very much! keep up the amazing work! you definitely inspired me!


  24. Gustavo
    January 14, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Hi Rogelio!

    I was reading some random stuff on the web about growing curly hair, and I was amazed when I found your website! I absolutely love it! I’m on the early stage of hair growth and I never done it before, so I have a few questions that hopefully you can help me out:

    here’s how short my hair is now, so you can have an idea of how it looks:

    with leave-in:

    I personally think my hair type is somewhere between II and III, what do you think?

    so I have a few other questions:

    1. I’m going to try out the 1 day on 1 day off technique, should I use conditioner everday though?

    2. how about leave-ins, is it ok to use it everyday? can I sleep with leave-in on? or even use it 24/7?

    3. I read on the web that we should hydrate it once a week with a deep conditioner, is that true for hairs like mine or should I do it more often?

    4. Do you have an idea of how my hair would look like in say 6 – 9 months from now? I saw this really cool video from a post on your website ( and it feels like this guys has almost the same type of hair as mine, what do you think?

    by the way, I’m vegetarian and have a very healthy diet, so I think that’s not something I should worry about.

    Thank you very much! keep up the amazing work! you definitely inspired me!


  25. Bryan
    December 12, 2013 at 8:09 am


    Thanks for making this very useful guide. From now on I will never have no trouble growing out my hair. I do have a question although. Based on the chart above, I have type II curls like adrien granier, but my hair looks a lot more like justin timberlake’s type III hair. Is this an unusual thing? Do I really have type II curls? Any response is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  26. Bryan
    December 12, 2013 at 4:48 am


    Thanks for making this site. I will now be able to grow out my hair with troubles at all. I do have a question though. Based on the chart above I have type II hair but my hair looks a lot more like justin timberlakes than adrien graniers. Is this unusual at all in anyway? Any response would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Kelvin
    December 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Rogelio I need your help, I have afro curls and I read it is better to hand style to give hair volume but problem is right after I do this it shrinks up and I don’t want to have to use a tooth comb because I feel It messes up my curls, do you have any advice on how to give it volume and also my hair is turning brown and I’m unsure if dying it black would change my curls is it advisable to dye it or not. Thank you

  28. erocked
    September 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Rogelio

    My type III curls are only about 2 months old and about 2 inches long at the moment. My hair seems to grow insanely fast but coils so much that it is really just looking more thick than anything. I know i have a ways to go to reach the 12-14 inch mark im aiming for, but ive been considering letting a stylist thin it out some, maybe in a few months. Ive never tried to grow my hair out like this before so I didnt know if maybe thats a bad idea for my future mane? Ive always buzzed it every 3 weeks to keep the curls from showing up so this is all new to me. Thanks!

    • Christian
      July 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      My hair grows insanely quick as well but from the pictures he showed in each hair type, my hair grows nothing like any of them. And I usually just end up not styling my hair and leaving it messy because I don’t know how to style it. Although my hair grows nothing like any of them it looks more like type 2 or 3.

  29. Cy
    September 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hello Sir Rogelio,

    May I just ask when is the best time to measure the curls? ‘Cause when I finger-comb my hair after washing, it stretches out, hence type I. But when I just left my hair untouched (or the Shake-and-Go method), the curls tighten, hence type II.

    Sorry if I have to ask this. I just wanna know if Nick Jonas’ hair would be suitable for me. :) Or at least the Undercut.

    Thank you!

    • John
      September 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I’m not Rogelio, obviously, but you should just measure your hair when it’s completely dry, so it won’t curl anymore.

      Try measuring the type 1, since it’s looser/straighter it should be easier measuring along the strands. Generally, if your hair is type I/II, Nick Jonas’s styles should be completely doable.

  30. Deon
    August 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Well I have a problem with my hair at the front and most of the top I have type three curls however at the sides I have this awful frizzy mess that represents bushy under arm hair how should I deal with this

  31. Michael
    July 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hi, I believe my hair is a type II, and I really like Adrian Grenier’s hairstyles. But I think my hair is somewhat curlier than his, am I still able to achieve his styles?

    Also, if you give another example or two of a type II celebrity or famous person so I can get an idea, that’d be great :)


    • Nicolas
      November 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Hey, im wondering on just the same thing. or i maybe think i got hairtype III. How can i get a hairstyle like Adrian Grenier?

  32. James
    July 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hi, I believe my hair is a tighter type II. My hair is about slightly longer than an inch and on the top it’s really curving and waving but no curl has formed. Since I started from a small fade my sides and back are 1/4″ shorter and still completely straight. My question is, is it possible that I achieve some of Nick Jonas’s hairstyles? I’m a big fan of his styles, but some styles are straighter and others much curlier.

  33. Nicholas
    June 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Hello! First of all, thank you very much for creating this site.
    I wanted to know is there is a way to temporarily make my hair a type I or II(I’m somewhere between III and IV) because i have been thinking to grow it to shoulder lenght, but i don’t really like how it becomes once it starts to grow to a jewfro, and i really want to let ot grow to make it like yours.

  34. Nella
    June 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I so love this curly hair guide!! Im a practicing hairstylist & I love how u think so much out of the box & the way u look at the types of curly hair as also including wavy hair & kinky hair. You know, all these hairstylist gurus with product lines & blogs etc repeat the same dogma time after time without questioning it (like parrots lol) so it takes me by surprise to read a guy like u whose not even a professional hairstylist come up with such a creative hair typing guide!! I only read ur blog today & its going str8 to favs :-)
    Question, what do u call what is normally the hair type –curly– in the scale for hair types we hairstylists use, is that type III curly hair in your guide? I always thought putting –curly– as a type was wrong but honestly theres lot of things wrong in the hairstyling business especially for curly hair. Thanks for not being one of them ;-)

    xX Nella

  35. martin
    May 28, 2013 at 6:52 am

    So im 16 and have what id call medium length hair. Its cut and shaped more the way of what i hate to call justin beibers old hair. the style where it flips to the left, right above the eyes. I want to know what to do and how to get my hair to have curls. What im looking at are the coils most likely. I want to try out my same length and style of hair but just with it curly or coily. what ever you prefer to call it. Please help me out!!! Id appreciate it a whole bunch!

  36. Rich
    May 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Rogelio

    Really well put together website, a goldmine for men’s hair topics – especially the curl!

    I had a question in regards to possible product. I’ve got type 2 curls which I love and get frustrated with during different phases ;-)
    Currently I’m growing my hair out and would like to get it to something like Orlando bloom, Simon baker, Eric bana or Adrian grenier when they have longer hair, like 10 inches long. My main question is how do you think they style it…leave in conditioner, gel, pomade. A combination of conditioner and product.

    I don’t mind the semi wet look but don’t want to have a slicked back greasy look. Any tips would be greatly appreciated


  37. Danushan
    April 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Rogelio,
    I’m an Asian with 2-3 inch long hair. My hair grows very very thick and its kinda rough and straight.. I badly wanna have a type 3 or 4 hairstyle, what would you suggest?

    Thanking you.

    One of my pics:
    slicked back wavy hair style asian indian male

    • Jonathan
      June 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      That’s how my hair looks like, but i don’t know what type it is; can you tell me what type of hair is that?

    • Jonathan
      June 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      That’s how my hair looks like, but i don’t know what type of hair it is; can you tell me what type of is that? :)


      • Jamie
        January 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        if you haven’t found out already, I’m pretty sure it’s a type I, buddy.

  38. andy
    March 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm


    I thank you for creating this website. I have curly hair and I have always hated it. When I was younger I let it grow long, but it was always unruly and difficult. I never was able to like it long. So I have kept it short.

    Recently, I decided to grow it out, but I’m still unhappy with it. I’ve started using Aussie leave-in conditioner, and that keeps it feeling soft. But I’m still not happy with the appearance of it – I can’t style it really. It always appears dry and frizzy.

    Do you have any advice for me?


    Here’s my pictures:

    • Rogelio
      March 20, 2013 at 1:10 am

      Hi Andy,

      I was updated with your comment. I’ve edited the pics out for your privacy but I’ve seen them. I’m very busy to be giving full replies at the moment (launching my 2nd book), but I’ll get back to you soon.

      In any case, your hair looks great and thick!


    • Rogelio
      March 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm


      The issue with curly hair and it not looking good (e.g. unruly, frizzy, dry) is that its bad looks can be caused by several factors; there’s just no one magic solution as most hair-care websites try to sell you. You could be doing something wrong in your styling stage, you may not be shampooing enough or correctly, you may not be eating optimally for good quality hair, you may be towel-drying your hair too hard etc That’s why my book (The Curly Hair Book) is 230 pages long! There’s just too much that can be going on in a curly male’s scalp.

      In any case, I advise you to look into:

      – Your hair cleaning: how frequently are you shampooing/cleaning your hair?
      – Conditioning: what are you using to condition those curls and are you applying the product correctly? Just throwing a leave-in conditioner here and there won’t cut it.
      – What’s your internal nutrition like? What’s your diet like? Are you getting in enough omega-3s?
      – Do you follow any particular hair-care strategy or routine to protect your curly hair?

      I really cannot give you (or anybody else, for that matter) a one-cookie-cutter answer because frizzy curly hair can be caused by any of the above (and more!). Feel free to update me with the replies to the above points so I can have a more detailed case of yours, but I highly recommend you to simply save yourself the time and grab my book on Kindle (it’s 12 bucks, very much worth its price), and then spend a couple of days going through the book as it will then enable you to come up with your own customized hair-grooming routine and hair-care strategy (among other cool stuff), all according to your curl type and hair length. You can alternatively find many of the answers to your curly-hair questions if you spend a couple of hours at Manly Curls, for I’ve talked about dry, frizzy hair in many articles already.

      Let me know how you get on, Andy.

      All the best.

      • andy
        April 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        Thank you for the response.

        I wanted to let you know that I purchased your book today, and I’ve started my journey to better curls. I can see that the first thing I need to do is alter my shampooing schedule. I will skip the shampoo tomorrow and begin this part. Wish me luck.


        • Rogelio
          April 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm

          Keep us updated Andy! Yes, remove a shampooing day off but follow the guidelines you’ll find in the hair-grooming chapter for shampoo and the Sebum Coating method. Don’t rush the process.


          • Andy
            September 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

            Hi Rogelio,

            I back again, after modifying my shampooing schedule and my hair is doing great. It’s not hay-like and feels soft to the touch. However, I’m having a hard time finding a good style for it. I have always parted my hair, which has looked fine if it’s short. But now with it longer (it hasn’t been cut in 8 months now!) it doesn’t look good parted. Do you have any styling ideas for inspiration for me? My hair is type 3 and it’s about 4 inches in extended length. I’m also considering trimming the back as I don’t really want much length in the back, and I’m thinking about trimming the sides some too.


          • Rogelio
            September 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

            Hi Andy,

            I think a natural shake and go would be a great option. I just finished writing today a 3,888 words long curly hairstyles guide for men; since your curl type is Type III, consider the hairstyles I recommend for your curl type as well as the hairstyles for Type II and Type IV curly hair.



  39. Kacper
    March 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Hi Rogelio,

    I have this weird problem, the hair in the front are curly (something like type 2 or even type 3) and then on the top and the back of the head they are neither wavy nor curly, they are kinda looking like hooks, they grow wavy and then the ends curls. That is very annoying because it looks bad and i can’t find any good style to it.

    • Rogelio
      March 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Kacper,

      This could be due to several things; for starters, your scalp can produce 2 types of curls, so having uneven shapes on your hair is normal.

      As a first though, I’d say your hair is not moisturised enough, which is the biggest issue with curly men. What’s your grooming and hair care like? Have you followed the hair-grooming method that I explain in my book. Let me know a bit more about you and if you can reference parts of my book (if you have read it).

      All the best.

      • Kacper
        March 15, 2013 at 6:05 am

        I shampoo every third day, i condition my hair with a moisturizing conditioner every day and always when i go out somewhere or when i come out from the shower i put a mix of oil, oh and i forgot my hair is 4,5 inches long.

  40. Mark
    February 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hi, Rogelio. Your website is the most interesting and the best guide for a curly hair…
    I just want to ask why is my hair seems really dry, dull and unmoisturize unlike any men who have a really good hair like Nick Jonas… His hair seems to be really moisturize and perfectly in order and im really envy, I only got a chance to have a good hair like that when its wet……
    am i a type 3 curly hair? Because i noticed that in my back and side portions: they are not really curly seems like a type 2 but in the front its like a type 3 or even 4… Is it?
    Also what are the good brands of conditioners for my hair (natural and leave-in) im also planning to go to salon for a hot oil treatment, will that gonna destroy or moisturize my hair?

    Nick jonas hair:
    My wet hair:
    My hair after 30 mins. :
    My overall hair:


    • Rogelio
      February 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Mark,

      Hope you are well buddy.

      First of all, of course you can have good hair! Any male can have good hair, my man; you just need to know how to look after it. From the photos, you are a Type I curly dude, that is, you have loose curls (aka wavy hair). Nick Jonas is actually a Type II, which mean that his hair curls a bit more, almost forming coils. Your hair actually looks very good, but I can see that you seem to have thinner hair than Jonas; Jonas has been genetically blessed with thick and dense hair, which is why his hair looks so full. In my book (The Curly Hair Book), I talk about what real hair density is and why people confuse it: you need to be aware of your own hair and what can be done and can’t be done, a concept that I stress here in Manly Curls and in my book.

      If you want to give the illusion of thicker hair, my advice is to use a blow dryer. Basically, when your hair is damp (like in the picture), coat your hair with a leave-in conditioner, then, use the blow dryer (with the coldest temperature and a diffuser clipped to it) and simultaneously run your fingers through the hair to lift the hair up. You should have your fingers coated in hair gel, and the fingers are run in an upwards motion to lift the hair up. Do not blow dry the hair too much, leave some dampness in it.

      The hot oil treatment is good. It is basically heated oil, though try to ensure that the oil that will be heated is a natural one. This sort of treatment works good to condition your hair and will make it look more “lively”. I suggest you do the hot oil treatment first, then use my trick of the hair dryer.

      Overall Mark, be realistic of your hair. You have great hair already buddy, but Nick Jonas has a different curl type and thicker hair strands (all of this is genetically determined). You can play with your hair to get other hairstyles (including puffing it out as per above), but embrace your curly hair and you’ll see how you’ll be happy with it.

      About conditioners, you can have a look in this article of mine:

      Let me know how it all works out buddy.

      All the best.

      • Mark
        March 5, 2013 at 7:47 am

        Thanks man, sorry for late reply… Oh i see…yeah my hair looks thinner than nick jonas but i think my hair there is too wet so it look straighter let me show you my hair when its dry…. and if so i think only have type 1 in side, top and back because my hair in the front is more curlier and when i measured it by ruler the curls start in 1 inch thats why i cant have a faux hawk hairstyle cause it always curl. Thou i still dont have enough time to get to the salon but ill inform you when i had. And about the gel, i really dont know if i can use a gel man because whenever i use one it irritates my skin and get acnes and a lot of dandruff in my scalp even i prevent applying it near in my scalp. im also looking forward for your book, if i have enough budget, ill surely buy it because i know it will be worth it… Thanks for the advice dude!

        I include a photo of my dry front hair part…

        • Rogelio
          March 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

          Hey Mark,

          That new picture of yours with the hair drier shows that you have great hair!

          Don’t worry about the discrepancies in curl types, it’s quite common to have 2 curl types on your scalp. About the hair gel, how about hair mousse? Try the method I mentioned of blow drying your hair but with hair mousse instead; if you skin can tolerate it, you’ll be surprised at how this trick enhances the overall volume of your hair.

          Glad my advice was of help. Keep me updated!

          All the best.

          • Rennuj
            March 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

            Hi rogelio, so im going to Paul Mitchell to get a leave-in conditioner and have a hair treatment but i also want to have a new haircut/hairstyle but i dont know what kind of hairstyle, may you give me some suggestions for a new hairstyle? I kind of want to have an undercut hairstyle but i looks gay sometimes… I include a photo so you can visualize a hairstyle for me, my center-front hair length is 3 and half inch…my sides are shorter… A BIG THANKS!

            PICS REMOVED

          • Rogelio
            March 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

            Hi Rennuj,

            If there’s something I emphasize in my book (The Curly Hair Book) is to drop the stereotypes; no hairstyle will make you look “gay”. If what you refer to is looking effeminate, then how you carry yourself is much more important than your hairstyle. I have super long curly hair and I’ve yet to be told I look effeminate or gay, despite long hair like mine is very rare on a male. In any case, worry about being happy with yourself and how you look; people resort to name calling when they see someone who looks good and who makes them jealous (in this case, because of your nice hair).

            You have good-quality hair, have you tried slicking it back? The Undercut would look good on you with the hair slicked back. You ca also cut the top to 1 inch in length and then do a Shake & Go by which your curly hair is left to express itself freely (dry your hair after a shower, make sure it is damp, apply chosen hair product then shake your hair and that’s it). I think any of those 2 options would look great on you.

            Let me know what you decide buddy.

            All the best.

          • Mark
            April 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

            I was going to buy your book in Amazon the paperback version but its unavailable… Is there any way i can still buy the book??? I had a hard time earning money last month… I live in US and i wanted to buy the paperback version…

          • Rogelio
            April 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

            Hi Mark,

            The book will be back on Amazon in a couple of days.

            All the best

  41. RsW
    January 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hello, I am a 22 years old African American mixed with European and I am trying to grow my hair out. But my hair is very wavy, poofy, frizzy, and dull. And It barely curls. I used have really curly hair when I was younger but then it disappeared, and now I can’t seem to find my hair texture, it’s so lifeless. Right now my hair is close to 0.5 inches and a little sign of curl. Any suggestions?

  42. Steffen
    January 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Ive been growing out my hair for awhile and i dont know what to do with it. i dont want to have to cut it but its getting kind of difficult for me to maintain it. my hair looks pretty good when its wet but once it dries it just kind of turns into a frizzy afro and was wondering maybe you could suggest something possibly whether to cut it or keep growing it

    medium length coiled curly hair photo
    aesthetic medium curly hair length style

    • Rogelio
      January 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Steffen,

      Your curly hair is similar to mine (Type III with defined coils). You are currently at a length in which managing your hair becomes problematic if you don’t know what to do.

      The first line of advice is to not comb your hair; always use your fingers. Likewise, dry your hair carefully, in my book I outline the 3 options you have: towel-drying, the Shakeout and the finger Shakeout. Essentially, however you dry your hair, do it carefully and caressing the hair.

      Furthermore, get yourself a leave-in conditioner. I mention some here:

      Lastly, make sure that you are not shampooing every day; this is a must and you must find your shampooing frequency. Read on this important part here:

      Hope that helped.

      All the best.

  43. Amanda
    November 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

    My son is 15 months and I’m trying to figure his hair type out. I believe he is type 1 his hair looks more like Hugh Grants.
    He was more of a type 2 before his first hair cut I let his father talk me into:( But what I’m wondering is by this time would the curls have just fallen off if it was just “babys curls” or is this going to be his permenant hair? Now its really just straight in the front and holds big but tight finger width curls in the back. I’m scared to cut it again and I really want to let it grow if it means it will be Long and curly. I don’t know how to care for his hair properly and I want a product that will help his curls show their true potential. (If any) this may sound stupid. (My post) but I know nothing about curly hair. I would post a pic but don’t know how off my phone.

  44. Michael
    October 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for this great site but I am kind of confused as to what curl type I am. I know it is either type IV or V. My hair is about 1 inch from the scalp, and curves not curls make up the majority of my hair. I’m assuming I’m a mix of IV and V. I am not III or under because my curls are tight.

    I’d like to be able to grow my hair like Corbin Bleu’s, is that possible?

    • Rogelio
      November 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Hope all is well.

      It is not uber important to be putting yourself into curl types for all curl types carry very similar grooming and caring approaches. However, your best bet is to get the ruler out and try to measure your curls. If your curls are 1 inch long and you are already seeing curls occurring (even if they occur as curves/waves rather than coils), then you know you are either III, IV or V.

      In any case, absolutely, you can get yourself curls like those of Corbin Bleu’s, especially if you are IV or V, as his hairstyle is quite volume based and Types IV and V have the most volume.

      My advice is to continue growing your curls. For Corbin’s hairstyle, you want a minimum of 8 inches of length, so you still have some growing to do.

      Feel free to update me as you grow your curls.

      All the best.

      • Michael
        November 23, 2012 at 1:55 am

        Thank you for replying. I measured my curls and I found out that I am not type V at all, I am type IV, though not fully. The curls on my sides of my head and the very front are tight as type IV, but the curls on top are loose and seem to be III.

        Thank you for replying, and I want to say that my curls definitely look better with some of your tips on this site!

  45. wawaw
    October 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    hello! this really helped me a lot! now i know that my hair is type 2! but why is it that it easily gets dry than eventually turn to frizzy and dull. i want it to be lively like hugh grants (not that im ambitious on becoming an actor or something)

    • Rogelio
      October 15, 2012 at 3:13 am


      There may be several issues causing this dryness. Namely, you are not retaining the moisture in the hair strands. Are you using a conditioner? What about a leave-in conditioner?

      My advice is to use a (normal) conditioner every other day and a leave’in conditioner every day. Give that a try for the next 4 weeks, if it doesn´t work, then we can rule out that it isn´t something to do with proper moisturizing.

      Try that for 4 weeks and let me know how it goes. There are way too many factors at stake that can cause dryness, and improper moisturizing via neglecting conditioner use tends to be one of the big factors so let´s start first there.

      As I say, report back and let me know how it went.

      All the best.

  46. Brandon Rey
    September 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    hi there…My name is Brandon Rey and I am guessing that I am a type V when it comes to my hair. I have been growing my hair out for some months now and I wanna do the natural look. My goal is to achieve length and then be able to wear my hair long like Corbin Blue (big and curly). My hair grows extremely quickly due to my bahamian nationality. My main question is upkeep, what products and routine do I use to keep my hair at its best? I was putting mousse (curl activating) in my hair after the shower but I didnt like how it dried my hair out later. What can I put in my hair to keep it moisturized and curly all day long? I saw a tip to put 3 parts water and 1 part baby oil in a squirt bottle and do that after the shower but I mainly need help with finding a routine for maintenance, upkeep, and styling to achieve a nice curled afro look.


    • Rogelio
      September 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Brandon,

      Righly so, what you need is a routine that targets optimal moisturized curls. For this, you need to see your hair routine as a 3 stage part:

      – Shampooing: you must find the right shampooing frequency for YOU. This might be every other day or once a week, but it will suit you. We all have different shampooing frequencies according to our curl types, hair length and lifestyle. My advice is to find that shampooing frequency; some essential reading:

      – Conditioners: Use a conditioner EVERY time you shampoo. You can replace the conditioner with an oil of your choice: olive oil, shea butter (great for natural kinky locks), castor oil, baby oil, aloe vera paste or a blend thereof. I recommend to start with shea butter if you prefer to go the oil/butter way.

      – Leave in conditioner: Use them freely, daily preferably but it is up to you. They add an extra conditioning component to your routine. More here:

      – Sebum Coating method: massage your scalp when you don’t shampoo. Run your fingers down your hair strands quickly and smoothly.

      All of the above should compose your daily grooming. It can be done fast, you just need to get good at it.

      Lastly, if you want to go the natural way, bear in mind that natural means no artificial hair products. Some people who think they are smart, tell you to follow their “natural” method which contains X and Y artificial hair grooming/care agents; this is a dichotomy, and an illegitimate at that, in that a natural hair routine only contains NATURAL ingredients, mainly oils and butters (100%). I am saying this because using mousse (as you currently do) doesn’t mean natural (although I understand that you mean natural “look” but I think it is worth saying).

      If you want to go the natural way, use oils/butters as your conditioner and for your shampoo use a tablespoon of baking soda mixed in a tablespoon of water, and rinse it with Apple Cider Vinegar. Then, apply your oil/butter of choice.

      Hope that helped.

      All the best.

  47. gopi
    September 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

    atlast i finally found what my hair type. thank you so much, i have a type II hair.pls suggest any hair style for me and i dont think ceaser hairstyle will suit me,cause i have big ear. my skin type is brown(indian). pls suggest any other hair style for me and thank u for ur wonderful guide

    • Rogelio
      September 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Hi Gopi,

      It depends on your hair length. Type II curls can get away for the msot part with doing hairstyles which manipulate the hair.

      A great hairstyle that works for Type II is to get a fade done on the sides and back and then have your curls trimmed to 1 inch in length on the top. Ask your barber to perform a fade with a hair clipper, stopping the fade at temple level. The top of your head is then trimmed with scissors to a 1 inch in length. Style your hair every day by lifting the hair with your fingers and then shaking your head, or sweep (part) your hair to the side with your fingers.

      The above hairstyle works great on a curly mane like yours.

      Al the best.

  48. Josh
    September 1, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I’m new to growing out my hair and this website has really been a help for me since I am a guy. I really like your hair and I was wondering if my hair now looked anything like your hair when it was shorter because I’m trying to roughly figure out what my hair will look like when it gets longer. I know no two heads are the same but I would like a general idea for some motivation because it’s kind of difficult growing my hair out while going to school and working and so I’m losing motivation and I really don’t want to cut it. Thanks man and I’ve subscribed!

    short kinky afro hair black boy top
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    • Rogelio
      September 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Hi Josh,

      You got some nice waves going, buddy! See, try to notice the curl pattern. Right there, you can measure the diameter of one of the curls formed (the curl is formed as a C). I’d say you are a type III, almost bordering a IV, like me.

      Your curls look plastered, did you use gel on the side pic? You have a thick head of curls, it has a lot of potential to grow. Check out my recent picture in Paris

      You and I have the same curl type and the same thickness in term of the hair strand and the density of hair. In other words, you and I have some good bushes ahead! The only problem you will have is that your mane will puff out as it grows. Check out the shampoo article I have written and which many of our bros are following already

      Also, some tips for growing your curls!

      And, if you are going for length, check out the video of my curls drying

      It took me about 2 1/2 years to have my hair hanging down. Until then, my mane would puff out naturally so if you want your mane to hang down, you need to give it time. Considering your case, you need a minimal of 2 years bro.

      Let me know what are you goals and I can be more specific. I can tell you though, that your curls look diesel and you have great potential to grow an awesome mane.

      I can’t see your email on the subscriber list, I think you may have subscribed to the feed. Instead, subscribe to the Newsletter box on the top right; I am going to be making a big announcement very soon which will shed light on A LOT of things ;)

      All the best.

  49. Curly Anette
    July 31, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Love the way you have thought outside the box when it comes to hair typing. Curly girl here and putting your guide to use too. I’m a 3b who is a Type III on your guide. Really works, my brother (curly too!) is using it as well, I think he sent you an email already.

    • Rogelio
      July 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Anette,

      Glad it is of help, it is a different way of typing curly hair and I have used it extensively so it will definitively help you.

      Yes, I have replied to your brother (I assume he is the one talking about this article and him and his sister having curly hair and following this blog?).

      Any questions, let me know.

      All the best.

  50. WillGNY
    July 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This is curly hair science! Thanks for the guide

  51. Derek Jonas
    April 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    This is a great guide Rogelio, thanks for taking the time to help us guys with curly hair.

    • Jim durante
      May 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Man, curly-hair is the best. I come from a biracial family, and had some waves, and then permed my hair four years ago. No I feel more like the black side of the fam, with which I always identified. It is cool, bro, and I am keeping it, man.



      • Rogelio
        May 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        Nice one Jim; definitively be proud of your hair, no matter how curly or difficult to manage it may be. One’s unique hair shape is defined by one’s genetic makeup; ergo the importance of acknowledging it like you’re doing and like we promote here!

        Keep us updated or ask questions about hair care if need be.


        • Jahlil
          August 18, 2018 at 9:01 am

          hello Rogelio i want to know how to get soft big curly hair, my friends and random people make fun of me and no matter what i do my hair is still frizzy you are my last hope may you please help me.

          • Rogelio
            August 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

            Hello Jahlil,

            Are you using a hair conditioner? This is imperative if you want to have much-better-looking curls. Ditto for a leave-in conditioner if you happen to have kinky-curly hair. What’s your current hair-product use? See my detailed guide on hair conditioners to know more about these two products, but, essentially, as a curly guy you should be using a conditioner if you want to avoid having frizzy hair. Here’s the hair conditioner guide:



  52. Anthony
    July 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Great advice. Mine are Type IV! Look forward to more of your stuff


  53. Another curly dude
    July 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Digging your advice Rogelio! I have subscribed, look forward to your articles.

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