The “Jim Morrison” hairstyle – Get your curls rocking

The “Jim Morrison” hairstyle is a style for curly haired men that was best exemplified by the man himself, rock star Jim Morrison. A hairstyle that involves growing the curly hair in a helmet type manner, this hairstyle is best suited to those with already medium to long length curls and with curls in the I to III type range.

The curly hair of Jim Morrison


If you already have medium to long curls, your hair should be cut with the same length all around your head. The reference for the length that it should be cut at is the length that it takes for the hair at the hairline to just about grasp the eyebrows (aka hair bangs). Typically this is anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of hair length depending on the type of curls you have. This same length is then applied to the rest of the hair thus you end up with uniform curl length all around your head.


Second picture of the curly hair of Jim Morrison


If you have to grow your curls in the first place (e.g starting from a short length), you shall then start with your hair at a same length all around your head hence begin by going to the barber and getting a uniform length haircut. Then, you must allow for the curls to grow and start molding, on their own and gradually, to the hairstyle. You may need some small trimmings here and there until the curls grow to the 4-7 inch mark but if you follow the advice of starting with a uniform length, all you need is time for the hair to grow and some patience. Since hair grows anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch per month, expect to achieve a length like the one in the picture above in roughly 6 to 8 months if you start from a short length.

This hairstyle is very convenient for curly dudes as it is very easy to grow and groom. The only inconvenient is having to unknot hair every once in a while due to the inherent longer length required for the style. For those with tighter IV and V curls, the hairstyle is still possible but I find it tends to look too voluminous for my liking. A classic “Jim Morrison” with Type IV curls is that of Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, which looks very cool and is styled with shorter 3 inch curls so as to avoid the voluminous issue associated with this curl type.


The curly hair of Samuel L Jackson

I’m sorry, did I break your concentration?


Just be careful with this hairstyle as it doesn’t go down very well in a work/office environment. While the females at the office will very likely be wetting their panties with your “Jim Morrison” set of curls, your boss will probably not agree with you showcasing your wilder side at work. My advice: gel back those curls when at work and never sleep with a co-worker!

All the best,


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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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9 comments for “The “Jim Morrison” hairstyle – Get your curls rocking

  1. Jim
    January 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Hey! I have wavy, very voluminous hair, about 4 inches. I’m also dark blonde.

    It’s my dream to rock his ‘do, is it possible? Would a perm fix and is dying it okay?

  2. ashutosh
    July 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    hi Rogelio my question is i had that kind of style but every time i shampooed my hairs, all they would become frizzy and it took usually about a week to get my curls back , i really love this style any tips how can i keep it in my case??

  3. Alex
    April 9, 2013 at 2:48 am

    How do I make this hairstyle happen for me?

    • Rogelio
      April 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Hi Alex,

      Simply follow the instructions; use hair mousse to lift the hair up and a hair dryer to give it some volume.

      All the best

  4. Rogelio
    November 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Thanks all for reading and commenting!

    All the best.

  5. Phil V
    November 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for writing about hairstyles that are suitable for us curly hairs. Don’t like this one much as I prefer the high and tight one which you wrote about (very easy to maintain).


  6. Need a new haistyle!
    November 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I want to change my hairstyle and the Jim Morrison may just be up my alley.

  7. Nostalgic 80's
    November 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Back in my younger years (80’s) I used to sport this hairstyle. Have to agree on the effect it had on females LOL These days I just get along fine with a more conservative style although a few times the thought of “what if” has crossed my mind…

    • Rogelio
      November 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

      I don’t agree with having “what ifs” in life. If I had a “what if” attitude, I would not have done my recent transformation, I would not have this blog up and running, I would not have traveled the world.

      Seriously, if you want to do it then do it. Certainly do give it a good and deep thought, but if the outcome is yes, then do it! Life is too short to be stressing about minutia and irrelevant things. The road is yours.

      I am in a bit of a motivational mode today.

      All the best.

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