3 great hairstyles for balding curly men – Rogelio recommends

It doesn’t matter whether you are a curly hair or straight hair man, balding (ala alopecia) happens regardless of curly hair types in men. What is more is that there are many ways to manage a balding head of hair, with one of these being choosing a suitable hairstyle. At Manly Curls, we believe that choosing the right hairstyle for a balding head of curly hair is the best way to win the aesthetic battle against balding. Thus, I, Rogelio, personally feel it is my duty as the author of this blog to help out my fellow readers who happen to be balding and I’d like to recommend 3 hairstyles for those men who want to make the most of their remaining curls while still looking stylish and cool. Let’s kick it, gents!



Seriously, chicks dig this look. While it is true that some heads look better than others without hair, the shaved look will never be out of place as long as celebrities such as Sean Connery or Vin Diesel keep appearing on the big screen. This hairstyle is somewhat high maintenance because it will require you to be shaving your head on an almost daily basis. Once you get the hang of it, though, it becomes easier to do and will become part of your daily shaving routine. This hairstyle is especially suitable for those whose balding curls are pretty advanced on the Norwood scale (anywhere from Stage IV onwards).


Curly hair man Vin Diesel with a shaved head

I wonder if the Diesel got so buff following my Manly Strength program?



Simple and to the point. The buzz cut requires less maintenance than the shaved hairstyle as it takes up to a month for hair to have grown enough to require another buzz. This hairstyle is best suited for those who are not as advanced in the Norwood scale (up to Stage IV) and prefer to show some hair instead of shaving it all. An über-cool example of sporting the buzz cut hairstyle with, precisely, style, is that of Jason Statham. Though the guy has been advancing in his balding quite a bit since he hit the screens, his buzz cut along with the 2-day stubble always gets this British lad ranking amongst the hottest men on all of women’s choice lists. The buzz cut implies a clipper length between #1 and #3 and depending on your type of curls, you can use the longer #3 to still display a bit of your curl length and rock that curly hair, Manly Curls style!


Jason Statham with a buzz cut

The buzz cut looks great in balding men


Jason Statham with longer buzz cut

This is the longest you should go if you decide to go with a buzz cut



While the Mohawk is a bit of an extreme hairstyle, the Faux Hawk (Faux is French for fake) is a style which is very useful for balding curly men as it is a relatively low maintenance hairstyle and can discreetly conceal the initial balding stages. The Faux Hawk hairstyle requires more grooming morning time than the other two but you should be able to get it done in 2-3 minutes. The good thing about it is that the Faux Hawk hairstyle can be done with any hair length from short to medium and that, despite its similarities with its more extreme Mohawk version, you can sport this curly hairstyle anywhere, including a professional environment. One curly man who wears this hairstyle with elegance to conceal his balding is British actor Jude Law, who for years would use the Faux Hawk to disguise the progression of his balding.


Kal Penn with a curly Fauk Hawk hairstyle on his balding head

The Faux Hawk can instantly remove years from a balding head!


To properly conceal your balding with the Faux Hawk, divide the top of your head in three imaginary sectors running from the hairline to the back of your head (vertex). Style the curls in the central sector as if emulating a Mohawk; very lightly pull the hairs up and give them a messy look. The other two hair sectors are styled forward, that is, you style the hair in a forward manner, from the back to the front, covering the balded patches in the temple with the pulled hair. If done right, you can instantly conceal much of the balding while giving yourself a great hairstyle that looks good irrespective of the setting. However, you should regard the Faux Hawk hairstyle as more of a hairstyle to go with your balding rather than a concealer-type hairstyle. Once your balding progresses and you start looking silly with this hairstyle (read, you have reached Stage IV in the Norwood scale), go with the other two hairstyles.


Curly hair man Jude Law with a Mohawk


Curly hair man Jude Law balding

When Jude Law went with the buzz cut, everyone was surprised to see how well he had concealed his balding for years


As you can see above, these 3 hairstyles are great hairstyles for curly men who have accepted their balding but want to still make the most of their curls. Trust me when I say this: women dig men who are proud of what nature gave them, whether it is a full head of curls or a balding head, they (women) love confidence. What will get you negative points with women (and anywhere) is foolishly trying to conceal your advanced balding withs hairstyles such as the “comb over” or other styles which are so 1930s. If you are balding and you cannot pull a stylish hairstyle such as the Faux Hawk, my advice to you is to go with the buzz cut for your curly hair or shave it all; you will instantly look much better. Now go hit the gym hard, like I always advice here at Manly Curls, and try and pull a Vin Diesel!

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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4 comments for “3 great hairstyles for balding curly men – Rogelio recommends

  1. Excon Look
    July 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I never had a balding problem. Far from it. My problem was that my hair turned grey at age 35. For a long time I colored it every month while keeping it at between 8mm and 12mm and I managed to keep looking young that way, but it would look really bad when the roots of the temple hair grew out white. I could have kept that up except the PPD in all hair dyes (no exceptions) was making me nauseous the morning after each coloring. Buzz cuts with grey hair at 6mm lenght at the temples were a no-go because they made me look like a 50 year old millionaire in a world where hot young women would rather be with a motorcycle gang member or a convict instead of a millionaire. So I went for the 3 mm hair length at the top and daily shaved sides. Now I look like an ex-con and women flirt with me more.

    • Rogelio
      July 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      If I’m reading right you got a High and Tight haircut then, which I guarantee you women love because it is a military haircut. I usually do this haircut (more like a High and Tight Recon) and women love it, and it sharpens your face too.

      Good to hear it suited you.


  2. Henrike
    January 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Some months ago I decided to shave it all even though even it felt awkward to walk around with a shaved head. Have been a shaved head ever since and I’m glad to see you talking about this style as suitable for us bald peeps.

    • Rogelio
      January 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Dude, I am happy you embrace your baldness the correct way! As I have said in the article, be proud and confident, and have a hairstyle that enhances your look instead of making you look like a fool.

      I’m glad you found the shaved look to suit you!

      All the best.

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