Ask Rogelio – The Side Swept curly hairstyle of Cristiano Ronaldo

Rogelio talks about the Side Swept hairstyle of Cristiano Ronaldo and emulating his awesome curly mane. A worldwide hair icon, his styles, whether fashion or hair, inspire curly hair men all over the world!


Dear Rogelio,

First of all really nice site, I’m checking it out everyday, I’ve got a few questions as you’re my curly hair expert now haha :D. I got the same hair like Ronaldo on this picture:


Cristiano Ronaldo with a natural shaggy curly hairstyle
But I wonder how he styles it like this in these two hairstyles:


Cristiano Ronaldo with his curly hair side swept to the side


Cristiano Ronaldo with his curly hair parted to the side during a match


Maybe you got some advice for me how to style it like that or what products to use.

Thanks in advance! I hope to hear from you soon

Tim, Berlin (Germany).

Dear Tim,

Ich danke Ihnen sehr! Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all I can say in German other than bad words (as a typical international guy, those are the first words you get to know in a new language!).

Cristiano Ronaldo is the man with the mane. He is certainly some inspiration for us curly hair men and the fact the man is with Her Hotness Irina Shayk goes to show that an image built with a cool set of curls in mind will skyrocket one’s alphaness!

Ok, so you are sporting the Shaggy hairstyle of Cristiano Ronaldo. This involves carrying your mane with messy hair, albeit neat messy hair. The two pictures you are referencing are of Cristiano Ronaldo styling his curly hair with the Side Swept hairstyle, a hairstyle that involves parting the hair to the side without a fringe.

To do the Side Swept like Cristiano Ronaldo, do the following:

1) Wet your hair (e.g after shower). Your curly hair should be wet, not damp/drenched in water.

2) Spread a finger tip of hair gel across your palms. Rub your palms together so as to enhance the spreading of the hair gel.

3) Run your fingers, covered in a thin film of hair gel, all over your hair. Emphasize the movement of the fingers from the bottom up to the tip of the hair.

4) Now it is time to part the hair to the side. For the first pic, use a comb, for the second, use your fingers.

5) Imagine a line going from your forehead to the back where you want your hair to be parted. This is commonly a line starting at either the left or the right temple.

5) Run the comb/fingers, starting at the front hairline (your forehead) and where the imaginary line starts (temple). Now style the hair to the side. Start with the front hairline then progressively move the comb/fingers back as you part the hair to the side.

6) The remaining hair on the other side of the line is styled in the opposite direction (if you were styling the hair to the right, then style the rest of the hair to the left.


Cristiano Ronaldo with the side swept hairstyle for his curly hair

 The styling directions to use with the comb/fingers for the Side Swept hairstyle (yellow line is imaginary line)


Additionally, I always recommend people to not comb the Side Swept too tight because it can lead to traction alopecia. Just make sure you are not pulling too hard when combing or using the fingers.

The Side Swept hairstyle goes very well in conservative settings where you cannot look too rebellious with the Shaggy hairstyle. In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo normally wears this hairstyle when he has to go and collect a trophy or has to dress up in a suit. As usual, he is the reference for an awesome hairstyle for us curly hair men so follow my above steps and open up your range of curly hairstyles!

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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3 comments for “Ask Rogelio – The Side Swept curly hairstyle of Cristiano Ronaldo

  1. Walker Crow
    March 26, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Okay, I’m thinking about cutting and styling my hair this way, because my hair as well as his is
    Naturally curly, and he cuts his hair shorter on the sides and leaves it longer on the top.
    But my question is, does he cut the back of his hair the same length as the sides or does he leave it
    The same length as the top? Need some advice on how to style it when I get it cut as well. Thank You.

    • Rogelio
      March 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm


      For the Side Swept hairstyle of Cristiano Ronaldo, you want to have the back of your head at the same hair length as the sides of the head. This ain’t like Cristiano Ronaldo’s Metro Mullet (by which the back is the same length as the top), with the Side Swept you want to have an even short length on the sides AND back (they’re typically cropepd at a #3 or #4).

      All the best.

  2. cristiano ronaldo haircut
    June 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

    nice ronaldo but with earrings it would be the best face ever

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