3 Stylish Hairstyles for Curly Haired Boys and Pre Teens

Just like adults, curly boys can too have stylish hairstyles for their curly hair. Their manes tend to require some patience and parents seek convenience and maintenance with style. Rogelio brings you some style ideas with 3 hairstyles that will be both convenient and stylish for your curly haired boy!

Oh boy, do I remember when I was a boy! My curls were the dark male version of goldilocks and I was already sporting a manly mane by age 5 (that’s how cool I was). Then, I turned 12 and with the surge of testosterone and other puberty hormones, my hair thickened and it became a beast. I remember dreaming of getting back my pre-teen curly hair but it never happened. Nowadays, I just have a thick mane and I write about it at Manly Curls. Things happen and you adapt to them, I suppose.

Allright, dear parents with a son with curly hair (blessed curly hair, for the record). You want your son to have a nice set of curly locks and you have come to the right place. With children, convenience of the hairstyle is just as important as looks so forget about Faux Mohawks and Metro Mullets for now, you want your son to look stylish AND not have to send him to the barber every week to fix his metrosexual curly hairstyle. Before proceeding, however, please read through and understand the types of curly hair that your child can have (be aware that wavy hair falls under the term curly hair) as well as learn to identify the length of his curly hair.

Without further ado, I now bring you 3 hairstyles for curly boys that will look good and require a modest amount of effort.



The Shaggy hairstyle is a hairstyle that is best suited to children with curly hair between Types I and III. It is a short length hairstyle and revolves around your child having enough length of hair that it can be styled in a shaggy manner with the fingers, leaving the curls hanging down (instead of defying gravity). No hair products are involved to style the curly hair; you simply use your fingers after you shower your boy to create the messy illusion. Run the fingers through the curls, pull them gently and move them to the sides.

The Shaggy hairstyle is achieved with a haircut involving scissors: the top of the head is cut to about an inch in length whereas the sides and back are trimmed to about 1/2 inch. I normally advice parents to avoid any hairclippers for children below the age of 8 as the buzzing sound it produces can intimidate them, hence the Shaggy hairstyle is great because it uses solely scissors to perform the haircut for your curly son.


A cute boy with curly hair

 The Shaggy hairstyle will increase your curly boy’s cuteness several orders of magnitude!


The Messy hairstyle in a young boy with curly hair

The Shaggy hairstyle will fit in with the active lifestyle of your curly son!



Ok, the Jim Morrison hairstyle is very badass and suits men who want to enhance their alpha attitude. However, for little curly boys, the Jim Morrison is a hairstyle which will give your son a unique look as it will make his young curly hair stand out. The Jim Morrison hairstyle is a medium length curly hairstyle and is best suited for boys between Types II-V as it requires the curly hair to resist gravity enough to be able to stand out and puff out (as opposed to the Messy hairstyle where the boy’s curly hair is hanging down).

The Jim Morrison hairstyle involves growing the curly hair at a same length all around the head. To achieve this curly hairstyle for your boy, you should have your son get a haircut that leaves his curls at a same length all around with a minimum 2 inches of length.

Once you have the haircut for the Jim Morrison, the hairstyle is performed by using a minimal amount of gel (think half a fingertip spread around your palms), running your fingers along the curls and aiming to lift them up to create a puffed illusion.


Jayden Smith with a curly haircut known as the Jim Morrison hairstyle

 The Jim Morrison hairstyle is a great hairstyle for boys with Type IV-V curls


The Jim morrison hairstyle for a boy with curly hair

The Jim Morrison hairstyle will enhance your child’s curly hair


A boy with curly hair and the Jim Morrison hairstyle

I too wore the Jim Morrison hairstyle like this curly boy during my younger years!



Growing your child’s curly hair to shoulder length is a great option for him to start getting to know what is growing on his head. The Shoulder Length long hairstyle relies on growing his curly hair up to the shoulders, with the curly hair trimmed in layers so that all hair reaches (and doesn’t exceed) the shoulders. The Shoulder Length is a long hairstyle best suited for boys with curly hair between Types I and III and, because a child’s head is inherently smaller than an adult, the length required for the curly hair to reach the shoulders is less than what it’d be for us grown ups.

With the Shoulder Length long hairstyle, make sure that you look after your son’s curly hair optimally as it is very easy to look scruffy with an untidy long mane of curly hair.

Young boy with long curly hair reaching his shoulders

Children with long curly hair up to the shoulders are just too cute!


A boy with long wavy hair reaching his shoulders

The Shoulder Length is a long hairstyle for boys that will suit those Type II curly children


Not only should curly hair on men be regarded as an asset to the individual, but it should also be seen as a genetic gift to your boy! With these 3 curly hairstyles for your boy, you will be able to make him look like a cool Manly Curls dude as well as allow him to start acknowledging his curly hair. Once he grows up, he will then be able to be as badass as yours truly!

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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6 comments for “3 Stylish Hairstyles for Curly Haired Boys and Pre Teens

  1. Alexis
    June 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Rogelio, I’m a 19-years-old male. I still can’t recognize what curly type i have. With this problem i don’t really know what to do with my hair because it’s dry and frizzy. By the way, my hair is 4 months old from a buzz cut haircut and I really want to grow my hair as James Franco has when he used to have his medium length curly hair style back in Spiderman 3 and The Wizard of Oz. My curly hair is nice when it is wet but then after an hour it’s not.

  2. Ryan
    December 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Love this website! I’m 14 and I’m growing and taking care of my hair. I’d like to know how many inches of growth it takes to achieve the mane of the second boy in the Jim Morrison style, and how to actually style it like that. I have type IV curls 1.5″ from my head. Thanks!

    • Rogelio
      December 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

      hi Ryan,

      The Jim Morrison requires about 6 inches of length all around your head. it is one of the hairstyles that I cover in my upcoming book. If your curls are Type IV, it’d be better to how with a Shake and Go, as the Jim Morrison requires a looser curl type. Here is the Wash & Go, which is essentially a Shake & Go (also covered in my book)


      Let me know how it works out.

      All the best.

  3. Natalie
    July 14, 2012 at 2:48 am

    My boy is 10 but looks 7 lol he has beautiful golden brown curls but very fine meaning if I brush it it boofs up everywhere so I tend to leave it unbrushed, as soon as its wet it stays into the tiniest little curls wondering if the jim Morrison style will work?

    • Rogelio
      July 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Natalie,

      Try the Jim Morrison by using some hair mousse. When his hair is damp, use your mousse-coated fingers to lift up the hair. You can use a hair dryer on the lowest temperature and from a distance as you continue to lift up the hair. That should give the volume necessary to do the hairstyle.

      All the best.

  4. Sandra
    June 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Love the suggestions Rogelio. My boy is 7 and we have him embrace his curls with the shaggy hairstyle :) Sandra

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