Wavy Hair is Curly Hair! Men Read to Grow your Mane

Wavy hair is curly hair. Waves are a type of curly hair but not everybody knows this. If your hair is not straight, it is curly and men with wavy hair need to understand the implications of too being a curly haired male. 


Most men tend to be confused about their hair and this is very much so when it comes to knowing what type of hair they have. Wavy hair is, indeed, curly, but one needs to also be aware that curly hair can be expressed in several ranges, including wavy hair.

Specifically, curly hair comes in 5 types of shapes, which I have termed Type I, Type II, Type III, Type IV and Type V. Two of these types are what are known coloquially as wavy hair (Types I and II), thus, wavy hair is curly hair. My proposed 5 types of curly hair for men go from what is considered wavy to coiled curly to kinky curly. At the end of the day, all aforementioned types are curly and they are differentiated by the shape of the curl, hence the range I have come up with.

By all means, there are other hair typing methods around but all of us conclude that wavy hair is, indeed, curly. My take on this is that if the hair doesn’t grow in a straight pattern, it is then curly. As straightforward as that, because hair which is not straight will curve in different ranges as it grows out of the hair follicle. In fact, the dictionary definition of “curl”, as a verb, is “to form into a curved shape” and that is what non-straight hair does precisely, albeit in different degrees or Types.


High Grant is a celebrity male with wavy hair

Hugh Grant has curly hair, albeit a Type I which is what is known commonly as wavy hair


Antonio Banderas has a wavy hairstyle for men

Antonio Banderas is another celebrity with Type I curly hair


My rule of thumb is that if your hair bends or curves within 3 inches of length, you have curly hair and not straight hair. I don’t have anything against straight hair, I think it is just as awesome as curly hair, but the way to manage the latter is different than that of the former. My rule of thumb is imperative to know so as to identify exactly what type of hair one has and how one should take care of it. Straight hair does not have the same hair care requirements as any of the types of curly hair, so with my hair typing guide you get to know what you need to know to grow a manly mane. That simple.


Adrian Grenier with his wavy hair and a curly long hairstyle

Adrian Grenier has Type II curly hair which is popularly known as wavy hair too


When most people think of curly hair, they have a ringlet curls image in their minds. Certainly, hair which is in ringlets is a type of curly hair (Type III) but as the shape of the curly hair tightens or loosens up within the aforementioned 3 inches of length, curly hair can then be considered a different type of the curly hair spectrum.


Justin Timberlake shirtless and with his curly hair

Justin Timberlake has Type III curly hair commonly known as ringlets


Justin Guarini with his curly hairstyle as Jim Morrison

Justin Guarini is another male celebrity with Type III curly hair


I have gone in details about all the types of curly hair in my Manly Curls Guide to Curly Hair Types so do read it and identify your curly hair type. To make things simple in this article however, you should be aware of the following 5 points concerning curly hair men:


1) Wavy hair is curly hair

2) If you hair curves in any form within 3 inches of length, you have curly hair.

3) Curly hair comes in 5 types: Type I, II, III, IV, V, as per the Manly Curls guide.

4) Each type of curly hair can be addressed with colloquial names such as wavy, ringlets, coiled or kinky.

5)  Knowing your hair type will help you understand more about your mane!


So, absolutely YES, wavy hair is curly hair and those men with wavy hair should start addressing their curly hair as we do here at Manly Curls. For those men with waves, their manes can be styled with a wide range of hairstyles for wavy hair that will make them stand out and carry their wavy, and thus curly, hair proudly.

Welcome to the brotherhood, curly brother.

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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10 comments for “Wavy Hair is Curly Hair! Men Read to Grow your Mane

  1. Macher
    July 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Hi you said hair that curves in any form within 3 inches of length, you have curly hair.

    My hair definitely curves within 3 inches but it doesn’t curve within 3 inches on the crown of my hair. Maybe because it’s long on my crown.

    • Rogelio
      July 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm


      It’s very common for men to have two similar curl types on their heads. Likewise, the longer the hair is, the more it stretches the curled pattern due to the hair’s own inherent weight. Thus, men with curly hair usually find that, when they grow their curly hair long, their hair seems to loosen up (i.e. go down in curl type), especially across the length of the curls that is closest to the scalp.


  2. Vamsi
    November 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Rogelio,

    This site is quite helpful. Thank you very much for providing this.

    I have silky straight hair when it is short and type I curly hair when it is long. Its my desire to have long curly hair like you (type III). Can you please give a suggestion that I can make it curly myself using any gel.

  3. ElicoJougen
    November 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    hey there. stumbled upon the sight yesterday and after reading I seriously need to ask…

    i have type 1 wavy hair (or type 2)… and the thing is, i plan to grow out my hair. currently its 2 inches long… the problem is i look like… (insert ugly word here)…when it frizzes. i tried many products but I look just not good. is there any way to seriously make my hair OBEY as i grow it out to chin length? should i trim it now or something, but i want to grow it out. help meeee!!!

  4. Pranav
    October 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have wavy hair as shown in the part 1 and I don’t want these curls
    so my question is…
    Is there any treatment to transform these curly hair to straight permanently ?

    • Rogelio
      October 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Pranav,

      You have 2 options to straighten your hair:

      – Straightening irons
      – Relaxers/texturizers: these are hair products that contain a strong chemical that breaks the hair structure, thus straightening the wavy hair.

      All the best.

  5. LJ
    September 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hey dude, i found this site amazingly helpful. I have type 3 hair, about 2-1/4 inches long, i just wanted to ask what brand of leave-in would you recommend in an affordable price range?

  6. Mayank
    May 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thnx for this site..U know I always used to get amused by my friends bcoz’of my frenzy curls!:p
    But one day..I find this site & Seriously Bro..after reAding ur articles ..now I respect my curls & Also followed some of ur advices
    & they also look good..
    Now I understood those morons make fun of me ..only bcoz’ I was the only one in my class with curls givin’ me more distinguished look!
    Ha! Ha ..their bad!
    Thnx..again for ur all articles!

    • Rogelio
      May 6, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Hey Mayank,

      Welcome to our ranks! I am very glad my words have helped you realize that your curls are part of your unique image.

      Just continue reading Manly Curls to know how to make the most of them, you’ll be surprised!

      All the best.

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