Is the Hair of Neymar Straight or Curly?

Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior (born 5th February 1992), also known as Neymar, is a Brazilian soccer superstar known for some extravagant hairstyles such as Mohawks and layered styles. But is Neymar’s hair straight or curly?

You see, I follow soccer, and every time I open a newspaper or visit an online sports site, Neymar is on the news. Ok, the dude is good and does some cool stuff with the ball, but do we have to have him every day on the soccer news? In any case, I could not help but notice that Neymar does indeed have quite the affinity for hairstyles that are best done on straight hair, and thus the reason for him being spotted all the time with straight hair. But, is the hair of Neymar genuinely straight or is it actually curly?

Neymar with his curly hair straightened and in a layered hairstyle

Neymar with one of his several medium-length hairstyles

Neymar’s natural hair is curly, not straight!

Well, Neymar’s hair is curly! That’s right, you’d count yourself lucky were you to catch a glimpse of Neymar with his natural curly hair, for the man himself goes to great lengths in always having his hair straightened. However, I’m sorry to break the news worldwide, but his hair is not real, or at least his hair texture, and he is not doing us curly haired dudes a favour by rejecting his curly hair all the time with all that straightening. I understand that Neymar loves his Mohawk hairstyle like I love steak, but dude, give your natural curls some rest!

To be able to break the news that Neymar does indeed have curly hair, I went on a mission to research Neymar’s youth pictures because pictures of a man (or a woman) in his teens never lie and always tell a guy’s real hair texture. Here are some pictures of Neymar when he was younger and sported his natural curly hair:

Neymar with short hair and curly locks

Neymar with his natural curly hair talking to Pele who also has kinky hair

Neymar with a Metro mullet hairstyle for his natural curly hair

A young Neymar playing in Brazil sporting a buzzcut haircut for curly hair

Compare the above 4 pictures to the one below…

Neymar with blonde hair and a casual hairstyle with straightened curls

Neymar with blonde and straight hair, his hair is as real as “Chuck Norris losing a fight”, nam’sayin?

 My question is now, what do you fellas think, does Neymar have Type IV or Type V curly hair? Let me know below in the Comments section when you’re done reading this article!

Neymar, don’t straighten your curly hair so much…

Neymar, brother, there’s nothing wrong with curly hair and you can certainly sport some cool curls yourself if you lay off the hair straightener and try to embrace those curls. In all fairness, I don’t blame Neymar though, his attitude to his hair is quite common among curly men: that of rejecting one’s curls by either straightening them or by buzzing them to a short length so as to forget about ’em curls. This attitude is one that I talk about in my bestselling book, The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils And Kinks, and it is also one that I refute throughout my book while ingraining in you the right attitude to have to sport great-looking waves, coils or kinks. I haven’t coined the term awesome mane for men’s curly hair for no reason, nam’ saying?

I know I have quite a few Brazilian readers here at Manly Curls, so will anyone who knows Neymar send the dude my way so I can convince him to start sporting his natural curly hair for a change?

All the best, fellow cool cats.


And, while you are deciding whether Neymar’s hair is Type IV or Type V, click here to see Neymar in a commercial with different hairstyles (as a pun to his obsession with styling his hair)

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22 comments for “Is the Hair of Neymar Straight or Curly?

  1. Jordan
    August 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Rogelio! I’m completely lost about what hair I have. I’m mixed race from South Africa. My hair grows longer than African wavy hair but doesn’t grow straight like straight hair. If I can somehow mail you a photo perhaps you can tell me. Much appreciated and thanks :)

  2. Nestor
    July 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Hey Rogelio, what is the ethnicity or race of Neymar? is Neymar black or white? Neymar looks black or mixed race specially with his afro hair when Neymar is not straightening his curls!
    You also made an excellent point in a comment below where it is true that Brazil is one of the countries of the world with the most mixed race people! I have been to Brazil a few times since my girlfriend is Brazilian and it is crazy the diversity of looks you get there. Like you will see a mulatto girl with blue eyes and wavy hair or a white looking guy with afro hair and green eyes! That is why Neymar looks like he is black but also a bit white and possibly Indian from the original Amazon aborigines perhaps? Would love to hear what you have to say as you always have lots of great advice to give out :-D

    Btw I love your curly hair book. Big fan of it and I bought another copy for my little brother as he also has curly hair and hates it. Your book has helped me so much and it will be helping my little brother a lot since he has the same curly hair issues as me.
    Much love bro!

  3. Lien
    June 18, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I think blaming someone for changing their natural hair textures and considering it an act of ‘heritage rejection’ is a bit harsh. It’s like criticizing Koreans for taking plastic surgery to get double eyelid.

    I dye my hair, frequently. What does it make me? I’m never ashamed of my race or my traits and I just want to do something different with my hair, sometimes it makes me look better. If whoever has curly hair looks great with it, would this even worth discussing about?

    I see your points in this article and the serious issues around a seemingly trivial topic, but I think if he straightens his hair (if it’s naturally curly), it simply means he thinks he looks good with it and he prefers straight than curly hair.

    P/s: I’m Asian with black, straight hair which has been dyed auburn and will be made curly soon.

  4. NJFM
    June 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Tbh I don’t understand the whole discussion about Neymar’s hair “not being natural” because he straightens it. It is unnatural, that’s not my point, BUT I see a hypocrisy to it in a way. Not necessarily with this piece, I’m talking generally here because this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this view of Neymar and celebrities’ hair in general.

    As far as I’m concerned, if you get your hair cut, if you use any kind of styling products in your hair, if you brush the knots and tangles out of it and if you use (rather than natural soaps) man-made shampoo or conditioner to wash your hair, then your hairstyle isn’t natural either. This includes me, I do all those things, which is why I’m in no position to talk about Neymar or anyone else and whether I think it’s “ok” to straighten hair.

    So I don’t understand the conversation with these people who want to say “Oh, he straightens his hair, it’s unnatural!” who are no better, they’re still CUTTING AND STYLING theirs. Unless you have full-length matted greasy hair (basically caveman hair) that has never been cut, brushed or washed with man-made chemicals, your hair is not sitting the way it naturally would either. Any kind of hair grooming or styling, however basic and trivial, isn’t natural.

    “He is not doing us curly haired dudes a favour…” I’m a curly dude and tbh I’m not bothered. I’m at a place now where I’m comfortable enough with my own image that I don’t feel threatened by other people looking good. The only dudes Neymar isn’t doing a favour for are dudes who are insecure. Lots of women (or men if you are that way inclined) dig curly haired men, it’s a matter of personal taste. Case in point, Harry Styles and Kit Harington, two curly guys women throw themselves at.

    At the end of the day, it’s Neymar’s hair on Neymar’s head and it’s Neymar’s decision what Neymar wants to do with it. If I’m going to give my personal opinion (which is subjective, so I understand if people disagree) I think he looks great with straight hair. It’s not that I think curly hair is unattractive at all (on many people curls look better, depends on the individual), I just think the straight hair really compliments his facial features. Conversely I personally think it looked horrible blond, but then again that’s subjective and just my opinion, and again it’s his hair to do with what he wants to do, he’s a grown man.

    If any of this came across blunt or attack-y I’m sorry, that wasn’t my intention, it’s just my honest opinion.

    • Rogelio
      June 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

      You make a good point, but you are not getting the tone of this article. This is simply to point out, in a cheeky way, that he straightens his hair because nobody knows that and people assume he has straight hair and not curly hair.

      Did you know that Brazil is one of the most racist countries on Earth? How any trace of Africanism (i.e. afro-textured hair) will put you a step down in the social scale? Now imagine all the young kids who look to at Neymar in Brazil. They see him rejecting his heritage, a heritage that 80% of the Brazilian population has. Now imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo, David Alaba or Kevin Prince Boateng stopped straightening their, just to think of 3 European soccer celebrities. Don’t you think more curly kids would feel they can accept their hair better?

      You may be one of the exceptions, but most curly haired men hate their curls. Curly hair is a pain to tame (not to mention to style) and only clowns and comedians wear curly hair according to what we see in TV and movies. My job here is to tell you folks there is another way, and I do so by writing articles that are unlike the recycled crap that you read in other sites. I write about Neymar, “break out” the news that he actually has curly hair and not straight hair (which 99.9% of people didn’t know) and I call it a day.

      Neymar can do whatever he wants, and he can keep his hair straightened for all he wants. Lately he has stopped the extreme look-at-me hairstyles and stuck to decent hairstyles. He was told at Barcelona that the whole Mohican dyed-hair look or mullet hairstyle was not acceptable at a serious club like FC Barcelona. But then, in return, Neymar asked for FC Barcelona to bring his entourage of parasitic friends from Brazil to Barcelona one weekend for every 2 weeks so he can go partying with them in Barcelona (everything paid by the club). Half of the signing transfer fee of Neymar from Santos to FC Barcelona has been found to be masked to the authorities (i.e. the Spanish “IRS” aka Hacienda) and done to benefit the companies that Neymar’s father owns on behalf of Neymar (this is why FC Barcelona’s president left the club as soon as the news broke out as the Spanish government got involved with the fraud that Neymar’s father and the club were doing of diverting some 40 millions euros), and Neymar’s father asked to also have a weekend in London surrounded by women for a full orgy as part of transferring his son to FC Barcelona. That’s Neymar for you. The least of his worries and my worries is his hair.


      P.S. If you are going to be commenting at Manly Curls, please use your real name and not some unknown acronym or made-up word.

      • Shad
        June 12, 2014 at 12:02 am

        Exactly, excellent explanation of why Neymar’s choice of hairstyle is a big sign in his denial of his African heritage. This is a big problem in Brazil.

        • james
          August 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          A Lot of Brazilian footballer wear their natural curly hair e.g David luiz,thiago silva, willian, fred,marcelo,hulk,pato..they all play for brazil …I don’t think neymar is denying his heritage or anything like that, he’s just doing what he likes and what he thinks suits him or maybe his hair dresser suggested he go with that style

      • João Antonio
        September 21, 2016 at 7:27 am

        Great website Rogelio, love it!!

        Replying your comment, there is much less racism in Brazil compared to say, the USA. I’ve been to the USA many times and was humiliated on several occasions by the Anglo-Saxon ruling majority (the elite).

        I am a black guy from Brazil and know this very well. Brazil is completely ruled by the USA. The reasons many black folks and mulattoes in Brazil dye and straighten their hair is to look like the guys they see on TV/movies, which usually are from north-american sitcoms or Hollywood movies. In these movies, the main actors/actresses (usually portraying the heroes and the good guys) are of Anglo-Saxon extraction, so many of my kinsman unfortunately tend to imitate these guys in appearance, what I recognize is foolish behavior.

    • Lien
      June 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

      I totally agree.
      I love his straight, brown hair and hate his blonde head (which he just had it done yesterday, again).

      I suppose the author doesn’t simply try to make it clear whether his natural hair is curly or not.

  5. Junior
    April 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Hi man i just wonder how neymars hair stays straight when he sweats or when it rains during the game? I mean usually straightened hair is srtaight only till it gets wet right? But his hair always stays straight. Whats the secret bro? Thx…

    • Teay
      July 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      He probably has a perm or relaxer. That´s my guess.

  6. nana dadzie
    March 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Hi I’m Ghanaian and British on my Mom’s side, I have type IV curly hair which is basically hard course hair that has smaller curls. I was watching an axe commercial I was wondering if I could straighten my hair so I did some research and found this page! So I might try it!

  7. Ana
    November 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Guys you shouldn’t be wasting your time writting about Neymar’s hair. You should write an article about how great someone from a poor family without financial resources and education was able to be successful. He should be used as role model to inpire kids and adults that come from the same or worse background. He is an example that people can make it to the top and do well if they focus and work hard t what they want.

  8. Rashawn Player
    August 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Haha, quit trying, I wouldn’t look at this as Neymar rejecting his curly hair, but rather he just likes his new hair style, there is nothing wrong with that. I would get the keratin hair treatment on my curly hair if I had the money (Seriously, 150 at average just to get my hair straightened for like 4 months), I would be sporting Neymar’s mohawk, to be honest, I hate my curly hair, not much you can do with it without it costing a fortune, sure, I have a flat curly mohawk now, but it’s not all exciting since it doesn’t really stand out. I wish there was a way to straighten my hair if I could but it would probably look terrible. At least knowing though that I can change my curly hair does give me hope

  9. Asrat
    July 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    What??!!!!!! Rogelio you really are the man!! I would have never guessed Neymar had curly hair but the pictures obviously tell a different story. I always thought he had some East Asian heritage in him like Japanese but that hair in combination with those green eyes of his rebuts that!! I don’t get why all these players in Europe have this thing for perming their hair. Just embrace your natural curls!!!! His curls are nice, I’d say type 4-5. Maybe you should write an article about it. I know balotelli and other black players like robinho do the same. It’s all media saying straight hair is the way when it’s not!!!!!!

  10. brad1995
    July 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Hi how can i get my hair to be permantly straight when my hair in wavy? How do I get my hair straight and can I get the neymar hairstyle

  11. Sachin
    June 15, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Hey Rogelio!
    I’m 16 (Male) and i have thick hair will i still be able to do the “Neymar Mohawk”??? I was also wondering what length would i need to keep my hair to be able to style it Neymar way? I also wanted to know if you have any tips on straightening my hair? And what products i’ll need to be able to style it and make it look “cool” :D

  12. Aron
    May 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    hey can you send me an email also about the same thing ..
    thnks bro .

  13. Eli
    May 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Hi, Rogelio!
    I am a male Tanzanian with Afro-textured hair type V.
    I have had the usual crew cut all my life, and I want to know how you straight your hair.
    I don’t want so long hair like Neymar has, but if you search ”David Alaba hair” on Google, then you can see how I want my hair to look like.
    But you can also see when he was younger and had a normal crew cut hair.
    I want to make the same ”change of style”
    Can you answer me these questions:

    1) How do you straighten your like I said?

    2) Which hair gel do you need to style it like David Alaba?

    3) And what kind of products do I need to actually straighten my hair?

    4) What are the steps to do this?


    • Rogelio
      May 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Eli,

      I’ve sent you an email as this is a good question I’d like to feature for the rest of my readers.

      If you didn’t get my email, please contact me through the Contact form.


      • Jon
        June 27, 2014 at 5:57 am

        Same here, only Hispanic. I want hair like Neymars but I dont want to butcher it. Please help

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