Shake and Go Hairstyle: How to Style It

The Shake and Go hairstyle is the sort of hairstyle that always looks good on a male with curly hair. A medium-length hairstyle, the Shake and Go is the hairstyle to sport if you want a fast yet great-looking hairstyle!

How to get and style the cool Shake and Go hairstyle!

The Shake & Go hairstyle is great medium-length hairstyle curly haired men as the curls are allowed to express themselves freely with this cool hairstyle: you shake your head and you are ready to go! The Shake and Go is one of the hairstyles that I recommend in my bestselling book, The Curly Hair Book, as it is very easy to do and always looks great with curly hair.

Corbin Bleu smiling and sporting his hair in a Shake and Go hairstyle.

Corbin Bleu from whatever Disney crap slash movie he is famous for; he knows how to get a cool Shake and Go!

Hair length category

Medium length, long

Suitable curly hair type

All types of curly hair (I to V) can be styled in a Shake and Go.

Haircut for the Shake and Go hairstyle

Get your hair to an even medium length (preferably 4-5 inches) all around your head. Alternatively, you can have the sides and back tapered down to a #2 while the top is 4-5 inches in length. Lastly, you can also have your hair at a long length, but make sure that your hair is no longer than eyebrow level (i.e. the hair on the front of the head is not long enough to cover your eyes).

Haircut difficulty

2 out of 5

How to style the Shake and Go hairstyle

Coat your damp waves, coils or kinks with your chosen hairstyling product, then shake your head sideways until you’re happy with how the hair looks. Once you’ve shaken your head, bend your head forward and rapidly swing it backwards; that’s it, do not manipulate the hair or touch it. Both the shaking and the swinging back of the hair will get your waves/coils/kinks resting freely on your head; because, at a medium length (and even at a long length), curly hair will still defy gravity, the Shake & Go will give you a very-natural look to your hair.

Good hairstyling products to use to style your hair include hair gel, hair mousse, natural oils and/or a leave-in conditioner. You can mix and match the quoted products or alternate between them according to the day. In the case of natural oils, only coat the tips of the curls.

Styling difficulty

2 out of 5

Which popular male has sported a cool Shake and Go hairstyle?

Corbin Bleu, in the TV movie High School Musical, is a great male illustration of the Shake & Go hairstyle.

Corbin Bleu with a Shake and Go hair style.

Corbin Bleu knows how to use his curls to seduce da ladiez

Men’s hair products to use for the Shake and Go hairstyle

Since the curly hair is left to express itself in the Shake and Go hairstyle, you need some good products that encourage the freeflow of your curls. The following are some good men’s hair products to use to get your Shake and Go hairstyle. They all open in a new window to go to their respective Amazon page.

The Shake and Go hairstyle is an excellent styling option if you have medium length curly hair, whichever its curl type. I totally recommend the Shake and Go if you’re beginning to optimise your curly hair as per the advice here in Manly curls and in my book, The Curly Hair Book. So there, shake those curls and get them looking tight!

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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 “Shake and Go Hairstyle: How to Style It

  1. kels
    January 27, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Is there any specific way I should grow my afro?

  2. CheH
    October 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Awesome website. I tried this hairstyle with some gel. Worked really well. I am type4/type5. It worked really well but I need to wait about 6 months as my wash and go falls about an inch above my eyes. Need to wait until I have about a year and a half of hair

  3. Jessica
    July 10, 2013 at 7:55 am


    Do you recommend combing the hair out first?

    Thank you.

    • Rogelio
      July 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Jessica.

      If you have curly hair, you can use your fingers, not a comb.


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