How To Style Curly Hair For Men - smartesthairstyles.com - Curly hair can be challenging to work with unless you know the right maintenance techniques and have the right products. Whether your hair is short or long, you can style your curls into the style you want.
- How to style short hair for men
Keep your hair short if you have tight curls. Tight curls are noticeable even with short-cropped hair. Remember how Justin Timberlake cut his hair to control his curls. Ask your stylist to cut your hair if you want to keep a clean look.
Get your haircut when it's dry. If your hair is curly, wet hair doesn't represent well how your hair looks dry.
Get an undercut to keep the curls on your head. Cut the sides and back of your head shorter and leave your curls on top. This way you don't have to worry about controlling a full head of hair and it will be easier to style.
The sides and back of your hair can be blended into your curls or have a defined line where they part.
Twist your curls around your finger to define them. Wrap small sections of your curls tightly around your finger and shape them in different directions. This helps keep your tresses looking natural rather than having them styled.
Avoid using a curling iron as the heat could damage your hair.
Use a pomade to control your curls. Work a pomade through your hair to keep it away from your face and lock moisture into your hair. A cream or liquid based pomade works best for adding shine to your hair.
How to care curly hair men
Shampoo once or twice a week. Choose a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo to help moisturize your hair. The natural oils in your hair keep your locks shiny and weighted down. Shampooing too often can dry out your hair and make your curls frizzier.
Shampoos containing sulfates are too drying for curly hair. They can make your curls look dull and frizzy.
Avoid clarifying shampoos as they strip most of the moisture from your hair.
On days when you don't shampoo, only rinse your hair with water when you bathe.
Use leave-in conditioner three times a week to keep your hair moisturized. Make sure your hair is slightly damp when you apply conditioner so more moisture is locked in. Work the conditioner into your hair with your fingers, making sure it reaches the scalp. Once you have applied the conditioner, you can either style or blow dry your hair.
Longer hair requires more conditioner as the ends are more easily damaged.
Opt for combs with wide teeth rather than combs with fine teeth. Choose a wide-toothed comb to work your curls without damaging them. Fine-toothed combs catch snags in your hair and frizz your locks.
Fine-toothed combs can also rip out your hair follicles and cause you to lose your hair faster.
You can also brush your hair with your hands to avoid using a comb altogether.
Don't be aggressive when using a towel. Use a microfiber towel as it's gentler on your hair. Pat your hair dry instead of rubbing it vigorously with the towel. Being rough with a towel can pull on your hair and tangle it.
If you have time, it is best to let your hair air dry.
If you shower at night, wrap your hair in a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt while you sleep.
If needed, dry your hair on a blow dryer using the diffuser attachment. While it's best to let your hair air dry, if you're in a hurry, you can blow dry it on a low heat. Use the diffuser attachment to penetrate your hair and dry it more thoroughly. The diffuser attachment helps to set and define your curls and control frizz.
Applying heat to your curls will dry out your hair, especially if you've used mousse or alcohol-based products. Combat dryness in your hair with conditioner.
Apply an anti-frizz serum to your hair. Purchase an anti-frizz serum from your stylist or hair care store. Work the serum into your hair with your fingers. Concentrate on the ends of the hair, where it's the frizziest, and work your way down to the scalp.
- Working with natural curls
Work styling cream into damp hair. Use a cream based pomade. Scoop out a fingertip-sized amount of the cream and rub it onto your hands. Use your fingers to lather it into your hair like you would shampoo. Distribute the cream thoroughly throughout the hair.
The cream adds shine and controls your natural curls so they aren't too unruly.
Shape the curls by kneading your hands. For a curlier texture, pinch your curls between your fingers and the palm of your hand. This will help set the product in place and make your curls stand out.
Avoid using a comb as this will straighten your hair.
Let your hair air dry into shape. Once you have your curls styled the way you want them, allow the pomade to air dry so you don't lose moisture in your hair. If you dry your hair with any other method, it will be disturbed and lose its texture.
- How to control longer curly hair
Tie your hair in a bun to keep it from coming out of your face. Hold an elastic hair band on your wrist. Pull your hair back so you can hold it all in one hand. Take the hair band from your wrist, slip it over your hair and twist it. Pull the band back around your hair to create a bun.
You can opt for the "man bun" that sits higher on your head or a low bun if that's what you prefer.
Use a lace instead of an elastic to control the tightness of the bun.
Use bobby pins to secure the bun if you're wearing it looser.
Work a liquid pomade into your damp hair with your fingers. Squeeze quarter-sized pomade into your hand and rub it in your hands. Use your fingers to lather it into your hair like you would shampoo. Be sure to work it in from the ends of your hair down to your scalp for maximum coverage.
Thicker and coarser hair requires more pomade.
Use a comb to slick your hair back and distribute the pomade. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb your hair into the style you want. This will help pull hair out of your face for a smoother look.
Run your fingers through your hair to further accentuate curls.
Add additional pomade on the hair near your face. Use a dime-sized amount of pomade and rub it into your hair on the sides and face to give it extra hold. This will ensure that your hair remains controlled throughout the day.
Allow the pomade to air dry for best hold and shine.