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Gentlemen, it’s time to embrace your curls, kinks and waves, and choose a new cut to show your stylist. With the right cut and curly hair products for your hair’s unique curl type, you can have a modern, seriously-chic style with heaps of volume, texture and attitude.

1. High volume curls

With all that extra texture and volume, big curls provide endless possibilities for made-you-look styles. However, with great curl power comes great responsibility. Avoid frizz by using a curl-defining shampoo and conditioner, and apply a curl-enhancing mousse to damp hair, scrunching it upward to create lift and volume. Use your hairdryer’s diffuser attachment on a low setting to maintain the integrity of your curls, and finish by gently fluffing your hair with your fingers to create dramatic volume.

Smiling man in a black t-shirt with voluminous curls

2. Slicked-back short curly hair

For a refined, elegant style that takes you from day to night, slick back your curls for a polished, controlled look. Start with clean, damp hair and use a curl-enhancing cream to define your curls and add hold; comb it evenly through your curls then use your comb to create a clean, well-defined parting on either side of your head. Your parting will add structure to your style, and guide the direction your slicked-back curls take.

Finish with strong-hold gel or pomade to set your look - you can even use your hairdryer to set your style, but use it on its lowest setting and use the diffuser to avoid disrupting your curl pattern.

Man in a black suit with slicked-back short curly hair

3. Short curly hair with a quiff

Stylish and contemporary, textured quiff hairstyles combine the natural texture of your curls with the cutting-edge rockabilly appeal of a quiff. To achieve this look, start with clean, towel-dried hair. Apply a curl-defining cream evenly throughout your lengths, and use a wide-tooth comb to create a deep side parting. Blow-dry using your diffuser, drying from your roots to your ends to enhance your curls' volume.

Once dry, use a small amount of pomade or styling wax to lift the front section of your hair into a quiff, combing it back and slightly to the side. Finish with a light mist of intense hold hairspray.

Man in a khaki t-shirt with short curly hair with a quiff

4. Tapered curls

Tapered hairstyles for men have grown in popularity over the last 5 years, and show no sign of waning. This curl-friendly style lets you explore clean, polished lines paired with your curls’ natural texture.

Start by getting a tapered haircut, with your hair gradually shortening from the top to the sides and back. Apply a curl-enhancing styling spray to damp hair, focusing on the longer top section. Use your fingers to scrunch and define the curls, and allow your hair to air dry or use a diffuser attachment on a low setting.

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5. Side-part sweep

Timeless, sophisticated and versatile, this stylish look is created by parting your curly hair to the side and sweeping it across your forehead. Start with clean, towel-dried hair, and use a comb to create a deep side part on one side of your head.

Apply pomade or wax to your hair to add hold and shine, and comb the hair to the side, sweeping it neatly across your forehead.

Handsome young man wearing a red t-shirt with long curly hair styled in a side-part sweep

6. Bundled curls with undercut

Combining maximum volume with slimmed-down sides to add cheekbone-enhancing shadow, this ultra-modern choice mixes the classic appeal of an undercut with the unique texture of bundled curls. The undercut provides a sleek, clean look on the sides and back, while the curls on top add an eye-catching and dynamic element.

To achieve this style, ask your barber for a short undercut with tapered or faded sides and a longer length on top to allow your curls to pop. Top tip - if you allow your curls to get too long you’ll lose definition, so don’t put off your barber appointment for too long.

Man with bundled curls with an undercut

7. Grown-out mid-length curls

Hey, Romeo - let your curls grow out for a romantic, free-spirited look. Patience and curl-care are key to taking care of your lengths while you grow your hair - go for regular trims to reduce split ends, and use a deep conditioner for curly hair to keep your curls hydrated.

As your curls grow, you can apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair, scrunching it gently to encourage curl formation. Don’t forget to use your hairdryer on its lowest setting - or opt for your diffuser.

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8. Mid-length curls with a faded undercut

It’s up to you how you play this - to get the look, mix a long-top, undercut and fade all in one for a bold, modern look with plenty of bite. Top tip - to make your undercut pop, you’ll need to make sure the ringlets on top are super-bouncy and defined.

Ask your barber for a shoulder-length top section, with a gradual fade on the sides and back. The emphasis should be on enhancing your natural curls; make sure your barber is comfortable working with your natural hair before your appointment.

Man with mid-length curls with a faded undercut

9. Classic afro

This timeless, iconic hairstyle celebrates natural texture and voluminous curls. To achieve it, ask your stylist for a well-rounded shape with even length all around. The aim is to preserve the fullness and volume of your curls, creating a bold and confident look. Use our Dream Curls Curl Defining Crème to help enhance and define your curls for a more controlled, polished look.

To style a classic afro, gently pick or fluff the hair from the roots to enhance volume and shape. Once styled, try to avoid touching your hair to maintain shape and volume throughout the day.

Smiling man in a hoodie and coat with an afro

10. Textured crop

The textured crop is a stylish, versatile hairstyle that combines the low-maintenance benefits of a crop cut with the unique textures and volumes of curly hair. To achieve this look, keep your sides and back shorter while leaving longer curls on top.

The disconnect between the sides and top of your hair helps give it a defined, textured look - and it’s especially suitable for people with thick curly hair.

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