How to Style Men’s Curly Hair: Simple, Quick, Cheap.

You need to know how to style men’s curly hair. And you want it quick, simple, and cheap.

Here’s how.

Men’s Curly Hair Styling

I’m excited for this one, guys! Get it, guys? GUYS? Ha.

Allow me to introduce this curly dude, my nephew, Kev.

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He sports a man bun most days, especially in the summer heat.
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Take it out, and you have this.
Or this, depending on which way he shakes it out. Please ignore my Gawd awful 1990s lighting.

Kev’s hair is sooooooo thick that he shaves off literally 3/4 of it, and he still has this much hair!

Um, hello, I’d like a hair transplant. Anyway.

Not to generalize, but I’d say if we were to generalize, most men don’t want to spend much time or money on their hair.

Sure, there’s the Fabio wannabes out there who spend more time and money at the salon than most ladies, but most of the time, I’d say the guys like to keep it simple and cheap.

With that in mind, I bought inexpensive, easy-to-use, and easy-to-find products for today’s demo.

We started with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner.

The shampoo and conditioner is a favorite of mine so I didn’t mind buying it again!

It leaves your scalp super tingly and refreshed. And if you suffer from dry scalp, dandruff, or just plain itchiness, this is the best.

And it’s only around $4 a bottle. You can’t go wrong. Buy it for your greasy haired teens and thank me later.

Also, it smells less woman-y than a lot of shampoos. No gardenia frou-frou here!
He may or may not have gotten some up his nose. But his nose hairs are detangled and frizz free now!
I always detangle with a wide-tooth comb while the hairs are soaked in conditioner. Kev agreed with this process.

If you’re a girl, you want to deep condition for fifteen minutes, squish to condish, apply a leave-in, rinse upside down, rinse and repeat.

But guys, man. They aren’t about that nonsense. So wash, condition, comb, rinse.

Badda bing badda boom!

He seems nervous here. What’s up, Kev?

Adding in some Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream. This runs about $2.99 at WalMart.

If you are a die-hard Curly Girl Method devotee, skip this step, as the cream does have silicones. It also has argan oil and active fruit protein, plus a light fruity scent.

Again, not too girly or perfume-y.

I didn’t do any finger coiling, believe it or not. This is how his hair reacts to water and product!

For the final product I added a generous blob (that’s professional hair stylist’s term right thar) of Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Gel.

This has a citrus scent and will run you around $3 at the drugstore.
I could have brushed through the gel up top to lay down some of the frizz, but this is a man. I didn’t think he wanted PERFECT Shirley Temple ringlets.

Normally, Kev would just air dry (especially since he works outside), but for the sake of the photos and the tutorial, he let me diffuse it.

“What’s a diffuser?” he asked.

“It’s the bowl shaped contraption that comes with hair dryers,” I explained.

“Oh right! I had one. I turned it into a lamp shade.”


Normally he only uses coconut oil as a tamer/styler so he was a little weirded out by gel.
But obviously I knew what I was talking about. Look at those coils!

And voila! Will he keep it up? Who knows, but it was fun!

Did this answer your burning questions on how to style men’s curly coifs? What would you like to have me tackle next?

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