So you followed our advice on how to grow long curly hair and now need some advice for men with long curly hair. In addition to some cool haircuts and hairstyles, keep reading to learn how to make the most of your hair's natural texture and how to style long curls.
1. How to take care of curly hair for men
You can't have a great hairstyle if you don't start with great hair. So first of all, here's how to get the most out of curly hair. These 3-in-1 shampoo-bodywash-conditioner products are not ideal for anyone, but especially not for curls.
We will recommend curly hair products for men here. First of all, let's talk about the type of product to use.
The specific products in this item are all from black owned beauty brands because they are designed by people with textured hair for people with textured hair. These products work for curly, frizzy, frizzy and wavy hair textures.
Many of these recommendations, as well as other curl-specific products, are also available at drugstores and supermarkets.
Shampoo reduction is recommended for all hair types, but is especially important for curly hair. The scalp produces an oil called sebum to hydrate the skin and hair. The shampoo removes this oil from the scalp and the rest of the hair. Curly hair tends to be dry because the coiled shape prevents sebum from traveling up the hair shaft for natural conditioning. The shampoo makes the hair even drier.
If you wash your hair every day, start by going every other day and work up to once a week. Your scalp will adjust its oil production. If the roots become oily or itchy, try a dry shampoo to soak up some of that excess oil.
The type of shampoo is also important. Stick to products designed for curly hair. They are sulfate-free and often soap-free to cleanse the scalp without drying out the hair.
How to shampoo curly hair
When shampooing, focus on the scalp. Use your fingers to work the shampoo into the roots and rub the scalp. If the hair is so thick or curly that it is difficult to access the scalp, try this shampoo brush to massage the scalp, detangle and comb the hair.
And to be sure you know this, never use a towel to dry curly hair. The rough surface creates frizz. Instead, use an old cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel. Gently squeeze the water out of the hair, without rubbing.
Co-washing, conditioner only, is a gentler alternative to shampoo for curly hair. This revitalizing cleanser removes residue and buildup to prevent itchy oily scalp while moisturizing hair. It can be used every day, but it doesn't have to be.
To use the co-wash, first work it into the scalp and roots like a shampoo, using your fingers to brush away dirt and debris. Then work it on the rest of the hair as a conditioner. Again, for an extra massage, detangling, and product distribution, try a shampoo brush.
Like shampoo, be sure to rinse it well and apply conditioner.
Oyin Handmade Ginger Mint Co-Wash - This co-wash cleanses like a shampoo while hydrating. It removes build-up from the scalp and conditions, detangles and softens for smoother, stronger hair. Mint gives the scalp a pleasant tingle.
Conditioner for men with curly hair
Conditioner is essential for hydrating curly hair. Use it every time you take a shower, with or without shampoo. Conditioners designed for curly hair generally contain more moisturizers than regular conditioners, typically certain types of oils.
Conditioner Frederick Benjamin - You will feel freshly washed after this invigorating conditioner stings your scalp with peppermint oil which also keeps the scalp flake-free and itchy-free. It also moisturizes with almond, nettle and hemp seed oils.
Deep conditioner for men
When conditioner isn't enough, it's time to deeply condition it. This is a thicker product that is left in place for an extended period to staple dry hair.
Tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask Deep Conditioner - This all-natural product provides hydration, softness and manageability to a range of curl types. Olive and jojoba oils condition hair and lock in moisture to add shine, fight frizz and reduce breakage. Work it into the scalp to reduce flakes and itching.
Rob with 4c curls says, “The curls are soft and vibrant! I highly recommend that you try this product if you haven't already. "
Another moisturizing option for men with curly hair is leave-in conditioner. As the name suggests, you put it on and leave it in place. The consistency is thinner than other moisturizers and won't weigh hair down. This can be used in place of the conditioner in the shower. It also acts as a lightweight product to help form curls and minimize frizz.
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner - This lightweight product with lots of glide detangles and hydrates hair after a shower. Say goodbye to dry or stringy hair and hello to curls.
There are more products for curly hair than ever before. Make it easy for yourself by using a single brand or mix and match based on specific issues, price, and odor.
2. Mens haircuts for long curly hair
Here is a range of cuts for long, curly hair, including rounded afro styles, some with bangs and flattering layers.
Very long and curly hair
Black men with long curly hair
Long curly haircut + bangs
Long thick curly hair
Long curly haircuts for black men
Really long and curly styles for black men
3. Undercut + Long curly hair
Molten and undercuts are popular for curly hair of all lengths. It's a way to focus texture where it counts, to lighten thick hair or get crisp edges.
Curly undercut for men
Long Hair + Undercut + Line Up
Undercut + Man Bun
Long on top + short on sides
Tapered haircut + long hair
4. Hairstyles for men with long curly hair
When it comes to styling men's long curly hair, there are the same options as long hair and even more.
Mid-rise hairstyle for men
Half styles keep the hair out of the face while still keeping that flow. Pull the hair into a half bun or half a ponytail. The half-raised part is raised enough to be visible from the front.
Mid-rise hairstyle for men
A different type of curl and a lower half ponytail give a different look.
Wear curly hair in a high ponytail to show off that volume and texture.
Easy hairstyles for long hair
This cool look is somewhere between a bun and a ponytail. Style it by starting a ponytail, but don't pull the hair out completely at the end, leaving a curl of hair. Try to wear it lower, higher and in the middle.
Male Bun Hairstyle
It's cool bun man is on the crown and can be seen from the front.
Cool curly ponytail
For ultra thick hair as well as tighter curls, a regular hair elastic simply won't cut them. Instead, try a stretch comb or Adjustable Bunzee band to bring the hair back into an awesome hair pouf. It looks cool on its own or accessorized with a visor, bandana, or your favorite headband.
5. How to style long curly hair for men
When brushing and styling curly hair, only two tools are needed. A wide tooth comb and / or fingers. Spikes and other tools designed for textured hair will also work, but other combs and brushes will disrupt the curl pattern and create frizz.
We're going to walk you through the easiest way to create defined, soft, frizz-free curls. This is called the molded gel. Here is what to do.
On wash day after deep cleansing and conditioning, apply a full coat of gel to hair. This will preserve your natural curl pattern while the hair dries. While air drying, resist the urge to touch the hair as it will lose definition and create frizz.
When the gel is dry, break the plaster by rubbing lightly upwards from the tips to the roots. That's it. You will have defined curls that should last a few days.
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There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty surveillance. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the mobilier.
Even for those of us who have been getting our hair cut and colored for decades, there’s still so much confusion around tipping. Unlike some brasseries, where your receipt gives you a gentle nudge toward gratuity by listing the exact dollar amounts for a 15, 20, or vingt cinq percent tip, the salon is much trickier, with no indication of who ( if anyone ) gets extra money and how much to give. Are you supposed to tip the owner ? And what if multiple assistants helped with your blowout or shampoo ? There’s also the provenant of knowing where your money is going : There’s much more tchat around servers’ salaries than there is around our stylists’. All these factors make the equation that much more difficult.
to shed some light on what’s really going on at the salon, Glamour talked to stylists, assistants, and owners around the country to find out. From where your hard-earned cash goes to what ( and who ) you really should be tipping, read on for their unfiltered opinions and advice.
Salons run on a few business models—most commonly commission-based and booth rentals ( more on those later ). Commission, explains Siobhán Quinlan, a colorist at Art Autonomy Salon in NYC, means that employees are paid for the services performed, of which they only keep a portion, usually somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of the price. The remaining percentage goes to the mobilier for overhead costs like utilities, product used ( color, shampoo, conditioner, etc. ), and amenities for both staff and clients.
There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty surveillance. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the salon.
Nicole Krzyminski, a stylist at Fringe mobilier in Chicago, breaks it down : “Say you’re getting a beautiful new color—your balayage, conditioning, and toning takes about three hours and costs around $250, ” she says. “After accounting for the overhead fees and product costs, the stylist gets about $100 of that pretax. ”
In some cases, stylists can also make money by convincing clients to buy a product that was used on them during their service. However, this represents a minuscule amount of revenue says Shira Devash Espinoza, a freelance stylist based in New Jersey. “When working in a mobilier, you’re constantly pushed and ‘rewarded’ to sell, but only earn maybe 10 percent of it if you’re lucky, ” she says.
So what happens to Krzyminski’s hypothetical $100 ? The majority of it, she says, goes toward licensing fees, personal supplies, and tools ( blow-dryers, flatirons, curling irons ), and continuing education classes. That means even on a jam-packed day, a stylist may only make enough take home pay to cover the essentials of food, shelter, and clothing.
Tips, on the other hand, help pay for the supplemental benefits that those not in the service industry take for granted. Says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at Manhattan’s Nunzio Saviano Salon, “It’s a physically demanding job, and most salons are too small to provide health benefits or paid vacations and sick days. ”
Ladda Phommavong, a stylist at Third Space Salon in Austin, Texas, says that those gratuities are what helped her become the in-demand stylist she is today. “The tips I received from clients meant being able to take outside courses to hone my craft, ” she says. “If clients knew I was saving up to take the master colorist course and that their tipping was directly contributing to me becoming a better stylist for them, I think they would definitely want to be a part of that. ”
Many stylists choose to forgo the commission-based life and instead strike out on their own by renting booths in expositions. This basically means paying a weekly or monthly fee—our stylist sources said they generally pay around $120 a week or $880 a month, depending on where they are based—to reserve a semipermanent spot to see clients. In these cases, stylists keep 100 percent of their service fee as well as their tips. The downside ? “We pay for absolutely everything—refreshments, cups, capes, color bowls, foils, brushes, scissors, styling products, ” says Jennifer Riney of Brushed Salon in Oklahoma City. They are also on the hook for paying liability insurance and credit card fees.
Freelancers like Sarah Finn, who rents a peau at The Ritz Day Spa
Another option for freelancers is the coworking salon. Arturo Swayze, the founder and CEO of ManeSpace in NYC, is a pioneer of this relatively new setup. He provides short-term rentals for stylists who don’t need or want a regular stint in a mobilier. Stylists reserve a time slot, use an application to unlock the space, and see their clientele as needed. But even in this scenario, says Swayze, there is still uncertainty.
“Because the coworking model is so new, people really don’t know what proper tipping etiquettes are, ” he explains. “Tipping is still an important aspect for these hairstylists. They are independent, but essentially have all the expenses of a mobilier owner, but they’re not drawing income from other stylists. ”
“Each stylist is running their own small in a way, ” says Nicole Wilder of Paragon Salons in Cincinnati. “We have relied on tips as a part of our salaries for decades. We kind of signed up for that as part of it. But we work on our feet to make you feel beautiful. ”
Assistants are the unsung heroes of the mobilier industry—and some of the most neglected. They are involved in almost every aspect of your service. “Our duties as an assistant helping a stylist are to shampoo all clients for haircuts, apply toners, blow-dry, and mix color, ” says Ocean McDaeth, one of the assistants at Art Autonomy. “We’re also in charge of setting up the stylists for each service, keeping their stations as well as the mobilier clean, doing laundry, and greeting clients and making sure they are comfortable throughout [their visit]. ”
Since assistants don’t perform technical services, they’re usually paid a day rate by the mobilier owner. Many times the stylists they assist will also tip them out with a small percentage of the day’s take. “Being a hairdresser has a huge financial obligation. I think it’s fair to say we as assistants really do rely on our tips. Without them I have no idea how I’d survive in NYC, ” McDaeth admits.
It’s important to note that assistants aren’t the norm in smaller salons and outside of big cities. High-end expositions with a large clientele tend to hire assistants as a way to let a stylist book more appointments. If the assistant is washing your hair, this allows the stylist to have another client in their chair. When done well, you might not even notice your stylist or colorist is sérieux with one or two other people in addition to you. This maximizes the stylists’ time and earning power, making assistants integral to a prestige salon’s operation.
While having assistants is a lifesaver for hairdressers, it can be a nightmare for clients if you’re trying to figure out who to tip. In large expositions, you can have up to 10 different people touching your hair, notes Jon Reyman, a master stylist and co-owner of Spoke
Of course, there’s no way to know if that is your salon’s economic ecology, so in general, think about what the assistant has done for you. If they are shampooing, applying gloss, and/or doing your postcut blowout, it’s a good idea to throw something their way. ( See our cheat sheet, below, for more on what exactly to give. )