Here is a piece that we decided to dedicate exclusively to black men hairstyles. While doing the research for this one, we were amazed to see just how many fantastic options there are.
Close cropped waves, flat tops, natural tips, afros, retro flairs are just a few of everything we have to show you. Therefore, all you need to do is scroll all the way down to the bottom, pick your favorite one and visit your stylist or barber immediately! Just make sure you find one that does black men haircuts professionally!
1. The Top Knot with a Fade
We begin with a hairstyle that has been the rage in the past few years. I mean, who hasn’t been sporting a top knot or a man bun, really? This one is a natural top knot with a hard parting all around and a clean fade.
2. The Top Knot with Front Braids
As far as black men hairstyles are concerned, you can even pair the top knot with some kicker braids. Try some front ones and let them hang loosely so that they can frame your face and make a continuum with your beard.
3. The Natural Curly with Undercut
If you have very curly hair, you can always keep it short and simple when it comes to black men hairstyles. However, just so that you can add a bit of pizzazz to it, go for the smooth undercut that links to your bushy and beautiful beard.
4. Hair Styling with a Design
Here’s another very sought-after trend of these past few years. The
5. The Curly Mohawk with Burst Fade
If there’s something we truly love, then that’s black men hairstyles that boldly combine several haircuts into one. For example, here we have a curly Mohawk, dyed completely blonde, with a shaved undercut and a v-shaped neckline design to top it all off.
6. Long Twists Black Men Hairstyles
Here’s a hairstyle that you can pull off by yourself, at home, with a bit of dexterity. And if you have long enough hair, of course. Don’t worry, there are plenty enough tutorials and how-tos on websites like Pinterest and, of course, YouTube.
7. Short Hair with Skin Fade
Here is a classic short haircut that you can wear all year long. The great thing about this hairstyle is that it transitions superbly from day to night. In other words, you can wear it both at the office and at a fancy dinner party in the evening.
8. The Short Wavy Taper Fade
A version of the simple buzz cut with a fade that we showed you earlier includes a few elegant waves. Pair that with a very well-trimmed beard with clean shaved edges and sideburns that slowly fade into the haircut itself.
9. The High and Tight Blowout with Temple Fade
This is one of our absolute favorite black men hairstyles. It’s called a high skin blowout and you can see why. The great thing about it is that it elongates the face and highlights your cheekbones, not to mention that it adds an inch or two to your height.
10. The Narrow Afro
If you like the idea of an afro, as far as black men hairstyles are concerned but you don’t fancy that much pouf or blowout, you can always opt for a narrow afro. It means that you get a lot of length but none of the width or volume of the classic afro.
11. Prom Black Men Hairstyles
Prom is a huge event for everyone and you need to treat it as such. How about you go for a classy side swept hairstyle with a hard part? It has a very stylish old Hollywood glamorous feel to it and you can wear a tux to match.
12. Chocolate and Blonde Black Men Hairstyles
This is a pouffed up curly fauxhawk with a very slight fade and barely visible sideburns. But what we loved the most about it was the colors. It’s a chocolate and blonde mix, very reminiscent of fall colors.
13. The Long and Curly Top
Black men hairstyles are all about being creative and having fun with your ideas. This is an undershave with a very long and curly top. Some of the strands fall on the forehead, creating a beautiful, albeit fake set of bangs.
14. Caramel Black Men Hairstyles
Don’t be afraid to play with colors. Here is a caramel shade that is simply to die for. It will complement the natural color of your beard and highlight your eyes. Evidently, you can go for a darker or lighter shade, depending on what you want.
15. Hipster Black Men Hairstyles
This is one hipster hairstyle that you will adore. It has a very high and narrow top, getting rid of the side volume. In this way, it has a wonderful architecture to it, which makes it look almost geometrical. Pair it with the classical hipster mustache.
16. Short and Curly
Keeping it simple is always a good idea as well. Especially when you’ve got other things going on and making up your image, such as piercings, studs, earrings, tattoos, and everything in between.
17. Black and Blue
The great thing about black men hairstyles is that you can mix them up with just about any hair color you can think of. Including this outstanding neon blue that is just a tad reminiscent of the old 80s and their style.
18. The Black and White Mohawk
A mohawk is really badass, we all know that. But a two color mohawk is even more badass than that. You can choose a classic black and white version or you can go for some kookier shades. Let your creativity run wild with this one.
19. Neon Lemon
And speaking of kooky hair colors, here is a neon lemon shade that we simply adored. The haircut is very simple. In fact, it’s a buzzcut, kept straightforward and neat because the color here is supposed to do all the talking. And it surely does!
20. The Blue Flat Top
Two things are completely striking about this hairstyle. First you notice the beautiful, inky blue color. Second, the perfection of the flat top, cut down to the last strand of rogue hair.
21. The Blonde Streak
When it comes to black men hairstyles, boy do we love an afro with a twist! This is a high and narrow afro with a blonde streak running the length of it, just like a lemon twist in a tall glass of satisfying cola drink. Yum!
22. Salt and Pepper
Natural is the best way to go as you age and you know it. There’s absolutely no point in dying your hair after you’ve passed a certain age. Embrace what nature is giving you and make the best of it!
23. Dreads in a Bun
One way in which you can keep your dreads looking classy and protect them at the same time is to tie them up in a man bun. In this way, you can obtain a business casual look that you can wear in meetings and still look cool.
All you need is a good barber that can handle haircuts for black men. You also want to have thick hair that can overcome the stress of having to tie up your dreads without breaking.
24. The Medium Curly
Curly hair don’t care? This should be your motto as well. Instead of cutting it all off and pretending it’s not there, why not let it grow out? This is a medium sized cut at its full volume and body.
25. Lilac and a Flower Crown
Embrace your feminine side by sporting a soft, pastel color in your hair, such as this super lilac. For the sake of art, you can even take it a step further and wear a beautiful flower crown. You will be a hit on Instagram in no time!
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26. High Top Dreads
As we all know, regarding black men hairstyles, dreads come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, you can wear yours exactly as you please. These are high top dreads cut short with a rough and natural parting down the middle and shaved sides.
27. 90s Black Men Hairstyles
Ah, yes, the 90s! Such a crazy and inspirational style decade that was! You can still channel it, of course, if you’re feeling nostalgic or you have an impeccable fashion sense. Here are some asymmetrical medium sized dreads to help you out.
28. Bold and Beard
Going bald or going bold? Letting go of your hair might be nature’s choice or it might be your choice as a fashion statement. Especially when you have an awesome beard to back it all up and a pair of hipster Harry Potter glasses.
29. Jumbo Braids
Braids can be a protective style for your hair, but they can also be a powerful fashion statement. What’s even more amazing is that you can do this one at home, all by yourself. Look up some tutorials online!
30. Long Dreads
Here is another timeless example of black men hairstyles. Long dreads. They look good on everyone so don’t be afraid to get them if you really want this haircut. However, you will need to learn how to take care of them.
31. Dreads in Messy Buns
Continuing on the idea above, one of the ways in which you can wear your dreads and take care of them at the same time is to tie them up in two messy buns at the sides of your head. It’s a very cool and ‘I woke up like this’ look.
32. The Fashion Rebel
Would you like to be a fashion rebel or are you one already? How about a shocking marsala hair color in two jumbo braids that have been then tied in two space buns on top of your head? Don’t forget the golden embellishments on your face.
33. Hard Part All Around
Typically, a hard part is only done on one side of the head or in the middle. However, seeing that you are a style guru, you can push black men hairstyles to the limit and create new boundaries. Make the hard part go all around the head.
34. The Simple Top Knot
Here is one hairstyle that has been a complete rage in the past few years. Everyone has been wearing it, as we are sure you’ve noticed, from Hollywood A-listers to the guy bagging your groceries. Jump on the trend yourself!
35. The Jumbo Dread
We don’t actually believe it’s possible for anyone to look at this idea for black men hairstyles and not fall in love with it. It’s a jumbo dread mixed with a fauxhawk, mixed with hair designs. We admit, we adore it!
36. Short Afro Fade with Bandanna
Another way in which you can vamp up your hairstyle is by adding a bandanna to it. It’s a very cool accessory that is definitely making a comeback. You can choose the pattern and the colors so that they complement your hair and eyes.
37. Blonde Dreads
The possibilities of what you could do once you get dreads are truly endless. Here is a wonderful example of a fauxhawk made up of sandy blonde dreads with shaved sides and dark chocolate roots.
38. Dreads and Wrap around the Hair on Top
Another idea would be to grow your dreads out as much as you want and use a head wrap as a fashion accessory. You can also go for a pair of dangly earrings in a color to match that will tie up the entire look.
39. Jumbo Dreadlocks
We’ve got yet another idea concerning dreads and black men hairstyles. Once your dreads are long enough, you can always twist the front ones into two jumbo braids. They will make you look very manly and cool at the same time.
40. The Jaden Smith
Will Smith’s son is all grown up now and very famous on his own. Just as his hair is. He wears a set of shaggy and ragged medium sized dreads which he manages to comb from the back side to the front in a now signature hairstyle.
41. The 2Pac
Here’s another very famous styling choice that might inspire you – the 2pac. His signature hairstyle was bald, not because he needed it but because he liked it that way, paired with a goatee and his famous nose ring.
42. The Lenny Kravitz
Lenny is another very famous musician who greatly influenced black men hairstyles. He had many hairstyles the length of his career, but none so famous as the medium sized shaggy dreads he sported.
43. The John Legend
The third musician on our list to have a major say in black men hairstyles is none other than soul master John Legend. He usually wears his hair short and dapper in a very sweet buzzcut. If he managed to win over beauty Chrissy Teigen with that, we suggest you take some notes.
44. The QuestLove
We all know and adore QuestLove. If not for his music then definitely for his musical sidekick role on the Jimmy Fallon show. We also adore his quirky hairstyle, with the shocked afro complete with teasing comb inside it.
45. The Jimi Hendrix
We conclude the list with none other than the legendary Jimi Hendrix and his even more legendary hairstyle. Who doesn’t know the pouffed up afro and the bandana that the singer used to wear on stage every single time? Those were the good times!
46. Long Hair Curls Swept to the Side
Sometimes, the simplest way is also the best. By this we, of course, mean you flaunt what nature gave you. Grow out your natural curly hair to the desired length and create a fabulous look that will turn heads.
47. Medium Twists
You can also go for a protective hairstyle in case you want to take care of your natural curls and not show them off at all. These tight and medium twists are the best way to make sure your hair is safe but looks cool at the same time.
48. Blonde Cheeto Hairstyle for Black Men
Blonde dreads are always a superb thing to watch. It’s a bold choice for many men but we’re happy to see times are changing and men everywhere are getting more and more creative in terms of color.
49. Platinum Blonde Hair Black Men Hairstyles
Speaking of bold colors, everything this year has been about platinum blondes. If you’re bored of black hair, take it a step further and dye your beard as well? We suggest you leave your eyebrows as they are to avoid the Santa look.
50. Silver Black Men Hairstyles
There are several ways in which you can achieve this look. You can dye your hair silver, use a weave in this color or go for yarn braids, which are much less expensive and a lot easier to manage and wear.
How about you? Were you inspired by our top picks for outstanding black men hairstyles? Or are you already on top of your game with one of these haircuts and rocking Instagram stories like no one else? Let us know in the comment section below because we would love to hear from you!
September 2019: We updated the styles in this article.