What took the African-American community by storm in the 60s is now one of the most iconic hairstyles in history! Afro hairstyles for men have been a funky and fresh choice for guys of all ages for years now and are still living up to their cool status to this very day.
Use our collection of retro and modern afros below to find your ideal hairstyle!
1. Natural Afro Hairstyles for Men
There’s no better way to start talking about afro hair than with an all-natural example. Of course, afro hairstyles are defined by this quality, so here, see an untamed version that all men with African origins can rock.
2. Soft Afro Curls for Men
On the other hand, you may want a more relaxed approach to your hairstyle. We recommend this shoulder-length look to men who have softer locks that naturally fall into place when left to grow longer.
3. Low Tapered Afro Hairstyles for Men
A full curly afro does not flatter everyone. On the contrary, some men look better when they keep their short and mix it with a taper fade haircut. Usually, this comes in the form of a low tapered afro with just a strip of shaving down around the contour of the hairstyle.
4. Medium Afros for Men Haircut
If you’re not the one to lean towards extremes, you can shape your afro to be just the right size. Not too minimal, nor too flashy, the medium afro is the best choice if you’re looking for a balanced and composed hairstyle.
5. High Taper Fade Male Afro Hairstyles
If you feel that a low taper fade wouldn’t do your personality justice, you can spice up your look with a high taper fade afro. Basically, you will be shaving down both sides and the back, all the way up to your hairline. For this, we recommend a short afro.
6. Mini Afro Styles
Incidentally, we want to present the mini afro as a hairstyle of its own. We warmly recommend it as a casual, everyday option. You won’t have to put that much effort into styling it, nor will it be too “showy” either.
7. Tight Coils Afro Hairstyles
Having naturally tight curls is great! You can easily let your afro grow longer as your curls will shrink and gather up along the way. To put it otherwise, the tighter your coils, the bigger your afro can and will be!
8. Retro Afro Hairstyles for Men
It’s impossible not to love the old-school version of an afro. What gained mainstream popularity in the 60s and 70s is still highly fashionable among retro lovers nowadays. Take a look at Michael Jackson’s fresh ‘fro from his Jackson 5 days and you’ll know what we’re talking about!
9. Undercut Afro Hairstyles for Men
Nowadays, it’s often more convenient to combine afro styles for men with practical haircuts. For instance, the undercut is a highly popular choice for shaping an afro. Whether it’s disconnected or faded, an undercut will make it easier to manage an afro.
10. Medium Length Coiled Hairstyles
What if you already have long hair? While you may enjoy wearing it as a classic afro most of the time, you may want to switch around your hairstyle occasionally. For this, you can gather your curls in a high ponytail, freeing your face, nape, and shoulders at the same time.
11. Sculpted Afro Hairstyles
The sculpted afro is truly for the man with fine tastes. In a nutshell, it can help you embrace your natural hair texture while also giving it a stylish silhouette (like in the photo below).
12. Afro Man Buns
If ponytails aren’t your thing, you could always go for a man bun. This easygoing hairstyle will have you gathering your hair into a high bun. You can pair this either with faded sides or with an undercut. It’s an excellent alternative to short afros or dealing with long curls.
13. Flat Top Afro Haircuts
Even though flat tops are typically associated with the 90s, history proves that some trends always come back in style. Several hairstyles from this decade are nowadays slowly but surely on the rise again.
14. Big Afro Hairstyles for Men
If your workplace isn’t a constraint, you should feel free to rock your afro however way you want to. For some men, this means sporting a big afro with as much volume as possible – and this will look good no matter your face shape.
15. Afro with Short Sides
To switch back to modern male afro hairstyles, here is a very cool example with shaved sides. You will have to take care of the top part of your hair and check in with your barber more often to maintain the sides.
16. Locs Hairstyles for Afro Men
Braids and locs have always played a fundamental role in afro hairstyles. Not only are they a great protective style for afro-textured hair, but they’re also a neat way to express yourself. Thick locs are very popular.
17. Afro Hairstyles for Men with Thin Sideburns
This afro hairstyle is so well-shaped. With just a bit of tapering at the edges, this clean afro is completed by some pretty cool sideburns. Instead of using a classically thick design, the barber opted for thin and sleek.
18. Sponge Twist Hairstyles for Afro Men
A sponge afro twist is an indispensable tool for guys who want to get those picture-perfect curls. When it comes to afro hairstyles for men, you can use a sponge twist to individually define your curls.
19. Line Up Mens Afro Hairstyles
The box fade, line, up or temp fade all point to the same haircut – one which contours your hairline in a rectangular shape with 90-degree angles on each side of your temple.
20. Puffy Hairstyles for Afro Men
One of the major benefits of having an afro is that you can rock puffy hair! If you’re all about the visual impact of your afro, don’t hesitate to let it grow large and puffy. You can also gather it up in a man bun or top knot or ponytail for a change or to get it out of the way.
21. The Messy Afro Look
Regardless of your hair texture, messy hairstyles will always look alluring. Mid-length locks should do the trick if you want to leave your hair as is but not look messy.
22. Small Afro Hairstyles with Shaved Lines
An easy way to style a short afro fade is with shaved lines. If you want your design to be simple yet impressive, consider shaving a single line on one side of your head.
23. Afro Hairstyles for Men with Dreads
Nowadays, you will be seeing a lot of men rocking bold dreadlocks hairstyles for their afro-textured hair. Even though there are multiple ways to get dreads, we recommend the freeform approach which is also known as natural, organic, or neglect dreadlocks.
24. Ombre Afro Hairstyles for Men
What about bringing your hairstyle to life with some color? For tapered afros, a trendy idea is to dye the top part in a color that complements your personality.
25. Two Strand Twist Hairstyles
The two-strand twist is a braiding staple in the African hair community for both men and women. In addition to its protective properties, the two-strand twist also looks amazing even on medium-length afro-textured hair.
26. Asymmetrical Afro Hairstyles for Men
If you’re an outgoing individual, you may want to work up the courage to explore asymmetrical afro haircut ideas.
27. Afro Curly Bangs Hairstyles
With big afro hair for men, you’ll most likely get some curl action over your forehead too. For those that do not want to follow the long approach all around, keep just the bangs portion and consider getting an undercut for the rest of your hairstyle.
28. Long Curly Hairstyles
Although Afro hairstyles are representative for men with African heritage, Caucasian men with naturally curly hair can also get a similar look. Celebrities like Seth Rogen, Howard Stern, or Nick Jonas go to show that long and curly hairstyles can look wonderful on anyone.
29. 360 Waves Hairstyles for Afro Men
Few afro hairstyles for men can compare to the polished finish that 360 waves provide. A short, neatly-trimmed afro haircut, 360 waves involve shaping layers of grooves throughout the hair. Also consider pairing your 360 waves with a temple fade.
30. Spiky Afro Hairstyles
With a little bit of motivation and patience, you can turn a classic afro into an edgy modern hairstyle. To get these spiky results, simply dab some hair product on the tips of your fingers and start twisting the tips of individual strands.
31. Afro Beards
Not all men are suited for a full head of afro-textured curls. In fact, some may want to shave their heads entirely, but still, have a sort of afro. You can achieve this by letting your beard grow and groom.
32. Surgical Line Afro Styles
The funky alternative to a plain shaved line would be a surgical line. This latter is basically a line that starts about half-temple and curves as it gets closer to the back of the neck.
33. Angular Afros Haircut
We’re excited to present the afro-textured adaptation of an angular fringe. Inspired by the aforementioned hairstyle, the angular afro is tapered at the back and on the sides. As you advance towards the front, the afro portion is shaped at an angle above the forehead.
34. Afro Hairstyles with Nape Designs
It’s a well-known fact that V-shaped haircuts are trending again. But what can you do to make yours stand out, especially when you have an afro hairstyle? Incorporate a creative design into the V part at your nape.
35. New School – Best Afro Styles
As opposed to old-school afro haircuts, their modern counterparts involve two specific elements: dreadlocks and undercuts. The dreads portion can be anywhere from nose-length to chin-length, or even longer. Occasionally, you’ll even see them colored in a different shade, like the silver used below.
36. Brushed Up Afro Dreads
If you decided to go with freeform dreadlocks, you can start thinking about their overall shape. In case you don’t want them growing at all angles, you can gradually shape them into a brushed-up look all around.
37. Tiny Afro Hairstyles for Men with Burst Fades
A burst fade haircut is a cool way to liven up your afro. In a nutshell, your barber will be using the taper fade technique on both sides of your head – in a semicircle fashion. As a result, it will seem like your hair is “bursting” as it gets closer to the main part.
38. Tall Afro Hairstyles for Men
If you’re really ambitious, you can let your hair grow into a really big, long top afro that you can style in different ways. If you’re not into the large circular shape, you can style yours to be tall and long, as seen below.
39. Half Up Afro Hairstyles
Half-up styles will work with a variety of different afro hairstyles for men – but only if the hair is long enough. For example, men with longer dreads can get a result similar to the one in the picture below. This will also look just as imposing with natural afro curls.
40. Afro Hairstyles with Highlights
There are so many ways to add a touch of color to your hair. If you’re not up for a half-and-half approach, you can throw in some highlights just to make your locks seem all the more lively – this also adds definition.
41. Side Part Afros
Whether you have a receding hairline or just prefer going for a more distinctive shape for your afro, consider this: a side part. Make sure to create it while your hair is still damp after washing – this way, it will maintain its form even after drying.
42. Male Afro Hairstyles with Headbands
Long and curly hair can be problematic to keep out of the way, sometimes. In such cases, we recommend using a headband to keep the curls out of your eyes, be it a metal or a fabric-based one, according to preferences.
43. Basquiat Hairstyles
The late and great Jean-Michel Basquiat had arguably one of the most uniquely recognizable afro hairstyles for men. Few other artists have managed to customize their afro hair in such a way as to become iconic (only The Weeknd springs to mind right now). So go crazy and experiment and add your own imaginative twist to your afro!
44. Afro Mohawk Hairstyles for Men
The classic mohawk becomes all the more wearable if you have afro-textured hair. Instead of the classic liberty spikes, you’ll get a nice short afro with shaved sides. Make the main part as wide or narrow as you please.
45. Afro Hairstyles with Mid Fades
We’ve covered afro hairstyles for men with high and low fades, but what about going halfway? You can always opt for a mid fade that will see your hair get tapered on the sides and back an inch or two above your ear.
46. Afros for Older Men
Another amazing thing about afros is that they cater to all age groups. Whether you’re a teen or a senior, you can still look outstanding with an afro. We suggest pairing a long top with a fairly long beard too!
47. Peaked Afro Hairstyles for Men
In this shot, Marlon Wayans successfully combines two hairstyle ideas from our list: the angular afro and the mohawk. This blend results in a peaked afro that’s similar to what a faux hawk would be for other hair textures.
48. Colorful Afro Hairstyles for Men
We’ve already shown you several ways to add color to your afro, but what about going for more vivid hues? Lively colors like blue, green, or even pink are a great way to express your personality through your hairstyle.
49. Punk Afro Hairstyles for Men
If you do want to add a punk edge to your afro mohawk, the key is to let your hair grow longer. Additionally, consider shaving the sides completely to accentuate the upper part. What a rock star look!
50. Afro Ponytail and Undercut
Our last creative styling idea is this afro ponytail with an undercut. The lower part seems to transition from completely shaved to growing out, while the top is left long and curly. This way, you can easily wear your hair either tied up or let it down and free!
To wrap things up, it’s safe to say that afro hairstyles for men are very versatile in terms of ways in which you can style and wear them. For a touch of 60s or 70s nostalgia, go for a big, round, old-school afro. On the other hand, you can experiment with a new school afro haircut too!
It’s all up to you to choose the afro haircut and styling that most fits your look! And don’t forget to tell us what afro haircut you choose! Simply leave a comment, we’re open to discussions.
Martin is a hairstylist and makeup artist, with a passion for art, interior design, and traveling. He has been in the industry for over 10 years and loves meeting new people. Martin enjoys assisting his clients with their various needs and is looking forward to running his own business. When he is not busy building on his career, Martin finds pleasure in spending time with family, going out for a run, and inviting friends over for dinner, boardgames, and a movie.