Guide: Absolutely All Men Hair Types You Need to Know - Men Hairstyles World

Guide: Absolutely All Men Hair Types You Need to Know

Misinformation abounds on the interwebs when it comes to what all the men hair types are.

Simply put: not one single article or video adequately shows all the types of hair men usually have.

Furthermore, they’ve all got misleading names for the same thing, and none seem to agree on just HOW many types of hair there are.

The solution?

Men Hairstyles World presents the complete guide to all the different types of hair for men. We’ll try to keep this short and easy to read, so let’s get to it.

First off, a short table, click the names to be sent directly to the respective sections:


A fine loose loose defined
B mediumdefined tight z coil
C coarse widecorkscrew tight

We’ll talk about all of these a bit further down, but first, you need to know hair doesn’t just rank by texture. There’s also thickness to consider:


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Now let’s break it down!

I. Men Hair Types by Thickness

Thin Hair

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  • Scalp can be seen through the hair
  • Hair strands are very thin
  • New hair grows sparsely
  • Hair aspect is overall limp and lifeless


Thin hair means the individual strands of hair are frail and often brittle, if the hair is dry enough. Fine hair can be great if it’s dense, but more often than not it’s accompanied by a genetic predisposition to baldness.

As such, thin hair can be one type you’re born with or that you slowly grow into… by losing hair. Poor taste jokes aside, male pattern hair loss or alopecia affects millions of men every year, with as much as 42% of American men ages 18 to 49 reporting moderate to severe hair loss.

Immediate physical effects aside, thinning hair has a lasting psychological and psychosocial impact, with many affected men refusing to begin treatment because of an innate unwillingness to recognize their receding hairline.

So thin hair care is possibly one of the most important ones you need to watch out for and take care of.

Products to use:

  • Volume shampoos and conditioners
  • Blow dryers
  • Heat protectors before blow drying
  • Hair loss products

Normal Hair

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  • Scalp can be seen if you use your hand to draw back your hair
  • Hair strands are normal, healthy-looking
  • Volume products and most conditioners negatively impact your hair


Normal hair may sound basic, but it can be a nightmare to control and especially to find the right products for it. Most men with the normal hair type thickness do with basic shampoos you can find in any store.

However, once a hint of products designed for thin or thick hair touches your scalp, it all goes weird for at least a few days.

Our best tip when it comes to normal hair is: do what feels natural to you. Don’t go into complex products if you’re not 100% sure of them!

Products to use:

  • Basic shampoos and conditioners
  • Anything labeled “for normal hair”

Thick Hair


  • Scalp can barely be seen, you need to struggle to see it
  • It’s difficult to dry off when it’s longer
  • Hair strands are particularly wide
  • Rich, highly textured hair that looks full at all times


Thick hair is unusually difficult to handle, being so full and vibrant and untamed. That’s why most hairstylists will advise you to use conditioner as much as possible.

So, on shampooing days you should go for standard conditioners (for thick hair) and on non-shampooing days go for a leave-in conditioner, that can be applied to your hair while dry. These are basic tips from Rogelio Samson we stand by!

However, be particularly careful with conditioners since they’re a double-edged sword: almost always, conditioners will make your hair more manageable but also thicker in the long run, according to Antonio Centeno.

As such, do what feels natural, if you feel you should lay off the conditioner for a while – do it!

Products to use:

  • Thick hair shampoos and conditioners
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Styling aid products: pomade or wax. But only if your hair is either very short or medium to long. Typically, short and thick hair will look artificial when styled excessively.

II. Men Hair Types by Texture

1. Straight Hair

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A. Fine:

  • Hair is soft, even excessively so
  • Curls can be very difficult to obtain
  • Needs cleaning often because it gets oily
  • It’s difficult to damage it

B. Medium:

  • Has a bit more volume than fine hair
  • Looks fuller, more vibrant

C. Coarse:

  • Very difficult to curl


Straight hair isn’t all the same. Most people with straight hair will agree that curls can happen if proper length is achieved. That’s why hair irons are so popular with straight-haired individuals.

Now, most types of straight hair (fine and coarse) will rarely, if ever, curl. It would be natural to only expect such curls when your hair is over 6 inches from the scalp.

However, medium straight hair can curl at just 3 inches and it’s still considered straight. We’ve one famous character in mind for this (Sirius Black!). Look at the way that hair coils towards the tips, but if it were to be cut short, if would be very straight.


Care for straight hair by letting it dry before going to bed. Don’t let dirt touch it or oils build up around it or it will become dull, faded, and messy.

Use mousse for longer dos and volumizing conditioners along with shampoos every two days. Rinse thoroughly.

Products to use:

  • Volumizing shampoos and conditioners every couple of days
  • Mousse or water-based pomades
  • Spray-on hair volumizers
  • Looking for just a slight sheen? Wax would be great

2. Wavy Hair

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A. Loose waves:

  • Basic S pattern, but loose
  • Hair is fluffy yet a bit difficult to control
  • Sticks close to the scalp

B. Defined waves:

  • Frizzy hair, basically
  • Clearly defined S shapes (therefore named the “defined” type of hair!)
  • Slightly difficult to style

C. Wide waves:

  • Wide S shapes
  • Lightly frizzy hair
  • Very difficult to control


Wavy hair is typically moderately difficult to very difficult to control and style. Growing up already a bit curvy right from the follicle and depending on the type, if can become wavy really quickly.

The main difference between wavy hair for men and coiled or kinky hair for men is in, you guessed it, the coiled.

To be sure of your hair type, let it grow longer than three inches and if it doesn’t form waves, it’s straight. If it forms waves, but no coils, it’s clearly wavy, obviously.

To take care of wavy, frizzy hair, you’ve got to make sure it doesn’t dry up and pick up residual moisture from the air.

Find moisturizing conditioners (preferably leave-in) and, of course, moisturizing shampoos. And don’t go overboard with that towel after a shower on shampooing days.

Products to use:

  • Moisturizing conditioners and shampoos
  • Leave-in moisturizing conditioners
  • Hair volumizer sprays are great for longer hair
  • Waxes and pomade if you don’t want extra volume
  • Styling creams work best overall according to several sources, yet we’ve found that some types of wavy hair turn a bit too wild and too wet-looking. To each their own, however.
  • Use a diffuser on your hair dryer

3. Coiled Hair

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A. Loose Curls:

  • Typically thick hair
  • Full volume with frizzy tendencies
  • Textured hair

B. Tight Curls:

  • Curls hold more tightly together

C. Corkscrew Curls:

  • Obviously, curls take the shape of a corkscrew


Identifying the coiled hair type is pretty easy. The only test you need to do is just wash your hair and leave it to dry by itself. Obviously, by the time it’s dry, your hair strands should have formed coil shapes.

Lots of online guides say that your hair should resemble the cursive letter E. However, I’ve personally seen people with coiled hair that only loosely resembles the E shape, but that’s definitely curlier than the wavy type.

Having coils is amazing as a hair type for men since it provides the fullness that so many men fear losing as they age. Taking care of coiled hair is probably the most difficult part.

To care for coiled hair, men need to keep it moisturized regularly and shampoo scarcely. Using a hair dryer is a no-no. Instead, you’ll want to pat it dry without rubbing the towel all over it (that causes frizzy hair).

Lastly, a good moisturizing, daily conditioner is awesome, preferably leave-in so you don’t remove the natural oils.

Products to use:

  • Any type of moisturizing shampoos
  • Leave-in moisturizing conditioners
  • Styling cream for fighting frizz
  • For shorter hair, curl-enhancing sprays and mousses are great
  • Feeling lazy? Bad hair day? Pomade.

4. Afro-Textured Hair

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A. Defined Coils:

  • Very tight coils
  • Defined afro-texture

B. Z Coils:

  • Similarly tight coils
  • Afro pattern not as pronounced
  • Z-shaped coils

C. Tight Coils:

  • Tight coils
  • No visible afro pattern
  • Similar to Z coils, but held more tightly together


Afro-textured hair is probably the easiest hair type for men to identify. It’s defined by its very tight curls that form, as expected, a texture, rather than a curly mass.

Afro-texture is also called kinky, wooly, spiraled, or nappy hair, although the latter is considered very offensive and is only used in black communities.

Kinky hair is typically identified when one can’t distinguish between one hair or the other. Afro-textured hair always looks full and vibrant.

While difficult to manage, most barbers should know how to handle it. And if they don’t, they really need to learn!

To care for afro-textured hair:

Men should simply stick to the same logic as with coiled hair: keep it moisturized, shampoo only when necessary, use moisturizing products, and pat it dry.

However, kinky hair tends to get dirty quicker, so most people will need to wash it often. Cleansing conditioners also help with this but you need to be careful not to deplete the natural oils in your hair.

Products to use:

  • Moisturizing shampoos, only shampoo when necessary
  • Moisturizing, leave-in conditioners or, alternatively, some types of hair oil or butter
  • Alternate with cleansing conditioners if hair tends to get dirty too quickly
  • Styling cream will help reduce and prevent frizz.
  • Most types of pomades, waxes, and gels work for sculpting men’s kinky hair.

Extra Resources

πŸ’ˆ We recommend Rogelio Samson’s The Men’s Hair Book, which clearly describes all these hair types for men in great detail. A good reference for men hair types can also be found in Classic Hairstyles for Men by Antonio Centeno.
πŸ’ˆ The Wiki page for Afro-textured hair is seriously well-written and thoroughly researched.
πŸ’ˆ We’ve compiled a playlist of relevant videos for Afro-textured hair, you can check it out along with everything else on our YouTube channel.
πŸ’ˆ If you can’t figure out your hair type from this article, see this Texture Quiz by NaturallyCurly. It’s really good and we’ve been relying on it for a while. We’re trying to make one for our own website, specifically catered to men. But in the meantime, this one works pretty well!
πŸ’ˆ Don’t forget we’ve also got our page of recommended products where we’ve carefully selected the most impressive men’s hair and beard products we could find!

Check out our video for more examples of the above men hair types!

Typing Up the End

This has been our extensive guide on all men hair types. For more info regarding all the different hairstyles, haircuts, and hair types (and also beards, obviously), we’re here at your disposal!

Drop us a line, tell us your opinion on anything about men and their style – we’re eager to hear from you! So keep in touch!

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  1. Wow! Thank you so much for this! Would be helpful if you added hairstyle options for each hair type as well. Wonderful post indeed.

  2. Thanks for this guide. I finally identified my hair type. Wavy Loose… Now, I have to find a way to control this hair of mine :)).

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