Some men with curly hair have a love-hate relationship with their locks. On the one hand, they can be stylish and attention-grabbing; on the other hand, they can be difficult to control and manage. The key to taming curly hair is to find the right products.
How to choose the right curly hair products for men
In general, products that add moisture and control frizz are a good choice for men with curly hair. Another tip is to avoid products that contain alcohol, as this can dry out the hair and make it more difficult to style.
Of specific concern to men may also be avoiding products that are overly fragranced as some products tailored for women’s preferences may be. Don’t fall for marketing hype that men have different hair needs than women, they’re just trying to sell you on products you don’t need. Instead, focus on ingredients, fragrance, and formulation and you’ll perfect your curly hair routine in no time.
A basic curly hair routine for men
Curly hair dudes should avoid shampoos that dry out the hair and instead look for products that add much needed moisture. We love the Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo with silk protein and neem oil because it cleanses hair gently without stripping oil from your hair. You’ll also want to consider the frequency of your shampooing. If you workout or tend to notice your hair getting oily, daily washing is perfect but if you notice your hair feeling dry, there’s no reason to shampoo every day.
After shampooing, you’ll want to use a light conditioner that doesn’t weigh the hair down or make it look greasy. We recommend Kenra AllCurl Balancing Conditioner since it delivers hydration without overdoing it.
Gel or Styler
If your hair air dries straight from the shower beautifully, congrats – you can stop here! But for those of us battling frizz or lack of curl definition, your last step will be a gel or styling product.
Gels get a bad reputation for being hard and sticky but they work miracles to keep curls in place. Once the gel is dry, a trick to soften the gel cast is to rub a drop or two of hair oil on your hands and run it through your hair. That should do the trick! TWIST Weather Up Gel is perfection since it feels light but gives you the hold you need.
If you don’t need a lot of hold, a cream based styler might be for you. These work similarly to gels but don’t get hard and sticky while they help your curls keep their shape. OGX’s Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream works like a dream to keep your curls defined and moisturized without a hit of crispy gel feel.
Our Picks for Best Curly Hair Products for Men
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo w/ Silk Protein & Neem Oil
- Silicone, Sulfate, Phthalate, & Paraben Free
- Cruelty Free
- Cleanses gently and enhances curl
- Coconut Oil to protect hair
- Hibiscus flower extract improves hair elasticity and reduces breakage
- Rich, creamy lather won’t strip hair of natural oils
Kenra AllCurl Balancing Conditioner
- Increases manageability
- Adds shine and moisture
- Helps with detangling
- Defines Curls
- Silicon & Paraben Free
TWIST by Ouidad Weather Up Gel
- Prevents frizz from humidity
- Keeps hair moisturized
- All day, soft, touchable hold
- Wheat protein and argan oil nourish the hair
OGX Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream
- Smooths and defines curly hair
- Keeps frizz and flyaways at bay
- Moroccan argan oil moisturizes curls
- Pleasant citrus and woody scent
- Free from parabens and sulfates
If you’re a man who is struggling to manage your curly hair, we hope these tips and products will be your first step towards learning to love your locks!