Hairstyles For Black Men

Times are always changing, one might be convinced to think. But some would say that the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.

Hair styles have been around for centuries, denoting character, style and mostly identity. Women, have been known to be more elaborate on hair do’s and terms such as Bad Hair Day have since become a “Thing” describing the opposite of a good hair do. For different ethnicities, hairstyles have meant different things and where done in different ways. Some African tribes shaved their heads and replaced the convoluted and twisted protein strands with colour pigments to express beauty and style. Some tribes cut off random parts to differentiate male from female expression and the list if  these expressions goes on and on.

From the Afro;  Bob Cut, Natural, Braidings, Dread logs to Cornrows, some hairstyles have faded in some eras and resurfaced in another. Check out a list of some the world’s hairstyles through time.

Most notably hairstyles like;

The Jheri curl


Hair that is curly and kept moist (or at least a wet-look maintained) by a Jheri curl activator. This style was popular in the 1980s especially with African-Americans, including Michael Jackson and Rick James.



The hair is ‘dreadlocked’ into individual sections using one of several methods, usually either backcombing, braiding, hand rolling, or locking in the roots. Dreadlocks can vary in size, tightness, and length. Dreadlocks are associated most closely with Rastafarians however modern twists are much cleaner and combined with other styles such as cornrows to make then look more neat and “Professional”.


Short Hair Waves, shortened to just waves, is a very common and sought after hairstyle for Black men that create the appearance of water like waves of the hair. Still popular among black people, especially among black American and West African men.





Popularly known  as Chiskop in South Africa, translated as “Bald Head” thus meaning having little or no hair on the head. Most popular among the older generation of black males. A new trend of growing a full beard with this kind of hairstyle is also becoming mainstream. Not to mention a touch of framed spectacles to complete the look.

Today though, a trend called Taper Fades, has taken the men’s world of hairstyle by storm. Seemingly suitable from a young boy to a mature man, it has also taken favour across many ethnicities. A sprinkle of some trimmed beard adds even more flavour to your hairstyle. Originally done by young american men in the later 1980 and 1990s. The trend seems to be catching on with variations of the hair structure, be it uncombed, dread logs, curls etc.



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