Ready to try something new? We know it’s tempting if you sink into the barbershop, cozy leather armchairs and don’t give it a second thought. All of your worries drift away when you hear the hum of the hair clipper, and you don’t think twice when your hairdresser starts giving you the same haircut you’ve always had for the past five years. While we’re sure it looks good on you, it’s time to branch out and give it a shot. Check out our list of must-try hairstyles for black men – trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
1. Highlighted curls
If you are bored with the natural color of your locks, add a splash of blonde to the ends. It creates a striking look, paired with short curls and a full beard.
2. Shoulder-length dreads
Shoulder-length dreds offer such versatility, so you can let them down or pull them up to half a bun or bangs, which is a big trend now.
3. Close harvest
Easier is better, right guys? This clean cut looks sharp, and if your hairdresser is good, give it a subtle fade around your face.
4. Low fade and full beard
There is no better pair than the bland and the beard. The shave at the bottom of the cut highlights the line-up around the face, making it look clean and smooth, but masculine at the same time.
5. Asymmetrical cut with a hard part
Who says everything needs to be fed until you are perfect? Take a clean cut like the high fade and add an interesting twist with a hard part and the long, shaggy curls on top. It is best to wear this hairstyle for black men with a BART to complete the look.
6. Short afro
Hold your locks in this short off showing the volume and texture, as well as a clean line up around the face. It looks great with a goatee, mustache, or full beard – or, if you’re brave enough, try clean, shaved.
7. High fade with BART
The high fade with a beard is a perfect hairstyle for black men with a rounder face. It helps to keep the facial features looking longer. Note – this effect is amplified even more with more hair on the top and a long beard.
8. Almost Bald Buzz Cut
If you’ve always had more locks, we dare you to shave all the way. This close crop looks smooth and requires absolutely no maintenance.
9. Long dreads
10. Tall bun with a bandana
If your braids are long enough, you have the luxury of throwing yourself in a pony or bun. We love this new, artistic-looking one more than ever.
11. Intricate braids
ASAP Rocky from this look famous, rocking braids that went in all directions. This look has gone from fun and youthful to a powerful fashion statement, borne by many of the biggest names in the hip-hop industry. And, if the braids are long enough, you can pull them back into a bangs or bun for a more elegant look.
12. Cropped Sliced and BEARD
Drake is proof that a BART can grow to completely reshape a face. His makes him look older, more masculine and angular – especially with this buzz cut with the line design, shaved into it.
13. Middle fading with waves
Another fresh, shorter hairstyle for black men is the middle fading with the waves. We love this look with a five o’clock shadow.
14. Middle fade with half-length dreadlocks
It’s a little bold and adventurous about coupling a fade center with dreads like this. With a line design shaved in the cut and a well groomed beard, you have a seriously dope haircut.
15. Bald fade with braids on top
This style leaves room for experimentation – with hard parts, shaved-line designs, and even the dreads if you want to switch until you have the top half of your hair. We suggest pairing the style with a little three-day beard or mustache.
16. Bald fade with the heavy part