There are four main hair types for men. Each hair type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right products for your hair type is key to achieving healthy, happy hair. Although there are several different hair classifications, the most well-known model is the Andre Walker Hair Typing System.
According to this system, there are four main types of hair:
- Type 1: Straight Hair
- Type 2: Wavy Hair
- Type 3: Curly Hair
- Type 4: Kinky Hair
1. Straight Hair
Does your hair and scalp get super oily by the end of the day? Does it fall straight without much fuss? If so, you probably have a straight hair type. Straight hair is usually soft and silky due to a high amount of oil secretion. As you’ll see below, this can be a blessing and a curse.
How to Care for Straight Hair
- Straight hair in men is a total breeze to maintain.
- Just wash it once daily, spritz it with sea salt spray to give it texture/volume, and boom—you’re out the door.
- But it’s not all good news for guys with straight locks.
- This hair type has a tendency to look limp and flat (hence, the need for sea salt spray).
- It’s also not great at hiding your thinning hair as you get older.
2. Wavy Hair
Wavy hair is often considered the sweet spot of men’s hair types. It’s got the perfect amount of volume without the high maintenance of curly hair. But wavy hair isn’t all fun and games. If you have this hair type, you’ve probably struggled to get your natural waves to cooperate.
How to Care for Wavy Hair
- Wavy hair is amazing for guys because there are endless ways to style it.
- First, get yourself a textured quiff (otherwise known as David Beckham’s signature look) or a similar haircut that lets you take full advantage of all that volume and/or thickness.
- Once you have the right cut, use pomade to style your hair and keep it locked into place for all-day sexiness.
- Wavy hair types can be prone to frizz, so be sure to pick up a moisturizing shampoo (look for one with Argan or Jojoba Oil) and a light conditioner that won’t weigh your strands down too much.
3. Curly Hair
Guys who have a curly hair type are no doubt aware of their curls. If you have this hair type, you were probably ruthlessly teased in grade school for its out-of-control poufiness. It wasn’t your fault. At the time, you didn’t know how to take care of curly hair. But look who’s laughing now?
How to Care for Curly Hair
- You’ve been blessed with thick, curly hair.
- Unfortunately, you also have the monumental task of caring for it.
- First things first: Get yourself an amazing leave-in conditioner for men.
- Your thirsty strands will thank you for it.
- Style your curls by applying a nourishing hair cream to wet strands.
- And for the love of curly hair, don’t allow your hair to air dry naturally.
4. Kinky (aka, Coily) Hair
Kinky hair is curly hair to the extreme. It’s often used to describe hair that grows in a helix shape—aka, a corkscrew or a spiral. Kinky hair types are most common in black guys. However, other ethnicities can have tightly-coiled locks as well. Regardless of your ethnicity, a few things remain the same when caring for kinky hair—namely, the need for moisture, moisture and more moisture.
How to Care for Kinky Hair
- Kinky hair requires extra care and attention because it’s more prone to breakage and frizz.
- To keep strands moisturized and hydrated, use deep-conditioning hair products and stay far away from sulfates, which can exacerbate dryness.
- Always use a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer to reduce frizz and never comb your curls.
- If you comb your perfectly tight coils, they’ll become a frizzy mess.
These are the common hair types for men.