How To Style Wavy Hair For Men?

If you’re a dude who has thick, wavy hair, then you’ll know that it can be a bit of  a nightmare to maintain, let alone choose the perfect hairstyle.

There are so many kinds of cuts out there that simply don’t work for wavy hair, so you might want to do your research before your next visit to the barber shop. 

How To Style Wavy Hair For Men

Don’t worry though, bro, because we’ve got you covered.

Below we’ve compiled a list of different hairstyles that look awesome on wavy hair types. Keep reading to find one that appeals to you. 

Figure Out Your Hair Type

Before we jump straight in and take a look at some of the different hairstyles that will work for you, let’s assess your hair type.

You may think at first that your hair is indeed simply wavy.

This isn’t always the case, however, and there are lots of different factors that go into choosing the right hairstyle. 

Thick Hair Type 

First of all, take a look at the density of your hair, to figure out if it’s thick or not.

Thin hair types contain only 50 microns, and thicker hair types can exceed 100 microns.

To find out if yours is thick or not, take a look at how many individual shafts are on your head. 

If it looks like your hair is made up of lots of individual hairs, and you can’t easily run your fingers through it, then chances are that you have a very thick head of hair. 

If you have an incredibly thick head of hair that is difficult to manage, then we suggest staying away from lengthy cuts, as these can be incredibly difficult to manage.

Instead opt for a variety of different buzz cuts. 

Curly Hair 

You may be mistaking your hair for the curlier variety. Although it may appear that your hair is primarily made up of waves, loose curls might actually be a more appropriate description. 

You’ll know if you have curly hair, because it will feel very coarse to the touch.

Curly hair will also become very frizzy when the weather is humid, so pay attention to how it responds to this. 

If you suspect that you might actually be donning curly hair instead of the wavy variety, then we suggest that you opt for a flat, layered cut, so that you don’t have too much to deal with in humid conditions. 

Hairstyles For Wavy Hair 

How To Style Wavy Hair For Men?

Now that we’ve eliminated other potential hair types, we can move on to discuss some of the ways that you can style your wavy hair to get it looking as fresh as possible. 

Mid Length Waves

One of the hairstyles that looks the coolest on dudes with wavy hair, are cuts that are made at the midpoint of the head.

These give you an effortless look, that is easy to style and is pretty hassle free in terms of maintenance. 

This look is also one that doesn’t go out of fashion, and it’s been a popular look for people for generations.

This guarantees that you’ll always look stylish, no matter how the trends may alter. 

If you want to go for this style of haircut, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re not putting too much product in it whilst styling.

This is because the hairstyle is meant to look cool and relaxed, so overdoing it with the gel might get in the way of this effect. 

Slicked Back Waves

Another incredibly cool hairstyle for men with wavy hair is the slicked back look.

Because most of the time men with wavy hair won’t have locks which are too thick, it will be easy to slick back. 

To create this hairstyle, you’ll need to allow your hair to grow out for a while, so that it’s long enough to push back without any pesky strands falling forward.

If you want to make the cut look slightly more modern, then you can opt for an undercut too. 

Use a smoothing cream on damp hair, then push it backwards whilst drying it with a hairdryer. You can then use a pomade to comb it backwards. 

Wavy Side Parting 

This style of hair has risen in popularity over the years, and is now considered to be one of the most popular hairstyles for men with wavy hair.

Ask your barber to get rid of the bulk of the hair, by trimming the sides and the back. 

You can then leave some of the length on the top, which will be enough to create a stylish side parting.

Place some pomade on top, and then you can go ahead and comb it in the right direction so it stays all day. 


This hairstyle is truly for the brave, as it can be incredibly difficult to style.

Your barber will need to trim the back and sides of your hair, whilst keeping all of the length on the top. 

In order to style it, it’s best to let this one dry naturally by itself.

After you’ve done this, you’ll have to apply your pomade all the way from the tip, down to the root.

Then, you can shape it into the correct style by pushing it backwards and upwards, either using a comb or your fingers. 

If need be, apply some hairspray at the end to make sure it lasts the duration of the day. 

Final Thoughts

Although wavy hair can sometimes feel like a burden, there’s actually so many cool hairstyles out there to try.

Whether you want something understated, or something more flamboyant, you’re sure to find the right style for you.

Simply take a look at some of our suggestions above, and choose one that you think looks cool.

Matt Park
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