46 Fresh Hairstyles + Haircuts for Black Men in 2024

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Props to all the barbers out there who share their craft to inspire black guys with natural hair and create black men haircuts. Whether your hair is long, medium, or short, you’re about to see some of the best haircuts for black men right now. The current trends are sharp lines, low to high fades, twisted curls, clean lineups, faux hawks, frohawks, waves, hard parts, flat tops, and short dreds.

Before your next haircut, check out these photos of the trendiest black men haircuts and hairstyles.

Burst Fade for Black Men with Very Short Hair
Instagram @barbersukraine

#1: Burst Fade for Very Short Hair

The burst fade is a hairstyle favored by black men with very short hair. This style presents a zero drop fade on the sides and back, leading to a fade effect that smoothly transitions into longer hair on top. The burst fade stands out due to its tapering effect, with hair cut shorter near the edges and gradually increasing in length towards the top. For a sharp look that fits a wide array of face shapes and hair types, the burst fade is one of the best choices.

Clean Cut with Cool Faded Sides for Black Men
Instagram @afginc

#2: Clean Cut with Cool Faded Sides for Black Men

Defined edges and a seamless shave put this look on the top of our must-try hairstyles for black men list. If you want to grow out your hair a little bit, just know that kinky curls on top of the crown add flair and sass for a striking look.

Beard Fade with a Surgical Line for Black Men
Instagram @topofthecrown

#3: Beard Fade with a Surgical Line

If you want to add charm and a unique touch to your appearance, ask for a beard fade with a surgical line. A fade suits many hair types. Ask your barber to harmonize your haircut with your facial hair for a polished look. Also, you can incorporate a design into your hair for added style.

#4: Fresh Line Up with an Afro

A fresh line up with an afro is a stylish and popular haircut choice for black men. This haircut has clean and sharp lines along the hairline and facial hair. It creates a polished and refined look. The afro, on the other hand, adds volume and texture to the hair. This makes it bold and eye-catching, and it is especially suited to individuals with curly or textured hair. Regular trims are essential to maintain this look and keep the lines sharp. Using products like moisturizers and oils is the best way to nourish and enhance the natural texture of the hair.

#5: Dope Line-Up with a Surgical Line

This dope line-up with a surgical line could be a perfect choice for you if you prefer a traditional men’s haircut on your textured hair. Also, if you wish to spice up your style with a design, this could work for you. Your barber will tailor this style for you. They will use a zero fade to blend the haircut into the length you prefer on top. It will be adjusted to suit your face shape. Then, they will add a line as you wish. You’ll want to maintain your natural hair by keeping it hydrated. Use conditioning products for better daily styling and healthier hair.

Thick Freeform Dreads on Black Men
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#6: Thick Freeform Dreads

Wearing thick freeform dreadlocks is a practical way to add length to your natural hair. You can easily maintain these at home simply wash them to clear out any buildup, then let them air dry. The longer these dreads become, the more they lend themselves to different styles. You can wear them up or down, creating various looks with men’s hairstyles featuring dreadlocks.

#7: Stylish Tall Kinks with a Bald Fade

A hairstyle with stylish tall kinks and a bald fade is a great way to show off natural hair. Dudes who want a stylish, easy-to-manage haircut should consider this look. It shapes the hair on the top and back of your head and reduces bulk on the sides. It also adds visual interest by providing a contrast.

Beard Fade with a Fresh Line-Up for Black Men
Instagram @lyndell_44

#8: Beard Fade with a Fresh Line-Up

Doesn’t this neatly trimmed beard look crisp with a fresh line-up? This style is a perk as it’s ideal for both an office or a night out, and it’s also easy to keep up. To keep your beard and haircut neat, schedule appointments with your barber two weeks ahead.

#9: Proper Lineup for Men with Glasses

A good lineup is key for a great hairstyle. Perfect symmetry frames the face well. Cutting into the hairline can lead to problems. Make sure to find a skilled barber for this task. Some barbers use special spray products to enhance the look of a sharp lineup. The barber then applies the spray color, fine-tuning it with a cut-throat razor for a perfect finish.

Dapper Fade for Black Men with thick curly hair
Instagram @cutsbycameron

#10: Dapper Fade

If you have thick, curly hair and want a dapper fade haircut, this is a fashionable choice. This hairstyle involves a short cut on the sides with a longer one on top, offering a striking contrast that brings out your natural curls. You can personalize your haircut with options like low, mid, high, or skin fades. Be aware that this haircut requires regular barbershop visits every 2 to 4 weeks to keep its faded look.

#11: Structured Afro with a Beard Fade

If you possess natural or textured curls, the structured afro paired with a beard fade is an excellent choice. It highlights the texture of black men’s hair and underlines their superb style. The hairstyle combines the fullness and curls of afro hair with a neat fade on the beard, making a noticeable contrast. Regular check-ups with a proficient barber are crucial to maintaining this hairstyle, keeping the afro well-rounded and the beard fade tidy and exact.

#12: Voluminous Fro

This voluminous fro is a work of art. It will have taken a lot of styling and teasing. I advise you to find an Afro-Caribbean barber, as this hair type is a specialty not all barbers know how to do this. Ask your barbers for advice so you can get the best advice on styling techniques, products, and upkeep.

Black men's finger waves with a beard for guys with a sharp image
Instagram @cutsbycameron

#13: Finger Waves with a Beard

If you want to experiment with a low cut or a fade, finger waves are an excellent option for black men. The waves will give you a classic and retro-inspired style. This dope hairstyle can add a sharp touch to your image while being suitable for all occasions. Adding a beard can bring a further level of masculinity while enhancing your facial features. The waves are best for anyone looking to condense their curl pattern into a tighter style.

Beard Fade with a Messy Kinky Top for Black Men
Instagram @gxdhair

#14: Beard Fade with a Messy Kinky Top

Check out this beard fade with a messy, kinky top. It will suit you if you wear your hair a little longer but don’t know where to start with growing out your natural hair. This style is a great option for guys wanting to have a little length up top but keep the sides buzzed down low with a fade. This allows for a cleaner grow-out process and creates a contrast to elongate a round face shape. Show this to your barber today and discuss how this cut would work best for you.

Stylish Twists with a Beard Fade for Black Men
Instagram @ajrxhdesignz_

#15: Stylish Twists

These stylish twists require a lot of length with afro hair to create. The top has been disconnected to allow it to grow. The back and sides have been faded down to the skin and kept tight to accentuate the twists on top. Spray enhancements have been used to create a very sharp lineup on the beard and hair lines. However, you will need to do your research and try to find a good afro barber that offers all of these services.

Black mens haircuts bald fade flat top
Instagram @vitaly.melchenko

#16: Bald High Fade Flat Top

Here’s a classic high top hairstyle for black men with thick hair! Like with all classic things, the look is well-known, and thus lacks the surprise factor. However, you get the “wow” from the top-notch execution of the high fade!

#17: Afro with a Beard Fade

This afro with beard fade has been executed perfectly to complement the shape of the afro and the sharp edges on the beard. It has been faded to the skin around the ears and the base of the neck and blended into the top, the fade then reverses and blends into the beard. You will need to see your barber on a regular basis to keep the fade fresh and the lines sharp of this black man haircut.

Faded with a Messy Top for Black Men
Instagram @xbigwesx

#18: Faded with a Messy Top

Some guys like their curls to be natural as you can see in this Afro style faded with a messy top. In order to get the length to the top it has to be disconnected. It has been faded down to the skin around the ears blending into the disconnection. I would imagine the only styling product used here would be a conditioning product for the curls. Invest in your hair and choose the right barber who knows black men hairstyles.

#19: Long Big Afro

We’re all familiar with the afro hairstyle, but an afro that is long and big is a unique twist on a classic look. This black men hairstyle is especially hot this year as 70’s fashion is making a strong comeback.

#20: Thick Curls with a Beard

Thick curls with a beard can look stunning on you. If you want to rock this look, don’t forget to get lined up and cleaned up regularly. What makes this cut and beard so attractive is the crisp clean lines and tight fade from beard to the hairline.

Crew cut + beard fade
Instagram @barbeiro_dicas

#21: Crew Cut + Beard Fade

A crew cut with a beard fade is up for anything! Clean low to mid skin fade blended to keep the natural waves on top while fusing the top of the beard and bottom of the fade to make a seamless transition. It is a clean and formal haircut for professional men to explore.

Frohawk with shaved line
Instagram @hair_junkee

#22: Frohawk with Shaved Line

Frohawk with shaved line is a simple yet effective skin-tight taper starting around the ear and finishing around the partial ridge. If you want to make the style of the cut pop, you can throw in a simple line or spice it up with a wave part to make this style a head-turner.

Short Cut with Surgical Part
Instagram @barbertold

#23: Short Cut with Surgical Part

Clean cuts flatter almost every face shape. With this hard part, a silhouette creates a nice precision and fade haircut.

#24: Short Cut with Long Curls

Elevate your everyday look by owning a cool texture on a precision cut.

Picture of black man with twisted curls haircut
Instagram @omellyzcutz

#25: Sponge Twists with Low Fade

This awesome look sports sponge twists with a low fade into the beard. The cut works for short to medium-length curls.

Picture of a black man with a drop fade haircut with a surgical line
Instagram @procisioncuts

#26: Drop Fade With Surgical Line for Medium-Length Curly Hair

The drop fade and curls with the long surgical line on this cut make it a masterpiece. If you have thick curls like this guy, give it a shot, as it’s one of the hottest short haircuts for a black guy right now.

A picture of a black men with a unique cornrow braided bun hairstyle
Instagram @wadblack_

#27: Cornrow Dreads with Braided Bun

If you have really long hair on top and short sides and you’re looking for something that stands out, then next time you’re at the shop, ask your barber for a jaw-dropping man braids hairstyle like this. This features cornrows and dreads on a bun updo.

A picture of a black men with medium length dreads and a disconnected undercut
Instagram @fro.fosho

#28: Disconnected Undercut with Long Twists

If you have long, natural hair and want to impress the ladies, try this disconnected undercut with super cool twist braids. It really makes long twists the most impressive style out there.

#29: Burst Fade Faux Hawk

See how the fade grows out from the ear? That’s a burst fade on this faux hawk cut. The combo makes this a dope cut for a guy with short hair. This faux hawk fade for black men is moving up the list of one of the most popular men’s hairstyles this year.

clean crop with temple fade and shape up
Instagram @andyauthentic

#30: Clean Crop With Temple Fade and Shape-Up

This short, clean line up haircut has a perfect temple fade into the beard that gives it a top-notch look. It’s the clean-cut that makes it one of the most popular hairstyles for any black guy.

Haircuts for black men
Instagram @sjr_barber

#31: High Top with Stripes

Old school meets new school! This low-top cut will never truly go out of style. These haircut styles for black men are perfect for those who want a cut with a hip-hop feel.

A freehand fade haircut for black men
Instagram @negocutz

#32: Freehand Fade and High Top

A clean modern cut uses the flat top technique and the freehand scissor fade cut to create a look ideal for men with a soft bone structure. Just be sure to work with a pro barber who knows how to achieve this structured and balanced cut.

Short Afro Fade for Black Men
Instagram @s.fadess

#33: Short Afro Fade

The best thing about the faded flat top for curly hair is its commitment to precision angles while showcasing the traditional gradual fade. It’s one of those black haircuts for men that’s grafted into every culture and hair type for guys.

I enjoy recommending this short afro haircut for black men who aren’t afraid of spending time changing their look from day to day. Day one, it’s precise and clean. After shampooing and conditioning the hair, a natural oil-based product can be applied. Using a foam sponge in a circular motion on the hair can create manicured curls that shine and texture this exact haircut.

High and Tight for a Black Guy
Instagram @fabian_fade_

#34: High and Tight for a Black Guy

Notice how the men’s hair blends into the skin perfectly with a smooth transition and a uniformed blend? Florida-based stylist Elgin Loyd created this haircut and he says it would suit any man.

Loyd explains, “It just depends on how much hair you want to leave on the top and how high or low you want your fade on the sides. It’s easy for a guy to keep a product in, groom it and also bring out your facial features or it could hide them. This fade is best on round heads. Skin fade haircuts are one of the hardest fades to do because you have to get a transition from the skin to the hair without leaving a hard line at the bottom.”

Tapered Waves with Beard and Sharp Hairline for Black Men
Instagram @waversdreams

#35: Tapered Waves with Beard and Sharp Hairline

These tapered waves are bold with a professional edge. The best thing about this cut for black guys is that it’s a perfect blend of edge and professionalism. This wavelength taper requires low maintenance. This is a perfect cut for African-American men who desire a longer wavelength on the top. The continual flow of the beard at a low length still provides a clean look. In order for the curly hairstyles for black hair to lay smoothly, you must receive a wash after pre-cutting. Finishing the hair with a light oil will provide you with a glossy finish without the product build-up.

The Waves Design
Instagram @dicasdebarbeiro._

#36: The Waves Design

Described as “The Waves,” this style is completely unique. It’s a skin fade with waves or a crisscross pattern. Men who want to try this cut must either fully commit to this look or don’t do it at all. You cannot be indecisive. You’re in it to win it.

High Top Fade with Disconnected Part
Instagram @valeriano_kesa

#37: High Top Fade with Disconnected Part

Consider a high-top fade. My favorite thing about this haircut is the sideline or side part. To create the high fade with the disconnected part, I like using the Wahk Senior. For guards, I used 0.5 on both sides, 1.0 and 1.5 to blend the sides, and a zero on the back. On top, I freehanded using an afro comb and scissors. I used the “T Liners” for the shape up or line up. Most men with a round or oval face shape can wear this look well. The ideal hair type would be coarse and medium.

Short Wave Cut with Taper Fade
Instagram @waversdreams

#38: Short Wave Cut with Taper Fade

A bald taper fade with waves over curly textured hair is a masterpiece.  My favorite thing about this men’s hair style is that the simplicity of the cut allows the natural wave pattern to stand out. Because it’s a simple haircut, it can be done quickly. I recommend that the barber or the stylist trying to recreate this look use a detachable blade clipper with a 1 1/2 blade, their favorite adjustable blade clipper, electric shaver/finisher, trimmer, razor blade, and shears.

#39: Braided Man Bun with Mid-Bald Fade

The braided man bun with a mid-skin fade can be worn in a business or casual setting.  This look is also a low-maintenance hairstyle, so no additional products are needed. It’s recommended for the confident, modern-day man who’s looking for a style that’s clean but flexible. Although this style looks best with round and/or oval-shaped faces, any face shape can work.

#40: Curly Afro on Top to Temp Fade with Beard

This particular look is a high bald taper or a temp fade with a faded beard lineup and a curly afro texture on top. This a pretty common haircut on a black man, except for the faded-out beard. Fading out the beard is a fairly new trend that has become more popular recently. It gives the man a more detailed and clean look to their beard.

Also, note if you have gray hairs, you can use a semi-permanent dye or an enhancement to eliminate the gray. A technique I use is applying these men’s hair products, not just to the gray, but around the hairline to create a more sharp and fuller look. For any man who wants to adopt such an afro fade, it would be best for one with a light scalp and black-colored hair.

Black Mens Clean Buzz Cut with Line Up and High Skin Fade
Instagram @slidercuts

#41: Clean Buzz Cut with Line Up and High Skin Fade

A short buzz cut with a lineup and bald fade is a very classy look for the professional and businessman. It’s a skin fade blended into a 1.5 on the top. There’s no cut cleaner than a high skin fade. It doesn’t require too many products. I usually just use a lining spritz for the shape-up. Hair clippers and a razor will do the rest.

You can have long hair on the top and skin fade, or you could have a buzz cut. It works either way! I would recommend this cut for someone with a clean scalp and no dry spots/rashes on their heads for the best results. These things would be much more exposed to this cut.

Bald Cut with a Long Beard for Black Guys
Instagram @_clark44

#42: Bald Cut with a Long Beard

A bald cut with a faded beard is low-maintenance. The overall style can be maintained at home, although you should seek professional advice for shave techniques and growth patterns. For the beard, a pick and an all-natural balm should be used to promote growth and add moisture to the skin underneath. This stylish look is great for the distinguished black gentleman or a man who’s naturally thinning in the crown area and wants to at least grow out a long beard.

Uniform Layered Cut Waves
Instagram @cthornthebarber

#43: Uniform Layered Cut Waves

You’ll look excellent with these waves and sharp connecting lines from the forehead to the beard.

This is a uniform layered cut by Chris Thorn, a talented barber from Pennsylvania. It’s one of the most common haircuts for men today. Thorn explains, “It’s ideal for most face shapes and hair textures. This look is also versatile as it can work in a business or casual setting. My favorite thing about this look has to be that it’s very low-maintenance.”

Thorn also points out, “This particular short haircut works best for men simply because of its versatility and durability.”

Natural Spinner Waves
Instagram @lyndell_44

#44: Natural Spinner Waves

A haircut with 360 waves offers an urban, sporty, athletic, classy, and natural look! What I love the most about this look is how the natural waves come together so uniformly. To achieve hairstyles for men like this, you need a lot of time, a little grease, and a 100% boar bristle brush. Apply a small amount of grease to your hair and brush in the direction that goes with your hair’s growth pattern. You’ll need to do this repeatedly, over and over again, until you reach the desired amount of waves. Note that natural waves will not come in one day. Getting waves is a process and requires a few days of brushing.

#45: Burst Fade Mohawk with Hair Design

This burst fade and mohawk haircut is one of the baddest and boldest looks right now.

The one thing I enjoy doing with this mohawk fade haircut is the way it’s so simple and bold. If you go too small and intricate it will only last a few days at most, but if you go bolder you will have a lot of contrast between the skin and the design it will stay a lot longer.

#46: Low Fade With Hard Part

This haircut is a low fade with a part. My favorite part about this haircut is the part with the fade, which makes the haircut pop out even more. The edge also brings out the haircut. The product you should use for this haircut is called Spritz. It freezes the hair in place and makes the edge more precise. I also use an oil sheen, which leaves the hair shiny and silky smooth. One of the best features of such black men haircuts is that it works for anyone!