Reviewed & updated: March 28, 2023 by Jamie Wilson BA
Don’t get it twisted.
Actually, do. If you’re looking to upgrade your curly hair but not sure where – or how – to start, we’ve compiled some of the hottest twist hairstyles for black men to take through 2022 and beyond.
As hairstyles for black men go, giving it the twist is one of the best decisions you can make, either at home or in the barber’s chair. If you’ve got the help of a professional to hand, then adding in a high top fade, temp fade, top fade or high top is a surefire way to give twist hairstyles for men some added kudos.
For men who want their hair to be a little subtler, a classic twist is also a good option. Hairstyles are always incredibly personal choices, obviously, but the great news is that they are relatively short-lived, and hair that takes the twist, can often be changed as and when you feel like it.
1. The Classic Twist Out
Listen up men: want to look like you have more hair and embrace your natural hair? Then the classic twist out is the hairstyle for you. It couldn’t be easier, either. Simply work through your hair with two-strand twists, leave them to set while you get some well-earned sleep, and then unravel the twist the next day for a black hairstyle with effortless cool. You will enjoy this trend everywhere.
2. Try A Twist Out With An Undercut
This hairstyle is just as easy as the classic twist hairstyle mentioned previously, but does require a little help from a professional (or mate with a very steady hand). Working best on men who have shorter lengths, work out where you want your twists to start and then incorporate a close cut or shaved hairstyle underneath. Edgy hair in an instant. Make sure to grow out your beard to round up the look.
3. How About Bleaching Your Twists?
Embrace the bottle and try dramatically (or subtly – depending on your vibe) changing the look of your hair by bleaching it. Start off by just doing the tips to add depth and definition to your hairstyle. Loving it? Then just do more hair. Plus, you could even add color later on as your usual black hair will be reduced in pigment making different hues pop. Keen to really up the ante? Try it with a high top, or a top fade and make it a hairstyle to remember (for all the right reasons).
4. Make Your Twists Thick
Thick is sick and slick, right? Right. These chunky twists are best for short to medium-length black hair, but so long as you have a lot of it to start with, anything is fair game with this hairstyle. Work to the classic twist method, but include more hair when doing the two-strand twist. It really is that simple. You could even add rings or other elements to the ends of the hair to really style it out. This look can work on any length locks.
5. Sponge Twists? Yes Please
Black men with super thick hair (think 4C curls) can sometimes struggle with definition when following the classic two strand twist technique. However, a sponge twist is a great alternative. You probably need to head to a barber who specializes in hairstyles for black men for this one, as it requires a special piece of kit called a ‘twist sponge’ or ‘loc sponge’. Your hair is pulled into these holes and then the twist is performed by the pro repeatedly all over your hair, to create this distinctive look. As twist hairstyles for men go, it’s unique and just a little bit cool. Make sure to use proper hair shampoo and moisturizing conditioners to get this look.
6. What About Teaming Your Sponge Twists With A Taper Fade?
Once you’re in the barber’s chair, you might as well make the most of it and go for something properly rad. A taper fade on black men is a flawless update with any kind of curly hair and is having something of a moment right now when it comes to hairstyles for men. You could also try a high top fade if you’ve got enough length going on.
7. Two Strand Twists On Short Hair
Not got the patience to grow your ‘fro hairstyle but looking for a change? As soon as your hair is long enough to be even slightly pinched and twisted, you can give this great look for black men with curls a go. Just bear in mind that black hair with a 4C curl will be a tad less defined. Twist hairstyles always look different depending on different men and their hair texture, anyway, that all adds to the charm.
8. There’s Nothing Wrong With Medium Length…
Hairstyles for men, that is (don’t get the line ”twisted”). If your black, curly hair is needing a refresher and it’s at a medium length – give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve found your winning hair (re)style with a twist. Popular with black men who know what’s cool, these hairstyles are simple yet effective. Follow the classic two strand twist technique and apply it all over.
9. How Do I Do Two Strand Twists Again?
It’s a piece of cake for men who can put a bit of time into their hairstyling and hair maintenance. Just grab the two sections of hair you want to use, and strand twists them around each other until a kind of ‘rope’ of hair is formed. You can then leave the ends of the hair to do what they want for a more natural hairstyle, or add embellishment or ties to the hair for a little something extra.
10. Twists On Long Hair
For men in search of a quick and easy way to get dreadlock hairstyles for black textured hair, without waiting for them to form in their natural hair, twists in the hair are the answer. These hairstyles look incredible when done well on men, but to get the smooth, twisted look to the hair you may need to enlist some help. Wrap yarn from the base of the hair up to keep all that long hair in check. But men: be aware that these hairstyles are generally heavier, and will also need detangling after a few weeks.