If you’re a Black man with straight hair and looking for simple yet great styles to try, we’ve got news for you! We’re about to show you 25 straight haircuts and styles you can copy, even if your hair isn’t naturally straight.
How to Straighten Hair for Black Men
Straightening your hair as a Black man can be challenging. However, all it takes to achieve the perfect look is a quality straightening iron and proper technique. To get the perfect straight-haired look without damaging your hair, follow these steps.
Prep Your Hair
Prep your hair by shampooing and conditioning it. It is best to straighten your hair the day after a fresh wash. Apply a smoothing balm or serum to your hair. Avoid using oils before the straightening process so you don’t burn your hair.
Coat hair with a heat protectant spray once it has dried, then thoroughly brush your hair to detangle and de-knot. You do not want any knots when you straighten your hair.
Section Your Hair and Prep Your Iron
Next, section your hair into even sections. This will make it easier to straighten. Heat your iron to the proper setting.
As a general rule, lower heat is best for fine hair, and higher heat is best for thick hair. Start with a medium setting, lowering or raising the temperature as needed.
Straighten Your Hair Slowly and Carefully
Once the prep work is complete, begin straightening your hair. Start with the back of the head and work up. This helps ensure you reach all the sections easily without missing one or using the iron on a section multiple times.
Think of it like ironing clothing. Use a gentle hand and move carefully to straighten the hair fully. Repeat this process until all of your hair is straight.
Using a No-Lye Relaxer Instead of Heat Tools
Heat tools are a great option, but the results only last as long as you do not get your hair wet. Using a no-lye relaxer is a good option for longevity. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product for the best effect.
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Hottest Straight Hairstyles for Black Men
These are the top 25 straight hairstyles for Black men.
1. Long Top with Fade
This short straightened top is great for Black men with thick hair. Since the sides feature a high fade, all you’ll have to do for styling is straighten hair and spritz with a little product for hold.
2. Shoulder-Length Straight Hair
Do you prefer to keep your long hair or want to switch up your short hair and try a lengthier look? This shoulder-length haircut features simple straightened locks. It’s a stylish, sleek, and low-maintenance choice for Black men.
3. Smoothed Back with Undercut
When heading out for the evening and needing a slick style, straighten your hair and smooth it back. Whether you pair this look with a fade or not, you’ll love the admiring looks it gets you.
4. Extra Long Straight Ponytail
Are you all about the drama when it comes to your hair? Feel like a red carpet star with extra long straightened hair. This Black men’s style is all glam when secured in a low ponytail.
5. Straight Hair with Strong Waves
Waves are extremely common amongst straight hairstyles for men, simply because it’s very common for your hair to have a little wave at the tip as it reaches down to your neck.
All you have to do if you want to accentuate this natural wave is to leave the top straight part untouched and then, with the help of your finger and some hair gel, twist around just the ends of your hair.
6. Crew Cut
This particular short hairstyle works great if you’re a black guy with straight hair (or straightened hair) and you’re trying to grow back your natural curls. It’s very low maintenance, and your hair will grow out stronger than before.
Ask your barber to shave your hair with the lowest setting possible; however, don’t completely shave your hair! You want to have actual hair covering your head, not go completely bald.
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7. Tapered Undercut
This is also a classic hairstyle for black men. But, unlike the previous ones, you will have to help yourself with a blow dryer, a comb, and hair gel.
We recommend you wash your hair and then blow dry it as you comb it slightly to the back, and then, to give it that ‘messy’ touch, grab some hair gel and run your fingers through your hair to give it some shape and form.
8. Very Short Haircut
Having straight hair as a black guy is already a fashion statement, but dying it icy blonde is truly for the bold ones. You’ll have to bleach it first and then apply a very light blonde on top.
Make sure to apply hair moisturizer after you’ve finished dying your hair and use a blow dryer if you feel like you need to give it some more shape after you’re done.
9. Buzz Cut with Low Fade
This low fade hairstyle is very similar to the one we showed you. However, the top part of your hair should be slightly longer than the bottom part so the fading of the straight haircut can be seen.
10. Long Straight Down Hair
Believe it or not, some men can style their straight hair to get to be this long. If anyone wants to achieve this long hairstyle for black guys, they can either let their hair grow or get extensions. Remember to part it down the middle and let it fall naturally to the sides.
11. Pompadour Undercut
This is a great style if you are a black guy and you want to play around with the natural straight texture of your hair. Simply grab some hair gel and push your hair from the back to the front of your hair and then comb it a little bit upwards.
Remember, you’re trying to give some texture to your hair, so don’t be scared of puffing it up with the gel.
12. Offside Part Hairstyle
If you’re a black man with big afro hair and you want to go for a classic straight hairstyle, you can try this one.
To get it, you’ll have to straighten your hair and part it slightly to one side and then comb the other with the help of a blow dryer and a round comb. Make sure to push the longer side of your hair to the back and there you go!
13. Top Knot
This is one of those classic hairstyles that are very easy for any man. You will have to push your hair to the back and twist it around until you get a very big bun.
Make sure to tie it all together with a hair tie and hide it using your hair, so it isn’t visible. Also, you can pull out your bun a little bit to make it even bigger.
14. Long Men Braids
This is way more of a risky straight hairstyle and yet is very easy to do. To get it, you will have to part your hair down the middle first and then start braiding each side into a boxer braid.
Make sure to incorporate each strand of hair into the braid as you go down; however, leave the edges untouched so you can later on style them and lay them as seen in the picture.
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15. Light Caesar Cut
You don’t have to have extremely curly hair if you want to get deep cut lines on your haircut, you can also do it with straightened hair.
All you have to do is ask your barber to give you a sharp square haircut and then, with the electric razor, mark some lines that cut from the top of your hair all the way to the back.
16. Simple Man Bun
Black men can also get regular man buns with their straight hair! And it’s actually easier to do with straightened hair.
We recommend you to slightly comb your hair and then push it to the back and up as if you were to do a ponytail, but instead of putting your hair in a ponytail, tie it into a bun!
17. Slick Back Hair
This black men hairstyle is one of those low maintenance haircuts that everyone can get. It’s basically your own straight hair laid down, but this time the edges should be lowered enough that you can see the difference between the two parts of your hair.
18. Man Braids
If you have already straightened your hair, you can give it a little twist and part your hair in the middle and then braid it into two man braids and them on the back. Make sure the sides and lower part of your hair are short enough that you don’t have to pull them into the braid.
19. Short Wave Hairstyle + Fade
If you remember the very first hairstyle we showed you, it was similar to this one, with the exception this particular one is way shorter and comes in a square clean cut.
However, you’ll still have to put your hair on a wave cap throughout the night, if you want the waves to be shorter we recommend you to apply less pressure on it.
20. Soft Waves
Remember we told you men’s straight hairstyle could get waves too? Well, this is a way to do so.
First, you have to make sure your straight hair is parted down the middle and then wet it or damp it a little bit to scrunch it with your hands (using some hair gel to help you do so) and get the wave hairstyle for black men you see in the picture.
21. Long Comb Over Hairstyle
This comb over is one of those classic straight hairstyles for black men that are very easy to get. You will have to ask your barber to give you a subtle shading on the sides and leave the top part longer.
Then simply part it off to one side and use a comb to style it up and to the side to achieve the same hairstyle.
22. Side Parted Hairstyle
To get this hairstyle, make sure to part your hair in the middle and, with the help of some hair gel and your own fingers, style upwards and then use the blow dryer to really achieve the volume you want.
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23. Short Quiff
This is another classic style for black men’s straight hair, and all you have to do is push the top and longest part of your hair to the back with the help of the blow dryer and a tiny round comb. You can run your fingers through your hair if you want to give it some texture.
24. Long Layered Hair
Last, but not least, you could leave your straight hair down in a middle part hairstyle and simply let it fall. Of course, to really mimic this particular long layered hairstyle for guys you’ll have to let your hair grow down to your chest and not cut it for at least three years.
25. Short Pomp
This short straight haircut itself is very simple one for black guys since all you need to do is ask your barber to leave the top part longer and cut down the sides. However, to really get the messy top part you will have to blow dry it and push it upwards with a big, round comb.