There are some traditional black hairstyles for men that never go out of style. One particular style is the afro. In the 70s and 80s, the afro was a mass of long hair that bobbed within a man's hip walk.
This versatile curl makes it possible to wear the hair in a tousled curly look or to gently brush the curls down into a suavy, wavy back swept pattern.
Cornrows have never really left the style choices for men of color but did wane for awhile as a viable choice because it was synonymous with troublemakers or hoodlums. Although it is actually an absence of hair, going bald has become an increasingly popular choice for men of color.
Bald does require the same maintenance, if not higher, as a short style does. Tapered sides compliment styles such as the hightop fade where plenty of hair height is left on top of the head. Tapering also works well for basic cuts for men and boys of color.