Braids for Men – The ‘Man Braid’ in 2018

Braided Mohawk

Braided mohawk for menInstagram @oliviajstyle

This extreme braid style is definitely the boldest you’ll see today. Pull those twists into the center for a clean look combined with shaved sides and you’ll absolutely be remembered by everyone!

Feed in Braids

Feed in braids for menInstagram @certifiedbraider1

Get thicker braids when you use feed-ins and allow yourself to use unique and cool patterns and add shape to your whole hairstyle!

Intricate Design

Braids with intricate designInstagram @myrebraids

If you’re wanting to own some braids, try these exquisite designs that can mirror your personality. Keep it naturally black for contrast and make sure to work with pro stylists for outstanding results.

Dutch Braids

Dutch braids for menInstagram @ghostfadekillahx

Ideal for thick or fine hair, these Dutch braids give the illusion of a thick hair. Just keep it neat and tight for that fresh and casual effect.

Box Braids

Box braids for menInstagram @val_can_braid

Spice up your bun with these tight box braids. Perfect for any hair texture as long as there is some length to it.

Top Knot

Top knotInstagram @starsbraidsatl

This is one way of rocking the famous man bun. You can start by these edgy twists and end by putting all those locks into a high knot for a trendy look.

Undercut with Braids

Undercut with braidsInstagram @taylordddd._

If you’re getting bored with your long hair and undercut, style it with braids and use a unique design. An undercut puts more emphasis on those braids so be sure to take advantage of it.

Small Braids

Small braidsInstagram @val_can_braid

Get this sleek outcome when you choose to have short and thin braids. Just make sure to work with a pro to get those head-turning neat cornrows.

Short Dreads

Short dreadsInstagram @ghostfadekillahx

If you’re not up for long locks that are maybe harder to manage, try this look by keeping the dreads on top and putting on some gold accessories to finish that remarkable look.

Two Strand Twists

Two strand twistsInstagram @starsbraidsatl

The timeless two strand twists is another way to start the locs lifestyle. This look is nothing with that sharp hairline and those angular patterns that add more edge to the whole look.


DreadlocksInstagram @artdreadsbraids

Both an eye catching hairstyle and a powerful statement, these dreadlocks can be done on any hair length using different techniques! Style it any way you want ant it still won’t fail to look impressive.

Short Hair Braids

Short hair braidsInstagram @oliviajstyle

It’s not easy to get braids for short hair, but it’s not impossible! Opt for these thin twists to accentuate your length and style with simple patterns for a funky look.

Brown Braids

Having grown outs with your blonde hair? Style it with braids and see how perfect it works. Clean partition is key to achieving this top notch braid style.

Ponytail Braids

Ponytail braids for menInstagram @_dustyhair

3 Long Braids Into 1

3 long braids into 1 braidInstagram @upperhandroyaloaks

It’s time to try this impressive long braid style if you’re getting tired of your man bun or straight back long hair. Play with the versatility that lengthy hair gives you and you’ll get more attention than you already have!

Fishbone Braids

Cool fishbone braids for latino guysInstagram @msyayafresh

A fresh answer to when you’re looking for a new powerful style that can hold your hair neatly. Start with small evenly spaced cornrows then finish with those jumbo braids for a cool look.

Disconnected Fishtail Braids

Disconnected haircut with fishtail braidsInstagram @divine.hairdos

Q&A with style creator, Diana Gonzalez
Hairstylist in Sun Valley, CA

How would you describe this look?

These are Dutch braids that connect all together, in the end, forming a fishtail. My favorite thing about it is the unexpected crossings in the middle!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can be rocked in any setting. From work, dinner, to a night out with the boys. Just add some pomade on each strand for a clean look and they’ll last for days. Especially with summer around the corner, braids are the way to go.

Braid Beads

Q&A with style creator, Gege Uboma
Head Stylist & Owner @ Glamgorgeous Hair in Manchester, UK

How would you describe this look?

This is a contemporary men’s braided style that can be tied up into a man bun. I love the triangular sections because I think they give it a fresh look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone wanting this look, you can have it once you have at least 1.5 inches of hair. It’s easy to maintain depending on hair type. A leave-in conditioner spray is all you need for maintainace and a bit of oil for the scalp to keep it moisturized. It’s a very in look for this summer and a favorite this festival season.

Zig Zag Braids

Zig zag braidsInstagram @myra_thebraider

If you have a long hair on top, try this intricate zigzag cornrow design that works best for simple black hair for that stunning contrast it creates with your skin.

Q&A with style creator, Myra
Braider @ Platinum Fades Harlem in Chicago, IL

How would you describe this look?

This look is zig zag-part braids. All the braids form a zig-zag pattern from left to right.  I love how complex these look, but they are quite simple to do!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel that these are versatile, and they’d look good on both men or women. I would suggest these for a thin/medium textured, longer haired client. With adding a touch of a product while braiding, they come out looking clean.

Man Bun Braids

Man bun braidsInstagram @braidagyalrin

Have some of these trendy braid design going on your hair and end them in a tight knot for a casual look. Do it like this dude who got some interlocks and cool zigzag patterns going on.

Q&A with style creator, Serina Green
Hairstylist / Braider in Toronto, ON

How would you describe this look?

This look is the definition of edge (no pun intended) and sleekness wrapped up into one braided man bun. It is simple from afar, yet intricately designed up close.

I like the fact that you can look from every angle and see a new design. It gives the client variety!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Virtually anyone can do this style, as long as your hair is long enough! There are no restrictions on getting your hair done. A good braider can maneuver around head shapes, hair textures, and utilize what they have to do their absolute best.

If the style suits you, go for it! Braids aren’t permanent so you always have the opportunity to find exactly what style is made for you, and the options are endless!

Viking Braids

Viking braids for menInstagram @_dustyhair

Q&A with style creator, Dusty McEvoy
Hairstylist @ Alexanders Salon and Spa in Wilkes-Barre, PA

How would you describe this look?

We originally got this look inspiration from Ragnar from Vikings, and it kinda just ended up being our own twist on it. I loved it because no matter what we did to it – it just all fell together.

We made up the braid as we went. You have an image in your head and it doesn’t always work that way – keeps you on your toes and you end up liking it better when it’s done.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I’d tell anyone (all ages, face shapes, & hair types) to go for it. Braids are in and they always will be – just in their own way. I have people who have little hair and I pop one messy braid in there and some hair jewels and it’s a unique twist.

I actually get asked to do braids all the time. I feel like your hair tells everyone more about you and then the clothing and accessories are just extra.

Braids with Fade

Get on your game by being braided and faded! Pair up a clean low fade with a sharp braided pattern to highlight your stylish look.

Q&A with style creator, Bri Stewart
Barber @ Brizy The Barber in Odessa, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is what I call a bald fade with a half head of braids on top. What I like about this look is that the texture of this client’s hair was really good for the fade that I did on him, and the braids were a complete freestyle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure the hair is long enough to grab. My preference is longer than four and a half inches. Also, be prepared for uncomfortable pulling on the scalp and maintaining the look after.


Cornrow braids for menInstagram @gotbraidz__2

Cornrows can be in any shape, style, or size. You just have to be creative and choose a design that shows your personality. Works great for those with lengthy hair and man buns too.

Q&A with style creator, Trish Furtado
Licensed Hair Braider @ House of Fades Barbershop in Kissimmee, FL

How would you describe this look?

This is a popular manbun/undercut cornrow design. A mixture of small and big cornrows forming a pattern gives an extraordinary look to the manbun.

What I like about this look is you can be creative on the style and design that suits the occasion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is easier to maintain whether you have thick or thin hair. This style looks great for kids and adults. Some of my clients did consider this look and they love it.

You can manage how much hair you would like to grow out and choose different haircuts on the sides. With cornrows, you don’t need to worry about doing your hair every day, but you do need to wrap the braids and keep your scalp greased.