28 Braids for Men – The ‘Man Braid’

Viking braids for men

These awesome pictures of braids for men are sure to inspire a fresh new hairstyle for you this year. Braids can work on guys with short, medium and long hair. As long as you have hair that’s at least 2 inches long, you’re good to go. 👊

Below, I’ve put together a gallery of this year’s most popular (and masculine) braided hairstyle ideas.

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Beaded Braids with Low Fade

Beaded mens braids with low fade
Instagram @jose.crespo_

One of a kind is just one way to describe this stylish look. Accessorized with beads, these strawberry braids with a low fade is your hip hop look of the decade. Put it up in a bun or let it down, you’ll still ooze with swag and flavor.

Braided Mohawk

Braided mohawk for men
Instagram @oliviajstyle

This extreme braided hair for black men 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!

Stylish Feed in Braids

Feed in braids for men
Instagram @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!

Twist Braids Men Love

twist braids men love
Instagram @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 with Taper Fade

Dutch braids for men
Instagram @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 men
Instagram @val_can_braid

Of course, guy braids can include buns! Spice up your bun with these tight box braids. Perfect for any hair texture as long as there is some length to it.

Male Braids with Up Top Knot

male up Top knot braids
Instagram @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 Designs

Undercut with braid design
Instagram @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 Style for Black Guys

Small braids style for black guys
Instagram @val_can_braid

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

Guy with Short Dreads

Short dreads
Instagram @ghostfadekillahx

Men with short hair – we’ve got you covered. 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 twists
Instagram @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.

Braided Dreadlocks with Beard

Braided Dreadlocks for men with beard
Instagram @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 braids
Instagram @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.

Side Braids for Long Hair

Side Braids for long hair
Instagram @charlietaylors

Q&A with style creator, Lewis
Barber / Braider @ Charlie Taylors in Dundee, UK

How would you describe this look?

This look is described as a Nordic feel with cool color tones and varied braids to create different textures within the hair. Words like cool, icy, Nordic, textured braids work well with it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is suitable for anyone with shoulder length hair or longer. It suits most people especially someone with a good head shape as it is head hugging. The braids can be varied to suit different face shapes to be either fuller or looser. I used a primer (Wella Velvet Amplifier) in the hair whilst braiding to smooth the hair and make it easier to braid then secured the look with hair spray (Wella Eimi Super Set) to catch any loose hair.

Ponytail Braids with Mid-Fade

Ponytail braids for men
Instagram @_dustyhair

A close look at this cool intricate braided long hairstyle that is emphasized more by those cleanly shaved sides. With long hair like this, you’ll have so much freedom in creating unique styles.

3 Long Braids Into 1

3 long braids into 1 braid
Instagram @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!

Handsome Fishbone Braids

handsome fishbone braids for latino guys
Instagram @msyayafresh

If someone mentions fishbone male braids, you might second guess that it could work. But this photo will prove them wrong. 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.

Braid Bun with Shaved Design

Braid Bun with Shaved Design
Instagram @dynotaughtme

Q&A with style creator, Dyno
Hairstylist @ Braids by Dyno in Upland, CA

How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is a style you don’t take to an interview because you’re already the boss. It’s your go-to-style. It’s sleek, sharp, and clean.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re considering braids then you’re in the right direction. It’s not only a hairstyle but a lifestyle. It changes the way you think and the way you get treated. The maintenance is very low and still washable so that you can stay at your finest. This service is pain-free and will last two weeks. Hair has to reach your eyes to be able to braid and from course to fine hair. Your options are endless. Join the movement now.

African American Rock Braids

African American Rock Braids
Instagram @yannasbraids

Q&A with style creator, Yanna Cruz
Licensed Cosmetologist in Kansas City, MO

How would you describe this look?

The triangle twists are light and easy. It’s a really cool twist to a simple style – the twists are a common style for men but the triangle parts add that new interesting look! The parts are overall my favorite part because it is fun to shape out on a nice canvas.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Receive this style while your hair is in its natural state. The twist comes out very nice that way. If possible, shape the twists around the face of the client so that way there is fullness portrayed.

To endure this style longer, I recommend using rubber bands at the base to keep the twists up longer, but you are welcome to go without the rubber bands. A nice twist product is perfect to create a juicy curl. I use Shine N Jam, this product is available for purchase in my bio. These twists are awesome with any lifestyle whether sedentary or active!

Disconnected Dutch to Fishtail Braids

Disconnected haircut with fishtail braids
Instagram @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 for Medium Length Hair

braid beads for a man with medium length hair
Instagram @ivleaguestudios

These braid beads for medium-length hair create a cool-looking style for gents. It’s a men’s braided style that works on natural black kinks the most. Wear it and let your swag flourish!

Impressive Zig Zag Braids

zig zag braids for men
Instagram @esthersbraids

Be creative, and wear something fun! These impressive zig zag braids are one true masterpiece, and you must give it a shot. A braiding style of that kind will catch everyone’s attention. When considering this look, mind you that these zig zag-part braids are possible if you got long hair on top.

Bun Braids for Curly Hair

Bun braids for curly hair are a fun way to show off the natural texture. The trendy braid design looks so cool on most dudes! To make the braided man bun pop out, shave the sides, too.

Q&A with style creator, Lena Piccininni
Hair Stylist @ Salon 22 in Howell, NJ

How would you describe this?

These bun braids for curly hair feature a bald fade undercut with a braided top knot/bun.

What’s your best advice?

If you want an undercut, make sure your hair is long enough to push back and/or be able to put in a bun. Thicker or coarse hair on top does work best for it to be braided. The hair could be straight or curly. Both work great with this style. The importance is more of the length and texture.

Viking Braids

Viking braids for men
Instagram @_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 Hairstyle

Get on your game on 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.

Cornrows with an Undercut

Cornrow braids for men
Instagram @gotbraidz__2

Cornrows can be in any shape, style, or size when it comes to hair braids for guys. 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.

Double Man Braid + Plaits

Double Man Braid
Instagram @regina_1030braiding

Longer hair creates a really impressive braid set, although you could still get an amazing hair set with shorter hair.

Cool Man Braid Bun

Cool Man Braid Bun
Instagram @twistedbytee

Suave braids that meet to form a nice bun is the type of gnarly you want to get.