Man Braid: Yay or Nay?

What do you think? Is this style worth your time?

So here’s a trend question for the men: would you rock man-braids? While it can vary, for the most part the hairstyle can look like the upgraded person of a man-bun or a ponytail. Seen on the streets and on fashion runways, the look is a great way for men to experiment with long hair.

Is this new hairstyle for men here to stay? We let you be the judge. Here are 5 wearable ways you can rock a man-braid.

1. Subtle Side Braids

man braid side style
Man with side braids. Credit: Raquel Brust

For a subtle approach on braids, you may even consider the subtle side braid. It works for a half-up-half down ponytail (such as the one above) and you can even use it to add a bit more dimension to other long hairstyles for men. One thing to note though, it may be a bit harder to braid smaller sections — but practice makes perfect!

Editor’s tip: This style looks best on fresh, clean hair. We recommend Clear Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo as it refreshes scalp and hair for the ultimate cooling sensation — perfect for when you want to wear your hair down with ease.

2. Braided Low

man with long black man braid
Man with long braid. Credit: iStock

Starting off with a basic low ponytail braid is probably the easiest way to get in on the trend. To get the look, just sweep your long hair back and do a simple 3-part braid. Then secure with a hair tie at the end. Throw on a hat and you’re good to go.

3. High Ponytail Braid

man with high ponytail man braid
Man with high braid. Credit: Raquel Brust

This is a take on the high ponytail. Instead of wrapping it into a man-bun or letting the ponytail swish around behind you as you walk — just braid it up. Separate the braids a little bit to give it that rough, unfinished-look. To add even more texture, you can apply a pea-sized amount of the TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men. It gives texture with long-lasting hold and the ideal product to create a casual cool look with a matte finish.

4. French Braid

man braid: top french braid
Top french braid. Credit:

This proves that french braids look great on anyone. This style is great for when you want your hair out of your face but you want something a little more stylized than the typical half-up pony. So men, maybe it’s time to practice your french braid?

5. Hidden Braid

man with hidden man braid and blonde hair
Man with hidden braids. Credit: Raquel Brust

If you’re still on the fence with man-braids, then ease yourself into the style with hidden braids. Braid one or two sections of hair and keep it hidden with the rest of your locks. Secure the braid with a mattifying putty instead of a hair tie to keep the braid casual and loose.

6. Braid on Fade Sides

man braid: guy wearing sunglasses is looking sideways to show his braids
The fade sides give you an airy feeling. Credit: Shutterstock

Put two hairstyles in one–fade and braids. Take your top hair and section it for your braids. Then, tie the tips with an elastic. The braids show off your fades while flaunting beauty of its own. Best part? It’s not just for the summer but all throughout the year.

7. Man Bun Braid

guy looks nice with his man bun braid
Braid + Bun = great hairstyle. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Rock your long hair with a man bun braid! Buns are already a great hairstyle, but you can still amp it up by braiding your hair before tying the tip into a bun. Instead of walking around with a ponytail that swings and sticks to your neck due to humidity, a braided bun lets you enjoy your movements without thinking about your hair.

Editor’s tip: Let your hair retain its shape and stay frizz-free with a little help from VO5 Rough It Up Putty. It gives your hair the hold that makes it look great all day. 

8. Microbraid Ponytail

back view of guy shows his microbraid ponytail
Get the summer look with microbraids. Credit: Shutterstock

Let’s admit it, microbraids are really cool and exude the Jamaican vibe. It’s a fresher and less damaging alternative to the dreadlocks because your hair is simply braided in very small and thin sections. It’s also great for second-day hair because microbraids can last for days.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair from falling by shampooing with Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo. It strengthens your strands with every wash. 

9. Twin Low Braids

man braid: guy wearing a turban has his hands behind his head while two braids fall to his chest.
No, twin braids are not just for girls. Credit: Shutterstock

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your hair, especially when it involves braids. As you may already know, it’s a versatile hairstyle that can be worn by both men and women. And if your hair is long, don’t hesitate to part it in the middle and make two low braids (yes, just like how those little girls wear their hair to school). You can also accentuate with a turban to give it a masculine look.

So what do you think…is this a hair trend you’d be rocking any time soon?


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