Picking the right hairstyle for men can be difficult. But, it’s safe to say, that the man braid is already making its mark in the hair world and slowly taking over from the iconic man bun. Yet with so many braided styles out there, we thought it seemed appropriate to do a round-up of our favourite celebrity men with braids, just to give you a nudge in the right direction.
From Xzibit braids to Asap Rocky braids, only the bravest and most fashion-forward celebs have nailed this trend thus far! So, if you’re looking for inspiration on which braided style to rock this year, you’ll want to take a peek at our gallery above, to see which guys are rocking the look best! Plus, don’t forget to read on below, for the lowdown on each stylish ‘do.
We can imagine that ASAP Rocky is a pretty busy guy, considering his successful rap career and numerous music events to attend. And since busy guys doesn’t have the luxury of spending hours styling their hair every morning, they need a cool #WokeUpLikeThis hairstyle. Cue: loose hanging braids.
ASAP Rocky’s choice of braids are long-lasting, require minimal maintenance, and they look good. We have to say, he’s made a pretty smart styling choice!
Back in 2015, actor Shia LaBeouf rocked this edgy hairstyle, which features a combination of a side undercut, short curly top and long side braid. We know, it may sound rather odd, but Shia managed to pull off the look with total ease.
But that’s not all: as well as varying hair lengths, his braided style also features different hair textures, with the top section of his mane been left naturally curly, while his braid was smooth and less kinked.
Thought that you had to get rid your man bun in favour of a braid? Think again, because singer Jason Derulo proves that top knots and braids are a match-made in hair heaven. For this red carpet event, Jason decided to style his natural hair into 2 tight cornrows, which then seamlessly merged into loose braids at his crown area. These braids were then fashioned into a neat top knot for a suave, fashion-forward finish!
After a braided hairstyle that basically takes care of itself? Then you need to take a leaf out of rapper and television host Xzibit’s book, who’s long been a believer in the power of cornrows. While this braided style is suitable for all hair types, it’s often worn by people with curly or coily hair, since it acts as the perfect taming method for unruly locks.
But that’s not all, because cornrows follow the contour of your head shape, your barber can create intricate and unique patterns with your braids – so it’s a great way to get creative with your look!
American rapper and singer-songwriter Travie McCoy is often spotted sporting his afro hair in various braided ‘dos. We reckon that this isn’t only because he knows that men with braids are super stylish, but also because Travie’s hair is probably much more manageable when styled this way. Cool and practical, what more could a guy want?
Editor’s tip: To help stop your afro from drying out, and to ensure that your braids look shiny, apply a few pumps of the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment to your mane, before styling.
Actor Elden Henson (AKA Pollux in The Hunger Games), proved that French braids weren’t just reserved for women, when he stepped out with this casual hairstyle. Not only does this neat braided look give off loads of cool-guy vibes, but it’s also ideal for you fitness fanatics, as it does a good job of keeping any stray hairs out of your face while you exercise – bonus!
Editor’s tip: If you find that your long hair is slippery and hard to braid, spritz it with the VO5 Matt Definition Spray, before styling. This will help to add grip, making your strands far easier to plait!