How to Get a Man Braid in 6 Easy Steps

Calling all man bun lovers! It's time to test out a new trend this year.

Move over, man bun! It’s time for the man braid to have its moment. Seriously, give the top knot a break for just a second. We know, it’s so cool and easy and may be your signature style, but you can always go back. We promise you’re bound to earn extra cool points for adding a little more effort to your hairstyle. How many guys can say they know how to braid? Ah, didn’t think so! But if you don’t, fret not, we’ve got your back. Here’s how to create this neat hairstyle.


Start clean.

To get your freshest man bun yet, begin your hairstyle with clean hair.  Try using a hair care system that leaves your hair thick and full looking, like Dove Men + Care Thick & Strong Fortifying Shampoo + Conditioner. You want a cool braid, right? It all begins with the condition of your hair.


Apply styler.

Apply a pomade or paste, like Dove Men + Care Sculpting Paste that allows you to sculpt and reshape your hair. Rake it through with your hands.


Comb through.

Comb product throughout the hair to distribute evenly before you begin to braid.


Mold middle section.

Mold hair as if you were creating a high pompadour. This is where you will be creating your man braid.


Divide and braid.

Now to begin the braid! Divide hair into three even sections, then cross them over one another, one by one. Continue this stitch until you get to the ends of your hair.

For those of you that don’t know how to braid, before you call someone to do it for you, let us teach you. After dividing your hair into three even sections, cross the outer right strand of hair over the middle strand, then cross the left outer strand over the middle strand and repeat! You can do this in your sleep!


Secure and finish.

Secure the end of your braid with a hair elastic, and you’re done!

Looking for some more inspiration? Check out different ways to wear a man braid.

1. Accessorize

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Take an excuse to accessorize your braids.

Take your braids up a notch by pulling that longer top layer up into a man bun. We love how beads look scattered throughout braids!

2. Try a Half Man Bun

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Pull those braids back.

Pull those braids back into a half man bun for a casual yet trendy look.

3. Go lighter

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We love a blonde moment.

Take this as an excuse to lighten up your strands and try some shaggy blonde braids.

4. Part Up

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Pull half your braids up and out of your face.

Grab the top section of your braids and pull them back into a part-up. This style is great for the hotter seasons when you want to keep your hair up and out of your face.

5. Messy Bun

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Throw your hair up in a messy bun.

It doesn’t get any easier than a messy bun. Throw your hair up into a bun and don’t stress about how it sits – the messier the better here!

6. High Ponytail

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Make a statement with your style.

Give your look some height with a statement-making high ponytail.

7. High Bun

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Wrap your braids up onto the top of your head.

Alternatively, you can wrap your braids up into a high bun.