The Best Braided Hairstyles for Men in 2021
Braids are an amazing looking and low maintenance option for men’s hair. Because once you put them in they can last for weeks, you can choose a style that sticks around for a while. The braid has been around for centuries in human hair styling, for both men and women. Today’s braids combine with different fades, tapers and cuts to make some of the most interesting and accessible hairstyles available. Check out this list of some of the best braided hairstyles for men to get some ideas!
A traditional African hairstyle that has been worn by many people for many years. Typically cornrows are straight rows of braids that start at the top of the forehead and work down the scalp ending off the scalp where the length of hair ends. Cornrows are seriously low maintenance and in return are being worn more by athletes. A way to enhance their traditional look is to have them braided in unique patterns and to add beads or jewelry.
A Pair of Braids
Two braids separated by a middle part that can be done with a French braid or Dutch braid. The difference between the two is with a French braid the hair is weaved over and with a Dutch braid the hair is weaved under. You can also wear two braids that start off the scalp around the ear and are braided the remaining length of the hair.
Box braids are individual plaits that have been sectioned off into a square shape. They can be worn tight, loose, or in a bun or ponytail. Depending on the length of your hair and the desired look, you can add artificial hair to create the length you want. This look can be enhanced with a fade and some added beads or jewelry.
Man Bun style Braids
Any style of braid that feeds into a bun or ponytail. This look is desirable for its low maintenance properties as the braids stay out of your face and in place. Typically if you want to achieve this look it’s best to have longer hair.
Zig Zag Braids
Zig Zag braids can be incorporated into the scalp or the braids themselves. They add a uniqueness and edgy look that is normally absent from traditional rows of braids. Paired with a fade and some beads or jewelry, this look looks fresh and crisp.
Although braids are incredibly low maintenance, it’s still important to properly care for them. You should wash your braids every 7-10 days regardless if they are your real hair or not. To wash, divide the hair into four sections, wet the hair and apply a watered down shampoo. Rinse the hair and spritz some conditioner onto the scalp. This is an important step as with braids the exposed scalp can become very dry. You can also apply argan oil or shea butter to the braids.
Another important care step is to never wear your braids for more than 7 weeks. The reason for this is because if the scalp is pulled too tight for too long, it can result in hair loss. To preserve your braids from becoming dry and from fly-aways, you can wear a silk bonnet or durag, or use a silk pillow. Whether you want to switch up your style or you’re a long time braid-wearer, this list will help you explore some new styles!