You probably never thought the words “man” and “bun” would come together to be a thing, but we saw the rise of the man bun sweep the fashion world this year, and it was glorious. Hotties like David Beckham showed men everywhere how they could rock this supposedly feminine style while still looking like the masculine Adonises that they were.
Now men are embracing another traditionally feminine hairstyle: the braid. Men of color have been putting their hair in cornrows for decades. Yet the style is now spreading to men of all races and ethnicities, with both short and long hair. Here are a few of the styles that are especially popular right now:
You don’t need long hair to rock a French braid. Men with undercuts are pulling their longer top hair into a loose French braid that ends at the edge of their crown. The braid almost takes the place of gel to keep the hair slicked back and controlled. Just don’t braid the hair too tight, or it will look a bit too polished.
Jared Leto rocked a long braid at the Golden Globe Awards this year. This is by far the easiest man braid to pull off, but you do need longer hair. Just pull the hair back like you’re going to create a low pony, but braid it starting at the base of your skull instead. Braid it all the way to the ends and tie it off.
Rows of Braids
Whether you want to try out traditional cornrows or you just want to try loose rows of braids, you can try this style with long or short hair. For really short hair, you’ll have to stick to tight corn rows and use lots of gel and other product to keep them in place.
You don’t have to go full braid to get the look. You can just add in a tiny accent braid. If you have long hair, you might braid a small section on one side or the other. If you have short hair, you can braid two tiny border braids on either side of the top layer. You can experiment with accent braids to find the look you like best, which may change from day to day.
Can’t decide if you like the man braids or man bun better? You don’t have to choose! Braid the hair to the back of your crown, and pull the rest into a bun. This is best for shorter undercut styles or for a section of hair on top of a longer cut. It doesn’t really work with all of the hair pulled into the braid and then twisted into the bun.
It’s a brave new world for men’s hair styles, and the man braid presents some exciting new options for men with all hair styles. There are so many varieties with this look that you can find one that fits your personal style.