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Man Braid Hairstyle Guide: New Braided Man Bun Trend

Your manbraid styling tutorial to rocking a new bun or knot!

Gentlemen, a new 2015 hairstyle trend has emerged as we get closer to 2016, and it’s one trend that is a direct spin-off of our much-beloved man bun hairstyle itself; for those of you unaware of this new trend, I’m talking of the man braid.

A barbershop picture of a man braid undercut hairstyle done with long curly hair
No, I’m not joking, and even those of us hardcore man-bun connoisseurs will readily admit that the man braid can look pretty good if you do it right, which includes having a decent barber (ahem… yours truly… ahem) doing the braiding and hair-cutting for you since it’s very easy to get the hairstyle wrong or looking awkward.

A barbershop photograph of a young male with a manbraid hairstyle done with long cornrows on the top of his head
You see, with the ponybun hairstyle trend not really picking itself up in 2015 and with the man bun undershave also not gaining a lot of followers (after all, it’s an extreme hairstyle), there was room for a new long-hair trend to crop up and thus we now have the currently-trending manbraid taking over as the hairstyle that is sure to continue shaping in 2016 the manbuns and topknots of many of you fellas. Ergo, and per our previous man bun guides, I’m here to publish our official man braid hairstyle guide.
A photograph of a redhead hipster with an epic long man braid hairstyle and an undercut haircut on the sides and back of his head

What is a man braid hairstyle?

A man braid (also known as a “manbraid” or “bro braid”) is nothing more than a braided man bun, so, instead of simply going ahead and tying your long mane into a single bun atop your head at the vertex, you first braid the hair on the top of the head and then tie the bun.

A photograph of a hipster Indian male with a braided top knot undercut in the form of a manbraid hairstyle

The man braid takes inspiration from the hairstyle of Ragnar Lothbrok in the 2013 TV series Vikings, who is played by Travis Fimmel. Such trend pattern is common in the men’s hairstyles world in that a single celebrity’s hairstyle is enough to spark a whole hairstyle movement worldwide; a classic example of this was the slicked back undercut of Jimmy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire (played by Michael Pitt). It should be duly noted, however, that the braided hairstyle of Ragnar Lothbrok is not a man braid but a textbook French plait with an undercut haircut. Still, his braided long hair was enough to spark the man braid spin-off.

A photograph of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok with his undercut haircut and a long braided ponytail

The man braid hairstyle is best suited for semi-bun hairstyles like the top knot hairstyle or the man bun undercut hairstyle. What this means is that you want to have the hair on the sides and back of your head very short, leaving the hair on the top of the head to be braided and put into a bun or a knot.

A picture of a redhead male with a man braid undercut haircut for his medium-length hair

As you will know by now from reading this site, the haircuts for the topknot include the undercut haircut, the taper haircut and the executive contour haircut. Choose any of these haircuts for the hair on the sides and back of your head and leave the hair on the top of your head as long as you want it to be. But, as I always remind you, do remember that the hair length (on the top of the head) for a top knot is between 6 and 8 inches, while the minimum hair length for a man bun is 8 inches.

A back-view picture of a man braid undercut hairstyle

With the above said, you can get a man braid for your full manbun hairstyle. Technically speaking, the hair on the sides and back of the head can also be braided into a manbraid so long as the hair is at least 10 inches in length.

A great hairstylist photograph of a man braid styled with a full man bun

In reality, all that you need for the hair length of your man braid hairstyle is at least 6 inches of hair on the top of the head. If all that you want is only the hair on the top of the head to be braided, then keep your sides and back short. However, if you want all of your scalp hair (including sides and back) to be styled into a manbraid, then you must at least have 10 inches of hair length all across you head.

A photograph of a bearded hipster with long hair shaped as a full man braid undercut hairstyle

How to braid a man braid hairstyle?

As far as braiding your manbraid goes, you have 3 options:

  • Braid the hair on the top as a single braid, also known as a French plait.
  • Braid your hair into as many braided locks as you want to.
  • Braid the hair on the top as cornrows.

With a French-plaited man braid, all of the hair on the top of the head is used to leave a single braid across the center of the head. However, the hair that is to be placed into the knot or bun is not braided. A benefit of this type of man-braid style is that you can easily undo the French plait and return to your natural hair in minutes. Another benefit from my point of view is that the French-plaited man braid looks better than a man braid consisting of braided locks.

A hair salon picture of a metrosexual male with a man braid hairstyle and a taper haircut for the hair on the sides and back of his head

This is how the hair on the top of the head is braided across the length of the head’s top.

A great barbershop photograph illustrating the shape of a man braid hairstyle with an executive contour haircut

As mentioned earlier, you can also braid your hair into as many braided locks as you want to and then you tie your hair as a man bun or as a top knot. Only do this if you plan on wearing you long hair as braids whether you have it tied into a bun or knot or whether you have it untied and hanging down. The disadvantage to this hairstyle is that undoing the dozens of braided locks in this type of man braid will take much longer than undoing the single French plait of the other type of manbraid.

A photograph of Harry Styles with a manbraid hairstyle for his long hair as he talks with a fanA third type of man braid is its cornrows version. With a corn-rowed manbraid, the hair on the top of the head is braided into cornrows and then tied into a bun or knot. The cornrow-ed tracks are braided into the skin, meaning that the hair in the cornrows doesn’t dangle and is instead fixed on the scalp.

A barbershop photograph of a cool cornrows hairstyle tied into a manbraid with an undercut haircut

Because, of this, I recommend that you have at least 8 inches of hair length if you want to have your manbraid with cornrows.

What is NOT a man braid

As long hair has become so popular since 2013 and as many urban males prefer to keep their long hair still in 2015 instead of chopping it off, other braided styles for long hair have appeared. However, these other styles are not manbraids, and, since this is a man braid guide, I thought that this deserves the mention.

A braided ponytail is not a man braid. A ponytail is a hairstyle that leaves a “tail” (i.e. not a bun) hanging from its very end. The hair is braided in the ponytail, giving rise to the textbook French plait.

A barbershop photograph of a bearded hipster male with a braided ponytail hairstyle and an undercut haircut imitating the Ragnar Lothbrok look

A braided Samurai hairstyle is not a man braid. A Samurai hairstyle is a very-short ponytail. In a braided Samurai hairstyle, the hair on the top of the head is braided but a short tail of hair is left popping out from the vertex. Again, this is a (hair) tail and not a (hair) bun.

A picture of a hipster with a braided Samurai hairstyle with his long hair ending as a short ponytail

A braided rat tail hairstyle is not a man braid. This can also include locks of hair hanging off the back of the head and braided as a thin (and sometimes gross) lock of hair. That is not in no way a manbraid and I don’t care what your hairstylist may say.

A black-and-white photograph of a hipster with a braided rat tail hairstyle and an undercut haircut

Man braid pictures and inspiration

Here at ManBunHairstyle.net I take pride in not just helping you folks achieve your man-bun goals but also in providing as much inspiration and motivation for those of you seeking to be part of our man-bun brethren. Thus, I will now finish this man braid guide by leaving you with a long set of pictures of the man braid hairstyle.

If you have any questions about this particular hairstyle, then please post them below or go to our Man Bun and Top Knot FAQ to read the answers to the most common questions concerning the man bun and the top knot hairstyles.

Enjoy!

Guide last updated: 29th November 2015

A barbershop photograph of a man braid done with cornrows and with the sides and back of the head trimmed as an undercut haircut

A photograph of Harry Styles with a man braid hairstyle while the rest of the hair is tied into manbun

An aerial picture view of the top of a man braid hairstyle done with a full man bun

A barbershop photograph of a man braid styled with an undercut haircut

A picture of a Latino male model with a man braid hairstyle and medium-length cornrows

A photograph of a male with a short man braid hairstyle achieved with medium straight hair

A photograph of a hipster dude with man braid executive haircut and a full beard style

A picture of a guy with a manbraid hairstyle and buzzed hair on the sides and back of his head

A double picture of a hipster guy with an undercut haircut for his short braided top knot hairstyle in the form of a manbraid

A picture of a nerdy guy with a cool manbraid hairstyle braided with cornrows across the top of his head while the sides and back are trimmed in an undercut haircut

A selfie picture of a dude with a man braid undercut hairstyle done with two cornrows

A picture of a male nerd with a man braid hairstyle and long hair in an executive haircut

A photograph of a young kid with a braided man bun undercut also known as a manbraid hairstyle

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Comment

  1. How do I send you a photo of my dopest manbraid hairstyle? I have two braids on the top of my head going back and I have two braids starting at my neck going up. All the braids are twisted into a sick-looking braided bun. I’ve been growing my long hair for 4 to 5 years already. I’m way ahead of this manbun game!

  2. I am growing my hair out, on the top only. No sides or back. How do i get my hair to grow faster? It’s been growing now for 4 months. Exactly 4 months.