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30 Box Braids Men Are Rocking in 2022

30 Box Braids Men Are Rocking in 2022

Box Braids are coming back for men, and we love the look! Thinking about giving this edgy style a try? We’ve rounded up some of the best box braids men are sporting these days for your inspiration.

What Are Box Braids?

Box braids are individual braids that braid away from the scalp. They call them “box braids” because of the square-shaped section of hair that you use to make the braid. The box braids men are trending these days are all variations on this basic method.

Both long or short hair can have box braids, using extensions or only natural hair. The braids themselves also come in different sizes and in a variety of designs. 

The box braids men commonly wear, especially the more intricate styles, are usually done by a professional. Box braids are also a low-maintenance protective style, and once they’re done, the braids will typically stay in for two to six weeks, or even longer.

30 Box Braids for Men Trending in 2022

So maybe box braids sound interesting to you, but, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s take a look at the types and styles of box braids men have really been rocking lately.

1. Traditional Box Braids

Traditional Box Braids for Men

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We had to start with the classic look! Box braids are typically around this size pictured above, with the parted square sections of hair generally small and close together. The hair can transform into either a traditional three-strand braid or a two-strand twist, as pictured.

2. Short Box Braids

You may be thinking that you’ll need to grow your hair out to pull off the box braids men are wearing these days, but that’s not true! Plenty of cool box braid styles can be done on short hair, and plus, traditional box braids usually involve hair extensions to give you extra length.

3. Long Box Braids

Long box braids are perhaps one of the most common styles of box braids men look for these days. There are many good reasons for this. For one, long box braids typically stay longer.

You can also wear one style in several different ways, giving you more variety. And while your hair doesn’t need to be a specific length to braid it, longer hair will generally be easier to style.

4. Faux Locs Box Braids

Faux Locs Box for Men Braids Ideas

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Faux locs can be a great option for men who like the look of dreadlocks but maybe haven’t decided if they want to commit.

This look needs putting the hair into box braids and then wrapping hair extensions around each braid, resulting in a dreadlock-type look.

5. Knotless Box Braids

Knotless box braids, also known as plaits, are all the rage these days. The idea is that instead of first “knotting” an extension around the sectioned hair and then continuing the braid, the braid will start directly by splitting the parted square into three sections, not using a knot first. 

6. Gangsta Box Braids

For this style, think of the box braids that A$AP Rocky often sports with a low-grade fade haircut on the temples. It’s a unique look for sure, and one that may be good to try for those who don’t want to do a full-on fade.

7. Large Box Braids

Large Men's Box Braids

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“Large,” in this case, refers to the actual size of each braid. With large box braids, men have their hair split into fewer sections and the detail on every braid becomes a bigger deal.

8. Small Box Braids

Small box braids are just the opposite—each individual braid is smaller. Small box braids can be a popular choice for men with short hair.

With these types of braids, the definition of each braid by itself doesn’t stand out so much. This style can give your head a more fully-dressed look.

9. Jumbo Box Braids

Jumbo braids are best done on long hair and are great for achieving a thick, full head of hair. Jumbo can’t be done without using knots or extensions and can also get quite heavy, so if you weren’t planning to go that route, these aren’t for you.

10. Box Braids And A Fade

Box Braids for MenWith A Fade

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Out of all the different types of box braids men are sporting these days, box braids paired with a classic fade around the edges are a fan favorite. And for good reason! The look is edgy and eye-catching, and the sleekness of the fade only helps to accentuate the braids.

11. 4 Box Braids

Remember the braids that your mama used to put in when she didn’t have much time? This style is like that. You section the hair into four large pieces and then braid it. This look is great for an easy DIY protective style, and it’s also a good choice for those with thinner hair.

12. Box Braids With A Top Knot

Box braids put into a top knot are the perfect choice for men who want the low-maintenance aspect of braids but don’t want them always hanging down around their face.

In this style, the braids generally need to be long enough to put into a bun on the top of the head, and it’s typically finished off on the sides with some type of fade cut.

13. Blonde Box Braids

Blond Box Braids on a Man

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Don’t forget that if you’re using extensions, you can play with the color too! Adding blond extensions is a pretty popular choice and a great look. Many people, especially those with darker hair, like the contrast that the lighter extensions bring.

14. Multi-Colored Box Braids

This style is the same idea as blond box braids, it just uses two or more different colors of extensions rather than one shade. This style is often very eye-catching and can be great for a beachy or more casual look.

15. Box Braids With Beads

Don’t forget the bling. When you’re doing a style as intricate as box braids, it can sometimes be fun and unique to add beads or other items into your braids. Beads are a great choice because they can either be directly put on the braid or used at the end to seal the braid.

16. Box Braids With An Undercut

Men's Box Braids With An Undercut

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This style is similar to a top knot with a fade. The main difference is that the braids don’t have to be tied up into a knot on top of the head. This usually means that a larger area on top of the scalp will have braids.

17. Spider Box Braids

Spider box braids are one of the cooler styles of box braids men have been trending. Spider box braids are a type of box braid design.

You arrange the parted sections of hair in a pattern and, in the case of this look, the braids transform into circles that become smaller with each row, similar to a spider web.

18. Crossed Box Braids

Crossed box braids are another type of box braid design. In this method, the individual braids cross over to a different parted section and often pin down. The braids are typically decorated with beads or other bling.

19. Box Braids With Cornrows

Box Braids for Men With Cornrows

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The look requires the hair to split into even sections and then the parts braid together. The end result is very similar to a classic cornrow, but the methodology is slightly different.

20. Flat Box Braids (Cornrows)

Braids that stay flat to the head are also known as cornrows. In the past, this was a really popular type of braid men wore, but the classic look has waned somewhat and is now usually worn in combination with other styles.

21. Triangle Box Braids

Triangle box braids are only different in that the parted section of hair is a triangle, not a square. This adds a new, edgier twist to a traditional classic.

22. Box Braids For White Men

Box Braids For White Men

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Although box braids are a traditionally Black hairstyle that will work best for thicker and more coiled textures, there’s no reason that White men can’t get in on the trend too. Styles such as cornrows, spider box braids, or 4 box braids can be a good look too.

23. Geometric Box Braids

Most box braids men tend to wear are in traditional squares and rows, but they don’t have to be! Similar to triangle box braids, many stylists can do sections in any number of geometric shapes such as circles, zigzags, triangles, diamonds, and more.

24. Box Braids for Short Hair

Certain box braid styles work better for short hair. Traditional box braids look good on any hair length, but certain styles, such as box braids with cornrows, edge-up box braids, or box braids with an undercut, tend to look really good on short hair.

25. Box Braid Ponytail

Box braid ponytails are popular because they’re so versatile. This style could be as simple as pulling long box braids or twists into a low ponytail. Another option is to have a ponytail at the top of the head and then shave the sides into a fade cut for a more polished look.

26. Box Braid Faux Loc Ponytail

Box Braids for Men Faux Loc Ponytail

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A faux loc ponytail box braid style is essentially the same as the box braid ponytail, only the hair is in faux locs (see descriptions above). 

27. Box Braids for Long Hair

Box braids are an ideal look for long hair. Not only are traditional box braids fairly easy to put in and a low-maintenance style, but men with long hair can often keep their braids in for longer or pair them with extensions for even longer-lasting results.

28. Large Box Braids And A Fade

This look is a variation on the trendy braid-andfade look. In this look, the size of the individual braids is larger than normal. This will mean you’ll get fewer braids, but it may be a good look for thinner hair textures.

29. Edged-Up Box Braids

Edged-Up Box Braids for Men

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This style is a very chic, very fresh look. With this one, the differentiator is actually in the edges of the hair, not the braids themselves. The box braids usually sit back from the scalp before starting up, and brothers have to trim and shape their edges as they will.

30. DIY Box Braids

Most of the time, people go see a professional braider to get their box braids put in. But if you can master the art of box braids and have DIY braid days, you can save yourself some money.

Unless you practice the technique frequently, though, your braids may end up being looser and won’t stay in as long.

Frequently Asked Questions About Box Braids for Men

How Long Do Braids Last For Guys?

Box braids usually last anywhere from a week to two months. It will largely depend on the style of braids you get. In general, the smaller the braid, the longer it lasts.

How Do Boys Get Box Braids?

Most styles of box braids men choose to rock are intricate and take some skill. It’s best to go to a salon and/or see a professional braider to get your hair done.

How Long Should My Hair Be For Box Braids?

The answer will largely depend on the texture and condition of your hair before putting it in the braids. Healthy hair can safely stay in braids for about six weeks, although if your hair is straight or very fine in texture it may be less.

Do Box Braids Damage Hair?

Yes and no. If you keep your box braids in too long the weight can begin to pull on your roots, leading to hair breakage.

Do I Need Extensions In My Box Braids?

No. If you wish, you can do box braids using only your natural hair. Box braids that use extensions last longer, however.

Think Box Braids That Mean Wear Are for You?

Now that you know a little bit more about the different types of box braids men are doing these days, you might be asking yourself—are box braids for you?

The answer, of course, is up to you, but we tend to think that box braids come in so many variations that there’s something for everyone! And after you get them done, check out how to sleep with braids in—it isn’t quite as simple as you would think!