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40 Cool Little Boy Braids That Are Trendy in 2024

Braids are one of the very few hairstyles that look exceptional both on girls and boys regardless of their age. Not only do these knits keep all the hair neatly tucked away from the face the entire day long, but they’re also ideal to protect those delicate tresses with style.

So if your young man is looking for a style upgrade we’ve brought some of the cutest braided hairstyles for little boys today.

Although it might seem a bit doubtful at first, there are countless ways to rock braids. Just wait till you go through the list below!

Braided Hairstyles For Little Boys

Don’t set your boundaries when it comes to your little boy’s hairstyles. We have picked the most adorable braided hairstyles for boys that you can choose for your son’s next hairstyle.

1. Plaited Dreads

braided dreads hairstyle for little boy

Dreadlocks look cool enough on an innocent little face but can be spiced up further by plaiting them into chunky cornrows.

Secure them in place with single or multiple ponytails at the back and there you have it; the quickest little boy braids you can ever get!

2. Straight-Back Cornrows + Undercut

Another trendy way to rock braids is by sectioning the top into multiple strips and entwining each one of them into straight-back cornrows.

Balance out the knits with a neat undercut along the sides and back and you’re little star is sure to look the chicest among all.

3. Traditional Himba Braids

little black boy braids with shaved side

Teach your kid to express himself without fear from the very beginning. A quirky hairstyle might prove helpful in this regard just like the one depicted here.

Traditional Himba boys often wear two chunky braids that fall forward on their faces with a shaved head and so can your young guy!

4. Ombre Box Braids

It would be unfair not to include box braids in the list as they’re one of the chicest protective hairstyles loved by all men and women.

Add a pop of color by incorporating ombre hair extensions while knitting down the strands. Beads dangling at the tips aren’t a bad idea either.

5. Pop Smoke Style

little boy with long braids

Middle-parted cornrows falling on both sides of the face in bundles of four or more were set in trend by the famous late rapper Pop Smoke hence the name.

Give this look a try if your little man has some precious long tresses that you want to keep neatly tucked away.

6. Spider Web Braids

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Geometric braided hairstyles have a charm of their own. Recreate this one by partitioning the hair into six or eight triangular sections to end up with a spider web design in the center.

Use an appropriate styling product to achieve a picture-perfect result that’ll be hard to overlook.

7. Intricately Braided Man Bun

braids with pattern for little boys

The best part about braids is the numerous intricate designs that can be created with them just like this cute braided hairstyle for little boys with a tiny bun at the back.

Create swirls and waves of your choice or simply show your inspiration to the hairstylist!

8. Braided Bob with Beads

little boy cornrow braids with beads

Just like buns, bob hairstyles look equally good on girls and boys. Opt for a middle or side parting and keep the strands at equal lengths at chin level.

Add the most vibrant plastic beads at the ends for a pop of color that you’ll surely fall in love with!

9. Delicate Micro Braids

little boy with thin braids

Some kids might have delicate hair in their early years that needs to be looked after very carefully. The best way is to knit down the strands loosely into multiple micro braids all over the head.

With some care and effort your young man will have the healthiest tresses of all.

10. Diagonal Scalp Braids

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Try chunky diagonal cornrows instead of the usual straight-back or side-swept little boy braids for a change.

The trick lies in carving out a dramatic zigzag parting and knitting the sections along its length at an angle. Adorn with metal hair cuffs or keep it simple and that’s pretty much it!

11. Short Hair with Thin Braids

little boy's rattail braid

Remember the infamous rat tail that little boys used to sport in the 90s? It’s making a comeback as a braid hairstyle! Just leave one strand of hair longer on either the left or right side and braid it to help it stand out.

12. Lineup on Braid Ponytail

man bun braids for little boys

Does your little boy love having long hair? Make lots of thin- to medium-size braids and show him how to wear them up in a “man” bun. A lineup haircut will set this style apart from other braid ponytails and make your little man feel more grown up. 

13. French Braid with Fade

boy's blue braid

From the shiny electric blue hair color to the masculine French braid, this little boy’s hairstyle is all about the details. He’ll appreciate the short faded sides but love the character the color and braid give him.

14. Undercut with Cornrows

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If you have a little boy with natural black hair who simply wants to experiment with a new hairstyle, show him the beauty of cornrow braids. This little boy’s braid hairstyle features cornrows on the top half, and natural hair underneath either faded or just short.

15. Lineup Haircut with Cornrows 

Young boys who want that fresh, poppin’ braided haircut will fall in love with how a lineup defines their face shape. For the length of these cornrow braids, hair should be at least shoulder-length. Leave the ends natural to show off curls when gathered in a ponytail.

16. High Fade with Braids

This little boys’ braided hairstyle is basically a higher version of Dutch braids. What makes them boyish, however, is the high faded sides. They’re easy to maintain at home with a pair of clippers.

17. Buzz Cut with Top Braid

little boy's braided hairstyle

There are two levels of buzzed hair in this boy’s style. The circular shape of the second buzz leads up to a single braid at the crown of the head. If your little boy wants to play with color, have fun with a temporary spray-on in blue or green!

18. Colorful Braid Extensions

For kiddos whose hair isn’t long enough to make braids with, that’s where extensions become helpful. Let your little boy choose braids in his favorite colors, then simply have a stylist attach them to his natural hair for instant cuteness. 

19. Multi-Directional Tiny Cornrows

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We love the intricacy of these thin cornrow braids for little boys with natural black hair. For a more flattering style than braids that go directly back from the hairline, make them flow in different directions. You can dress up the braids with gold or silver hair cuffs.

20. Extra Thin Braids for Medium Hair

little boy with middle parted braids

Any little boy with hair that is about shoulder-length needs a haircut that can keep up with how active he is. These extra thin cornrow braids are ideal. They’ll keep hair off the face and need only minimal touchups throughout the day.

21. Little Boy Bun with Braids

braided bun for little boy

This little boy braids style looks cool and is trending a lot. Little boys can too rock the look. Mix their braids with a bun to have a masculine look. You can simply club two braids together with the bun. You can also run from the forehead into the topknot to create some texture. This single or double bun works well with multiple plaits.

22. Natural Twist Hairstyle

natural twisted hairstyle for little boys

A unique little boy hairstyle. Braids don’t have to be the traditional 3-strand style. Some boys have naturally curly hair. In order to get the natural approach to their braids, one can simply twist the hair and end up getting the awesome look. It is recommended for boys who like the easy-going hairstyles.

23. Braided Locks for Little Afro Boys

little boy's dreadlock braids

Locks are the most versatile things which can be easily braided to give an interesting braid hairstyle for little boys. It looks good for a broad range of hairstyles.

24. Little Boy Cornrows

little boy's hairstyle with cornrow

Being one of the most popular little boy braids, cornrows are those types of tight braids which are worn close to the head. You can either go with two-lane cornrows followed by a middle parting or simply do single plait cornrows. It brings a nice texture to the hair and even let the barber’s style your hair intricately.

25. Two Small Braid Hairstyles

small braided hairstyle for little boy

This two braided hairstyle is easy to do. All you have to do is to divide your hair into two sections and side part it. Choose the smaller section and start creating two overlapping braids across the edge of an undercut.

26. The Fishtail Braid

boy's fishtail braid

It is one of the easiest braids to do. If you want a bohemian approach for your braids, you can easily go with the fishtail braids.

27. Fishbone Braids

This type of braided hairstyle does not require much effort. It is widely embraced and looks good for most little boys. It includes longer hair to pull off, but the result is an eye candy. Before proceeding with this hairstyle, it is recommended to part your hair in symmetry.

28. Back Crown Braid

Crown braids are generally done in the front part. But if you want something unique and versatile, you can definitely try getting the crown braids on the back part of your head. This gives an original look to the style.

One of the easiest ways to do back crown braid is first to proceed with the two traditional braids and then just pin them one over the other. This will create a temporary braid hairstyle for little boys.

29. Reverse Braid

braid hairstyle for little boys

If you’re looking to try a manly braid for boys, go for this hairstyle. Growing teenagers who have soft and fine hair can easily go with the reverse braid hairstyle than the traditional one. In order to get this hairstyle, tip your head upside down. Now start braiding from your nape. Once done, just end it in a knot or just tie it.

30. The Dutch Braid

dutch braid for little boy

This little boy braid style is famous among those to have thicker hair. The Dutch braids end up making your hair look richer and thicker. In the African hair community, this hairstyle is considered as Ghana braiding.

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Try these hairstyles today to get your favorite rappers to look. The braids are fun and nice-looking to have and even they tend to stay intact for a longer amount of time.