How Long Does Boys' Hair Have to Be for It to Be Braided?

How Long Does Boys' Hair Have to Be for It to Be Braided?

Boys' hair can be braided at lengths as small as 2 inches, though at least 3 to 4 inches is preferable. Depending on the type of braid desired, hair may need to be longer or treated differently in order to hold.

Coarser, kinkier hair can hold a braid at lengths of 2 inches while straight, smooth hair may slip out of such short braids or form a braid that cannot fit a band. Cornrows are significantly easier to braid stably as they incorporate more hair into their overall structure as they move back along the scalp.

Styles of Braiding:

  • Fill-Gap Braiding
  • Plaiting
  • Four-strand Braiding
  • Finger Weaving

The minimum length of hair needed to make a given style of boys' braid hold its shape varies from the scant amount needed for cornrowing to the 4 to 5 inches demanded for plaiting. Boys' braids made with insufficiently long hair may hold their shape for a short length of time, but eventually they will slip apart and lose cohesion. They are also harder to band or tie.

With hair longer than 4 inches, most styles of braiding can be put into practical effect by experienced hands. In the case of unusually straight or slippery hair, a perm can give it more texture and help to maintain braids for longer.