Braids are an easy and so pleasant way to forget about hair styling for months, give your hair some rest and protect it from harsh environmental factors. Besides, with the awesome hairstyles listed below you will attract attention, admiring glances and sincere smiles.
Braided hairstyles make space for creativity. There are many interesting braiding techniques to make every head unique. Besides, you can experiment with highlights, natural or curly texture, clips, patterns, shapes, etc.
Natural perm and hair thickness is your big plus and a unique bonus that you simply can’t leave unused. Your hair, that you might have been complaining of before, is created for braids. So why not to use this idea to your advantage?
Braiding is very versatile: microbraids, cornrows, fishtail braids, blocky braids, black braided buns, twist braids, tree braids, hair bands, French braids and more are at your disposal. Once you pick a desired braiding style, thickness and have your hair braided, you may shape your braids into gorgeous hairstyles both for every day and special events.
Researchers say that braids were “in fashion” even 2000 years b.c. If they have survived till our time, there definitely must be something special in them, don’t you think? No wonder, every year world-famous designers experiment with braids at fashion shows. Fancy to know what’s new they offer!
Popular Trends in Black Braided Hairstyles
Fashion shows are always inspiring, yet when it comes to clothes, we need to wait at least till March to begin to bring some new fresh ideas into life. As for hairstyles, things are much easier here: get inspired and try on new images already now. What’s new was there in braided hairstyles? These are some trends for inspiration:
- Tight and edgy cornrows, cornrowed buns. Cornrows have been always considered as a rather casual hairstyle, but now when they are in Couture collections, it’s high time to rock them for a while in the new season.
- Wrap-around braids and twists for black hair with fresh flowers. These are loose, messy and inspired by Boho chic.
- Very loose whimsical braids for long hair. The braid that starts from mid-shaft is not noticeable in the front and looks sloppy in the back.
- Twisted rope braids. These long 3 dimensional braids, ideal for long thick hair, look very interesting, unhackneyed and worth a try.
The Most Gorgeous Black Braided Hairstyles
#1: Cool Marley Twists
Black women with long, thick hair can recreate this easily by making chunky two-strand twists, but even if you don’t have long strands, simply add in “Marley” hair to replicate the style shown. The puffiness of the twists gives off a carefree vibe that looks only cooler as they are becoming messier.
#2: Braided Hairstyle with Jumbo French Braid
A French braid goes from being sweet to sassy the larger it gets—and this style brings a heavy dose of the latter. Try a jumbo braid for an upcoming weekend out; this is a surefire conversation starter!
#3: Updo with Cornrows and Twists
No need to choose between braids or twists for your next updo. Blending the two together in various sizes results in an intricate and interesting black hairstyle.
#4: Bulky Braided Crown Bun
One of the fastest and most pulled together protective styles is a braided bun. This style can be achieved by most textures and lengths. Unless your locks are extremely long and full, it is easy to add hair to create a bulky crown-like bun.
#5: Asymmetric Braiding Hair Style
If you wish to draw more attention to your face, make a “side-bang” with a face-framing braid. The look is a fun option to offset a funky outfit for a night out with friends. This style would work well with medium hair lengths.
#6: Twisted Updo with Blonde Highlights
Showcase your highlights in the elegant twisted updo with honey blonde accents. Pump up the volume of the style with a beautiful bouffant in the front.
#7: Jumbo Double-Twisted Updo
Here is a simple updo for black women with natural hair that can work for a dressy event or just when one craves a more glamorous moment in day to day life. The best part is that this look can be completed in less than five minutes for a quick and easy black braided hairstyle.
#8: Chunky Twisted Updo
#9: Braids with Accessories
Braids don’t just have to be reserved for updos and long hair. Try a funky bob with layered box braids for a low maintenance look with style. The gilded thread adds an element of surprise with a bohemian flair.
#10: High Bun with Twists
A high bun can go anywhere, from trips to the grocery store to trips to the beach. Give your everyday look an update by adding twisted pieces throughout your bun.
#11: Cornrows with French Roll Updo
Smaller braids tend to last longer, so if you are willing to commit to a style for a couple of weeks try this braided hairstyle for long hair. The gorgeous rolled Mohawk will suit a variety of occasions like a work trip or vacation with your significant other.
#12: Updo with Forward Braided Bun
Don’t get stuck in a rut with the same black braid hairstyles. Try a voluminous loosely braided bun updo for an eclectic twist that would work well for black women with medium-to-long hair lengths.
#13: Twisted Updo with Fun Face-Framing Twists
Create a sort of side bang by brushing your Havana twist braids across your face and pinning them to the side; it will instantly add some drama to your face. This cute braided hairstyle gets a bonus point for pulling double duty—once you untwist the braids you are left with glorious spiral curls!
#14: Large High Bun with a Headband
Although this is not what you would typically think of when you picture braids, this style overlaps three separate sections in a bun to add visual interest. Take it to the next level with dyed ends and a bright headband.
#15: Black Braided Updo Hairstyle with a Cute Design
Use alternating cornrows of different sizes to create an intricate symmetrical design on both sides of your head for an eye-catching look. This can be done with medium to long hair lengths.
#16: Intricately Twisted Fauxhawk
A true hairdo for a woman who likes to stand out from the crowd with no apologies; with a stylish updothat blends braids, voluminous twists and color, you are sure to make a statement.
#17: Braided Updo Hairstyle with Curls for Short Hair
No need to rock a fully braided style to get the effect. Braid the back, leaving room in the front for bouncy spiral curls. This style works well with short to medium hair length, as it does not require much length to complete.
#18: Double Bun Mohawk with Undercuts
Show off your shaved sides with two larger than life spunky braided buns; the perfect hairstyle to complement your look for an enjoyable night out.
#19: Half-Updo with Long Freely-Hanging Braids
Long braided Ghana weaving hairstyles are a staple for African American women during the summer months. Keep your look fresh with a half-updo that features a nice height on top. This style can be completed in a time crunch for a sexy look that lasts throughout wherever the day may take you.
#20: Highlighted Braids and High Bun
Lighten up your long braids for the warm weather with honey brown highlights weaved throughout chocolate brunette locks. A high bun is always classy and will work well for any daily activity – school, work and beyond.
#21: An Unmatched Combo: Braids + Curls
Can’t decide between braids or curls? Leave your problem of choice behind. With this awesome hairstyle you are getting 2 in 1. African hair braiding section with an explosion of curls at the ends is a wonderful and exciting idea to try.
#22: Outstanding French Style Braids
Extremely chic and stylish, they are not going to be out of fashion in the near future. A gorgeous thick braid, starting at your bang wraps your head gracefully, just to be rolled up at the crown of your head. Look: it’s a crown, indeed!
#23: A Cascade of Enchanting Braids
This is a truly universal braided hairstyle for teens. You can simply clip some braids on top or tie them up, leaving the remaining braided ends loose on your shoulders for a luxurious, time-tested look.
#24: Sexy Mohawk
Wow, that’s pretty sexy! Tiny braids at the sides and back accentuate perfectly straight highlighted locks on top. This wonderful hairstyle will outline your face and graceful neckline.
#25: A Brilliant Braid-Inspired Solution
Are braids all over the head a bit too much for you? Don’t worry, there’s a brilliant alternative: braids at the roots and chic unbraided ends. This solution is very universal and suits any occasion.
#26: Superb Intricate Patterns
Tiny braids are both classy and classic but your can shape them into absolutely unexpected intricate patterns on top. Add some trendy hue to your hair color and here you are: one of the trendiest braided hairstyles.
#27: Showy Diagonal Braids
These pretty diagonal braids not only look cute and quite unusual, they are suitable for most face shapes, hair textures and and any age. Wherever you go, I bet you won’t remain unnoticed!
#28: The Most Sophisticated Braided Updo Ever!
Unbelievable… look at that! Those elegant spirals, skillfully rolled into the most sophisticated updo, are worth to grace your head for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, like wedding, to say the least.
#29: A Feminine Braided Hairstyle for Medium Length
Tresses, falling on your face, always look very feminine and sexy. You can double the effect if you have them plaited into numerous thin tough braids or thick Ghana braids. This hairstyle rims and slims your face outstandingly.
#30: Creative Cornrows
Cornrows are universal but you can shape them in a completely unexpected and creative way, like in this photo. Sleek sides and a stylized bun on top look very eccentric, but, definitely, mind-blowing, don’t you think?
#31: Glamorous Yet Easy Braiding
Some comparatively easy-to-perform examples of braiding can turn into a very glamorous hairstyle, worthy to adorn a pop star. So why not to imitate such successful ideas?
#32: The Chic Braided Mohawk
This Mohawk-inspired hairstyle is very unique because of its perfect shape, reminding a sea horse. Pair this hairstyle with showy earrings and a stylish cocktail dress.
#33: You Are the One!
Some chic braided updos for black people are not difficult to perform yet they produce a stunning effect and great impression on everyone around. This wonderful updo is a bright example.
#34: Sleek and Refined
Another universal updo to complement a gorgeous evening gown or office wear. It’s flawless and leaves space for imagination with all those charming straight and curved lines.
#35: A Twisty Accent
Twisty braids are a popular style but could you ever think you can create a masterpiece like this, using this simple braiding method? And one more thing: add some color for spice!
#36: A Neat Pile of… Braids!
Thicker braids are very showy and you can experiment with them. In this impressive updo they are piled on top, while behind there’s something to stare at admiringly as well…
#37: A Snail Shell
A thick braid is running around your head, getting thinner and ending in a cute tiny curl. This is a perfect African hair braiding style for an office look or a very special occasion where you need to look stunning.
#38: A Fantastic Nature-Inspired Hairstyle
Greenish is a doubtful hue for hair, but look how harmonious it is in this braided hairstyle. The braids are associated with the plant stems and the thin curly locks remind the tops of some exotic vegetation, and it’s growing… on your head!
#39: More of a Color Theme
Do you find green a bit too bold for a hair color yet still wish to experiment with unusual hues? Here are some beautiful and hot roses in a very impressive hairstyle for creative ladies.
#40: Havana and Marley Twists
Are you seeking for some truly dramatic hairstyle? With Havana and Marley twists hairstyles you have found it. People will turn heads, so better prepare your best smile to respond to tons of refined compliments!
#41: Braids and Waves for Any Occasion
Braids, ending in waves, will provide you with good options for a choice of hairstyles. Wear them loose, cascading your shoulders for every day or pile everything up for a superlative updo that is never out of fashion.
#42: Charming Twists and a Playful Ponytail
Ponytail hairstyles are trendy and so versatile. This asymmetric curly ponytail makes you look very feminine and playful. Beautiful twists complement this cute ponytail and make it one of a kind.
#43: Creative Mohawk Variations
The brilliant hairstyle the model from Kenya demonstrates is a wonderful chance to open your face and show your beautiful long curly hair. It won’t take too much time and picture how fantastic you will look!
#44: Gorgeous French Braids
Tired of microbraids? Well, there are more brilliant ideas for any taste and mood. Variations with French braids are endless, and this one is a very popular kind, worthy to imitate.
#45: Tenderness and Femininity
Hair swept to one side demonstrates women’s tenderness and femininity. Braids can set a direction and fix your luxurious hair in the right position to create a stylish contrasting hairstyle.
#46: Twisty Elegance
Those multiple twists remind chains which can be shaped into something very original and unbelievably elegant. Asymmetrical patterns and soft flowing lines in this hairstyle are very impressive.
#47: A Trendy Disheveled Look
Thick braids, purple accents and a slightly disheveled look will turn heads anywhere where you go. This cornrow updo is a unique blend of style, femininity and sex appeal.
#48: Braids + Twists = Perfection
This is an excellent example of an elaborate and sophisticated hairstyle where braids interlace with twists to create an impression of absolute perfection, inherent to all works of art. This is one of them, by the way.
#49: Easy and Ingenious
This is one of the best ways of how you can present your natural perm in the best light ever. Let some braids run slantwise for a more creative result.
#50: A Chic Cocks Comb
It’s unbelievable what shapes you can come up with, experimenting with braids. Don’t forget to complement such a stunning cockscomb with showy earrings, imitating the outlines of your hairstyle, according to Nigerian fashion, like you see in the photo.
#51: Braid-Encircled Bouffant
Kerry Washington looks adorable sporting her half up half down style with a braided around bouffant and sleek side bangs. Kerry relaxes her black coils but doesn’t ever discard braided hairstyles, even if it’s just a simple French braid.
#52: Chic Side Fishtail
45th NAACP Image Awards ceremony witnessed the chicest side fishtail braid on the red carpet, rocked by Kerry Washington. Kerry’s braid featured a neat regular jumbo box braided pattern, while her locks near the roots were teased, messed up and braided whimsically.
#53: Side Box-Braided Bun
Jill Scott is bright and stunning with her cherry red lips, long black eye-lashes, fancy eye-catching earrings and a chic side updo easily styled from thin box braids.
#54: Gorgeous Asymmetric Style with Braids and Curls
The 4th ESSENCE Black Women In Music event was charged with positive energy from Jill Scott’s super radiant look. Jill’s asymmetric half up half down hairstyle incorporated a closely braided section and a waterfall of black coils.
#55: Fancy Dread Locks Updo
Dreadlocks are not exactly braids, but just in case you are looking for an alternative way to style your black hair effortlessly, Ledisi can share numerous ideas of amazing hairstyles with dreadlocks. Here’s one of them with single braids.
#56: Freely Hanging Box Braids
At a last year DJ event in Dubai Solange sported a chic black&white suit from Christian Sirano collection and freely hanging box braids, mimicking the texture and print of her suit.
#57: Intricate Side Braiding
Chanel Iman’s side braiding performs not just a decorative function. It’s a part of her side swept hairstyle with ideally sleek relaxed black locks passed on to one shoulder for a superb glamorous look, perfect for teenage girl of any age. The edges of her mane are fancifully touched by the pink.
#58: Braided Faux Hawk for Natural Hair
Janelle Monae appeared at Met Gala rocking the classic red, black and white colors (Tadashi Shoji) and a head-turning braided fauxwhawk hairstyle with ideally sleek sides and a chunky black braid piled on her crown and forehead.
#59: Long Box Braids with Undercut
Jada Pinkett has always been versatile with her gorgeous hairstyles, so each time we expect something extraordinary from her. These long box braids are paired with an asymmetric undercut bleached and toned into golden blonde.
#60: Centre-Parted Senegalese Twists
Joy Bryant’s thin Senegalese twist braids offer gorgeous texture that looks awesome in very simple hairstyles, like this centre-parted downdo. With this particular one shoulder dress Joy can also sweep them to one side.
#61: Symmetric Cornrows with a Braided Parting
Alicia Keys chooses breathtaking symmetric cornrows with a braided parting and beads at the ends. Image how they clink in movement?
#62: Braided Mohawk with Undercuts
For her concert in Morocco Alicia Keys prepared a special Mohawk hairstyle that is especially impressive from a side view: close to the skin undercuts and a chunky braid urge us to wonder if we can copy this cool idea.
#63: Red Eye-Popping Framing Braid
Rihanna is always a girl to stare at and examine admiringly. Her fabulous face-framing red braid is contrasting with the emerald green lace earrings which create together a breathtaking play of colors.
#64: Blonde Milkmaid Braids
Beyonce couldn’t simply pass by milkmaid braids trend, so she adopted it for one of her brightest looks. Yes, I know, it’s so far from natural hair, but looks pretty good on African American women, isn’t it?
#65: Bulky Top Bun from Box Braids
Eva Marcille is so incomparably bright and beautiful with her high bulky bun from box braids that you can hardly look away. Meanwhile, provided that you are currently wearing quality box braids, you’ll easily twist it yourself in a matter of minutes.
#66: Twist from Box Braids
Keri Hilson also occasionally adopts the box braids trend, and she wears her braids in a modern way – without “baby hair” at front. Well, hers is sleeked cutely into a couple of tiny tendrils.
#67: Freely Flowing Black Curls with Braids
A chic black braided hairstyle can feature a wonderful mix of braids and curls, like this awesome downdo from Keri Hilson. Centre-parted thick black curls with 2 headband braids are a simple and great black hairstyle idea to embrace for any occasion.
#68: Loosely Braided Sexy Side Braid
Selita Ebanks looks extremely sexy with her silky jet black locks braided loosely and swept over one shoulder. Completed with red lips and cat eye sunglasses, this look is hard to outdo in the power of its sex appeal.
#69: Braids and Pony
Jordin Sparks rocked an usual pony at Billboards Music Awards. She had her hair divided into 6 sections to be braided for a textured backswept hairstyle with a sleek ponytail.
#70: Messy Side Braid
Zoe Saldana also prefers her black locks to be relaxed. Smooth texture and great thickness offer a wide range of trendy hairstyles, like this messy side braid with long face-framing bangs on either side.
As you see, there are tons of exciting ideas of how to change your image with braids-inspired hairstyles. Take advantage of your naturally thick wavy hair and show the world just how breathtaking you can be!