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50 Best Black Braided Hairstyles That Turn Heads

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.

They say 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 your think? No wonder, every year world-famous designers experiment with braids at fashion shows. Fancy to know what’s new they offer!

Fresh Trends In 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 fresh trends for inspiration:

- Tight and edgy cornrows (Valentino Pre-Fall 2015). 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. Check also the fancy cornrowed buns at Giorgio Armani.

- Wrap-around braids with fresh flowers (Valentino Couture 2015). These were loose, messy and inspired by Boho chic.

- Very loose whimsical braids for long hair (Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2015). The braid that starts from mid-shaft is not noticeable in the front and looks sloppy in the back.

- Low braided buns (Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear). Braided bun updos are always an extra charge of elegance to ennoble even the simplest outfit.

- Twisted rope braids (Donna Karan). These long 3 dimensional braids, ideal for long thick hair, look very interesting, unhackneyed and worth a try.

50 Head-Turning Black Braided Hairstyles Which Are Never Out Of Fashion

  • #1: 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. A braided section with an explosion of curls at the ends is a wonderful and exciting idea to try.

  • # 2: 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!

  • #3: A Cascade Of Enchanting Braids

    This is a truly universal braided hairstyle. 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.

  • #4: 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.

  • #5: 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.

  • #6: 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.

  • #7: 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!

  • #8: 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.

  • #9: 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 tough braids. This hairstyle rims and slims your face outstandingly.

  • #10: 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?

  • #11: 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?

  • #12: 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.

  • #13: You Are The One!

    Some chic braided updos are not difficult to perform yet they produce a stunning effect and great impression on everyone around. This wonderful updo is a bright example.

  • #14: Sleek & 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.

  • #15: 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!

  • #16: 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…

  • #17: A Snail Shell

    A thick braid is running around your head, getting thinner and ending in a cute tiny curl. This is a perfect hairstyle for an office look or a very special occasion where you need to look stunning.

  • #18: 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!

  • #19: 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.

  • #20: Havana Twists

    Are you seeking for some truly dramatic hairstyle? With Havana twists you have found it. People will turn heads, so better prepare your best smile to respond to tons of refined compliments!

  • #21: Braids & 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.

  • #22: Charming Twists & 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.

  • #23: Creative Mohawk Variations

    This brilliant hairstyle 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!

  • #24: 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.

  • #25: Tenderness & 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.

  • #26: 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.

  • #27: A Trendy Disheveled Look

    Thick braids, purple accents and a slightly disheveled look will turn heads anywhere where you go. It’s a unique blend of style, femininity and sex appeal.

  • #28: 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.

  • #29: Easy & 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.

  • #30: A Chic CocksComb

    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, like in the photo.

  • #31: 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.

  • #32: 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 braided pattern, while her locks near the roots were teased, messed up and braided whimsically.

  • #33: 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.

  • #34: Gorgeous Asymmetric Style With Braids & 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.

  • #35: 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.

  • #36: 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.

  • #37: 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. The edges of her mane are fancifully touched by the pink.

  • #38: 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.

  • #39: 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.

  • #40: 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.

  • #41: 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?

  • #42: 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.

  • #43: 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.

  • #44: 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?

  • #45: 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.

  • #46: 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.

  • #47: 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.

  • #48: 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.

  • #49: Braids & 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.

  • #50: 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.

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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!