Goddess braids are a feminine and beautiful way for ethnic women to wear their hair. Like many braided styles, some Goddess coifs can remain intact for weeks, while others will only last for a day. Check out all the great variations of this modern hairstyle that take a cue from mythological heroines.
What Are Goddess Braids?
These look like oversized cornrows. They are braided close to the scalp either on natural hair or with the use of extensions. The designs of hairstyles vary. It can be a crown braid updo, Mohawk braid and a low braided bun or a half up hairstyle with a headband braid, to name a few. More ideas with pictures can be found below.
#1: Curved Braid
One of the most beautiful things about ethnic goddess braid hair is the artwork that goes into the various styles. When it comes to a goddess-themed look, parting your hair into a shapely design will bring a whole new dimension to the style. This one is curved into a “u” shape.
#2: Smooth and Sexy
This goddess-inspired style requires a thick braid that thins out as it reaches the bottom of the hair. If you have highlights in your hair, this will look especially lovely. If you’re just learning how to do goddess braids, this is a good place to start.
#3: Twists and Gorgeous Braids
Tight thick twists and braids easily showcase your hair’s gorgeous sheen, but they can be heavy to wear. Lighten things up a bit with a gathered ponytail to keep your locks long yet out of the way, so you can still function throughout the day!
#4: Braided Mohawk Updo
Your goddess braids hairstyles don’t have to include mega long braids to enjoy the beauty of a goddess look. Instead, keep your hair sleek, short and simple with this perfectly coifed hairstyle. Even a sideburn curl is incorporated to keep the whole head glam.
#5: Rows of Beauty
Another style that could work on either short or long hair, this updo involves distinct sections of hair with braids running towards the nape of the neck to be wrapped in a low bun. Goddess braids designs are fun to experiment with and wear because of the unique variations like this one.
#6: Goddess Bun
Ideal for both a casual day and a formal night, this goddess style wraps into a tall bun for the ultimate in beauty and femininity. Pair it with some bold accessories, especially chunky earrings – or go with something a bit more dainty and delicate for a classic dancer vibe.
#7: Curly Style
Curly goddess braids styles are stunning with thinner and thicker braids and a curly back section. Your salon stylist will skillfully copy this look for you, but you can also try it at home. Simply start with a braid of medium thickness along the hairline, add a tiny braid across the center of the head and then finish with a thicker, loose braid closer to the crown. Gather the rest of the hair up and add curls, securing with bobby pins as you go.
#8: Elevated Fishtail Braid
Still gorgeously sexy, this goddess-worthy style is actually inspired by the standard Fishtail braid. Braiding from the inside out gives height, while ending it with a ponytail makes it simple and quick to style.
#9: Cornrowed Beauty
Classic cornrows are taken to a new level with this goddess-inspired style. Braids are created in a different manner to bring height and decorum. This is another wonderful style to showcase your new hair color like red, purple or blonde.
#10: Thickly Crowned
Thick African goddess braids wrapped around as a halo will crown your head, frame your face and look positively elegant. Add some hair embellishments like jewels or beads to fancy it up further.
#11: Sleek and Intricate Updo
For very thick hair, try this slicked back, sectioned French Mohawk braid that ends with a coiled low bun. This will also work with a weave or extensions if your natural hair is too short.
#12: Diagonal Design
Instead of braiding hair straight down or across, try to angle your braids for a beautiful look. 3-4 thick braids will cover the head sufficiently, and with a longer length you’ll get a big coiled bundle at the back, featuring thinner ends of the braids which offer texture variety to the style. This is a fun and unique updo for all occasions.
#13: The Tilted Crown
This space-age take on goddess braids is unique and fashion forward – it includes very small braids underneath and a reverse, angled French braid that wraps around one side of the head and goes down to the other side. The thicker and longer your hair, the more dramatic of a statement this style will make.
#14: A Perfect Circle
Here’s a picture of a sectioned style that is pulled together with a singular circle braid. It’s basically a braided bun with a big section of hair above previously braided and twisted around the base of the bun. It’s a durable style to last all day and night.
#15: Bold Hues
Braided updos really show off hair color well. In a pretty updo like this even such a fairly bright purple hue doesn’t appear too juvenile. Support the color with a lipstick of a similar (but better not the same) shade.
#16: Upswept Braided Style
2 goddess braids are better than 1, and 4 or 5 braids are the ideal number if you want to pull your hair up into a bulky braided bun. You can use some shine enhancer or similar product to keep things slicked down and perfectly in place.
#17: Gorgeous Bun with Jumbo Cornrows
Braids going back and forth, up and down are lovely and modern. If your hair is a weave, you might have the advantage of an extra shiny mane that will simply gleam with beauty when bundled atop the head.
#18: Coiled and Coiffed
This style is achieved with a lot of time and patience – each braid is coiled on its own path contributing to the impressive asymmetrical wrap along the neck line. Use plenty of holding product with this one.
#19: Mohawk Inspired
Show off some ink or favorite jewelry with shaved sides and a braid that is reminiscent of a Mohawk hairstyle. When it comes to goddess braids styles, you can make this fun braid even better with some highlights.
#20: Snakey and Sexy
It looks almost like a slithering snake running down from the scalp, but somehow it comes out looking unbelievably sexy. Mix up the thicknesses of the braids throughout the style for a creative look that isn’t easily duplicated.
#21: X Marks the Spot
This goddess-worthy look is totally creative and able to last for days. Criss cross braids into an “x” on the crown – accurate parting and styling should provide a compass for the “x.” Best of all, this works well on natural hair.
#22: Color Pop
A major perk of dark hair is its ability to hold truly vibrant accent colors in goddess braids hairstyles. Try out a bright purple, a lovely caramel blonde or both. Incorporating specks of color in braids is a way to come up with your own unique look. Permanent color will be the most long-lasting and vibrant, but today’s hair chalks and temporary dyes also pack a powerful punch.
#23: Mature Braids
Goddess beauty is not just for the young – older women can benefit from this beautiful look as well. Extensions add thickness and dimension to thinner natural hair, giving you a whole new boost of confidence. It’s also incredibly low maintenance, something that’s a blessing when you’re busy working or chasing after grandchildren.
#24: Directional Creativity
Curve, jag or twist your braids to pull off new styles that are beautifully creative. You will love having hair that isn’t easily matched, plus it will hold everything up and out of the way on those hot summer days.
#25: Super Simple Braid
Simply braid a front section of hair across the crown of your head and gather the rest back into a low ponytail for a quick and simple goddess braid that is one-of-a-kind. If you want a protective style with the tucked ends, you can substitute the curly pony with a low braided bun.
#26: Goddess Pigtails
Young, whimsical and fun, this style is simply two French braids with some added height. Add in a tiny braid down the center of the head to make it more decorative and grown up looking. This is a perfect hairstyle for when you’re due for a salon visit but don’t have extra cash or time – it’s fast, simple and affordable.
#27: Fashion Forward
Bring hair forward to accentuate your beautiful neck and showcase some awesome color. This will also bring out your accessories and outfit that you choose to pair this style with. Finish this look off with a bun in lieu of bangs – it’s sweet, sassy and totally modern.
#28: Thickness Variation
Truly one of the most wonderful ways to have a lovely, spontaneous style is to mix up the thickness level of your braids. From thin to downright fat, African goddess braids bring hair onto a whole new playing field.
#29: Crowned Style
Just like a regal queen updo, this goddess-happy style involves body and a sleek modern design. It’s also super functional for hands-on jobs that often cause a hair hassle. Just like you see in these images, braids are beautiful no matter how you style them.
#30: Two Braided Side Buns
Adding different hair embellishments can jazz up an otherwise quite ordinary hairdo. Dutch braids are coiled into side buns and decorated with thin golden ribbon in this example. Of course, you may choose a flower instead – it can become your signature look – lovely, vibrant petals for any occasion!
#31: Black Braids with White Accents
Black and white is always in style, and goddess hairstyles can interpret this combo in different ways. In case you always want to have relevant hair but still desire to make a statement, this is one hairdo that won’t steer you wrong. With long hair, several goddess braids on each side brought into a low pony is a simple hairstyle, but if you go for curvy braids and braid in extensions into your plaits, you’ll individualize your style in a creative way.
#32: Braided Low Bun
Do blondes really have more fun? Find out for yourself by bleaching your locks and styling them into three French braids. Finish this style off with a low bun in the back created out of the three braids combined and coiled.
#33: Twists and Turns
Thick braids twisting and turning around the head is a unique and gorgeous look inspired by Greek mythology. Best of all, this is an updo, so, it can be paired with big and bold jewelry for a great fashion statement. Because every girl deserves to feel like a goddess.
#34: Intricate Style
Since it’s a rather flat style, these goddess braids will last for days, being comfortable to wear at work, on the beach or anywhere in between. This hairstyle is pretty quick to get done, so you’ll be in and out of the salon in no time.
#35: Long Tumbling Braids
Long, beautiful and girly to the max, these braids are a more feminine take on classic cornrows. The braids are thicker and this style relies upon either very long locks or a high quality weave. This is a great choice if you want a wearable style that can also have some variations – pull the braids into a ponytail or low bun when you want a change.
#36: Simple Crown
If you love a goddess look but prefer to keep your hair flowing free, check out this style that features an angled braided crown combined with long, loosely curled locks.
#37: Fancy and Creative
This goddess braids style with a high fishtail is dramatic and full of personality. You’ll definitely look gorgeous the whole day long!
#38: Sporty Art
Goddess braids can be totally sporty, like this style that looks like it’s ready for the basketball court or an afternoon out ice skating. Parting hair deeply to the side, your stylist will alternate thick and very thin braids to bring this goddess-ready style to perfection.
#39: Elegant Updo
Truly worthy of mythical royalty, this gorgeous updo is both feminine and intricate. You won’t see it duplicated very often, and while unfortunately this is a one-day style, it is worth the time and effort for a special occasion.
#40: Simple and Straightforward
Goddess braids styles can be quick and simple, we swear you. Have a look! Being similar to double French braids, this hairstyle is still beautifully unique. Simply uncomplicated to create, you can wear this without spending a fortune at the salon, and it can easily hold for quite a while. If your hair is on the shorter side, consider adding in a weave.
So, are you inspired by these 40 goddess braids and ready to hit the salon with some great new ideas? Print out your favorite photos and bring them with you to your next appointment.