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Updated on February 03, 2021
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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 Feed-In Goddess Braids

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. Big Side Goddess Braid

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, it will look especially lovely. Are you just learning how to do this type of braids? This is a good place to start.

3. Long Goddess Braids

The laid edges of baby-fine hair are a stylish accent for an asymmetrical braided hairstyle. The angled braids swirl around the head towards one side and front, framing the face. Wrapping just one or two of the thickest braids with some gold or copper wire is an elegant touch that really draws attention to the length.

4. Purple Goddess Braids to the Side

Whoever invented Goddess braids hairstyles could have never imagined such a creative variation. Laid edges set off the winding iridescent braids that offer a look of a regal Goddess crown. The circular pattern curves around the scalp, ending full force in shiny, deep-purple braids that are long enough to throw over your shoulder like a scarf!

5. Black and Wine Goddess Braids in a Ponytail

If you are looking for a sizzling way to wear your hair in a ponytail, look no further than curvy cornrows that feed into a wrapped around ponytail. The red-wine colored extensions braided into black hair and mini-parting braids adorned with golden cuffs give this style a refined appearance.

Ponytail With Burgundy Highlighted Braids

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6. Big Goddess Braids in a 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.

braided bun updo for black women

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7. Goddess Braids with Cornrows

A new twist on an old favorite, these perfectly aligned cornrows race from the forehead all the way to the nape of the neck, where they spring off into uber-shiny freely-hanging braids. It’s a gorgeous design pattern with tiny parting braids that help to keep the entire head looking neat and fancy.

8. Black`n`Caramel Goddess Braids in a Ponytail

The specked caramel braids that swirl to the side work in unison with tiny braid partings for one of our favorite goddess braids styles. Gold braid cuffs coordinate nicely with the color of the braided hair. A wrap-around ponytail that sits on the crown of the head is a wonderful way to create some height.

Brown And Caramel Goddess Braids In Wrapped Ponytail

Instagram / @shellyafrikhair

9. Feed-In Goddess Braids with Color

Who says you can’t braid your hair in two opposite directions? These angular scalp braids twist around the crown of your head in an eye-challenging pattern that is enhanced by bright red and subdued blue highlights. It’s an excellent option if you want a Goddess braid style that can be completed relatively quickly.

10. Goddess Braids with Kanekalon Hair

Achieved with kanekalon hair, these curly onyx braids are trendy and stylish. Skinny parting braids separate larger cornrows that are all gathered together and fed into a wrap-around “I Dream of Jeannie” ponytail that comes right out of the 1960s. You’ll get more than 3 wishes with these sensational Goddess plaits!

11. Goddess Braids Mohawk 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. Two Goddess Braids with Cuffs and Wire

Express the fun and frolicking little girl inside you with 2 braids that are set up like pigtails parted in the center. Long, chestnut-tinted Dutch braids are decorated with hair cuffs and crisscrossed gold strings for a simple and neat hairstyle that looks great wherever you go.

Pigtails With Goddess Braids

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13. Two-Toned Goddess Braids with a Bun

Perfectly partitioned braids swept up into a classy twisted top knot are a wonderful choice. Gorgeous angled patterns around the crown section and bright copper hair woven into the extensions contribute to the overall versatile design that can be worn at work or at play.

High Braided Bun With Goddess Braids

Instagram / @hairbyyaya

14. Long Side Goddess Braids with Weave

With a weave you can modify your hairstyle to your heart’s content. You may vary the length of your hair, play with color and braided designs. The super-long and thick caramel colored Goddess braid extensions taper thinner as they reach down to the waist. These look spectacular, indeed!

Long Side Caramel Goddess Braids

Instagram / @braidsbykiana

15. Pink Red Feed-In Goddess Braids

If you are bored with hairstyles that have only 2-4 braids check out this hot pink number that features at least 8 thick and thin braids directed upwards into a flouncy ponytail. Consider an outside-the-box color like this sophisticated two-tone pastel pink.

Goddess Braids Ponytail With Pink Extensions

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16. Big Goddess Braids Updo

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. Four Goddess Box Braids

Geometry at its best! If you have fine-textured natural hair and you want to try out some Goddess plaits, consider an angular pattern with precisely divided sections and part lines. These “home-made” braids are attention-getters that are made even better with the bronze hair cuffs on each tress.

Goddess Braids Hairstyle

Instagram / @val_can_braid

18. Two Reverse Goddess French Braids

A combination of youthful energy and ageless elegance, these two thick Goddess braids to the back that open up into curly long pigtails are a very appealing choice. Neat and easy to maintain, jet black loopy extensions work very well for women who have short to medium-length thick natural hair.

Pigtail Goddess Braids

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19. Three Goddess Braids with Partings

White-blonde hair extensions have been woven into 3 Goddess braids that flow diagonally across the top of the head. The main braids are separated by two thin parting braids. The racing parting braids are a cute accent that makes this hairstyle stand out.

Side Racing Goddess Braids With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @shellyafrikhair

20. Feed-In Goddess Braids Updo

The regal and stately goddess updo with a high braided bun is a look that never goes out of style. Thicker cornrows and interspersed mini parting braids go straight up from the hairline to meet on the crown and be crowned with a tall classy bun.

Crown Bun With Goddess Braids

Instagram / @braidsbykeee

21. 4 Thick Goddess Braids with Scalp Plaits

The truth of the matter is that pretty much anyone out there can rock intricate designs with their hair. Using small goddess braids along with some chunkier plaits means that you choose an urban style fit for a queen. Look at these flared rows, they are just stunning.

Big And Small Goddess Braid With Beads

Instagram / @steph_odia

22. Geometric Goddess Braids Design

Feed in braids offer an opportunity to blend two hairstyles in one. If you want to personalize the tried and true pigtails, add an angled braided design between them and feed it into the main braids.

Angled Golden Brown Goddess Braids Hairstyle

Instagram / @val_can_braid

23. Curly Goddess Braids Updo Hairstyle

For a fancier style, why not create an updo with curls? This type of hairstyle can work with weave or on natural hair, depending on what’s best for you. Each braid leads up to the main event, i.e. the burst of curls on top of the head which is preened to perfection.

Goddess Braids With Curls Updo

Instagram / @thehairqueen

24. 6 Feed-In Goddess Braids with Cornrows

Being a fan of big braids, you’ll appreciate the idea of these dark-maroon branching braids that are adorned with gold hair cuffs and braid string. Two goddess braids on each side and in the middle are branching out from the imaginary centre parting resulting in a unique hairstyle you’ll love to rock for a while.

Burgundy-Tinted Goddess Braids

Instagram / @qthebraider

25. Four Goddess Braids Mohawk

4 goddess braids can make for a beautiful Mohawk. Let them be chunky to contrast with skinny cornrows on the sides. The effect is a sporty mohawk style that has a slightly tomboyish appearance.

Chunky Mohawk Braids With Side Cornrows

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26. High Goddess Braid Bun

Simple straight braiding is a relatively easy thing to do, especially if you are working with stretched out natural hair. Perfectly symmetrical goddess braids in a bun make it even a better decision! It’s a fabulous choice if you are in search of a classic, timeless style that looks good anywhere, anytime. Nice mommy/daughter option too!

Cornrows With Braided Bun Updo

Instagram / @outbarsalon

27. Different Sized Goddess Braids in a Bun

A series of different sized braids that all stem out from one point is what makes this style so unique and elegant. They swoop and curve around the head to be finished off with an attractive top-knot bun.

Braided Bun With Curvy Goddess Braids

Instagram / @donebyjenn

28. Large Goddess Braids

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. Big Goddess Braid with a Flower Bun

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.

30. Goddess Braids with Curls

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.

31. Large Twist-Up Goddess Braids Bun

When it comes to updo hairstyles, you may feel like you want to go big or go home. Pulling off a chunky, bold bun may be particularly tricky, but when it works, it really works.

32. Long Thick Goddess 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.

33. Massive Halo Goddess Braid

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.

34. Inverted Goddess Braids Updo Style

Heading out for an evening on the town? Here’s one of those updo hairstyles that few women can resist. Incorporating extensions of some shiny hue that is similar to your natural color but makes a difference is an easy way to add a glamorous touch to your updo. You can support it with your make up colors too.

Goddess Braids Updo With A Side Forehead Bun

Instagram / @creationsbyshay

35. Two Large Goddess Braids in a High Bun

Fancy something a little different? Why not try an updo with a curvy part, voluminous braids and a tight twisted braided knot? Perfect for thick natural hair. The extensions blend seamlessly.

36. Three Goddess Braids with Smaller Plaits

Small goddess braids work perfectly with bigger ones. This hairstyle looks simple and sophisticated at the same time. You can wear those braids freely hanging or twist and pin them into a low bun when you want to look more put together.

Three Goddess Braids

Instagram / @jlowedabraider

37. Big Goddess Braids and a Low Bun

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.

black bun updo with goddess braids

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38. Goddess Braids Style with Low Pigtails

Big diagonal braids always look a bit more interesting than those that run straight backwards. You may end two braids with small buns at the nape of your neck – as you see it looks utterly fabulous. The golden clips wrapped around the braids give the sense of glamor and glitz, while the sleekness of each braid is ideal.

39. “S”-Shaped Goddess Braids Hairstyle

If you’re looking for a way to make a jumbo braid both stylish and modern, you may have just found it. There’s only one large braid at work for this look which is what’s so incredible. The chunky snake braid is sexy and feminine. Finishing it off with a bun is absolutely to the point.

40. Two Goddess Braids on Natural Hair

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.

41. Greek Goddess Crown Braid

You may find that of all the gallery pictures you’ve looked through, this is your favorite. Double goddess braids will always be a sophisticated night-ready look. Remember to include some smaller twists or braids into the mix so that you shake things up a little.

African American Two Crown Braids

Instagram / @samanthapollack

42. One Goddess Braid into a Bun

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.

43. Cute Goddess Braids with a Mohawk

Your 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.

44. Faux Fishtail Goddess 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.

45. Four Jumbo Goddess Braids with a Bun

If you want a look of braided extra long hair, including some sharp underbraids and tying the entire thing up in a bun may be the way forward. This neat updo hairstyle is sure to turn heads.

Low Bun With Goddess Braids

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46. Big Goddess Braid and Multiple Small Plaits

This space-age take on goddess plaits is unique and fashion forward – it includes very small braids underneath and 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.

black asymmetrical side braided bun updo

Instagram/ @hair_scientist

47. Cute Corset Goddess Braids Style

You may have noticed a real surge in popularity for the corset braid trend. There’s a good reason for that — it’s a diverse style that will make you stand out in a real way. Using contrasting bands to criss-cross over the small goddess braids is a simple way to make them pop.

Corset Goddess Braids

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48. Beautiful Goddess Braids in a Top Bun

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.

49. 5 Goddess Braids with Low Buns

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.

50. Goddess Braids with Purple Extensions

A major perk of dark hair is its ability to hold truly vibrant accent colors in goddess 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.

51. Single Goddess Braids with Intricate Design

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.

52. Snake and Fishtail Goddess Braid Combo

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.

53. Two Big Goddess Braids with Low 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!

54. 4 Thick African-American Goddess Braids

Black and white is always in style, and goddess hairstyles can interpret this combo in different ways. With long hair, several 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.

55. Blonde Goddess Braids in a 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.

56. African Goddess Braids with a Side Bun

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.

57. Intricate Goddess Braid Hairstyle

Since it’s a rather flat style, these 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.

58. Loose Waves with a Goddess Braid Headband

If you love a goddess look but prefer to keep your hair flowing free, check out this style that features an angled braided headband combined with long, loosely curled locks.

59. Goddess Braids with a High Fishtail Ponytail

This goddess braids style with a high fishtail is dramatic and full of personality. You’ll definitely look gorgeous the whole day long!

60. Elegant Goddess Braid Updo Style

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.

So, are you inspired by these 60 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.

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