60 Inspiring Examples of Goddess Braids

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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 Chunky 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: Oversized Side 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, this will look especially lovely. If you’re just learning how to do goddess braids, this is a good place to start.

#3: High Braided Ponytail

Tight thick 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!

ponytail from goddess braids

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#4: Fashion Forward 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.

#5: Low Braided ‘Do

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: Thick 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.

braided bun updo for black women

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#7: Curly Style with Highlights

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: Long Tumbling Cornrows

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.

#9: 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.

#10: Massive Halo 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.

#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.

black bun updo with goddess braids

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#13: 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.

#14: Neat Braided Updo

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: 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.

#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: 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.

#18: Sporty Side Braids

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.

#19: Mohawk Inspired Style

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: Shiny Snake Braids

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: Urban Chic Braids

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

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#22: Crown Braids

When you see standard goddess braids styles, they sometimes look relatively plain. However, there are many ways in which you can spice things up just a little. Having a strong double center braid along with two headband plaits meeting at the nape of the neck, creates a stunning crown-like effect.

#23: Modern Goddess Updo

For a fancier style, why not create a goddess braid 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

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#24: Underbraids with 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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#25: High Ponytail Braids

Each goddess braid comes up to the crown to form a beautifully high ponytail. Remember, you can use one of the braids as a simple hair tie to give the whole thing a hint of sheer glamor. The slices of caramel brown throughout the hair are super chic.

Light Brown Goddess Braids

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#26: The Corset Feed Trend

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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#27: Two Braided Buns

Here’s one of those pictures that will give you some serious hair envy. Popularized by Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, there’s no way you can go wrong with braided pigtail buns. Braid from nape to crown with a centre part and shape those two cute babies.

Black Braided Pigtail Buns

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#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: Side-Swept Braids

Of course, there is a whole load of goddess braids hairstyles out there, but this has to be one of the coolest. Sweeping the braids to the side means that you get a casual, yet classy asymmetrical ‘do. Just perfect.

Blonde Side Goddess Braids

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#30: Long Red Angled Braids

When you’re making braids with weave, you can do just about anything you fancy. The pigtail look is given an edgy twist with the asymmetry, zigzag part and sunset red color.

Two Red Goddess Braids With Zigzag Part

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#31: Twist-Up 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: The Star Braid

Very often a professionally performed braided style ends up looking like a piece of art. Combining little goddess braids in the middle along with a larger braid around the head can appear awesome if you do it well. The braids have to be seriously tight.

Black Headband Braid With Small Braids

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#33: Goddess Ombre Braids

And now, for a braided ombre look. Bold, back-swept braids can be seriously dramatic, especially when you indulge in a little rad coloring too. Length is everything here — the longer the braids are, the better the whole thing will appear. Lush!

Black To Silver Goddess Braids

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#34: Inverted Braided Updo

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

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#35: Top Knot

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

#36: Small and Big Braids

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

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#37: Crossed Braids

Want to try just 2 goddess braids? You can certainly make the look your own. One popular option is this crossed hairstyle, which is honestly very edgy. The center part braid means that the entire thing is neat and in sync.

#38: Low Buns Style

Big diagonal braids always look a bit more interesting than those that run straight backwards. You may end two goddess 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: Snake Braid

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: Sleek Double Braid

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: Goddess Crown Updo

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

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#42: Highlighted Braids and Jumbo Bun

Take your goddess braids to the whole next level with a jumbo bun. The slices of red color that come through only seek to make the entire thing even more suave. Funky and fabulous!

Big Goddess Braids With A Low Bun

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#43: 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.

#44: 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.

#45: Burgundy Toned Cornrows

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 burgundy.

#46: The Tilted Crown

This space-age take on goddess braids 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

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#47: Braided ‘Do with 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.

purple crown braid updo for African American women

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#48: 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.

#49: 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.

#50: Goddess Braids with Purple Highlights

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.

#51: Mature 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: 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.

#53: Low Braided 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: Black Braids with White Accents

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

#55: Low Bun with Extensions

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: High Side Hairstyle

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 Style with Goddess Braids

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.

#58: Loose Waves with Braided 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: Fancy Braided 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 Updo for Natural Hair

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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