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71 Best Braided Hairstyles

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Black braid hairstyles have been around for centuries and we have seen a resurgence in the popularity of black braided hairstyles recently. After spending an entire day in the salon getting your braids done, you can consider it time well spent since you are often able to keep your braids in for months. Another benefit is the fact that braids also serve as a protective hairstyle for 4c hairstyles and many types of hair.

Box braids have been the most popular hairstyle recently, but feel free to be creative when you get your braids done because there are a lot of different ways you can rock your braids and turn heads as you’ll see from the examples below. Black women have always been amazing because of their style and creativity and your black braided hairstyles will be no different. Braids offer a functional and attractive hairdo to keep men and women alike admiring your flawlessness.

Check out all the braids for black women below, including microbraids, cornrows, fishtail braids, black braided buns, tree braids and French braids and go with the best that suits your style.

Best Black Braided Hairstyles

Box Braids


Known for their versatility and for being a protect style, box braids have been a staple for black women for decades and have made a huge comeback over the last few years. We have included a few variations that you can add to the rotation too.

Thin Box Braids With Blonde Streaks

long thin box braids

Big Box Braids

Knotless Box Braids

Knotless braids are a fan favorite for those that prefer small box braids. Check out the video for each instructions on how to make them work for you.

Triangle Box Braids

triangle box braids

If convenience is important to you, triangle box braids are a good option.

Goddess Box Braids

Goddess Braids

Cornrow Braids

Long Gold End Stitch Cornrows Braided


Feed In Cornrows


Feed In Ponytail Cornrows


Cornrow Crochet Braids


Chunky Feed In Cornrows

Fishbone Cornrows With Low Bun

Braided Bun

Feed in Braids

French Braid

Crown Braid

Faux Crown Braid

Fishtail Braid

Micro Braids

Lemonade Braids

Braided Ponytail

Halo Braid

Red Carpet Braided Updo


This braided updo style is perfect for everything from the red carpet to the office to a night out with your girls. ABC producer Stephanie Wash is making braids on camera look amazing.

Feed In Updo Braids

Jet Black Braided Hair Updo

jet black braided hair updo

The Butterfly Braid Updo


Try the butterfly braid updo if you’re looking for a cute, easy hairstyle. You can put the butterfly braid on one side of your head and then add a bun on the other side. Then, you can use additional braid accessories like beads, threads or any other jewels to finish off the look.

French Braids

Side Cornrow Braids

Straight Back

Baby Hairs

Braided Bob

Individual Braids

Tracee Ellis Ross Braids

Twist Braids

fishtail braids

crochet braids

snake braids

tree braids

crown bun

side part

rope twists

space buns

bun updo

zig zag

faux hawk

Long Multicolor Alicia Keys Type Stitch Braids


Long Tribal Braids With Beads

Curly Crochet Braids

Do you have shorter or medium sized hair? If your hair can reach your shoulder height, you can try this braided hairstyle out.

Of course, it is not a completely braided hairstyle, but the braided part brings in a new look altogether. Create a crochet braid just above your forehead and leave the rest of the curls over your shoulders. The partially crochet braided hair would indeed give you a great look and appearance. Adding tiny curls to your hair can improve it further.

Black Braided Crown Bun

Mohawk Braids

Mohawk has been one of the most commonly used hairstyles when it comes to the braided styling. The best Mohawk style can be achieved with a variety of options.

Mohawk is basically a hairstyle where the hair on both sides is shaven and a long hair is left in the middle. You, being a woman, will never be willing to part with your hair! We would suggest something else – just braid the hair on both the sides in a cornrow and leave the central section and the top of your head free. You can brush the hair at the centre in an upward motion. If you have long enough hair, you may also leave a little of it on your forehead giving you a perfect Mohawk look.

Curly Mohawk With Single Braid


Mohawk With Cornrows


Curvy Mohawk with Flat Side Twists

Mohawk hairstyle needs you to shave off your side tresses. But, will any woman want to let go of her hair? Well, you need not worry – different braid styles are available for you to try out with.

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Curl up the hair and bring up the appearance of the Mohawk look. Isn’t that something akin to having your cake and eating it too? Of course, you can refresh your curls and get back to the longer hair strands without any issues.

Multiple Mohawk styles

Now that we have already discussed what a Mohawk style looks like, you can indeed combine it with other styles to make the fusion look awesome indeed. Opt for twists, cornrows and several other combinations to make it appear all the more appealing.


A twisted Mohawk design is one of the best rated Mohawk styled hairdos.  Proceed with the same style as with the previous example and go for twists at the centre. The twisted look has indeed been one of the tried and tested options. You may also opt for the cornrows for the entire hairdo. Right from sides to the tops and centre, opt for cornrows. This can be a good option if you do not have long hair.

Double Decker Top Knot

Braid your hair towards the top of your head and then bun it up. Of course, if you do not have long enough hair, you can consider opting for a single knot or bun.


The hair style should be the best one if you have a round or heart shaped face. You can consider leaving a few trails of hair from the sides or front of your face to give a specialised look. In fact, the hair style can be one of the best options for you if you are shorter in height. The knot or bun adds up the height and makes you look taller.

Free Flowing Braided Hairstyle

Do you have long hair? Why not opt for free-flowing hair with braided designs? In fact, you can combine different braiding styles including Box braids and regular braids.


Longer flowing hairstyle would offer you a simple look. If simplicity is what you are looking for, the free-flowing hair is what should appeal to you the most. Experts say that the free-flowing hairstyle also tends to illuminate your skin. The styling should suit well with all kinds of outfits and personality.

High Ponytail

How about a playful look with your hair? It will bring out the innocence and playful childlike look in your hairdo. You can either opt for a high ponytail with braids or a normal ponytail depending upon your preferences.


The ponytail hairdo has not remained what you used to have for those workout sessions. It has become one of the fashion statements. The high ponytail option has become so popular because of the versatility that it offers you. You can use it for both a simple and elegant look or opt for the messy version for that would suit a fun and casual look.

Elegant Bun Style

How about a braided bun? It is one of the most simple and easy to do hairstyles. In fact, the varieties you can work with it would add up more value to your hairstyle.

The elegant bun is one of the most versatile appearances ever. It offers a graceful appearance to you. Want to make it look more versatile? You can opt for beads, threads and other suitable accessories. Top it up with a red lipstick. The braided bun is indeed one of the hairstyles that open up a host of options you can experiment with.

Double Dutch Braided Bun

There are the days that you would want to look entirely different. The style combines both the Dutch braid and double braiding together and arrives a unique style in its own right.

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Double braid the hair on each side of your head first and then create a double bun at the top. This will indeed help you come up with a unique and luxurious appearance. You are using the Dutch braid technique to make the double braids on either side and that is exactly why it is named accordingly. In fact, the recreating the style is quite easy and simple.

Tri-Braided Bun

This should indeed be one of the most interesting hairstyles that involve braided buns. The hairdo is said to work best for those with the heart shaped or round faces.

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The hair styles involving buns always help you make you look taller. In fact, the bun styles are much preferred among this category of women. The style has been found being flaunted across beauty pageants, Instagram or any of those fashion circles. Opt for a few strands on your forehead for a more elegant look.

Goddess Braid Hairstyles

The Goddess Braids are almost similar to the regular cornrow braids you may have opted for right from your childhood. The major difference is the larger and more pronounced cornrows in Goddess braids.

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The experts claim that the style is best suited for those women who have chemically relaxed hair. They tend to be quite simpler to do, but also come with a lot of glamour. You can go with symmetrical and asymmetrical goddess braids depending upon your preferences and liking. Add up small golden pieces of jewellery or beads for an added appearance.

Feed in Braids

The best part with the feed in braids is that it helps you make the cornrows look quite natural. In fact, it would be helpful in making your hairline look less bulky and offer a good look.

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The hairline lets you enjoy the hairstyle without having to apply tension to your hair and protects the edges of your hair. Though the feed in braids is meant for cornrows, you may also experiment with the fishbone braids and ponytail options.

Snake Braids

Yet another cornrow design, the snake braids can be one of the best options if you are someone who has longer hair. The hair braided closely to the scalp can make it one of the excellent options for your fashion needs.

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The snake braid may not be your typical cornrow braid styling. It involves longer and curvy braids. The design looks extremely cumbersome and difficult, but experts claim that it is quite simple enough if you are aware of how to create cornrows. Add in golden beads for that extra look.

Ghana Braids Bun

If you are someone who loves protective hairstyle options, you will really love Ghana Braid Bun. In fact, the Ghana braids are designed specifically with an aim to secure your hair and help them grow efficiently.

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Ghana Braided buns can come in different styles. One that would help you get a simpler look would be a lower bun with two plaits on either side. The parting of your hair is done in a curve to provide a decent look. You will need to have your hair tangle free if you want to experience the best Ghana braided bun.

Curvy Ghana Braids with Crown Bun

This yet another variant of Ghana braids that will offer you opt for a new look. It involves swirling your plaits a little.

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It should ideally provide an enchanting look to your curls. If you are someone who loves the whimsy look to your hair, this can be one of the best options that would meet your needs. In fact, if you want to project yourself as someone really bolder, this can be the best hairdo you can go with. It is indeed much more than what your average bun will offer you.

Curvy Braids

He is yet another hairdo that you can work with curvy braids, but sans Ghana Braids. We would treat it to be one of the best options for manipulating the braids.

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You can opt for any design that would meet your personal style. You can go with the slightly parted braids or opt for a more complicated look. The styling comes more under the Goddess braid category. You can add up the colour as per your preferences.

Elegantly Bod Bun

Do you have rough and thicker hair structure? Don’t worry, the elegant bun can be the right choice for you. The Goddess Braid styled hair styling can help you mask the rough hair quite easily.

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The rough hair structure can be quite tough to handle and work with. In fact, most black women, especially in Africa experience this issue. If you are one of them, here is your best option to walk with elegance. Make sure you accessorise it with proper clothing and any other accessories.

Side Braids with Goddess Braiding

This is yet another option you can explore with Goddess Braid style. It involves one or two braids pulled over your back.

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The braids are normally oversized. You can pull them on one side or can opt for pulling them tightly to one side. Even the central part is braided. Rest of the hair can be tightly pulled to one side. This hairstyle can only suit those who have a lot of hair. This can be a completely stylish and effortless option for your needs.

Jumbo Double Twisted Hairdo

This is one of the best options for the black women who have natural hair. In fact, it is one of the best options for those glamorous events you are craving to attend.

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The Jumbo styled hair styling we have featured here is one of the simplest you can opt for. What would make it one of the best options is that it is quite quick to finish? Considered to be one of the best black braided hairdos, it can also be one of the best options for the dressy event you are dying to go with.

The Concluding Thoughts

Braids are considered to be one of the best easier options when it comes to hair styling. In fact, once you are used to it or opt for it, you can forget about the unique ideas to style your hair. Braids offer you several options when you are looking for multiple options in terms of styling your hair. You have access to several styles that can meet varying needs and occasions.

And then, they are protective than any other option you have at your disposal. Braids do not normally need many accessories, pins and other needs. If you know how to weave your hair strands, you are good to go. You would be able to give some rest to your hair and protect it from the environmental hazards.

We assume that the hair styles we have listed here should provide you with an input into how to work with your hair and opt for a host of options for your exact requirements. Do not forget to share your experiences with us.

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