For powerful women: 6 ways to wear goddess braids

Summon the powerful Filipina inside you with this traditional African hairstyle that empowers the goddess in every woman! 

Goddess braids may be familiar to you thanks to Alicia Keys’ fame. The Grammy-awarded artist that is best known for her hit song, Empire State of Mind, and Girl on Fire album sports goddess braids as her signature look. The traditional African hairstyle dates back to as early as 500 B.C., when it was found in Nigerian sculptures in intricate cornrow-like detail. It is conventionally worn by black women, but these days, the beauty and empowerment of the goddess braids transcends race and color.

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Alicia Keys and other African-American artists wore goddess braids as their signature look. Credit: indigitalimages

Unlike loose fishtail braids, goddess braids are tighter and smaller, resting flat on the scalp. But, they are usually bigger than cornrows.

Editor’s Tip: Whatever approach you decide to take, make sure you prep your hair with a shampoo and conditioner that avoids breakage since this braided hairstyle is likely to put your hair in a strain. Our recommendations? Check out Dove Intense Repair Shampoo and Dove Intense Repair Conditioner.

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Details of goddess braids tied up into a bun. Credit: indigitalimages


We put together some gorgeous goddess braids looks on Asian women to inspire you to give this bold hairstyle a try. If you carry it with grace and elegance, we’re sure the powerful woman inside you will definitely be woke!

6 ways to wear goddess braids

Goddess braids have nowadays been suited to fairer skin tones, transcending race and color. Credit: indigitalimages

1. Keep it at the top

Gather the hair on your crown and use them to form your braids. It will keep your hair away from your face, but still show off the natural texture and shine of your hair type on the sides.

Editor’s Tip: Minimize frizz and highlight the shine of your hair with an application of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops.

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Goddess braids have been used in pop culture to exude ‘black woman magic,’ as Beyonce puts it. Credit: indigitalimages

2. Wrap it in a sporty bun

Often used in pop and  hip-hop culture on the likes of Ariana Grande and Zendaya, sporty hairstyle renditions can also be repurposed for a run in the park or a spin class.

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Let a few strands loose to soften tight goddess braids. Crediti: indigitalimages

3. Loose high bun

There’s nothing a few loose strands on a tight high bun can’t soften! Pull out and tease the sides of your hairstyle to up the femininity of your look.

Editor’s Tip: Have a bottle of TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo at hand when you want to style and add grip before braiding your hair.

You can use the goddess braids as details for a romantic updo. Credit: indigitalimages

4. Down the middle

Using a crown braid to hold back your fringe, you can use the braids to line down the center of your hair as a spunky — but still soft — detail if you’re going for a more romantic look.

Let goddess braids add some edgy details to a polished low ponytail. Credit: indigtialimages

5. Sleek low ponytail

Let the braids trail down and lead to a low ponytail for a sleek and polished look.

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Put your goddess braids into a bun for a neat but stylish look when you’re out travelling. Credit: indigitalimages

6. Twist it at the back

Keeping it all in an elaborate, twisted bun, you can take this hairstyle with you for a couple of days out of town.

Today, morena women can have blonde hair. Don’t you think morena and mestiza Filipinas can also wear goddess braids? We’re looking at you to start the trend!

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