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10 Braids Hairstyles for Black Women Trending in 2023

When you’re dealing with natural hair, braided hairstyles will always be your go-to. They are one of the most popular hairstyles for black women, all thanks to their protective nature and offer naturalistas a chance to try different styles. With so many cool variations and techniques for achieving them, it’s hard to narrow down which braided hairstyles are worth trying. Therefore, here are some trending box braids and other braids for black women styles for your next hair-do inspiration.

10 Trending Braid for Black Women Styles to Inspire Your Do

From box braids to cornrows, goddess braids, and everything in between, no matter your hair type or length, there are bound to be braids for black women. Keep scrolling down to see the top braided hairstyles for black women to try now.

1. Knotless Braids for Black Women

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Knotless braids for black women are a great and versatile everyday look. Photo by Lari Avn

Have you heard of knotless braids? If not, let us tell you all about them! They’re a great alternative to box braids and cause less tension to the scalp, as they’re installed uniquely. Care for your box braids overtime with a SheaMoisture Moringa & Avocado Power Greens Hair Tea Rinse for a healthy scalp and long lasting hair do!

2. Twists

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Box twists are a perfect protective style for afro hair. Credit:

Are you looking for an alternative to braided styles? Get all the benefits of a braided protective hairstyle but with twists!

Editor’s tip: We love the combo SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner to give your braided hair complete nutrition and moisture.

Image of the front of a Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo bottle

3. Braided Bun

Smiling woman with high bun
We like big braided buns!

There’s no single way to rock a braided bun, from loose braids to cornrows. So which style will you pick? Will you wear these braids for black women’s style as a low bun or as a high bun?

4. Jumbo Braids

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We loved jumbo hair braids 2017! Credit:

The bigger the braid, the better the hairstyle! Looking for a quick way to install box braids for a look you don’t plan on keeping in for too long? Then jumbo box braids are the way to go. Help to prevent frizziness or flyaways on this box braid style with The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil.

5. Crochet Braids

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Crochet braids for black women are a technique used to attach extensions to your hair to help create a host of braided styles, or like above, let loose

6. Half Cornrows, Half Box Braids

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Down and long. Photo courtesy of Tierra Lee
Friend view of a Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Restore Hair Treatment Masque container

Can’t decide between box braids and cornrows? Create the perfect hybrid with this half-and-half style. Keep your roots looking sleek with SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Hair Treatment Masque.


7. Braided Updo for Black Women

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Credit: Rupert Laycock

The sky’s the limit when it comes to braided updos. From power ponytails to beautiful buns, which braided updo will you choose?

8. Faux Locs

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Beautiful bob. Credit:

Whether they’re real or faux, locs never fail to impress. You can even braid your locs to create more braid hairstyles!

9. Boho Braids

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The point of boho braids is for them to look undone and care-free, which is why they’re perfect for festival lovers

10. Curly Braids for Black Women

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Elevate your look with curls

You can score the curls of your dreams by leaving half your box braids undone like this and curling them in hot water.

Which box braids style braids for black women will you be sporting for your next protective style? Show us your look by tagging us @AllThingsHairUS. Also, for more natural hair inspiration, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter below!


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