Bored of wearing the same old braid hairstyles all the time? Shake up your style with our gallery of the best natural hair braid ideas.
Choosing new braid hairstyles to try can be a genuine struggle. The vast amount of choice might seem like a good thing but actually it just makes it even harder to pick. Long or short? Brightly coloured or ombre? Straight or curly? It’s overwhelming!
But you can put your feet up because we’re here to help make finding your next braid styles a stress-free experience. Discover 30 of the best braid ideas for natural hair, below.
1. Box braids
There are so many different braid hairstyles but for us, box braids will forever be a reliable (and let’s not forget, super stylish) go-to. And the best part? You can learn how to do box braids at home with our DIY how-to.
2. Long box braids
Thought you couldn’t have braids and still keep up with the latest hair trends? Well, think again! Tap into the A-list Rapunzel hair trend with waist-length statement long box braids like this Instagrammer and you’re sure to turn heads. Credit: @alannanicolex
3. Bantu knots
Looking for easy hair braid ideas you can do on yourself? Bantu knots are a really fun, playful style and they barely take any time at all. Don’t believe us? Check out our seriously simple 6-step tutorial, here.
4. Marley braids
If you love the ease and convenience of box braids but want to try new braid styles, marley twists are another great alternative.
5. Box braids ponytail
6. Box bob braids
7. Boho box braids
Channel Coachella vibes with these festival-ready boho box braids. From metallic thread and hair cuffs to shells and feathers, there are so many ways to accessorise your braid styles you’ll be spoiled for choice! Credit: @shyinstar
Editor’s tip: Want to know how to keep your braid styles looking their best? Make sure you’re keeping your hair hydrated with a leave-in conditioner spray like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. This will help to moisturise your hair and stop it becoming dry and frizzy.
8. Dookie braids
Just one of the many ’90s inspired hairstyles we’re seeing this season, dookie braids are back and bigger than ever.
9. Loose box braids
10. Box twists
11. Coloured braids
One of the major benefits to box braids is that you can play around with different coloured braids without ever having to dye your natural hair. The only problem will be choosing what hue to go for! Credit: @inkysweet
12. Poetic Justice hairstyles
13. Curly box braids
14. Box braids updo
15. Flat twists
Wondering how you can dress up cornrows? These floral-adorned braids are the perfect summer style and just think of the Instagram potential!
17. Yarn braids
After something a bit different? Yarn braids, created with -yep, you guessed it!- yarn, are woven in the same way as regular braids and twists but you can see that the different texture gives the look a more unique finish. Credit: @thebaydiangirl
18. Two strand twist
As much as we can appreciate the intricacy of more complicated braid hairstyles, sometimes the simplest looks can look just as good. There are all sorts of hairstyles you can create using the basic two strand twist – like this cute and easy side braid, for example. Credit: @mahoganycurls
19. Senegalese twists
20. Micro braids
21. Kinky twists
22. Goddess braids
23. Ghana braids
If you need some #hairinspo to inspire you to try out Ghana braids for the first time, Yara Shahidi’s fashionable triple braids are a great place to start.
Editor’s tip: Love Yara’s sleek edges? To lay down any baby hairs and keep your braids looking flawless, we recommend using a toothbrush and some of the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel to style the hairs into place.
24. Crochet twists
Worried about damage? With crochet twists, your natural hair is braided into cornrows to keep it protected, while pre-made twisted extensions are hooked into them, making them a fast and protective option.
25. Braided crown
Lacking inspiration? This half-up braided crown is a great example of how many creative ways there are to wear box braids. Check out our crown braid tutorial now to find out how to get the look.
26. Low manipulation hairstyles
Heard of low manipulation hairstyles but not really sure what they are? Essentially they’re different braid hairstyles which don’t cause too much strain or pulling on the hair, so they’re kinder to your scalp and strands than tighter woven styles.
27. Short box braids
28. Tree braids
Running out of fresh braid ideas to try? Why not consider tree braids for your next look? They’re the perfect way to protect your delicate strands while also giving you the freedom to show off your natural curls at the same time. It’s a win-win!
29. Undercut box braids
30. Faux locs
Real dreadlocks can take months or even years in some cases to achieve, but if you really want to try them there is an easier way. With faux locs, you can try them on for size commitment-free, without having to wait for them to form naturally.