6 Pictures of goddess braids hairstyles to inspire your next look

Keen to take your plaiting game to the next level? Well, we're here to help. Keep reading to discover some of our favourite African goddess braids (including a goddess braids updo) from Instagram!  

If (like us) you’re guilty of spending hours scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram looking for new hairstyle inspiration, it’s likely you’ve come across a fair few goddess braids hairstyles. Usually made up of large cornrows braided around the scalp, these elaborate braids are well loved in the black hair community thanks to their protective nature!

What sets goddess braids apart from the rest, is that there really aren’t any official rules for styling. Ranging from classic halo braids to extravagant spiral designs, you’re free to play around with different looks! But we understand this can make things a little confusing. Which is why we’ve rounded up some of the best (and most wearable) goddess braids ideas that we reckon you’ll love. Take a look!

6 of our favourite goddess braids from Instagram


goddess braids hairstyles: black woman with a halo braid
Baby I can see your halo! Credit: Instagram.com/tamiastyles

Halo braid

Rocking naturally curly hair and want a new cute hairstyle to wear? Well, why not try a feminine wrap-around halo braid? Make like the Instagrammer above by pulling a few tendrils of hair loose around your face, too, for an adorably undone look. Credit: @tamiastyles

black woman with goddess braids in a ponytail
Opt for a glamorous goddess ponytail. Credit: Instagram.com/j0j0lara

Goddess ponytail

When it comes to African goddess braids, you don’t get much more regal than this glamorous high ponytail! With a twisted design that flows into long box braids, it’s the perfect way to open up your lovely facial features. Credit: @j0j0lara

Editor’s tip: Blessed with baby hairs? Stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna have encouraged us to embrace them! But if you’re worried about them losing their shape throughout the day, simply grab a small comb and use the Toni&Guy High Definition Spray Wax to brush the hairs around your hairline into place.

wavy parting goddess braids updo
Add fun to a braided bun with wavy partings. Credit: Instagram.com/rayray_hairnskin

Play with partings

While Goddess braids hairstyles are all about the detail, this doesn’t mean you have to be strict. Experimenting with unconventional partings, such as zig-zags, chevrons or waves (like above) is a great way to keep things interesting! Credit: @rayray_hairnskin

goddess braids ideas: various thickness braids
Break the mould with different sized braids. Credit: Instagram.com/winnieeffects

Varying braid thicknesses

Another way of adding extra detail at the crown of your head is to play around with different sized braids. We heart the way that this lovely lady has combined her jumbo braids with smaller, tighter braids to provide contrasting textures.

If you’re thinking of recreating this look at home, begin by prepping your tresses with a hydrating leave-in conditioner such as the TRESemmé Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist. This will help to moisturise your locks and keep your braids smooth. Credit: @winnieeffects

woman with black spiral goddess braids
Wow with a mesmerising spiral style! Credit: Instagram.com/kiakhameleon

Spiral braids

Looking for an updo for a special occasion? We know that some prom and wedding hairstyles can look a little dated, but feast your eyes upon this incredible goddess braids updo! A modern day take on a classic braided bun, it’s sure to bring many a compliment your way! Credit: @kiakhameleon

black woman with icy blonde coloured goddess braids
Use colour to make your braids really pop! Credit: Instagram.com/iamglamfreak

Get colourful

Feel brave and want a colourful mane now that Spring has arrived? Then take a look at this beauty’s icy silver goddess braids! Silver hair is having a major moment right now, so it’s the perfect way to tackle 2 trends with one look! Credit: @iamglamfreak


If you adored these goddess braids ideas, we’ve got a feeling you’ll love the other articles over on our Braids page! There you’ll find plenty more plaiting how-tos and inspiration pieces, like our fashion pack-approved cornrows round-up!

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