Red braids are a great way to experiment with colour while also protecting your real hair at the same time. Whether it’s a bold pillar box red you’re after or a subtler cherry cola hue, the possibilities are endless — as are the styling opportunities.
Still not convinced? Then take a look at these 8 flaming hot styles and prepare to be shocked, awed and inspired all at the same time.
Red braids: 8 red hot looks to try the next time you hit the salon
1. Braided braids
Love the idea of getting red braids but need to make sure the style you choose is actually wearable? Unlike bolder, brighter shades, this red wine hue strikes just the perfect balance between playful and professional!
But the colour is just half the beauty of this look; as by working it into a chic side braid, you’ll be able to transforms it into the ideal office style — what’s not to love? Credit: @manushka_hair
2. Colour pop braids
Sometimes less is more. And when it comes to red braids, this is especially true! So instead of having a whole head of red braids, why not just dot red braids throughout your mane? The colour contrast will create a striking combo and make your red braids pop even more!
3. Rapunzel braids
Sure to turn heads, this sassy and stylish ‘do is a real statement maker, so you never have to worry about getting lost in the crowd! Credit: @joziamusic
4. Bob braids
It’s safe to say the bob trend isn’t showing any signs of phasing out any time soon, so these shoulder-length braids are bang on trend.
Short enough that you don’t have to worry about them weighing you down yet long enough that your styling options aren’t compromised, this colourful style is super chic and flattering. Credit: @queenoyinkan
Editor’s tip: Braids are a great low-maintenance hairstyle but you still need to remember to care for your strands. Make sure to mist them regularly with a moisturising leave-in conditioner, such as the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist, to keep them looking hydrated and healthy.
If you don’t want to undergo the timely process of getting box braids, cornrows are on hand to give you the trend with speed.
Much quicker to do, the end result looks just as fabulous but means you don’t have to spend all day trapped in the salon chair. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Credit: @obiaku_twin
6. Space buns
As you can see from the photo above, long box braids are easy to work into whatever hairstyles you like and the deep cherry hue only adds to the poppy, summertime vibes. Credit: @mad.kruss
If box braids aren’t your cup of tea, you can always play around with other, equally badass braiding styles, like twists. We’re obsessed with this Instagrammer’s neat marley twists and love that they give a totally different result to standard box braids.
8. Side pony
Ideal for working out at the gym, a tidy style for school or work (or just about any occasion you can think of), it’s the perfect way to flaunt your red braids. Credit: @shrellelondon
Loved all these fierce, fiery styles but still don’t know your crochet braids from your faux locs? Then head over to our African hair braiding 101 guide, now, to get the low-down on all of the most popular braided hairstyles around.