Ghana braids, a style of braids that originated in Africa, are one of the most popular protective hairstyles at the moment. Just a while ago, everyone was wearing different iterations of box braid styles, but they have quickly moved onto this cornrow style. What we love about Ghana braids (and all other braids) is that the style is extremely versatile: It’s one of those protective hairstyles you can wear to the office or for a night out on the town. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about dedicating much time in the morning (or any other time, for that matter) to styling your hair. With these kinds of braids, you just set it and forget it!
Thinking about trying this style out for a change? We’ve rounded up 10 of our top favorite Ghana braid styles:
1. Ghana Braids High Braided Bun
One way to wear the look is in a chic top knot style. If you don’t want to try a basic top knot, you can opt for this chunky single braided look. When you’re tired of the bun, loosen the braid and let your hair hang down, ponytail-style.
2. Curved Braids
There are so many ways in which Ghana braids can be braided. A popular style is having your hair braided with curved hair parts. Your stylist will part your hair with some curves, then weave some braids down each part.
3. Sleek Low Bun
Want something sleek? Try the low bun style. We love how easy and simple this hairdo is.
4. Skinny and Medium-Sized Braids
With this braided style, the more creative your style is, the better! Mix up the style with different braid variations.
5. The Low Ponytail
If you want to switch up your look from time to time, you can forgo the bun and let your braids hang low in a ponytail.
6. High Ponytail Style
Want a style with a much more dramatic ponytail effect? Go for this extra-long ponytail style. Make it unique by added colored extensions to your hair to create accent braids.
7. Deep Side-Part Effect
Need another example of how you can get the Ghana braid low bun style? Take a cue from this look. The braids give the deep side-part effect.
8. Skinny Cornrow Style
Not all Ghana braid styles have to be medium to chunky in size. If you prefer a smaller braid, try this look.
9. Ghana Twists
Everyone these days can wear braids, but naturally, you’d want something slightly different from the rest. We get it; it’s okay to want a look that stands out. Give Ghana twists a shot. Instead of braiding the hair in cornrows, your stylist will flat-twist your strands instead.
10. Curly Updo
Looking for a fun and flirty iteration of the style? You can try a curly ponytail. Ask your stylist to leave the ends of your hair out and curl it to achieve this look.
Editor’s note: Keep your braids clean and moisturized without drying them out by washing them with a cleaning conditioner regularly. We suggest Bed Head by TIGI Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner to keep your scalp feeling fresh and clean.