Protective braided styles make up many of the go-to hairstyles in the natural hair community. One style that has become very popular recently is tribal braids. These versions of tribal braids are a whole new take on the traditional style that has been around for a while.
Tribal braids originated from the Fulani tribe in West Africa and were a way to celebrate the culture. The look traditionally consisted of middle-parted cornrow braids that go straight back against the head, decorated with beads. Like many styles, this look evolved and changed over the years. Today, people experiment with different widths of braids and unique patterns too while doing tribal braids. However, the cornrow look is what always sets this style apart.
Scroll down to check out tribal braid styles to try.
22 Tribal Braids to Try in 2022
Tribal braids are a great option if you want to still wear a protective braided style, but want something a little more intricate than typical box braids. Keep scrolling to get some style inspo!
1. Swirled Cornrow Braids
Get creative with your look! Try out new patterns like this swirled look. This will still protect your hair but makes the style feel more personalized to you.
2. Low Bun and Mini Braided Tribal Braids
Create a unique look with mini braids women into your regular tribal braids. To keep your hair pulled back, gather it into a low bun. This look can be casual or used for a fancier event.
3. Side-Parted Tribal Braids with Wavy Ends
A side-parted look is a fun way to change up your look without doing anything too drastic. Plus, you can leave the ends out of the braids and show off their curly texture.
4. Thick Tribal Braids
Thick braids are another option when it comes to choosing tribal braids. This type of braid pops more and can add fullness to the updos you end up creating.
5. Pink Tribal Braids
Ready for an unexpected change? Weave pink hair into your braids for a bubblegum-inspired look.
6. Red Tribal Braids
Not feeling pink braids? Red, especially a deep maroon shade is a great everyday color when you’re wanting something different.
7. Layered Beaded Braids
Who says you can’t have layers with braids? Hop on to the layered hairstyle trend and ask for layers within your braided look. Adding beads to the ends will make your layers stand out too.
8. Heart-Shaped Braids
Heart-shaped braids add an extra feminine touch to your style. Whether you need a festive look for Valentine’s Day or just want a unique braid pattern, this style is perfect for that!
9. Classic Tribal Braids
You can’t go wrong with a classic tribal braid look. For a modern touch, use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil + Flaxseed Black Edge Gel to lay your edges in a trendy design.
10. Long Straight-Back Braids
A classic long, straight-back tribal braid style is a perfect go-to look. It’s simple and works for such a wide variety of occasions.
11. Low Ponytail Tribal Braids
Want a sleek look? Gather your braids into a low ponytail for a powerful look. Plus, the beads add the perfect touch to make your style standout in the best way possible.
12. Tribal Braided Pigtails
Thanks to many of the 2000s trends making a comeback, pigtails have made their appearance all across TikTok. Create a voluminous version of this style with your tribal braids.
13. High Ponytail Look
A high ponytail never fails to impress no matter what occasion it’s for.
14. Goddess Tribal Braids
When modernizing tribal braids, many people love to mix Goddess braids into the look by leaving the ends curly. We love the variation in texture this look creates.
15. One-Sided Look
A one-sided braided look creates such a sleek and sophisticated style. However, your scalp may need some TLC between wash days. Use SheaMoisture Moringa & Avocado Power Greens Hair Tea Rinse to lightly cleanse your scalp between wash days. We love how it helps soften and smooth your strands.
16. Braid Ring Hairstyle
Looking to dress up your braids a little bit, but don’t want to deal with a complicated style or drastic change? Hair rings are the perfect way to add a touch of shine without dealing with any hassle.
17. Half-Updo Beaded Look
Want to keep your hair from falling into your face, but still want to show off your look? This half-updo bun is the perfect solution!
18. Blonde Hairstyle
Are you in need of a big change to your look? Go blonde! To maintain your color and help prevent it from turning brassy use a purple shampoo like SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Strength & Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner.
19. Accessorized Look
Make your braids stand out with accessories. Try everything from colored yarn to hair cuffs for a change in your look.
20. Combinations of Braids
Many people love adding variation to their tribal braid looks. This combination of skinny and thick braids creates an amazing contrast.
21. Classic Middle-Parted Tribal Braids
A middle-parted style with beads at the ends is a classic tribal braid look. For a traditional style, opt for a look like this.