We’re going all the way with our natural braids.
What you’ll need
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TRESemméTRESemmé TRES TWO EXTRA FIRM CONTROL GEL
SuaveSUAVE PROFESSIONALS LUXE STYLE INFUSION ANTI-HUMIDITY HAIRSPRAY
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DoveDOVE STYLE+CARE FLEXIBLE HOLD HAIRSPRAY
Bed HeadBED HEAD BY TIGI MANIPULATOR CREAM
NexxusNEXXUS DIAMETRESS VOLUME LAVISH BODY GEL SPRAY
We’re always looking for creative ways to spiff up our regular ponytails especially now that beanie season is upon us (all about that #bumpfreelife!). Our current obsession: natural braided hairstyles like double braids and box braids, which get us from basic to totally Instagrammable in less than five minutes.
The hallmark of this hairstyle is a pair of baby Dutch braids on each side of your head, all tied together, quite literally, with a puffy ponytail. The single cornrow plait on both the left and ride side gives a slightly edgy wink to any classic look. And although cornrows and natural hair braids really pop on curly hair, other hair textures can totally get it on this ‘do as well.
Easy, democratic and transformable—seriously, what else does anyone need in an everyday hairstyle? Read on to learn how to create these fun natural braid styles:
Tutorial: Two-Sided Natural Hair Braids
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
Apply some gel.
Section your hair.
Repeat on the other side.
Tie hair up.
Photo credit: Raquel Espírito Santo
Want to learn how to do more natural braided hairstyles like this Dutch braid style? Check out our other braid and half-updo tutorials.
Braids are one of the biggest hairstyle staples for natural hair. We’ve become complete enamored with these protective styles, and each day we come across new tweaks to this classic look that have us begging for more. These natural braided hairstyles are just too good to pass on and we believe that every girl should try these braided looks at least once in their lives. If you’re craving a new ‘do, then check out some of these hot natural hair braids to freshen up your look:
16 Natural Braided Hairstyles To Change Up Your Look
1. Pulled Back Bangs
Show the world your beautiful face while showing off your perfect natural braids by pulling back your bangs. You can tame down any flyaways and baby hair with TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gel.
2. Short Braids
If you’re more of a fan of short and simple looks, go for a braided short cut. You can get it bob or lob length, thin or thick braids; whatever you please will look amazing on your natural braided hairstyle.
3. Curly Braids
Curly natural braid styles are fun and playful, and they’re much simpler to style than you think. Just curl them as you usually would and then keep them curly all day long by spritzing them with Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Spray.
4. Pulled Back Braids
This style is so universal, it can be changed up in an array of looks! Either tie them back in a ponytail or bun, or even try a fun braid. Whichever natural braided hairstyle you choose, it’s guaranteed to give you a sassy and sexy look.
5. Long Braids
Honestly, there’s not even a need to touch your natural hair braids. Let them loose and have them swing around for a sexy, eye-catching style.
6. Extreme Side Part
An extreme side part is great for long and short braids. A deep part can do wonders to your style, all by simply switching your braids over to one side.
7. Thin Cornrows
Thin cornrows have been a major style on natural hair, and it’s so versatile to change up. You can make patterns, keep your rows straight or slightly curved—the possibilities are endless! Keep them tamed and in place (with a slightly matte, trendy finish) by using Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Cream.
8. Low Ponytail
Let your braided locks breathe by keeping them in a low, loose ponytail.
9. High Bun
If you’re going to s formal event, a high bun is a great way to easily style your hair and look elegant. This bun also makes your braided natural hairstyle look fuller and more voluminous.
10. Side Bangs
Side bangs are another top pick style for a big night out. Side bangs always give off a sexy and sultry vibe, and can be styled by using hair pins to keep them in place.
11. Low Bun
A low-hanging bun is one of our favorite looks on this list. How can you not fall in love with this full, jaw-dropping bun?
12. Braided Mohawk
Only a true rebel will put her natural locks in a braided mohawk that looks as badass as this one. To give your hair added volume, use Nexxus Diametress Volume Lavish Body Gel Spray once you’re done braiding this edgy look.
13. Top Knot Bun
If you’re not in the mood to actually style your hair, but still want to give your natural braided hair some body and fun, then try a simple top knot bun. Just grab a few locks, put them in a bun and you’re finished. Seriously, it’s that simple!
An ombré style looks mesmerizing on all natural braided hairstyles. Drastic multi-toned colors look like a rainbow of beautiful pigments on these braids and twists.
15. Beaded Braids
To give your braids a glam look, use beads to accessorize your natural braided hairstyles. Let your locks down and add big beads and pins, or try a bun with smaller beads for a unique and creative style.
16. Twisted Top Knot Bun
If you want to give you braided hair an upgrade, this is definitely one of the biggest natural braided hairstyles on this list to do so. A twisted top knot is intricate, playful and just oh-so chic, we’ll definitely be rockin’ this style soon!
If you’re looking for more braided styles, then check out some of our favorite protective braid hairstyles.