13 Afro Braids and Twists: Protective Style Ideas

Alyssa François | 15 March 2018

It’s all about the texture in these styles. 

Thinking of getting braids as a protective style very soon? Don’t make your decision until you’ve scrolled through some of our most favorite looks in this gallery. Afro braids are our latest obsession and it may be yours too! With this style, it’s all about getting braids that have a more natural looking afro texture to it. Case in point: Marley braiding hair. With this type of hair, the texture is much thicker and resembles the look of most type 4 hair types.

Want that look? Then see our favorite afro braids and twisted looks below:

Get the Textured Look with Afro Braids and Twists Styles

afro braids blonde
Create an accent with a unexpected color.

1. Blonde Streak

Add a special feature to your braids with an accent color. Platinum blonde looks great against black afro braids.

afro braids: blue streak
Add a bold pop of color. Photo credit: Allyson Allapont

2. Blue Streak

If the platinum blonde accent braid from the previous style is too basic for you, go for this blue streak instead.

afro braids: blue and white braids
Create a fun look with your hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Blue and White

Make your afro braids a piece of art by mixing fun colors. Add a shiny finish with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.

afro braids: half-up style
Wear your hair half up.

4. Half-Up Style

Embrace the flexibility you have with box braids. Try this half-up style.

afro braids: extra long
Go super long.

5. Extra Long Braids

Want a not-so-basic look? Opt for extra long braids.

afro braids: senegalese twist
Try textured Senegalese twists.

6. Senegalese Twists

If you’re looking for a textured style. Opt for braiding hair that has an afro or yarn texture to create your Senegalese twists.

afro braids: bob
Try a bob with your braids.

7. Bob Afro Braids

Experiment with short braided styles. You can’t ever go wrong with a bob length. Wear it plain, add in accent braids with fun colors or use hair charms.

afro braids: small box braids
Add a few charms to accessorize.

8. Small Box Braids

Try small textured box braids if you’re after a simple braided look. For fancy occasions, or when you just want to change your look up a bit you can update your style with hair accessories.

afro braids: lived-in
Embrace the undone look.

9. The Lived-In Look

Wear your braids long-term and embrace the undone texture that comes along with it. Tame your flyaways and smooth your edges down with Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel if needed.

afro braids: thick braids
Go with jumbo braids.

10. Thick Braids

Let a bit of your natural hair texture shine through at the roots for a more natural finish to your afro textured braids. Whenever your hair needs a refresh, use Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo to give your hair a clean feel.

afro braids: twist bun
Roll your strands up into a bun.

11. Twisted Bun

Make a big statement with a twisted bun style.

afro braids: twists
Pull it back for the office.

12. Afro Textured Twists

Need new ways to wear your style to the office? Try this pulled back low half-ponytail style.

afro braids: yarn braids
All about texture with yarn braids.

13. Yarn Braids

Want a look that gives you the textured look you’re after? Go for yarn braids. We love the look of this jumbo braided style.

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