46 Braid Styles for Black Women We Absolutely Love

Do it for the culture.

We’re admiring the way women of color are speaking up more and more about black braid styles. While braids are a type of hairstyle anyone can wear, there are some braids that have a more cultural meaning behind them and as such, should be celebrated not only for their aesthetic but for their heritage behind them as well.

Many celebrities of all ethnicities are wearing different types of braids for black hair not knowing what they are called or what the reference or context behind each one is. No one expects anyone to know everything about braids, but these conversations are shedding some light on the types of braids for black hair that have a powerful representation. Box braids, in particular, are a diverse hairstyle with many different variations. And they’re great for men and women!

Amongst the many types of braids for black hair that exist, here are some of our favorite looks. You may be wondering: What hair do you use for braids? What is the best hair to use when braiding hair? How can I get my braids to last longer? Keep reading to find out!

1. Two Feed-In Braids

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Feed in braids use synthetic hair to add depth and thickness to your braids.

Rather than tying the synthetic hair at the root of your strands and then braiding, the hair is added to the braids farther down the shaft. This results in a natural, thick-looking braid.

2. African Braids

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African braids are a 5000-year-old culturally significant style.

The term ‘African braids’ includes a range of different braided styles. The origin of these braids can be traced back 5000 years and was an identifier of sorts for different African tribes.

3. Big Box Braids

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Large box braids make a big statement.

Large box braids are just what they sound like! Slightly bigger box braids that do the same protective work of their smaller counterparts.

4. Blonde Box Braids

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Lighten up and go a few shades lighter.

Blonde box braids give you the chance to play with your hair color and opt for a lighter hue.

5. Bob Braids

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Consider a shorter style.

When we think box braids we often think long elbow-length styles. You don’t necessarily have to go long, though! Consider bob braids for a shorter and spunkier look.

6. Box Braids

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This is a classic box braid style.

You really can’t go wrong with classic box braids! We love this fuss-free standard style. Keep your braids happy and hydrated with Suave Define & Shine Serum Gel.

7. Box Braids with Curls

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Add a little flair to your box braids!

Add a little flair to your look by opting for box braids with curls! Some added movement and texture makes your box braids style a bit more unique.

8. Braid Hairstyles with a Weave

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Most braided hairstyles are created by weaving in synthetic hair.

Using synthetic hair to bulk up and lengthen your braids with help you tailor your look to you and achieve the exact style you have in mind!

9. Braided Bun

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Gather your braids up into a high twisted bun.

A braided bun is a perfect answer for those days when you want your braids up and out of your face!

10. Braided Dreads

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Braided dreads combine two of the most popular natural styles.

Combine two of the most popular natural braided hairstyles out there with braided dreads.

11. Braided Lace-Front Wig

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Get the braided look you’re going for without the time commitment.

Braided lace front wigs allow you to try any braided hairstyle you have in mind without any of the commitment. Lace front wigs give the illusion of the wig growing out of your head so that no one is the wiser. Generally, the more expensive the wig, the more realistic it looks. If you’re working on a budget, you can opt for a more inexpensive option and simply wear a hat on top!

12. Braided Ponytail

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This chic and simple style is a great way to pull your braids up and out of the way.

The braided ponytail is a classic chic and simple style.

13. Braided Updo

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Whether you’re looking for a fancy occasion hairstyle or something more casual, there’s a braided updo for you.

Braided updos include ponytails, buns and even more intricate twisted styles.

14. Milkmaid Braids

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A milkmaid braid wraps around your head and sits right where a headband would.

A milkmaid braid sits right where a headband does and wraps around the top of your head in the same way. Keep this style and your curls healthy and hydrated with SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In.

15. Braids for Men

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There are many different kinds of braids for men!

Braids for men are really the same as braids for women! You can opt for all the same styles.

16. Braids for Short Hair

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Try this shorter option for a fun twist on classic braids.

Braids for short hair can hit any length! We love this lob style.

17. Braids with Curls

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Opt for braids that have a little bit of a waved or curled texture!

Braids with curls have a touch of waved or curled texture worked into the braids!

18. Cornrow Braids

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You can’t go wrong with classic cornrow braids!

We love this classic style in any length or color!

19. Crochet Box Braids

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This longterm protective style is one of our current favorites!

Crochet box braids can last up to 4-6 weeks! Try this look for your next protective style.

20. Crochet Braids

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Crochet braids are also known as latch-hook braids!

The crochet braid technique is a method that involves crocheting synthetic hair extensions with a latch hook or crochet hook.

21. Cute Braids

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Cute braids work with any outfit style!

Cute braids come in all shapes, sizes, and lengths. We are firm believers that cute braids work with any outfit style.

22. Feed-In Braids

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Feed in braids give the illusion of long natural hair.

Feed in braids give the illusion of naturally long cornrow braids with extensions that are added right at the root of each braid.

23. Fulani Braids

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Fulani braids are some of the most unique braid options.

Fulani braids are styled with unique patterns that are created close to the head and then taper out.

24. Ghana Braids

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Ghana braids are a form of twists mostly found in African countries.

Ghana braids are created by intertwining your natural hair with extenstions to create these thick oversized braids or twists.

25. Goddess Box Braids

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You can wear your goddess braids in dozens of different ways.

Goddess box braids are like a thicker version of cornrows!

26. Dookie Braids

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We love the statement Dookie braids make!

Dookie braids are large braids that hang freely. They can be worn down, half-up or swept up into a ponytail!

27. Half-Up, Half-Down Braids

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Pull your braids back into a half-up half-down style.

Half up half down braids are a great way to keep your braids out of your face while still showing off your length and style!

28. Individual Braids

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Show off your style with individual braids.

Individual braids allow you to show off your plaits!

29. Jumbo Braids

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We love this oversized braided hairstyle.

This jumbo braid hairstyle is one of our favorite variations!

30. Man Bun Braids

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Man bun braids have been a popular hairstyle for men for a long time!

Man bun braids can be created with any kind of braids that are simply pulled back into a man bun.

31. Medium Box Braids

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Medium box braids are that perfect mid-level size for braids.

Medium box braids are a super popular style and can be worn in a number of different ways! You can wear them down, up in a half-up or fully-up style, or with accessories.

32. Micro Braids

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Micro braids are one of the most elaborate braided styles of this collection.

Micro braids are one of the most time-consuming braided styles of this collection. These small braids are delicate and thin and can be styled up into a number of other styles.

33. Natural Braided Hairstyles

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Natural braided hairstyles come in many different variations.

Natural braided hairstyles come in every length, color, and size!

34. Ombre Braiding Hair

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You can customize this look as much as you want!

Ombré braiding hair comes in every color combination and length! Create a totally customized style by choosing two shades you love.

35. Side Braids

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Side braids allow you to bring all of your braids over to one side.

We love this effortless and casual style!

36. Tree Braids

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Tree braids are also known as invisible braids!

This protective style is made up of braids so tiny that you can barely even tell they’re there! Protective styles are some of our favorite braid styles for black women.

37. Tribal Braids

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There are tons of different variations of tribal braids!

This intricate braided pattern can also be tailored to your unique preferences!

38. Twist Braids

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Extend your style!

Extend your natural hair with a twist style! Your stylist will use strands to lengthen your look in these beautiful twists.

39. Two Braids

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Double up on your braids!

Double up on the braided fun with a set of two braids. This style also lets you easily apply hair treatments to re-hydrate your strands. Apply Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Masque to bring moisture back to your hair.

39. Bohemian Braids

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We love this irregular braided style.

Boho braids are meant to be irregular and look completely different!

40. Knotless Box Braids

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Try this technique that puts less strain on your roots!

Knotless braids are created using a feed-in technique that yields a flatter result that puts less strain on your roots.

41. Rubber Band Braids

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Add some funky detail to your braided style.

Creating box braids using the rubber band method adds a cool and fun element to your braids!

42. Braids with Beads

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This is another cool way to make your braids more unique.

Beads are the perfect addition to any kind of braided style!

43. Crochet Micro Braids

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These teeny tiny braids are so small that you almost can’t see them!

It’s super easy to style crochet micro braids into many different styles. We love a flirty high ponytail for this style!

44. Front Braids

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Front braids draw attention to the front of your style!

Draw the attention to the front of your style with classic front braids.

45. High Ponytail Braid

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Pull your braids up into a flirty high ponytail.

There’s nothing like a flirty high ponytail for just about any occassion. Gather your braids up into a high ponytail to keep your strands out of your face and look cute doing it.

46. Loose Braids

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We love a laidback loose braid.

Loose braids are best worn on longer hair as it gives you more room to play with the braid and loosen it as desired.

It can be overwhelming to sift through the different kinds of hair available for braiding and to figure out which works best for your style! Some women prefer real human hair while others go the synthetic root. When it comes to using human hair, you should be prepared to pay a higher price per unit. It’s also best to look for human kinky hair as it will hold better in the braids.

Whether you opt for synthetic hair or human hair, you can customize your braid styles for black women depending on the length and color you prefer. These variations will differ depending on the style you choose.

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