16 Trending Hairstyles for South Africans in 2020

South Africa is a country that is rich in diversity and dynamic cultural activity. We love the fact that our hair is an extension of our style and a focal point of our conversations.

South African hairstyles are those hairstyles that are popular among all the women of SA, that capture the unique vibe of the nation.

For centuries, South African braid hairstyles have been a part of our social, fashion, and even political spheres. For South Africans, hair has become a way of life and has the ability to carry a conversation that means so much more than just an average talking point.

With so many different hair types in our country, we have noticed that an increase in women have opted for an old-time favourite: the braid (and for good reason!). The braid has a history and legacy of its own in South Africa.

A braid is the perfect accompaniment to any outfit and is one of our favourite South African hairstyles picks.  Your hair is your crowning glory and we love the fact that we are able to wear our hair in different styles as well as lengths.

We at All Things Hair have shortlisted a few of our favourite braided South African hairstyles for your picking:


Micro Braids

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A classic protective hairstyle, micro braids can be made to any length you choose. They can also be styled in so many different ways – no wonder these are such loved South African hairstyles!


Double Braids

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Also known as double cornrows, this hairstyle is a jack-of-all-trades. Wear it to the gym, when you’re at work or out with the girls… the list is endless.

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Editor’s tip: To keep the flyaways at bay, spray the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray and pat the hair flat with your fingers.


French Braid

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This is a classic look the world over, and the same applies to South African hairstyles. Spray some hairspray to get rid of flyaways and this look can last all day.


Waterfall Braid

Waterfall Braid
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The waterfall braid takes a bit of practice to master, but once you do it’s so worth it.

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Editor’s tip: If your hair is too smooth, it could be more difficult to achieve these South African hairstyles. We advise you either braid 2 or 3-day old hair or spray the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo to add texture.



Cornrows braids
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Now this is a staple among South African hairstyles. These looks can be done in many ways, but for a quick and easy fix, cornrow your hair into 4 or 5 thick braids going straight back.


Braided Updo

Braided Updo
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Add a bit of spice to your updo with a braid or two.


Braids with an Undercut

Braids for short hair
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Trendy and edgy, an undercut is a statement look. Pair it with braids and these South African hairstyles will let you stand out in a crowd.


Braided Crossover

Braided crossover
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Relaxed enough for a casual occasion, this braided crossover is pretty and practical. For a formal event, add a few glitzy accessories and it’s perfect.

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Editor’s tip: For a smooth finish, lay down any stray baby hairs with the Toni&Guy High Definition Spray Wax.



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Okay, they’re not braids, but these South African hairstyles are close enough. Easier to do than braids, and perfect for short hair, this is a great go-to look.


Braided Mohawk

Mohawk braid
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The braided mohawk is essentially a single raised dutch braid (or cornrow). This fierce look would look great at any house party or night out with the girls.


Braided Headband

Braided Headband
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South Africans love classic looks with a bit of a twist. Instead of reaching for a normal headband accessory, braid a piece of hair extension and use that as a headband.


Colourful Braids

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Take your braids to the next level by adding colourful extensions to the braids.


Crown Braid

Halo braid
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You’re a queen honey, own it with this stunning crown braid. It’s great for any hair type and length.


Colourful Ombre Braids

Ombre braid
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Do you want to add colour to your look but you’re afraid to go too crazy? Opt for an ombre, it’s the perfect in-between.


Braided Top Knot

Braided top knot
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This look has been trending worldwide and of course, South Africans are loving it too! Spray some of the dry shampoo to add some much-needed texture to get this look.


Unicorn Braid

Unicorn braids
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This magical hairstyle is great for festivals, concerts or parties. Want to spice it up? Add some beads and other accessories to make unique South African hairstyles.




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