African braid styles
African hair braiding is very versatile. You can have microbraids, cornrows, fishtail braids, blocky braids, black braided buns, twist braids, tree braids, hair bands, french braids and more are at your disposal.
Once you pick a desired braiding style, have your hair braided, you may shape your braids into gorgeous hairstyles both for everyday and special events.
Here are a few African braid styles you might want to try.
Criss-cross goddess braids
Chunky cornrow braids, referred to as goddess braids, are perfect for days when you want to give your hair a break or when you are going on a beach vacation and would rather not worry about styling your strands every morning. The great thing about the braids of this size is that they don’t take too long to do and are easy to take out.
Dynamic side-swept cornrows
Braided looks are so popular amongst African Americans because of how they protect the hair. Once the hair is in the braid, it is free of heat and manipulation for weeks on end. Plus, it’s really cute and there are endless designs to express yourself.
Long chunky black braids
Chunky box braids are totally in style. With alternating thin braids, the hairdo feels very hot. What makes extensions so priceless is how you can experiment with volume and length. You can style your hair in ways your natural locks wouldn’t allow.
The benefit of the feed-in method is that it makes cornrow hairstyles look more natural and less bulky by creating a narrow and flat point at the hairline. This also creates less tension and protects the edges. This method of braiding can be done at any African hair braiding salon.
Asymmetrical goddess braids
Mix plaits of different sizes into braid hairstyles to create texture and dimension. Combining chunky and thin braids is unexpected. It’s also a lot more exciting than regular plaits. The unique parts keep the hairdo fresh and fun. Add beads or gold cuffs for the final touch of personalization.
Long and curvy braids are not your typical cornrows, but the idea is pretty much the same. Try the snake braids if you want a fresh take on the hair braided closely to the scalp. Add golden beads for extra bling.
Feed-in bun with Ghana braids
Wrap your Ghana braids into a bun to change things up. Ghana braids are beautifully thick, which will give you a full, statement-making bun. It is sleek and sophisticated; perfect for a night out and a day at the office, alike.