30 Black Braided Hairstyles You Can Try For a Fancy Hairstyle Change

Braided hairstyles are more than just a trend—they’re a canvas for individual expression and a nod to cultural heritage. For black women, the range of styles from goddess braids to Bantu knots serves not only as a protective measure for natural hair but also as a testament to creativity and fashion. Stars like Alicia Keys, Gabrielle Union, and Rihanna have showcased the versatility of black braided hairstyles, making statements with elegant updos, bold baby hairs, and intricate patterns.

We recognize the dedication it takes to maintain braids, considering the hours spent crafting the perfect look. Yet, the payoff is immensely rewarding—a diverse selection of styles fit for various occasions, hair types, and personalities. Celebrities such as Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Zendaya have illustrated the adaptability of braids, effortlessly transitioning from red carpet elegance to casual chic. Braids are more than a hairstyle; they are a celebration of cultural identity, an embrace of natural beauty, and a means to protect hair against environmental factors and breakage.

1. Two Black Braided Buns

Two Black Braided Buns
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The style we’re discussing pairs the elegance of braids with the playful vibe of space buns. We often consider this a go-to because of its simplicity and timeless appeal. Here’s a glance at its charm:

  • Traditional yet fresh
  • Embodies classic beauty
  • A favorite for its versatility

2. Half Cornrows Half Individual Braids

Half Cornrows Half Individual Braids
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  • Aesthetics: Blends the sleekness of cornrows with the versatility of individual braids.
  • Cultural Relevance: Reflects a captivating fusion of Caribbean flair with mainstream hair culture.
  • Functionality: Offers a creative solution for those seeking the illusion of length without extensive hair growth.
  • Styling: Enables us to sport a combined hairstyle that’s both trendy and practical for various occasions.

3. Bold Triangle Parted Box Braids

Bold Triangle Parted Box Braids
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For a striking look, we recommend the bold triangle parted box braids. They offer a distinct pattern and are a staple for those favoring unique shapes. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Type: Triangle parted
  • Size: Jumbo/Medium
  • Pattern: Geometric and standout
  • Preparation Time: Higher due to intricate parts
  • Styling Tip: Accessorize to enhance appeal

Experience the flair of jumbo box braids with a twist. These braids make a statement, rewarding the extra effort with an eye-catching finish.

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4. Lovely Side Updo

Lovely Side Updo
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  • Appearance: Chic and youthful
  • Features: Opens up the face
  • Benefits: Highlights the eyes

How to Achieve:

  • Start with a braided low bun on the side
  • Ensure the updo showcases the eyes

5. Senegalese Twist

Senegalese Twist
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  • Twist Characteristics:
    • Adds thickness and density
    • Eye-catching
  • Protective Benefits:
    • Shields hair from external damage

6. Braided Up Marley Twist

Braided Up Marley Twist
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  • Appearance: Thick, dreadlock-like twists.
  • Ideal For: Those eager to try new looks.

7. Poetic Justice Braids

Poetic Justice Braids
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  • Easy Styling: We embrace the simplicity of crafting these braids.
  • Comfort: Despite appearances, they’re surprisingly lightweight.
  • Ideal Choice: They offer a positive experience for anyone exploring braided hairstyles.

8. Thick Pigtails
Thick Pigtails

  • Jumbo Braids: We opt for larger braid extensions.
  • Big Box Braids: Our method integrates thick braiding hair.
  • Pigtails: Achieving symmetrical thickness is our goal.

9. Fulani Braids

Fulani Braids
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Our Fulani braids, adorned with vibrant beads and shiny hair cuffs, are drawn from the tradition of the Fulani people of Africa. These stylish beaded braids offer a glimpse into cultural heritage while providing a modern aesthetic.

  • Beaded Accents: Adds color and personality
  • Hair Cuffs: A touch of elegance and detail

10. Ghana Braids
Ghana Braids

  • Origin: Known as Banana or Cherokee braids.
  • Style: Braids progress from front to back in a straight line.
  • Benefits: Offers a protective style, promoting hair growth.
  • Skill Level: Mastery required for creation.
  • Result: With expertise, we achieve a distinctive and protective hairstyle.

11. Micro Tree Braids

Micro Tree Braids
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  • Popularity: Increasing traction for their protective qualities.
  • Benefits: Ideal for fragile edges and dry strands; adds length.
  • Origins: Evolved from the traditional cornrows.
  • Utility: Counteracts hair brittleness.

12. Pocahontas Braids

Pocahontas Braids
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  • Style: Dual braids
  • Association: Youthful appeal
  • Inspiration: Named after the animated character

We can achieve a high-school vibe by opting for Pocahontas braids, a nod to the much-loved character’s free-spirited style.

13. Spiral Bun
Spiral Bun

We incorporate braids to elevate the classic bun, creating a sophisticated Spiral Bun. This style involves:

  • Top Knot: Starts with a braided base, adding texture.
  • High Bun: Elevates the style, creating an illusion of volume.
  • Braided Top Knot: Twirled to form the spiral, adding an elegant twist.
  • Top Bun: Neatly secured to complete the look.

14. Half-up, Half-down Box Braids

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We find the half-up, half-down style pairs wonderfully with box braids. It offers a striking contrast that frames the face beautifully. For an added flair, we incorporate curls into the hanging braids, merging texture with the sleekness of the braids.

15. Havana Twists
Havana Twists

  • Similarity to Senegalese Twists: Havana twists share a close resemblance.
  • Hair Requirements: Opt for hair that offers a tight, smooth finish.

Installation: We can use both Havana and natural hair extensions.

Type Diameter Texture
Havana Twists Thinner Smoother
Jumbo Twists Larger Bulkier
  • Versatility: Suits a wide range of hair types.

16. Two Toned Box Braids

Two Toned Box Braids
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We can elevate the classic box braid by incorporating a second hue, creating a striking two-toned effect. This style not only adds a playful dimension to your look but also allows for personal expression through color.

Key Features:

  • Color Variety: Introducing a bold color like red to traditional knotless braids enhances visual interest.
  • Style Updating: Perfect for those seeking a fresh take on a timeless style.
  • Personal Touch: Choose hues that best represent your style or mood.

More adventurous styling can be achieved by experimenting with the contrast and placement of the secondary color, such as red, within your braids. It’s a subtle yet effective way to personalize your braided hairstyle.

17. Half Up and Braided

Half Up and Braided
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  • Versatility: Braids offer flexibility in styling.
  • Hairstyle: We prefer the half up, braided look.
  • Bob Braids: Incorporates well into a braided bob style.

18. Length Braids
Length Braids

  • Instant Length: Achieve butt-length hair swiftly
  • Endless Versatility: Customize braid length easily
  • Hair Protection: Braids safeguard against damage

We can transform our look with braids, gaining both style and hair health benefits.

19. Blonde Braids To The Side

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Style Element Description
Color Blonde, symbolizing a fun and spirited vibe
Type Box braids, known for their versatility
Arrangement Side-swept, offering a dash of elegance
  • Occasions:
    • Red-carpet events
    • Formal gatherings

Blonde braids bring a deluxe essence to our look, while side-swept braids infuse a graceful flair, perfect for those special events on our calendars.

20. Nubian Twists
Nubian Twists

  • Afro-centric: Embrace afro-textured hair.
  • Variety: Suitable for all hair lengths.
  • Creative: Option for ombre styling.
  • Protective: A twist that safeguards your strands.
  • Similarities: Shares qualities with faux locs.

21. Long Black and Grey Box Braids

Long Black and Grey Box Braids
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We see grey as a bold, statement color rather than a sign of aging. Embracing this trend, we recommend long box braids with a blend of black and grey for a striking contrast. This style carries a sense of confidence and modernity, demonstrating that grey can be a deliberate and fashionable choice.

  • Hair Type: Long box braids
  • Color Palette: Black and grey mix
  • Style Quotient: High contrast, statement look

22. Dutch Braid Crown for Black Hair

Dutch Braid Crown for Black Hair
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Black hair can be stunningly accentuated with a Dutch braid crown. Transcending its classic roots, we bring modernity:

  • Begin with traditional Dutch braids
  • Integrate braiding extensions to enhance volume
  • Style into a crown braid, wrapping around the head
  • Secure firmly to achieve a halo braid appearance

This contemporary twist retains the charm of crown braids while refreshing the look.

23. A Shaved Braid
A Shaved Braid

Choosing to shave our heads can be a powerful declaration. It defies traditional expectations tied to femininity and sparks conversations. When we opt for such a style, we must embrace both curiosity and scrutiny that follow. It’s our narrative expressed without a word—bold and unapologetic.

24. Long, Thin Cornrows

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  • Versatile Style: We embrace both thick and thin variations.
  • Aesthetic Choice: Thin cornrows offer a sleek, delicate appearance.
  • Personalization: Adaptable to our individual tastes.

25. Loose Ends
Loose Ends

  • Braids with curls enhance visual appeal.
  • Curly braids offer a dynamic contrast.
  • We value the subtlety of varied textures.

26. Cornrow Braids

Cornrow Braids

  • Classic Style: We embrace the simplicity of traditional cornrow braids.
  • Accessories: Add clips for a personal touch.

27. Long Black Yarn Twist

Long Black Yarn Twist
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  • Thickness & Strength: The yarn twists create a rich, full look while maintaining a robust feel.
  • Weight: Despite the added volume, they are surprisingly lightweight.

28. Revamped Braided Ponytail

Revamped Braided Ponytail
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We seamlessly blend braids into our ponytails for an evolved style, shifting from classic to contemporary sophistication. This approach adapts the youthful ponytail for the modern business environment. Here’s how to achieve it:

  • Start with a side braid.
  • Secure into a ponytail.
  • Enjoy a refreshed, professional look.

29. A Twisted Updo
A Twisted Updo

This braided updo, while intricate and time-consuming to achieve, rewards us with longevity. Once styled, its elegant complexity can be maintained for weeks, providing a stunning and durable look.

30. Mohawk Braids

  • Popular Trend: A symbol of empowerment.
  • Style Expression: Inspires and expresses individuality.
  • Audience: Aimed at women seeking a bold statement.