Braided hairstyles have always been around for centuries and you are extremely wrong if you think it is Kim Kardashian with her center-parted boxer braids who has recently made it popular, because braids started 30,000 years ago. The fact is braided hairstyles do not need celebrities to popularize them, as they are so comfortable and good for hair that everyone will enjoy them without being fond of following the celebrity trends.
One wonderful thing about braided hairstyles is the fact that they are perfect for all seasons and all styles because of so many options available. So it is not completely true that braids are summertime hair techniques.
Braided hairstyles always look good, but they become wildly amazing when they are styled on black hair. Here we bring 100 amazing braided hairstyles to inspire you to pick your favorite one among dozens of variations and feel the coolness of this very popular hairstyle technique.
1. Goddess Braids
This gorgeous braided hairstyle sometimes also named as halo crown braid is associated with luxurious goddess styles, but usually worn as simple and accurate looking looks. What makes the Goddess look wonderful? Of course, the natural hair crown!
2. Braided Bun on Black Hair
Braided updos once were favored by older women who did not want to show the real length of their hair, but now they are for everyone, for sure. One can instantly accentuate the fresh mood and “always-ready-for-a-walk-out” look with a braided low or high bun.
3. Cornrow Black Braided Style
You might know someone in your neighborhood who can do amazing cornrow braids. And while everyone thinks it is difficult to make a plain cornrow braid, take your chance to look like a glam-rocking girl giving your preference to this braided hairstyle.
4. Heart-Shaped Braid
A very simple technique is required from you to look romantic, like in your teenage years. You just need to make two simple braids and join them at the bottom of the head to form a heart.
5. Criss-Cross Braided Hair
This braided hairstyle will work for both natural hair and hair extensions, considering your preferences for braids and how close you want them to be attached to your scalp.
6. Braided Ponytail
When you have long and thick hair, it will be heavy to wear in many braided styles, so a ponytail may come as one of the best options for you. This variant can look good both with cornrow braids plaited close to the scalp and without. Ariana Grande is very fond of this type of ponytails wearing them both on a daily basis and festive occasions.
7. Loose Braided Updo
This is one of my favorite braided hairstyles for black hair. And I am sure many people like it, as it makes you look in harmony with nature and relaxed without any tension that firm braids may cause.
8. Side Braided Hairstyle for Short Curly Hair
Here is a great festive braided hairstyle option for short-haired girls! You would agree that it looks amazing on black curly hair. Try this style with darker makeup if you are a fan of gothic inspired looks.
9. Brown Highlights in Braids
For those who are bored with one-color braids, here you have a fantastic option! Mix your favorite hair color into the braids. You can use brown, red, purple, and other dark tones.
10. Curly Braided Black Hair
It looks very nice, when you have curly black hair and combine it with a braided style. Let your hair loose in its natural curly way, and make easy twisted braids on the front part to open up your face.
11. Center-Parted Braids or Boxer Braids Hairstyle
This two-braided ‘dohas always been always among the most popular variants of braided hairstyles especially for black hair. And today one element has been added to it to make it more glamorous and natural – a simple fishtail braid usually accompanied with lighter color tones.
12. Jumbo Coil for Black Braids
This one can serve for both long natural hair and extensions. At first glance it may seem too much African-American styled, but think of it as an easy way to updo your thick hair without hiding the glam.
13. Elegant Braided Updo
For an event where you want to look terrific without having your long hair loose on your shoulders, this updo will work perfectly.
14. Feed-In Braids
This technique is to make cornrows look more natural and flat on your head. It lowers the tension and makes you feel comfortable with firm braids plaited very close to your scalp.
15. Braids with Curves
This is a very African-American look for a proper event or gathering. Your braids will look more creative and simple, if you use natural designs with your hair. Pick different sizes for tight braids and play with them to match your style.
16. Tiny Braids
Tiny braids may take a long time to make, but they are very protective for your hair and look so cultural especially when matched with accurately picked clothes and makeup.
17. Poetic Justice Braids
You can always pick alternative colors and different tones for your poetic justice braids, but there is nothing wrong to stick to the basic black that fits your personality. You can pick both loose and half-up, half-down hairstyles. Being one of the most popular variations of braided hairstyles, this look has been worn by celebrities like Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Solange and many others.
18. Dutch Braids
This is yet another simple way to have your natural hair or hair extensions look fabulous, especially for a night out.
19. Braids on Short Hair
It is a myth that braids look good only on long natural hair or hair extensions. There are so many cute braids for short hair, that you will have no difficulty to pick one. You can do loose updos or small tails with a very cute braid to leave everyone dazzled.
20. Wedding Braids for Black Hair
Braids are wonderful options to spice up your wedding hairstyle. Do not overuse them, but “season” your hair with small cute braids. Add beautiful flowers or gems inside your braids and let your hair loose, if it fits your overall style. The wedding braid usually looks beautiful on one side.
21. Micro Braids on Black Short Hair
Braids are a fashionable cornerstone in the African-American community, so every woman does braids no matter they have long or short hair. If you have not tried any style yet, take your chance to make tiny micro braids for your short hair.
22. Braid and Side Bang
If you have a short or medium cut, try to use small cute braids to have a fresher look. The longest portion of your hair will serve to make a nice braid, and have the other part of your hair swept to your side. This is a very nice business-lady look.
23. Greek Goddess Braids
Long and flower-embellished braids are very typical of Greek goddess characters. And it is not surprising that many brides pick this style for their wedding looks. Who does not want to look like a goddess for at least one day?
24. Long Two Toned Twist
Basic black hair always looks fabulous if accurately styled, but there is nothing wrong in mixing a touch of color with braids to accentuate your cool look even more. Use darkish tones, like dark red or purple especially on the back side and hair tips. Do not overuse them, instead trying to slightly hide them under black hair.
25. Bulky Crown Bun
Those who are looking for a formal and festive look, should pick this bulky crown braided bun. If you are a guest at a wedding party or another formal event, and want to flaunt your naked shoulders in a matching dress, ask your hairstylist to make this amazing hair crown and the mood will be guaranteed.
26. Half Updo Braided Black Hairstyle
This braided hairstyle will put the accent on your elegance. Try it if you are a wedding guest or while attending a formal festive event.
27. Long Braids for Black Hair
Everyone will agree braids look exceptional on long black hair. And it is very true both for natural hair, and hair extensions. There are many braided hairstyles for short hair, but they will, for sure, slip out or cause a lot of uncomfortable tension. So having long hair is your advantage to enjoy long braids on every occasion.
28. Side Braid on Black Hair
You can wear this Dutch braid on one side without looking for a professional braid maker. And most importantly, it fits any occasion you attend, especially non-formal ones. Wear one thick braid on your side and forget about the heat around your neck. And it is not a surprise that many celebrities, like Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, Amanda Seyfried and many others wear side braids even at Oscar-level occasions.
29. Dutch Braided Ponytail for Long Black Hair
This Dutch braided ponytail will definitely look beautiful on your long black hair, if you make sure it is neat and well-braided. This kind of braid is not an option for unhealthy hair, so update your hair care products, because wearing this luxurious braided ponytail you need to have it shining and looking healthy all day long. Make sure it is perfectly braided, and you will shine!
30. Updo on Braided Black Hair with Natural Loose Curly Tips
You will win lots of appreciations for your look, if you try this simple braided hairstyle on your natural black curly hair. Let the hair tips fall loosely for a natural look. What’s more, you do not need much time to style this type of simple braided hairstyles. Make sure the cornrow braids are tiny, though.
31. Wrapped Crown Hairstyle on Natural Black Hair
We recommend this one for those having natural black hair, because the natural look of the hair is what makes this wrapped crown look stunning.You need to make a thick braid very close to your forehead and continue to make the natural hair bun.
32. Mohawk Braid Updo
There are many variations of Mohawk braids. The key
factor to look marvelous is to keep the braid in the center, and it is usually advised to have the Mohawk style combined with a Dutch braid, just like in the photo below.
33. Mixed Braid Updo on Black Hair
Mixing in a few braid styles may sound fun, but you will impress everyone, if you make sure the mixed braids are styled neatly and perfectly. This kind of hairstyle is great for formal occasions, where you want to look fun, impressive and interesting.
34. Braids with Metal Accessories
Do not think of braids as only occasional and formal hairstyles.You can always wear them for fun gatherings wearing cool outfits and makeup. You just need to add accessories matching your style. Try metallic accessories, but make sure you do not overuse them.
35. Braids Styled with Flowers
Just like metallic accessories, flowers can also style your long or short braids differently. Add white, beige or light roses or light yellow colored natural flowers or artificial ones into your braids. Both tiny and large flowers are recommended for accessorizing the braids. Pick one to fit your overall style of the day.
36. Braided Headband on Black Hair
Braided hair rims or headbands are advised to wear both on dark and light hair. We think it looks luxurious on black hair though. Try this braided hairstyle and choose to make the braid close to the forehead, just like a usual hair headband.
37. Rosette Flower Braid Hairstyle
Instead of natural flower accessories, you can choose to make real hair flowers. One or two rosette hair flowers will look amazing on your black hair. Do not make them too tiny, but rather make sure they are well seen on dark hair. You can make three rose-like flowers on the back side and have them look like a hair flower rim.
38. Long Greek Braid
There are a lot of people that look for Greek styled long braids for very festive occasions. But believe me, you can wear them on many different occasions without any limitations. For a long Greek braid you do not need to have it made neatly, because the messy look makes it more natural.
39. Marley Twists on Black Hair
These cute braids are one of the most long lasting ones, looking perfect for 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or even 6 weeks, if you take a good care of them.Moreover,dark black hair is just ideal for such braided hairstyles. You can wear this low-maintenance braid style both loosely and in updos.
40. Havana Twists on Black Hair
Havana twist vs. Marley twists: they look like similar, but there is a slight difference.Havana twists are thicker and fuller with only two strands.The looser the twist is, the fuller and the more beautiful it looks. And usually Havana twist extensions are much more expensive to get than Marley twists.
41. Greek Royal Tiara Braid with a Golden Laurel Accessory
Accessorizing hair with stylish headbands or other accessories makes it more stunning, especially if you accurately pick your style for the occasion. A golden laurel leaf accessory added to a round braid will give you a Greek princess look. You can look like Helen of Troy for a day or two.
42. Mediterranean Cornrows with a Low Bun
Try this type of cornrows for daily looks, without looking too formal or over prepared.Make Mediterranean cornrows in a middle size and braid them neatly close to your scalp. Gather the braided hair tail into a low bun to look neat and accurate. You can add eyeglasses to give you a more intelligent and business look.
43. Popular Diagonal Braid
This popular style will guarantee you a pretty and neat look. It takes a little bit longer to braid it perfectly, but the results will make heads turn. It usually looks like a ladder on your head, and looks very nice both on dark and light hair colors. Some parents consider this as a daily style for their schoolgirls, and it is totally true.
44. Diagonal French Loop Braid on Black Hair
This style of braid is inspired by simple diagonal braids just adding loops to the hairdo. You can try this look with wet or dry hair depending on how messy or neat you want your braid to look. The one, who makes the braid, needs to accurately keep track of the stranding. Once the pattern down is ready, you can make the braid in 5 minutes.
45. Double Braided Buns
If you think double braided buns are for kids, you are absolutely mistaken. We have witnessed many celebrities making it a trendy look, starting from Kylie Jenner to Selena Gomez and many others.Double braided black buns are beautiful both when styled low and high,and give a super simple look.
46. Fishtail Braid on Long Black Hair
We love fishtail braids because they look intricate and elegant on black hair. Sometimes they are called mermaid tails or mermaid braids. With this same braid one can have different looks depending on the style of the hair and the amount of the curls. It also depends on where you decide to start your braid from.
47. Thick Cornrows with a Low Bun on Black Natural Hair
This is a typical African-American hairdo for natural African black hair. Make three thick cornrows and gather a very low bun with braided hair tips. What an indigenous African look!
48. Front French Braid
Front braided hairstyles will look stunning adding a lot of prettiness to your coiffure. Recently it has become a very popular trend especially for formal occasions, like weddings and luxurious parties.
49. Cassandra’s Low Braided Bun
Another golden headband-accessorized look for a formal occasion, and it’s again in the Greek style! Low braided buns will gather all your hair in one half circle, and you can try different accessories to make your look fabulous.
50. Two Braids, Two Ponytails
This is another cool look with simple braids and ponytails. One is not enough; please make two of them!Plait a regular braid and ponytail underneath, and it will form a nice and neat hairdo. It is a wonderful solution for a casual daily look.
51. Double-Braided Bun
Double braids can add a lot of character to your simple bun. This hairstyle is a nice look for business ladies. It is created by separating the bun into two parts and braiding each of them separately. Then you just need to wrap one around another. Make one of the braids thin, and the other slightly thicker to have the same bun as in the photo.
52. Black Tiny Braids for Mid-Length Hair
Black tiny braids look amazing on mid-length hair making you look cool and relaxed. You can have micro braids or medium-thickness braids, but do not make them too thick if your hair length is medium.
53. Traditional Three-Strand Braids
The easiest technique that makes a neat braid is to go for three-strand braids. Everyone from childhood has tried to learn how to make three-strand braids. It’s actually super simple and fast to gather your loose hair into one or two ponytails.
54. Five-Strand Braid or Wheat Braid on Black Hair
If you have straight hair, this hairstyle is for you. There are a bunch of videos on how to make neat and cute five-strand braids, which are also called wheat braids.
55. Creative Cornrows on Black Hair
It is amazing to see what creative and funky hairdos can be made with the help of cornrows. Mixing different sizes, styles, thick and thin twists one can get an impressive look. The result will leave everyone dazzled, but make sure a professional does the creative part.
56. Five-Strand Braids Combined with Rope Braids on Black Hair
If you want to look like a Disney princess or a fairy tale character on a special occasion, this styling is definitely for you. This braided hairstyle looks like a complex one to make, but a fast braider will make it in ten minutes. It consists of a thick five-strand braid and different tiny rope braids around it.
57. Cross French Braids into a Ponytail
This is another nice and neat style incorporating half loose French braids.Two ponytails will give you a “back-to-school” look and feel.Try this on dry and straight hair.
58. Faux Dreadlock on Black Hair
Faux dread lock have been around for a long time, but Zendaya took them to the next level wearing them on the red carpet. You can create this braided hairstyle by wrapping Marley hair extensions around your natural black hair. And it looks fabulous both on long and mid-length hair.
59. Senegalese Braid Twists on Long Black Hair
Senegalese or rope twists originated from Senegal, a country in Western Africa. This versatile style is easy to make. It has two strands instead of the traditional three-strand twists. Pick this style for your next Coachella look.
60. Banana Cornrows on Black Hair
This type of cornrows is also called Ghana braids. The cornrows start with your natural hair touching your scalp and then the synthetic extensions are incorporated.
61. Updo with Black Twists
Long twists will look great when styled in an updo. This style is a great solution against summer humidity to protect your twists. Depending on your style you can make them touch your scalp or have loose twists gathered in a high bun.
62. Tight Braid with Flowers
Everyone will agree that side braided hairstyles will always be trendy. Imagine a tight side braid accessorized with beautiful natural flowers. It’s a very romantic look, where your braid acts as a background for the accurately picked flowers.
63. Short Braids with a Hаt
This is a very cute look when you have short or mid-length braids. It is advised to wear a cream or beige color hat to accentuate your braided hairstyle.
64. Side Bun Combined with a French Front Bun
A side bun can serve both as a fun and formal look for your black long hair. Imagine a nice combination of a braided side bun and a French styled front bun just like in the photo below. What elegance!
65. Box Braids with Hoop Earrings
To have a perfect and complete look in your black braids, you need to carefully pick all the accessories and clothing you are going to wear. One thing to pay much importance to is the choice of earrings. Large hoop earrings perfectly match long black box braids or twists.
66. Braided Side Bun
This is a very easy style, which you can get in minutes. It looks very pretty on straight black hair, and is a natural look with a thick braided side bun. It makes your life much easier if you have long and heavy hair.
67. Conch Shell Like Braid
This style of rounded braids looks like a conch or a snail shell on the back of your head. This pretty braided hairstyle consists of just one braid that starts thick and goes up to the end becoming a small tiny braid. It looks very nice on black hair with light brown highlights.
68. Kinky Twisted Black Braids
If someone says you can’t have amazing kinky twists on natural hair, explain them, they are mistaken. Look how fun kinky twists look on mid-length natural black hair!
69. Accessorized Bantu Knots
Looking for a funky braided hairstyle for your black hair? Bantu knots are perfect for you! Just do not forget to accessorize them with a headband for a complete look. Rihanna loves also non-accessorized natural ban tu knots.
70. Waterfall Braid on Long Black Hair
This style is a great option for your long black hair, making it look like waving waters of the waterfall. The hair falls from a loose braid, which looks like a smooth crown. It’s a great option if you want to have a romantic and relaxed look.
71. Double Waterfall French Braids
Two bands are used in this braid to accentuate the waterfall look of this romantic hairstyle. It looks nice on all traditional hair colors, especially black and brown hair. You just should have long hair to wear this ‘do.
72. Flower Like Braided Updo on Natural Black Hair
You can get very creative braided updos if a professional braider styles your hair. One popular trend is flower style braided updos, just like the one in the photo below.
73. French Snake Braid for Black Hair
This is a very elegant braided hairstyle, even perfect brides. Picky people will like this braid type, because it looks so original and fabulous. Long natural hair will serve as a wonderful base for a French snake braid.
74. Baby Cornrows
Who can pass indifferently by these tiny cornrows? They are so pretty, being a great option for daily looks, especially when you choose to keep your braids on one side.
75. Double Twisted Bun
This nice updo can is perfect for all girls and women of any age. We consider this as a great option for formal events, special days and luxurious parties. It is not very difficult to make this braided updo, but make sure to have all the loose hair gathered in the back double bun.
76. Waterfall Braids for Short and Straight Black Hair
Who says loose waterfall braided hairstyles look nice only on long hair? There are different options for short and mid-length hair too. We advise to try a neat waterfall braid on your straight black hair and you are sure to look classy.
77. High Single Twisted Bun
Katy Perry knows how to leave everyone impressed. High and thick twisted buns look amazing on her straight black hair. We recommend this style for formal occasions.
78. Artistic Cornrows
If you want your hairdo to make heads turn, make sure you try this style at least once it your life. It is a very authentic African style that will fit your artistic nature and creative mood.
79. Face Framing Braids
Rihanna wore this braided hairstyle on her red hair, but you will agree it looks equally amazing on dark brown or black hair too. You will need longer than mid-length hair to have this wonderful look for any formal and festive occasion.
80. Braided Mohawk with Curly Tips
This one is definitely for natural curly hair lovers. Look at those baby cornrows touching the scalp. A mohawk hairdo is made up of natural curly tips all over the hair.
81. African-American Elegant Look
This is a very popular bulky updo wrapped with a thick traditional braid. We know many brides that pick this elegant look for their big day. A small flower or any type of metallic accessory will go perfectly with this special look.
82. Front Loose Braid with Curly Hair
A very natural and a bit artistic and messy look can be created with a loose front braid and long curly black hair. You can continue the front braid a little bit to the sides.
83. Elegant Hairdo with Micro Twists
Who says that micro twists are only for a funky look? When beautifully gathered, tiny twists can act as a wonderful base for an elegant updo. Put on your special makeup to look perfect.
84. Circled Mohawk Braid Updo
Your glamorous look will be ensured if you try this circled mohawk braid on your black hair highlighted with brown tips. Looks a bit risky, but there is no doubt you will turn heads if your overall style matches your glam hairdo.
85. Braided Updo on Shaved Scalp
If you have a longer oval face, this style is definitely for you. It looks both elegant and fun. Tiny twists are gathered in a high bun on the shaved scalp. And yes, black hair color fits perfectly.
86. Fish Bone Cornrow Braids
Want to take your creativity to the next level with cornrows? Pick the fish bone braided hairstyle for black hair. Make sure your micro braids are neatly and clearly braided on your scalp not to mess up the fish bone look.
87. Front Braid with Bangs
This is a very neat look that is ideal for almost all days. You can wear a front French braid with bangs both on a daily basis and at special occasions.
88. Loose Braided Bridal Style
This is a classy bridal hairdo, which will match any luxury wedding style.The headband braid together with the loose braided ponytail makes for an ethereal look. Any elegant bride can have this style no matter what color of hair they have.
89. Front Forehead Braid with a Low Messy Bun
This is a great summer look to avoid heat around the neck and forehead. The messy bun gives this style a relaxed and casual look.
90. High Updo with Cornrows and Long Curly Hair
This is a fun combination of middle size cornrows and long curly hair. This may be a casual teenage look, but can fit any occasion if your makeup and clothes are well picked.
91. Ladder Style Braids
One of the best braided hairstyles for black hair, this is a fabulous and creative braid for straight hair too. See how nicely the braid falls down the perfectly brushed long hair.
92. Ladder Braided Side Ponytail
The photo below features two-strand simple braids on the side ponytail, which are connected with a ladder-like design. This simple technique can ensure you a pretty style perfect for any occasion.
93. Mohawk Braided Style for Black Curly Hair
This black braided hairstyle is a pure African-American look. Having curly hair combined with tiny cornrows touching the scalp looks so natural for dark skinned girls. If you have natural small curls, try this fun look to leave everyone mesmerized.
94. Elegant Straight Hair Ponytail Accessorized with Abstract Braids
Everyone can “invent” such a hairstyle at home combining a straight ponytail with abstract tiny braids. You can make the braids cross on the right and left sides of your hairdo and circle the tail around your ponytail.
95. Schoolgirl Style “Snake” Braids
This is a super cool braid style for a schoolgirl look.Moms can look for several tutorial videos on how to make a “snake” braid for their girls to look pretty and neat at school.
96. Inside and Out Braid
The time has come for you to have your lovely messy braided hair. You just need to mix traditional three-strand braids with a traditional Dutch one. The technique is easy to command and the result looks professional.
97. Fat Dutch Braid
The size of the braid is one very important factor of how the whole style will turn out to look. If you make your traditional Dutch braid a very large one, then it will be a totally different look than the medium size or a tiny size braid. The photo features a fat Dutch braid, which matches any color and type of hair.
98. Reverse or Upside Down French Braid
There is no limit in how creative and elegant one can get with French braids. Just like all other types of French braids, this is a very elegant hairdo.And you can make the bun a braided one or a different one depending on your main style and taste.
99. Braids for Very Short Hairstyles
To have an amazing braided hairstyle you do not need necessarily to have long hair. These simple backward braids are a great option for very short hair. Make sure you have a professional makeup on.
100. Net-Like Braids Accessorized with a Flower
This unusual braided hairstyle is not an easy one to do, but you can always look for tutorials if you like it a lot. It looks amazing on black and brown hair.