braids hairstyles for black girls

Did you know that braiding has been an important part of black hair culture, dating back to 3500 B.C. Over the years, different braiding styles have emerged, each unique and rich in culture. But where do you start from?

In this post, I will be taking you through a collection of 17 beautiful braided hairstyles for black girls that not only protect the hair but also make a bold statement.

Without further adieu, let’s get into it.

1. Cornrow Braids

Characterized by thin, flat braids that lie close to the scalp, cornrow braids works well for both short and long hair. They are versatile and gives a lot of room to play with pattern depending on the way your hair is parted. Cornrows can be the foundation for many other styles like lemonade braids, goddess braids, and crochet braids. With cornrows, there’s a style to suit every personality and occasion.

cornrow natural hairstyle

2. Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are a type of cornrows where instead of the hair being braided for its entire length, it is only braided at the root, and the rest is left loose, usually with added hair.

This style is a great way to add volume and length to the hair, and the loose hair can be styled in various ways.

crochet braids

3. Box Braids

The name ‘box braid’ comes from the box-like shape formed at the root of each braid. They are popular because they are low maintenance and can be styled in different ways. With box braids, you can experiment with length, thickness, and color to create a unique look.

box braid

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4, Triangle Box Braids

Triangle box braids are a stylish variation to the traditional box braids.

Instead of the standard square or box-shaped sections, the hair is parted in triangular sections before braiding.

This unique twist adds an edge to the classic box braids.

triangle box braids

5. Senegalese Twists

Senegalese twists are a beautiful way to protect your hair while giving it a break from daily styling. They are created by attaching synthetic or human hair to the root of your natural hair, separating it into two strands, and wrapping it all the way down each hair shaft.

The result is sleek, smooth twists, so girl, if you need a hairstyle that screams simplicity and elegance–this is it.

6. Micro Braids

Micro braids, as the name suggests, are tiny, delicate braids that are created using small sections of hair. The final results look and feel like thick strands of hair, rather than the interlaced plaits of larger braids. Because of the size, micro braids take a long time to install but can last up to eight weeks with proper care.

micro braids

7. Fulani Braids

Fulani braids are a tribal African braiding style that has gained mainstream popularity. They feature a distinct pattern with one middle braid running down the back of the head, with other braids flowing in the opposite direction across the crown of the head. Fulani braids are a beautiful blend of cornrows and box braids, offering a unique look that stands out.

fulani braids

8. Flat Twist Braids

Flat twist braids are an elegant way to style your hair for a formal event. The braids lie flat on the scalp and can be designed in a variety of widths and angles to create a unique pattern. They offer a different texture compared to a three-strand braid, adding a soft, elegant flare to the hairstyle.

flat twist

9. Havana Twists

Havana twists are large, thick twists that are typically styled in long strands.

They are a perfect match for those who love big, voluminous hair. The twists can be left loose or styled into a bun, ponytail, or half-up hairstyle.

havana twist

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10. Passion Twists

Passion twists are a combination of goddess locs and Senegalese twists. They are created by twisting two-strand twists with curly extensions, resulting in a unique texture. Passion twists can be styled in different lengths, thickness, and colors.

passion twists

Things to Consider Before Choosing a Braided Hairstyle

Before selecting a braided hairstyle, consider

  • the length and texture of your hair
  • the duration you want to keep your braids.

For short braided styles, your hair should be at least two inches long, while for lengthier versions, it should be four to five inches long.

The texture of your hair also plays an important role, as very fine hair works better in smaller braids, while thick hair can handle thicker braids.

Braids typically last between four and six weeks with proper care. But this may  vary depending on the style and how well you care for them.

Generally, the thicker the braid or twist, the quicker it will frizz, while small, tight braids and twists will last longer.



Braided hairstyles not only serve as protective styles but also offer an opportunity to express your individuality through your hair.

With the right care and maintenance, you can keep your braids looking fresh and vibrant for weeks, while your natural hair benefits from a break from daily styling.

Whatever braid hairstyle you choose, girl, consult a professional braider to achieve the best results and to ensure that your hair is braided in a way that protects and nurtures your natural hair.