12 African Hair Braiding Styles, Photos and Ideas for Modern Women

Braiding hairstyles and the amazing things you can do with it have been the rage for many black beauty sites on the Internet. The ideas that these sites have shown are beyond creative and shows a versatile way to add more style to our natural hair. Here are some braiding styles that can show off and elevate your personality.

1. Cornrows

Out of all of the braiding styles that would be looked at in this article, this one is certainly a style that gives you a lot of freedom to express yourself. You have your traditional cornrow style, but then you have the more elaborate braiding details from others. It’s a good start to bringing something new to a classic braiding style.

2. Twists

This hairstyle I’m very familiar with. It is certainly one of the easiest to do, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something quick and simple to pull off. Like traditional braids, you can make them as large or as small as you want. You can even pin them up regardless of length for those nights out on the town.

3. Bantu Knots

Yet another black hairstyle that I’ve personally tried out. In the image here, they’re used to accent the overall hairstyle, and they can also be used to create some natural curls, but you can also twist your braids into the knots themselves. You can go all out with the knots or go for any amount to your liking to bring some additional flair.

These braids can get quite tight when first done, so you may want to loosen them up a bit if the pain becomes too much.

4. Goddess

If you are looking for a regal look for your braids, the Goddess style certainly lives up to its name. It is a great twist on your classic updo. You can go with one long braid plaited into the hair, or tons of braids. Just another thing that proves how versatile braiding can be for the wearer.

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