Goddess braids hairstyles are mesmerizing with their feminine charm and ethereal beauty. If you have been looking for new hair ideas, you came to the right place. Ethnic hair is beautiful and there’s no better way to flaunt it than with these intricate African braid styles that celebrate black culture with pride.
50 Natural Goddess Braids to Bless Ethnic Hair
Some of these braids for black women can be changed daily while others are designed to last for a long time with the appropriate care. They can be face framing or pulled back to accentuate beautiful and strong bone structure. Regardless of the style, African goddess braids give off an effortlessly clean and gorgeous image without having to try too hard in 2018.
These braids for women usually start from the scalp and go straight down to complete the pattern. These types of braids for black hair can be achieved with either natural hair or extensions. At first glance, these braids may look daunting due to their intricate weavings, but they’re not too difficult to actually have done if you’re wondering how to do goddess braids. There are many popular types of braids for black hair and have the same basic processes. The process of achieving this popular braided look is very similar to cornrows, except this is the oversized version that allows more room for creativity and design. The braiding styles may vary, but these pretty hairstyles give off chic vibes that will help you maintain a classy look. Once you have the braids, caring for them is easy with a few tips. Simply wrap a silk scarf around it at nighttime with a moisturizing hairspray for the best results. This technique can help your beautiful braids last for more than two weeks at a time! Many women are interested in these styles due to their refreshing take on classic styles. These creative twists and knots come together to form a femininely refined hairdo that will capture positive attention anywhere you go. The possibilities for these braids are endless as they range from formal to sporty, so take a look at these styles and book your next hair appointment for the best hairstyle!
1) Sporty Twists for Those Active Days
Although these braids may look casual, they give off an edgy vibe. With this easy hairstyle, you’ll be ready to go anywhere without having to fuss with hair for too long. Once they’re in place, they should stay. In the off case where they do come out, they’re not too hard to redo. With a look as minimal as its maintenance, it’s perfect for girls on the go!
2) Easy Braided Low Bun for Any Occasion
With its large braids and the low bun, this pretty hairstyle looks more complicated than it is to create. Typically, the larger the braids involved, the less time it takes to put the hairstyle together. Best of all, this bun can work for either casual or formal event.
3) Twin Braids that Accentuate Your Symmetry
This double take on fishtail braids is easy to do and pull off due to the sheer simplicity of the entire look. This symmetrical design can help to accentuate your own facial symmetry for a more youthful appearance.
4) Braided Half Up and Half Down Style
A classic hairstyle, these half up and half down braids are faced framing. This means that these braids can make your face appear slimmer with minimal effort. For that reason, this hairstyle is flattering for most face shapes and sizes.
5) Small Braids for a Modest Up do
Changing the size of your braids can change the entire look of the hairstyle. Using smaller braids allows for a daintier look perfect for casual styles without making too bold of a statement. If you like maintaining a low profile, these are perfect.
6) An Elegant and Easy Side Braid
Whether you’re trying to channel you’re inner Rapunzel or looking for an easy way to keep your hair out of your face, this hairstyle can make any woman feel like a princess. A side braid effortlessly exudes elegance. This specific braid look especially luxurious due to its thickness.
7) Alternating Big Braids for Cool Cornrows
Rather than sticking with one consistent size for your braids, try mixing up the sizes for a quirky twist on a classic hairstyle that you already love and know you can pull off. Changing sizes also adds texture to your hair, making it pop in a positive way. Besides, it’s always good to mix things up now and then.
8) Quick and Simple Twisted Braids
The type of braid you choose to wear can be changed to speak for your personality. If you’re tired of the classic plaited styles, try out a twisted braid or French knots. You might love them more than the classic three stranded braid that everyone’s tired of seeing!
9) A Classy and Quick Headband Braid
If you’ve found that actual headbands can’t hold your beautiful hair in place, then here’s your solution. Use your very own hair as a headband! Not only is this hairstyle face-framing, but also looks beautiful and classy. This hairstyle is perfect for minimalists and accessory enthusiasts.
10) Twirling Asymmetric Braid Design for Natural Hair
If you prefer off-center styles, play around with these spiraling asymmetric braids! For an even more intricate look, continue these braids into a sophisticated bun. Although it looks quirky in the beginning, the hairstyle comes together to form a casual look that is still very far from being basic. If you have slightly asymmetrical features, opting for an asymmetric hairstyle can help make you appear more symmetrical.
11) Medium Sized Braids Topped Off with an Elegant Bun
The classic cornrow hairstyle has gotten an upgrade with this larger size. Top it all off with a neat bun and you have another creative and classy hairstyle in the making! This is suitable for older women or anyone who is looking for a more mature and refined look. Let a few strands of hair go free for a tastefully messy look, as seen in this example.
12) Easy Mixed Braids to the Side
Alternating cornrows in both size and direction can create mesmerizing patterns, such as the one in this picture. Playing around with these variables can help you achieve a fun look that you can wear with confidence. With a style like this, you won’t get lost in the crowd.
13) Quick and Simple Braids for a Cool Look
Sometimes less is more to achieve the best look and that concept is exemplified here. This hairstyle can be effortlessly pulled off by anyone regardless of face shape, style or day-to-day activities because it is such a timeless classic. Since the braids are larger in this example, it takes less time to create as well. Of course, the size can always be adjusted to your personal preference and needs.
14) Symmetrical Headband Braids
Playing off of the idea of making natural headbands out of your own hair, this style incorporates two separate braids to maintain a hair part through the center. For those who love a center part to emphasize their facial symmetry, this hairstyle works really well. It’s also simple and can be redone with ease.
15) Colored Braids for a Playful Look
If you prefer to stay with your favorite braided style, then change it up by adding a splash of color. If you’re hesitant, try the color out on only a few braids before committing. If you’re not into wild colors, stick with neutral blondes, brunettes, and even reds to maintain a genuine and professional look.
16) Pigtails for Healthy and Natural Hair
These modern pigtails aren’t childish anymore. These fashionable braids have gone viral on style blogs and social media so maybe it’s time that you gave them a try! You can vary the length as desired and these braids are pretty low maintenance. Also, this particular style gives off a more youthful appearance.
17) Goddess Braids Updo to Dress Up or Down
These beautiful natural braids can be twisted into a classy knot that can be dressed up for a cocktail party or down for a night in. Regardless of the occasion, this classic updo will effortlessly turn heads.
18) Add Beads to Decorate the Braids
Another cool add-on for braided styles is that you can easily add decorations to it, such as beads. This particular example opted to accessorize the larger braids by threading neutral colored beads through them. The final look is simple and classy. Accents like these can really make your hair pop and add that subtle style you’re looking for to stand out of a crowd.
19) Big Braids for A Flirty High Ponytail
Who says you can’t style with the braids that you just styled? Even if these braids are a hairstyle on their own, they can be taken to the next step and be worn as a ponytail. Have the ponytail sit towards the top of your crown for a flirtatious and youthful look. Wearing a high ponytail can also elongate your face and make you appear taller overall.
20) Spiraling Goddess Braids Updo
Braids can be piled into a lovely and casual topknot to finish your casual look. The only concern is maintaining the weight of your hair on your head, but other than that it’s perfect for laidback looks. If you are concerned about this updo being too heavy, opt for smaller or fewer braids.
21) Alternate between Big and Small Braids
Changing up the size of your braids makes for an interesting texture rather than sticking with a boring and repetitive design. Try this if you’re tired of your usual monotonous styles but don’t want to go crazy. By doing something as simple as alternating between braid sizes will maintain the same overall look but change the detailing by giving it some shape.
22) Quirky Patterned Braid Design
The nice part of such tight braids is that you can use your scalp as a background for any pretty patterns or designs you want to get creative with. Take inspiration from this one, which sports cute bows in between the braids! Of course, you can change this design to be whatever you want with the help of the right stylist. Who needs accessories when your hair can do it all?
23) Scalp-framing Braiding Styles
Rather than wearing headbands, bows or other accessories, you can simply use the patterns created from your braids to frame your scalp. This style in particular frames the scalp with symmetrical braid style that looks beautiful from the top.
24) An Intricately Casual Braided Updo
You can mix an asymmetrical braid pattern with an elegant topknot to create an eye-catching hairstyle. This style gives off chic vibes and can easily transition from day to evening. This style is also perfect for women who like their hair off their face but still like putting effort into it.
25) Sophisticated Updo for Braided Natural Hair
This is a great example of using natural braid styles. This braid works its way down from the top of your scalp, almost like a modified French braid, to loop into a relaxed low bun that rests at the nape of your neck. Unlike the previously seen topknots, this style can be managed regardless of weight due to its position against the neck. So if you don’t think your neck could handle the weight of topknots or high buns, you may want to look into this hairstyle.
26) Cute Twisted Braids for a Change of Texture
Rather than going with the classic three stranded braids, try out new twists and even dreadlocks for a more daring and refreshing look. These alternative braid styles will help you stand out from the crowd but still maintain the overall ethereal look of goddess braids. In fact, some of these other types of braids may even last longer.
27) Volumizing French Braid Ponytail
If you’re looking for that bump of volume from your hair, this style will give you exactly that without the use of any enhancing sprays or accessories! This French braid ponytail emphasizes volume at the crown and ends with a charming ponytail that swoops down your back. Alternatively, you can continue the braid all the way down if you wish. Regardless, this hairstyle will elongate your face and make you look taller.
28) Add Highlights to Make Those Braids Pop
Highlights add definition and texture to all hair types. Similarly, highlights also definitely add definition to any braided hairstyle with the introduction of color and texture. If you think your current hairstyle looks a little too flat, try this one out to give it some life!
29) Emphasize Your Natural Part with a Braid
This creative look mimics your natural hair part with a braid down that same path. Whether you’re looking to be a modern Princess Leia or want to try something completely new with your part, this design is perfect to help you achieve that look.
30) Mix Patterned Cornrows with a Classic Bun
This style encompasses several elements in one hairstyle. Not only does it have miniature braids following the part, but also the varying braid sizes make a symmetrical scalp pattern. This complex work meets together to form a simple bun. All in all, this hairstyle is all about balance.
31) Twin Big Braids to Keep it Real
A modern and more mature take on pigtails, these twin braids have received a size upgrade and pair together for a fashionable look. They work to practically keep hair out of your face and support symmetrical and volumizing look.
32) Headband Braids with a Side Part
This style works for those who love side parts. The benefit of having a side part is that it offsets any facial asymmetry, even if it’s slight, and gives off a more attractive look. The braids work with the side part and frame the face asymmetrically. This look flatters most face shapes, unlike a middle part. The way the bun is swirled together to form a cute sweetheart makes for an elegant look.
33) Multiple French Braids
French braids are taken to the next level in this style that emphasizes volume. Hair is split into four large sections and leads to the creation of four separate parts to achieve this look. Again, symmetry is a common theme shared by this hairstyle and can work well for rounder face shapes.
34) Criss-crossed Braids for a Sporty Look
This look works really well for those with sporty styles. The daring criss-cross pattern of the braids is the epitome of athleisure with a playful look. This style is perfect for younger women and teenagers who have a casual wardrobe and relaxed routines.
35) A Pretty and Elegant Side Braid
For every princess who dreams of being Rapunzel, this side braid was made for you! The epitome of elegance and grace, an intricately knotted side braid is perfect for any formal occasion. This one is on the messier side which is flattering for more face shapes.
36) An Entirely Braided Part
Rather than stopping at a bun, you can let your braids run straight through to the ends. This will also allow you to braid your part all the way to the back, emphasizing the separation and adding a nice touch to an otherwise classic style. What stands out about this hairstyle is that people will be able to admire the details from the back as well.
37) Replace that Ponytailer with Braids
Playing off of the idea of replacing hair accessories with your own gorgeous braids, this hairstyle loops a ponytail together with several rows of braids. This completes a clean look perfect for a refined flair. The number of braids used to make this loop can be adjusted depending on the braid and ponytail sizes.
38) An Easy Box Braids Hairstyle
Nothing can go wrong with classic hairstyles for box braids, as seen here. This specific hairstyle has definitely withstood the test of time, which means this style can suit anyone effortlessly. If you’re new to braided styles, you may want to start with the basics, like this one. After experiencing this, you can safely experiment with a strong base.
39) Side Parted Braids with Geometric Patterns
This hairstyle plays off of a side part but takes the design to the next level. Starting from the scalp, these braids were fashioned to leave interesting geometric patterns at the base of the roots. This is perfect for someone looking for a subtle and creative look.
40) Add a Pop of Color with Loose Ends
One way to make your hairstyle stand out is with a pop of color, as seen by these beautiful and fiery braids. Other fun colors to try are purples, blues, and pinks. You’d be surprised by how well these colors can compliment your skin tone. If you choose to leave the ends loose, you can effortlessly add volume to your hairstyle as seen by this particular style.
41) Braid the Braids for a Voluminous Look
Playing off of the classic French braid, this intricate style utilizes smaller braids to make a larger, more voluminous braid starting from the front of the scalp. It runs back the top of the head and cascades into a ponytail. This particular style also sports braids across the sides of the scalp, adding a nice final touch.
42) Mini Braided Buns for a Cute Hairtsyle
This is great for those looking for cute easy hairstyles for children. With two low set buns, this low maintenance hairstyle can work well even with natural hair. Opt for beads and other fun hair accents to spice up this cute hairstyle!
43) Alternate Between Braid Sizes and Directions
These particular braiding styles play around with a variety of braiding patterns. It uses smaller braids to accent the larger ones, coming up with a pretty final look. Even simple adjustments like these can take a basic hairstyle to the next level.
44) A Cute Minnie Mouse Look for the Playful Ones
Another one of those cute easy hairstyles, this allows you to channel your inner Disney fan. This cute hairstyle is perfect for vacations and gives off quirky and playful vibes.
45) An Easy and Pretty Bun
This simple and easy hairstyle is perfect for those who are low maintenance and want practical braids that can be worn down or up. Although it’s a basic look, it’s a classic that can be pulled off with ease.
46) A Sophisticated Crown Braid
This crown braid will suit any princess interested in boasting African braid styles with pride. It naturally frames the face like an elegant crown. The size of the crown can be altered depending on the length of the braid. In this example, the single braid was wrapped around the head twice to produce the stacked appearance.
47) Big Braided Headband for An Elegant Look
Another one of the most sophisticated braids for women, this style is sophisticated and mimics a graceful headband that rests across the head. Finishing final touches to this hairstyle is a few wisps of loose hair at the ears. Almost like a crown, this hairstyle is fit for any princess on her way to a fancy event or for a delicious brunch in the town.
48) Sporty Pigtail Braids for a Casual Look
These pigtails are perfect for women on the go. Low maintenance, effortless and always stays in place, this hairstyle works for busy and active lifestyles. It doesn’t take much time to do, either.
49) A Crown Braid with an Accentuating Headband Braid
Another beautiful example of smaller braids accenting larger ones, this headband, and crown hairstyle is perfect for any occasion. Whether you do your hair for a casual day out or for a fancy evening event, this style will blend right in.
50) An Intricately Braided Side Bun
This side bun is perfect for formal events such as weddings and proms! With its intricate look and voluminous design, it may not last long but it will definitely be the highlight of the evening. This is definitely one of the few hairstyles that you will have to go in and have done the day of the big event.
50 Beautiful Goddess Braids to Try Today
After seeing all the wonderful braids for black women, the hair ideas are endless for your next hair appointment. In 2018, African goddess braids are all the rage and should be tried out by anyone interested in natural braid styles. The best hairstyle for you depends on the occasion, personal lifestyle, and type of hair. If you end up not liking a style, just try another one! With such creative designs and trends, you can’t go wrong with trying out any one of them. Regardless of your decision, it is important to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of ethnic hair and celebrate African braid styles.