African braids are an easy design that can help you forget about styling your hair for many weeks or even months. They are a protective hairdo that contributes to maintaining a healthy hair and also aids in hair growth. The fact that you are not subjecting your strands to hot tools and chemicals means that you are not losing it, and so it will appear to grow faster. These braids are one of the best hairstyles for African ladies, and this is because of their textured and thick natural hair, but any other woman can still have them. Apart from protecting your hair, braids are very fashionable, and you can create them in various designs. Below are 80 hairdos that demonstrate this.
# 1 Braided Mohawk
This hairstyle has some simple braids but with different colored extensions. However, the styling of the twists is what makes this hairdo look adorable. It involves knitting some rows of braid that start at the front and flow to the back and bringing these twists to the middle of the head where you should pin them to form a mohawk design.
Most people will prefer to have their faux locks in a black tone so that they can look like natural dreadlocks but this style proves they will still look great with some colors. You should crochet them and their styling involves twisting and pinning them at the top to create an updo.
# 3 Jumbo Marley Twists
Massive twists are quite trendy, and this is because they are easier to make than the small ones, and they take a shorter time. These Marley twists will require you to use some extensions. And apart from the dominant black synthetic hair, you should have a few in blonde to create a slightly highlighted appearance.
# 4 Highlighted Senegalese Twists
Senegalese twists are not only easier to form than the traditional three and four strands braids, but they also look prettier. To create some thin and highlighted ones like this you only need to add in some blonde extensions and then finish the design by tying them at the back to form a half up design.
# 5 Oversized Halo Braid Crown
There is still the option of using your strands to create one huge braid instead of having numerous small ones because you will still look adorable. The massive halo braid in this headdress is a perfect example of this. To create this look, you should relax your locks and then weave them into an extra big halo braid and finish by wrapping it around the head to form a crown.
# 6 Pretty Nubian Twists
African braids come in limitless styles, and so you only need to find a stylist that knows how to knit the particular ones that you want. These Nubian twists are neat and stunning, and this is not only due to their beautiful brown shade but also as a result of skillful crocheting in their creation.
# 7 Two Toned Faux Locks
One can never grow tired of faux locks as they are just breathtaking and you can have them in a variety of ways. These particular ones are very straightforward, and they are between 12 and 14 inches long with copper and black shades that create a lovely two toned design. And if you style with a sweep back and accessorize with some cute beads you will have a top-notch hair hairdo.
# 8 Light Blue Yarn Braids
Color makes a huge difference when it comes to African braids, and it is what makes these particular ones look distinct. The Yarn twists in this design have a beautiful light blue shade and a perfect length, and so all that you need is to pull some to the crown and form an enormous top knot for a perfect finish.
# 9 Glossy Senegalese Twists with Pink Streaks
The dazzle on these twists makes them look amazing, and it is ideal for any woman who wants to give her hairdo a healthy appearance. They are shoulder length and medium size Senegalese twists that you should spice up with a few pink stripes and finish by sweeping them sideways from a center part.
# 10 Protective Ghanian Cornrows
You will not need to use any extensions in this hairstyle if you have a long natural hair. The hairdo is quite straightforward because you only need to knit some medium size cornrows. These cornrows start at the front and flow all the way to the back where you should finish by sweeping them frontwards over the shoulder.
# 11 Impeccable Senegalese Twist Crochet Hair
It is not necessary to have a perfect natural hair with excellent volume and texture or spend a lot of money hiring a skilled stylist to create African braids for you. And this is because there is still an option of crocheting some artificial Senegalese twists like this to create an adorable hairdo.
# 12 Crocheted Curly Bob
You do not have to braid your extensions all the way because you can still create a gorgeous design like this one by crocheting the roots only. You should leave the rest of the hair unbraided and use hot water or curlers to make the hair curly and finish by sweeping it to the sides to create a cute face-framing bob.
# 13 Goddess Braids into a Bun
This fancy hairstyle consists of two braid sizes with a few huge ones and some small ones in between. The twists have a unique curvy pattern, but the highlight of the design is how they finish at the back into a stylish braided bun.
# 14 Simple Box Braids
Keeping things neat and straightforward is an easy way of creating a perfect braided design like this one. Here you only need to knit your strands using some extensions for form some medium size box braids and style them with a sweep back.
# 15 Single Braids to Knot
The golden toned synthetic hair in this hairdo gives the braids an amazing color. However, the twists are also perfect thanks to their skillful knitting and to spice them up you should form a massive knot on the crown and push the rest to the back.
# 16 Extra Long Feed-In Rows
Making your feed-in twists extra-long can transform them into an exquisite headdress. Apart from their length, these beautiful ones also have some smaller braids in between that form a lovely pattern and some colorful synthetic hair that gives them a fabulous tone.
# 17 Pink Box Braid Pigtails
This hairstyle entails introducing pink synthetic hair to your natural black hair to form a cute braided ombre design. To create the twists you should section your hair into two and knit each part into a long box braid that flows all the way to the back in a pigtail-like design.
# 18 Natural Crown Braid
African braids are perfect when you want to maintain a natural hair and still look stylish. This hairdo does not have any extensions, and it involves weaving your natural strands into a massive halo braid that wraps around the head to form a neat and tight crown.
# 19 Fancy and Impeccable Cornrows
This hairstyle is also ideal for a lady who wants to weave her hair without using any synthetic strands. To create this look, you should have a long, voluminous hair that you should weave into four medium size rows of braid. You should then combine the braids on the sides to form two neat twists that you should leave hanging over the back.
# 20 Easy Eight Cornrows Design
Cornrows make excellent braided hairdos, and they are also very straightforward meaning any woman can have them effortlessly. This design has eight neat rows that start at the front and flow all the way to the back incorporating all the strands.
# 21 Nice Thin Box Braids
Some blonde extensions and a little patience are all that you need to get this lovely hairdo. To replicate this fantastic hairstyle, you should knit your strands into some neat and thin box braids that are uniform in length throughout the head and style by sweeping to the sides and back.
# 22 Super Cute Box Braids
These locks have a fabulous black shade, and it comes with a perfect choice of synthetic extensions. However, what makes the hairstyle look this adorable is the fact that the twists are neat with an incredible length and inventive styling.
# 23 Classic Chocolate Brown Faux Locks
The choice of color in this hairstyle is what gives these faux locks their classic appearance. Chocolate brown is a gorgeous color but the size and length of these faux locks also add to their beauty, and they also have a cute style that entails joining a few at the back to create a half up design.
# 24 Face Framing Havana Twist
You can call this hairstyle anything from Havana twists to Marley twists or rope twists because it has the characteristics of all these styles. However, the most important things are to ensure that you do the right and style the twists into a face frame before finishing with some metal beads for the accessory.
# 25 Messy and Layered Shoulder-Grazing Twists
Your African braids hairstyle does not have to be long because you can still create an adorable one that is shoulder-length. This hairdo entails crocheting some shoulder-grazing Marley twists and styling by pushing them back in layers and by making them messy.
# 26 Inventive Yarn Braids Ponytail
Yarn braids always look fantastic but this design has some very inventive ones, and this makes them look more adorable than the traditional styles. Apart from using some brown extensions to make them, you will also need some white ones that wrap around them to give the twists their distinctive appearance. You should then finish the style by pulling your yarn twists into a ponytail.
# 27 Scalp Feed-in Braids
It is very trendy to have different sized braids in the same headdress, and this is what makes these feed-in braids look fantastic. The pattern in this design is very adorable, and it comes from having some small twists between the neat large ones. The large ones also have some cute metal beads, and this also makes this a first-class style. These twists also have an incredible dazzle that also enhances their appearance.
# 28 Two Toned Goddess Braids
Goddess braids could not look better than these as they have everything that a woman can ever dream of in a braided hairdo. They are also very easy to create, and this is more so if you have a long thick hair. To form them you should add some bright synthetic strands to your natural hair and knit them into three massive goddess braids that flow all the way to the back.
# 29 Micro Braids with Curly Ends
Micro twists like these also make a fantastic African braids hairdo and although they will take longer than others to create they can also last for a long time. Also, spice up the appearance by making the lower half of the locks curly and styling them with a sweep back.
# 30 Crocheted Curly Locks
This style is for ladies who love curly hair, and it will look amazing on anyone that can replicate it well. To create this design you only need to knit or crochet the roots of your extensions and make the rest of the hair curly. Also, make sure that you choose extensions with an attractive color like these brown ones and also style by sweeping the curly locks into a face frame.
# 31 Cute and Chunky Box Braids
You can never go wrong with some box braids because they seem to work well for any lady that can make them neat and in a good size. These cute ones are quite chunky in size and also quite tight, and once you knit them, you need to tie a few of the over the rest to give them an adorable style.
# 32 Elegant and Tight Braided Bun
This hairstyle is a typical box braid design, but it looks very distinct. The twists are medium in size but they look plentiful, and this is because the hair is very thick. Their distinct appearance comes from the styling, and it entails pulling them to the center of the head and tucking the locks into a braided tight bun.
# 33 Creative Cornrows
There are no additions to this style because it is all natural and so all the beauty comes from the inventive knitting. To create this hairdo, you should weave the hair into some cornrows but finish by leaving the hairs on the ends free and fluff them out. Also, adorn the style with some feathers on the ends and some rings on the rows to enhance the appearance.
# 34 Protective Rows for Natural Hair
Cornrows are the style to turn to when you are not sure what to do with your hair and still want a protective hairdo. These particular ones are natural without any synthetic strands, and they are medium in size and flowing to the back.
# 35 Glamorous Braided Bob
Your bob length hair can also make surprisingly attractive twists, but you have to be inventive if you want them to look chic. This Bob has some fancy cornrows with some starting at the front and others at the back, but they all meet at the center of the head where you should finish by transforming them into Marley twists.
# 36 Jumbo Box Braid Knot
The color choice of the synthetic hair in this hairstyle is fantastic, and it is one of the things that make this a classy design. However, the medium size box braids also have flawless knitting, and they finish with a stylish design that entails pulling some to the crown and twisting them into a knot.
# 37 Braided Summer Bob
Some ladies are obsessed with Bob haircuts but if you are one of them you can still have it and also have some cute African braids. To do this, you only need to create some shoulder-grazing crochet braids and then style by sweeping them sideways from a side part to create a face framing design.
# 38 Blonde Faux Locks
These are typical faux locks with a box parting design, but they look unique. Their unique appearance comes from using some blonde strands to form them and also making them tighter than usual and finishing the design by sweeping them to one side.
# 39 Side Swept Marley Twists
Any hairstylist with a little experience can create Marley twists because they are very straightforward. Ladies with a thick and long natural mane can have this one without using any synthetic extensions. But even if your hair is not perfect you can still create the style because it only entails twisting your hair to form some big Marley twists and style by side sweeping them.
# 40 Crochet Nubian Twists
A hand-twisted design like this one will always make a woman look exquisite. However, the choice of braid in this hairstyle is also fantastic because Nubian twists are breathtaking if you crochet them well. The synthetic strands are also very attractive, and they form some adorable two-toned locks that you should style with a side sweep.
# 41 Purple Yarn Braids
These yarn braids are as straightforward as it can get, but they look distinct because of their beautiful purple color. The locks also have a few blue twists that also help to enhance the look, and the only other thing that you need is to sweep your twists to the sides into a face frame.
# 42 Two Strand Senegalese Twists
The twisting design in this hairstyle and the choice of color for the extensions is fantastic. To create this look, you should start by knitting a few rows on the sides and having some long free flowing two strands Senegalese twists in the middle. You should also transition the cornrows on the sides to the two strand Senegalese twists at the center of the head and then finish by sweeping everything to the back.
# 43 Lace Front and Micro Braids
Micro braids make a gorgeous headdress, but you can still enhance their appearance with a lace wig at the front like in this style. Apart from the cute lace wig design at the front, the micro braids also have a neat and inventive style that involves leaving half the twists unbraided and making them curly.
# 44 Thick and Chunky Braided Updo
Here is a unique style that you can create with some chunky goddess twists instead of always going for the conventional, traditional designs. It entails weaving some chunky goddess braids that start in various places around the head and end in the middle of the head where you should roll them into a chunky and tight braided bun.
# 45 French Braid Rows
A neat hairdo like this one will be perfect for formal occasions and also as a casual summer style. The hairdo entails weaving some rows of feed-in twists in a French style. These strands are natural without any extensions, and you should have some small twists between the dominant medium size ones to spice up the look.
# 46 Chic Wavy Goddess Braids
There are only two large goddess braids in this headdress, but they look stunning. They have an original pattern that entails knitting them to form a distinct wavy pattern, and they incorporate all the strands to create a neat and stylish hairstyle.
# 47 Exquisite French Braid Crown
The dazzling copper shade in this hairstyle helps to bring out the beauty of the braid design. However, even with such a beautiful color, the hairdo would not look adorable without the fabulous braid pattern that entails using the strands to create a French braid crown.
# 48 Thin Red Box Twists
Some ladies tend to avoid thin braids because they take longer to form than the thick ones. However, they are a perfect choice if you want a hairstyle that you can keep for long. These particular ones use some red synthetic strands to create some neat and thin box braids that will make a woman look very elegant.
# 49 Sassy Curly Redhead
This red hair is very glossy, and this is perfect because it will brighten your appearance. It also has a lovely style that entails knitting some medium size twists that start on the sides and end in some thick curls in the middle of the head.
# 50 Sweet Peach Rows
These African braids will not take much of your time to form as they are very easy. The first thing that you will need is to do some coloring to give your medium length hair a peach shade. You should then weave the hair to form some neat medium size cornrows that flow all the way to the back and finish by tying the rows with small bands a few inches from the end.
# 51 Trendy Marley Twist Low Bun
Two strands Marley twists like these are easy to create, and you only need to add some extensions if you do not have a long natural hair. To make them look this good ensure that they are medium size and also neat before finishing by wrapping and pinning them at the back to form a thick braided bun.
# 52 Natural Cornrow Mohawk
To create this funky hairdo, you will not need any synthetic strands because your natural hair is enough. All that you will need to do is to knit some cornrows that start on the sides and end in the middle of the head where you should finish by making your hair curly to create the mohawk.
# 53 Crinkled Sandy Brown Faux Locks
Although faux locks are very straightforward and typical African braids, you can still make yours look different from the rest. This funky hairstyle demonstrates how you should do this, and it involves giving them a beautiful sandy brown color and then crinkling them for a nice finish.
# 54 Half Up Crochet Twists
Most African braids designs will require a lot of patience because you have to sit down for many hours as a stylist works on your locks, but the end look makes them worth it. A style like this one, for example, will entail knitting some long and thin crochet twists that may take quite some time, but once you have them, you will only need to tie a few of them to form a beautiful half up design.
# 55 Kinky Natural Twists
Nothing beats natural hair and so if you can grow out your strands then this is one of the amazing styles that you can have. To create it you should knit your kinky hair to form some micro braids and style them by crinkling and sweeping them sideways from a side part.
# 56 Colorful and Protective Box Braids
The aim of this hairdo is to produce a neat and protective style that will help keep your hair healthy and also give you a stylish appearance. It entails adding some colorful synthetic extensions to your mane and then knitting some medium size box braids that you should finish by sweeping back to create a refined headdress.
# 57 Jumbo Half-Up-Half-Down Box Braids
You can never get enough of box braids because there are limitless ways of forming and styling them, and so you can always have a unique look every time. These are in a jumbo size, and they have a lovely dark tone and a glamorous styling. The style entails pushing them back and tying some of them to form a half up half down design with some glossy metal beads for accessorizing.
# 58 Invisible Crown for a Queen
Your hairstyle should make you look and feel like a queen and no other hairstyle is as effective in doing this as crown braid. The crown braid in this design will give you a top notch look, and the best thing about it is that you will not have to do a lot of knitting. To create this look, you will only need to use your long soft hair to form a massive braid and wrap it around the head to form a gorgeous crown.
# 59 Extra Long and Thin Ombre Box Twists
The length of this hair is impressive because they are almost below the waist line. They also have an adorable ombre shade that entails transitioning from the natural black shade of the hair to a blonde tone that comes from the extensions. Apart from the lovely color this design also has some thin and neat box twists that are what makes it look elegant.
# 60 Versatile Feed-In Rows
Even as you knit your strands, it is important to go for a design that gives you many options when it comes to styling. These feed-in rows are a perfect example of such a style, and they are medium size with some small ones in between. They also have some beads for adornment, and you can style them in many ways including wrapping them into a knot or bun or even leaving them to flow to the back.
# 61 Massive Purple and Black Faux Locks Bun
The massive bun in this headdress looks fabulous, but you cannot achieve such a beautiful design without first forming the stylish faux locks. They are regular faux locks, but they are two-toned with glossy black and purple shades giving them their beautiful tone. These locks also have a few beads to spice them up, and you only need to pull them to the center of the head and tuck them into a massive bun.
# 62 Magical Outdoor Locks
This funky headdress demonstrates another version of the faux locks that also has an inventive styling. The locks in this design are in black and brown shades, and this creates a perfect color contrast. Apart from the color the ends also have some cute curls, and you should style by forming two knots at the top of the head.
# 63 Cute Crochets with Pink Beads
Crochet twists provide a solution for ladies who would love to wear a stylish braid design but do not have a perfect natural hair. They can look beautiful on any woman, and this is more so if they are chunky like these, and you accessorize them with some pink beads.
# 64 Long Nubian Twists
Nubian twists also make great African braids, and this is more so if you make them look natural like these. The black shade also adds to the beauty, and it is perfect for any skin tone. If you crochet them neatly and tightly, they will also last for long and although you can style them in many ways a simple side sweep is enough.
# 65 Silver Gray Tree Braids
Tree braids offer ladies a solution to laborious styling and lack of length, and they also look very adorable. The ones on this design look extra cute, and this is not only because they have a gorgeous silver gray shade but also due to their beautiful spirals and the tight knitting on the roots.
# 66 Excellent Goddess Braids
Goddess braids may be an ordinary hairdo, but if you are a little innovative, you can still form a unique look with them. In this design, they start from one side and flow all the way to the other where you should combine and tie them into an excellent side ponytail.
# 67 Longs and Thin Blonde Senegalese Twists
Two strand twists are breathtaking, but if you can form yours in a Senegalese-style like these and make them long and thin, then you can be confident of a head-turning appearance. They also have a beautiful blonde shade and a fabulous styling that entails sweeping them back and fastening some over the rest to form a half up design.
# 68 Fashionable Feed-In Cornrows
Cornrows are one of the most if not the most favorite type of African braids designs, and this is because there are limitless ways of making them. The ones in this design are small in size, and they are in a distinct pattern that entails curving them to form a wavy design and finishing them in thick braids on the sides.
# 69 Glossy Double Crown Braids
Dazzling double crown braids like these show how an elegant updo should look. The design entails adding some golden blonde extensions to your hair and using them to weave two big twists with some beads for adornment and wrapping them around the head to form the crowns.
# 70 Stylish Redhead Feed-In Rows
Cornrows have always been in trend, but the latest variation of this design entails having your rows it two sizes like in this design. The feed-in rows in this hairdo also have a beautiful red shade that creates an incredible color pattern with the natural black hair.
# 71 Magnificent Long Rows
Feed-in braids make perfect cornrows, and you only have to spice them up a little bit by making them wavy or making them flow in various directions to create a unique look. The ones in this style are also very long, and they have a beautiful black shade that also adds to their beauty.
# 72 Sleek Box Braid Ponytail
Box braids will never go out of trend, and so you can be confident that you will always look stylish in them. Elegant African braids like this are what every woman that wants to look polished should have. Apart from their neatness they also have a glossy shade that adds to their elegance and you only need to pull and tie them into a ponytail to create a chic hairdo.
# 73 Side Swept Burgundy Crochets
Burgundy is one of those colors that will always guarantee you a refined and sexy hairstyle. However, even with such a perfect color you still need to knit your strands well and for this crochets will be perfect. The ones in this design are medium size, and you should give them a glamorous side sweep to create your fashionable hairstyle.
# 74 Yarn Locks with Shaved Side
Something as simple as shaving the sides of your hairdo can transform your locks significantly. The tight yarn twists in this design are impeccable, and they also have a beautiful red shade but the shaved section on the side is what gives the design its classy and edgy appearance.
# 75 Chin Length Marley Twists
Most ladies think that braids have to be long and thick to look stylish, but these chin length Marley twists prove that you can still look adorable with short ones. To create them you need to crochet the twists tightly and then chop the ends to reduce their size if they are long. And to finish the style you should sweep the twists to the side in subtle layers.
# 76 Huge Faux Locks Mohawk
These faux locks are only chin length but they are massive in size, and they also have a glossy brown shade that gives them a perfect tone. However, the highlight of this hairdo is the shaved sides that help to create a funky mohawk when you push the locks back.
# 77 Stylish Cornrows
African braids give you the opportunity to wear a hairstyle that requires little or no maintenance. These particular ones will not even need extensions because a few beads and some braiding skills are all that you need. For this style, you should knit some wavy cornrows that end on the sides and style by sweeping them to the front over the shoulders.
# 78 Superb Box Braids Knots
To create these adorable box braids you will need to add some burgundy extensions to your black hair. The next step is to knit the strands into medium size twists and finish the hairdo by pulling and twisting your strands on the crown to create two superb knots.
# 79 Smooth Havana Twists
Havana twists do not have to be dramatic because you can still form medium size and decent ones like these and still look elegant. And for styling you should pull them back and use a hairband to tie them to control their flow.
# 80 Blonde African Braids
The blonde shade of this headdress is perfect for a lady who wants to have a bright appearance. Although the blonde color is what most people will notice, the design also has some lovely medium size box braids that you should style with a center part and by tying at the back to form a half up design.
African braids are the perfect hairdo for a woman who wants to maintain the natural appearance and length of her strands. There are endless options to choose from when it comes to these hairdos, and so you can be confident of finding a design that will look perfect on you, and this is regardless of your hair type or length.