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50 Unique Braid Styles for Women to Copy This Year

Serena Piper

50. Micro Braids. These are a lot of fun and a lot of work to do, but the effect is stunning! Works best on short to middle length hair, as they might get a tad heavy due to the number of braids.

So, as you can tell, there are a lot of options for braided hairstyles. Whether you are after classy chunky box braids or a creative parting pattern, we hope you’ve found what you were looking for among these fantastic hairdos.

Braided hairstyles are by far the oldest way to style your hair. Women all over the world use braids to protect their beauty from environmental damage as well as show off their wild imagination.

Get inspiration and find a way to express your creativity through one of these sophisticated yet not so hard to recreate hairstyles!

1. Top Knot for Small Braids. One of the sweetest styles to get that extra height. The look starts with small box braids leading to a chunky, statement-making bun.

2. Medium Box Braids. Braided hairstyles for black women are a great chance to show your creativity! Alternate box braids with delicate curls. You can also play with your parting and try different patterns to diversify your braids hairstyles 2024.

3. Upside Down Chunky Braids with Buns. Multiply your favorite braid-to-bun and get a cute crown updo. Easy and showy!

4. Afro Updo with Braids. This stunning updo gives a whole new twist to afro hairstyles. Braids for black women can be incorporated into any hairdo of any length and they really bring extra something to your look.

5. Pulled-Back Cornrow Braids. When it comes to African braids, a variety of shapes and patterns is impressive. Look at this stunning lady and save the idea for inspiration!

6. Lengthy Braided Pony. While we love the charm of black braided hairstyles in all possible versions, this combo of regular cornrows and a high braided pony deserves praise for its simplicity and chic.

7. Bob Braids with Beads. Short-haired ladies can wear their braids as proudly and loudly as their long-haired sisters.

8. Asymmetrical Braids and Curls. Who said you shouldn’t mix braids and curls in natural hair braid styles? Leave that misconception behind and try this cute hairdo instead! The style will look gorgeous in the shape of an asymmetrical lob.

9. Thick Twisty Braids. Show your luxurious braids to the world with one of the most sought-after braided hairstyles for black girls. Not many braid styles can boast such perfection, so this one is a gem!

10. Toffee Brown Braided Hair with Boho Vibes. This girl has dressed up her lavish box braids with a brown shade that flatters her skin tone and added loose pieces throughout the style to maximize its volume and unleash boho vibes.

11. African Braids with a Halo. You won’t find cool braided hairstyles with as many cultural references as you see in this cute afro. From the masterfully highlighted kinky halo through the cornrows and to the golden accent beads, it oozes authenticity.

12. Cherry Red Braided Bob. Matching braid hairstyles with a long bob shape is a stunning idea, as illustrated by this vibrant, beautifully textured hairstyle that retains its clean shape and boasts a sophisticated color.

13. Black Micro Braids with Edges. Here’s another inspo for those who want to turn a usual bob into something special. Not only are those tiny braids smartly highlighted and intricately styled, but they are also curled into neat edges to add bounce and spice.

14. Asymmetrical Bob Braids with Highlights. Here is a fresh take on black hairstyles for women who would like to brighten up their casual hairdo. By infusing your braids with soft shades of gold, you get a chic two-tone look that flatters your skin tone.

15. Cornrow Braids with Twisted Ends. Keep your natural hair protected with this hairstyle! Let your curls stay safe and accumulate strength while looking dashing with these fun braids and thick twists.

16. Crown Braid. Feel regal with this queen-worthy hairstyle that’s ideal for black girls! There are many types of braids, but when a halo-like braid wraps around your head, it’s hard not to feel special.

17. Protective Braids for Women. Help your hair maintain health and glow with professional protective braids hairstyles in 2024.

18. Braided Bob with Two Types of Braids. Box braids or Goddess braids? Grab both to recreate this edgy style that has some braids pulled back on one side to shift the length and volume to the other side for an eye-catching mismatch.

19. Afro-Pony with Braids. Thanks to African-American heritage, today’s black braided hairstyles bring so much creativity to the streets. Update our all-time favorite by mixing thin and thick cornrows, sleeking the sides and puffing up your pony.

20. Braids and Curls. Wear your mane loud and proud with this chic style for short curly hair. Look put-together by braiding one section of your hair and let the rest of it bounce freely.

21. Jumbo Parted Box Braids. This plaited hairstyle comes with many disconnections to put a twist on the traditional box braids for women who dare to be different. However, note those sweet baby hairs that soften the sharp feel of the parting.

22. Two Braids and a Braided Halo. Achieve this truly magnificent powerful look by braiding up from the nape to the crown and finish with a lovely “halo” sitting right at the top of your head.

23. Chocolate Brown Braided Bob. Short braided hairstyles are no less trendy and sexy than Rapunzel’s hair, which is proven by this asymmetrical rounded bob with a playful and bouncy feel.

24. Braided and Beaded Side Bangs. Apart from the choice of cool braided hairstyles demonstrated in the pictures, this set of perfectly smooth and even braids offers a truly creative approach to the side bangs styling.

25. Black and White Braids. Mix tight and loose, black and white in your braids for a cool look. For something different, experiment with colorful extensions.

26. Shoulder-Length Stitch Braided Hair. This edgy style happily combines straight-back braids with intricately curved cornrows and adds bounce to the mid-length hair with a mix of beads strung on every strand.

27. Bombshell Top Knot with Romantic Flair. This braided updo is full of drama, but we want to channel your attention to the fancy details, such as the springy wisps flowing down from the knot, heart-shaped parting on the temples, and neat baby hairs framing the face.

28. Multidirectional Cornrowed Style. African hair braiding comes in many designs and patterns, which lets you adopt an off-beat, asymmetric style like this.

29. Long Asymmetric Braids. This fanciful hairstyle takes an unexpected twist when changing the braiding direction halfway through the head and creates an edgy asymmetric look emphasized by the swirly baby hairs.

30. High-Contrast Braids and Curls Combo. We can’t but adore braids hairstyles that mix and match different textures, but this style goes beyond an average braid and curl combo and illuminates the ringlets with a contrasting honey blonde.

31. Braided Low Bun with Face Framing. It’s a great example showing how to customize tribal braid styles by brightening up the natural hair with golden blonde extensions and framing the face with a couple of shorter strands.

32. Big Braids. Tame your unruly curly hair with these chunky long braids. They are easy to put together and will help protect your hair from breakage. Definitely one of the best braid styles to try.

33. Intricate Geometric Braided Hairstyle. Stand out with angled partings, cute hair pieces, and a braided top knot! This look is perfectly sculpted and spiced with accessories.

34. Braided and Curled Bob. Here is another idea on braids for women wishing to pair them with a curly texture — this springy bob starts with tiny box braids and then transitions to dense corkscrew curls.

35. Low Braided Bun Updo. Protect your natural black hair with a few tight braids easy to wrap into a bun. A bright or subtle color accent won’t hurt.

36. Massive Braided Bun with Flyaways. While the huge top knot creates a stunning focal point here, some braids and curls left outside the bun ensure that the face will also get its portion of attention.

37. Box Braids with Curly Strands. If you want to arrive at a mermaid-like wet look, swap the relaxed curls of the typical goddess braids for these fine and sleek loose streaks twined into irregular braids.

38. Center-Parted Knotless Braids. These waist-length light brown braids have a nice pop of color chiming well with the girl’s base hair color and complexion, and they don’t have something that limits the flexibility of other braid hairstyles — knots.

39. Mid-Length Tribal Braids. Cool braids hairstyles don’t need to be super long, and you can opt for a more comfortable length while striking the eye with an intricate design and playing with dimensions.

40. Classic Box Braids for Women. Even the most basic braids will ooze special charm when an African American woman wears them. So, if you are going for classic braided hairstyles, fear not: you will shine bright!

41. Fancy Cornrow Design. Use this bold hairstyle to make a strong statement. Added hair will provide thickness and length, while the creative parting is the cherry on the cake!

42. Lemonade Braids with Pink Highlights. Lemonade braids are fancy and simple at the same time. If you want to amp up their fancy factor, opt for a pretty hair color, and you are ready for both a casual brunch and a professional interview!

43. Snail Braid Updo. Sometimes all you can wish is a simple style for your formal event. The low braided bun can be done with extensions, so you can wear it even with short hair.

44. Braided Bun with Curvy Partings. This bun is amongst fancier ideas of braid styles for women. Work your way up to the thick bun with thin cornrow braids, repeating the curved partings around your head.

45. Curvy Cornrows with a Bun. A simple and easy braided bun that works amazingly well for all ages and helps prevent hair breakage.

46. Black and Neon Blue Braid Blend. These lengthy micro braids get a good shot of bold color, filling the style with a neon shine and making the hair feel even fuller.

47. Wedding Braids. Braids are a perfect style to wear to a special event! You can play with new designs. Adding sparkly accessories or fresh flowers is always a win-win.

48. Lightweight Smedium Braids. Smedium is a hot trend in braid styles, referring to pencil-size braids that are smaller than regular yet larger than micro braids. When coupled with the knotless technique, they deliver the best flexibility in styling, which is kindly illustrated by this girl.

49. Half-Braided Hairstyle. Look beach-ready with this stylish hairdo. Insert shells or whichever beads you like into your braids and leave the rest of your hair curly and free.

50. Micro Braids. These are a lot of fun and a lot of work to do, but the effect is stunning! Works best on short to middle length hair, as they might get a tad heavy due to the number of braids.

So, as you can tell, there are a lot of options for braided hairstyles. Whether you are after classy chunky box braids or a creative parting pattern, we hope you’ve found what you were looking for among these fantastic hairdos.

  • Rita

    I really want to know how to make this work I like it so much please let me know

    • Lovelil

      Yas queen
      love it

  • Audrey Miller

    I like the braided side ponytail

    • A.J. Johnson-Williams

      I love it

  • Precious


  • Kk

    It’s cute to hair

    • Rocky yell

      It’s so cute

  • Shameka Ward

    Thank you!

  • Ava

    how do you do the bun

  • Splendy

    It’s nice

  • Kwanele

    Wow guyz beautiful
    And very cute

  • Atuhaire Caroline

    I really liked the braids

  • Esther

    Wow, it’s nice.I really want to know how to make it

  • Ada


    • Rejoice

      So lovely

  • Kimnora

    So lovely

  • Johnson Yvonne

    Wow really nice

  • Ojo facheal

    Wow I really love it

  • Faitg


  • Jennifer


  • Olamide

    wow So beautiful, I love it

  • Faith

    Wow so beautiful, l love it

  • Mary


  • Ella Chloe

    I’m in love with it beautiful

  • Zena Mc Donald

    I am really impressed

  • Amarachi

    I so much like them keep it up i love it


    It is very very nice

  • Sabrina

    The hair is so pretty

  • Braided Ponytail

    I really liked the braided ponytail hairstyle. I am gonna try this hairstyle, even I like the box braids hairstyle.

  • Braided Hair

    Braided hair styles are looking pretty.

  • Angel

    Simply amazing

  • Paisley Findley

    Soooo cute