35 Natural Hairstyles Braids | Braided Hairstyles for Natural Hair
Some of us just want a simpler approach to hairstyling. Spending as little time as possible at the hairdresser’s chair, or detangling, twisting, and braiding ourselves. And we deserve happiness. Some might label us as lazy but hair is just one of those areas where comfort is sitting high in our list of values.
Within this realm, the possibility of just working with our own natural hair, no weaves, extensions, and plugs is sometimes overlooked in the online hair community. We’re here to tell you natural braided hairstyles for black girls are as bold and beautiful as any other and to prove it we’ve gathered for you our favorite natural hairstyles braids for natural black hair.
1Embroidered Braided Pigtails
This is a great look sitting midway between classy and laid back. The minimal threads add an extra bit of elegance. Secure your hair well using two bobby pins to tighten a hairband.
2Feed-In Braid Natural Hair
When using natural hair, parts are fundamental for creating a good feed in braid look. These ones go from thin to thick for that volume progression that gives feed in braids their oomph.
3Chunky Mohawk Braid
A great choice for tucking in the ends of long natural hair, most chunky cornrows styles will require your hair to be stretched out.
4Box Braids Without Weave Cuffed Ends
Box braids with weave are sealed in with heat. This is not an option when braiding your actual hair and here’s this great idea of locking them with hair cuffs, it looks really cute!
5Chunky Cornrows Mid Length Hair
A classic but never boring look! Parts create varying volumes and directions to make the most use of your length with minimal tension!
6Criss Crossed Braids On Highlighted Hair
This style is a great option for longer hair lengths that are looking to take care of the nape and edges while keeping the hair off the face and shoulders. The hair color looks amazing!
7Braided Top Ponytail With Baby Hair
You can literally build up any style by making your own baby hairs work in your favor! A simple but lovely hairstyle that you can DIY in under 20 minutes starting with an old twist out.
8Box Crown Braid On Blow Dried Hair
Maybe your blow-dry or silk press is reaching its final days, no worries! This braided crown is quite simple and elegant!
9Natural Braided Top Bun
Using braids as parts for your top bun is a nice touch! A great option for those of us who aren’t proficient (just yet!) on braiding.
10Coral Dream Braided Side Part
Ohhhh this is just magnificent! Adding braided sides to a twist out, a braid out or a wash n go can’t go wrong, especially with those natural details.
11Crossed Cornrows Afro Puff
A nice touch to your regular Afro puff. A naturalista favorite could use an overhaul from time to time and this one is VERY cute!
12Chunky Goddess Braids
Yes you can create a chunky braid with your natural hair. Make sure your hair is stretched but not flat and that your parts are thick and sitting away from your hairline.
13Braid N Twist Braided Hairstyles
This is a great option for showing length and volume while on your natural hair. Matching cornrows and twists for minimal tangles and shrinkage.
14Chunky Front Braid
Put a little glow of your Wash N Go by trying out this style. Make a part right in the angle of your sideburns and braid to the side securing with a bobby pin. Looks so romantic!
15Half Way Boxer Braids
We’re in love with this look. It has a great 90’s vibe, doesn’t it? Another great choice for twist outs that need a revamp by the middle of the week.
16Natural Braided Crown Wash And Go
Braids can go anywhere, so can you! using hair cuffs and minimal braiding abilities can create wonderful things!
17Side Swoop CorPigtails
Granted, this style will work this great on full volume hair in the 3c to 4b range but we couldn’t miss mentioning it! Amazing parts and braid definition.
18Side Part Braid Twist Out
Braid your natural hair to bring contrast to your full volume twist outs. Whether you do just one side or your full crown, you’ll be ahead of the curve showing some extra attention to your hair!
19Braided Crown Maxi Bun
Braids can also create stylish finishes to buns. We love the sleek and textured contrast finish of this look and fully endorse it!
20Detail Braid Halo Updo
Halo braids are a natural protective styling classic and we’re not going to skip it! We love the detail of an extra thin braid shaping the hairline. Lovely touch!
This medium braided bob style is gorgeous and a super-easy protective hairstyle you can do on your natural hair. This is surely one of our favorite natural braided hairstyles on this list!
22Reverse Twist Puff
23Reverse Braid Puff
25Braid Forward Afro Puff
26Hair Cuff And Braids Puff
27Round And Thick Braided Bun
28Short Boxer Braids
29Side part Halo Braid
30Braided Pineapple Puff
31Half Ponytail Natural Braid
32Natural Hair Boxer Braid
33Alternate Width Natural Braid Top Bun
34Two braid Low Bun
35Threaded Low Bun
36Halo Twists Low Bun
37Front braids and beads
38Chunky Halo Braid
39Short curls and rubber bands
40Top knot braid into a bun and twists
41Dutch Braid Updo
42Flat twist natural updo
43Chunky braided hawk natural hair
44Cinnabon natural hair
45Protective double buns with braids Hairstyle
46Natural curls updos with braids
47Upsidedown braided mohawk
48Chunky twist updo
50Cornrow back to front braided updo
51Curly braided side up
52Flat twists and bead updo
53Flat twists middle part updo
54Fulani braided bun with beads
55Glam natural do’
56Halo braided hair
57Messy braided top knot
58Natural chunky braided hawk
59Short lemonade braids side updo
60Side braid bun updo
61Side-swept twists updo
62Two chunky braids low bun updo
63Feed-In Rope Twists
64Bronde Spring Twists
65Natural Curly Pony with colorful rubber bands
Braided hairstyles for natural hair provide many great options for women on the lookout for simple yet excellent hairstyling options, either while transitioning or protecting their natural tresses. Our recommendation? Pick a set of 3 to 5 favorite styles to practice and master, they’ll become your hair version of the winged eyeliner or the french tuck. We all need a good set of staples!
As we mentioned in our gallery, best results for braiding with natural hair will be achieved with stretched-out hair. To get there either blow dry your hair out on a low heat setting or use a low and well-combed ponytail with a satin scarf and allow your hair to air dry.
Use natural or moisturizing setting lotions instead of alcohol-based gels or sprays to make your style growth-friendly. Look for Shea or cocoa butter from natural sources from thinner braiding and mid-weight oils for chunkier braids.
Share which is your favorite natural hair braid styles in the comments!