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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!

21Braided Bob


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

24Braided Pigtails

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


49Cinabun fohawk


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!


  1. Like the big up do hair that are in braids. I’m in my 50’s and all l need is large braided up hair do on me. I think that’s all l need.


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