35 Natural Hairstyles Braids | Braided Hairstyles for Natural Hair
Some of us just want a simpler approach to hair styling. 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 styles 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 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 hair band.
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 longer 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 face and shoulders. 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 and old twistout.
8Box Crown Braid On Blow Dried Hair
Maybe your blow dry or silk press is reaching it’s final days, no worries! This braided crown is quite simple and elegant!
9Braided 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, specially with those natural details.
11Crossed Cornrows Afro Puff
A nice touch to your regular Afro puff. A naturalista favorite could use and 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 side burns 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.
16Braided Crown Wash And Go
Braids can go anywhere, so can you! using hair cuffs and minimal braiding abilities can create wonderful things!
17Side Swoop Pigtails
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!
21Reverse Twist Puff
22Reverse Braid Puff
24Braid Forward Afro Puff
25Hair Cuff And Braids Puff
26Round And Thick Braided Bun
27Short Boxer Braids
28Sidepart Halo Braid
29Braided Pineapple Puff
30Half Ponytail Natural Braid
31Natural Hair Boxer Braid
32Alternate Width Natural Braid Top Bun
33Two braid Low Bun
34Threaded Low Bun
35Halo Twists Low Bun
36Front braids and beads
Braided hairstyles for natural hair provide many great options for women on the look out for simple yet excellent hair styling 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 our 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 are your favorite natural hair braided styles in the comments!