Hair braiding has long been a tradition in the Black community as well as a bonding experience between mothers, sisters and cousins. Braiding takes time and it often hurts, but the end result is worth it. African braiding styles are very unique and creative. They can be styled in various ways, you can experiment with different colours without the commitment of dying your own hair.
Braids can be styled with headbands, barrettes, turbans and so on. Below you will find 10 different types of braids worn by African-American women and Africans all over the world.
Braids will help protect your hair from the environment and help you forget about hair styling for months while looking fabulous. Fashion Designers such as Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Kenneth Cole have incorporated African braiding styles to their fashion campaigns. Braids are in and are here to stay. Here are 10 African hair braiding styles that will turn heads. These types of braids are popular and will turn heads every time you rock them.
Types of Braids
1. Havana Twists
Havana Twists are very unique and stylish African hair braiding styles; guaranteed to turn heads.
2. Micro / Mini Braids
Micro / mini braids are tiny, single braids usually braided half-way and leaving the rest of the hair. It can be done with either natural or synthetic hair.
3. Box / Janet Braids
Box braids are amongst the trendiest summer hairstyles. It is boho chic and very stylish.
4. French Braids
French braids are some of the most popular braid types. This braiding style involves weaving small pieces of hair on top of the main braid, which lays close to the scalp. The final result very sophisticated
Cornrows are very popular. They are small, tight braids that line up against the scalp. Cornrow braids can be very creative. Releasing cornrows after a day or two results in exceptionally curly hair.
6. Herringbone / Fish Braids
Herringbone braids are thin, layered braids that use lots of small intertwined pieces of hair. These braids are named “herringbone braids” because the braid resembles the skeleton of a fish.
7. Dutch Braids
Dutch braids are similar to French braids but this style tends to be looser and more relaxed-looking than a French braid.
8. Fishtail Braids
Fishtail braids are similar to Herringbone braids but a lot looser.
9. Lace Braids
Lace braids are simple braids that crown the head of the wearer in a half-moon shape, like a tiara.
10. Yarn Braids
Yarn braids are exactly what the name implies—braids, made out of yarn.
I have tried many of these African hair braiding styles for different occasions and I love them. Adding braids to any hair style add interest and create a boho chic look which I love for the summertime. For a more edgy look, go bigger and messier. I also wear braids as a Protective hairstyle. They last for months and helps with length retention. Try these styles and you will not be disappointed. What are your types of braids? My favourite types of braids are Micro Braids styles.