Braids are prevalent in African American culture, and these braids are called cornrows. Braids are worn by both men and women to make hairstyles. From ancient times African people use these braids to express their culture, religion, status, ethnicity, etc. In past times America employs African people for slavery, but after sometime slavery was abolished. Several braided styles are popular among the newest generation of African Americans like box braids, braided lob, braided top-knot, Fulani braids with knots, long cornrows, etc.
25 Stylish and Stunning African American Braids
Simple Cornrow Ponytail
Sometimes, Even simple things deserve as much praise as complex. And same is the case with cornrow braids. To make them look beautiful, it is not always necessary to put them in a complicated manner or African cornrow designs and patterns. Style them the way you like, whether it be, pop it into a ponytail, or twist it into buns. In this style, the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to make a continuous and raised row. Cornrow braids are a perfect way of styling unruly and unmanageable hair. Also adding that simple ponytail to these simple braids makes this hairstyle more versatile and chic. This look will undoubtedly receive a lot of attention and compliments. That’s almost too good to be true- cornrows tied into a ponytail! These cute Lil cornrows will go with all your outfits, especially summer outfits. It is going to be hard for you to say goodbye to these braids.
Half Cornrows, Half Curls!
Are you tired of Your unruly hair? In case you want to tame them perfectly and also want to look stylish, then all you need in your life are cornrow braids. In this, the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using underhand, upward motion to make a continuous, raised a row. It is a stylish and perfect way to style unruly hair that requires more taming and tons of time every single day to style. This one is the most stunning hairstyle amongst all. It includes cornrow braids at the Crown section which are tied in two ponytails and curled at the ends! The Braids done here are of ‘ Large-feed in cornrows’ type.
Twin Cornrow Braids
Summers are here, and so are vacations. Braids are the best way to tie your hair neatly. They help to keep the hair away from your face and neck. That’s what this gorgeous hairstyle says to us in clear words. Two braid hairstyles are one of the most ancient forms of hairstyles, and now they are becoming popular all over the world. These are very common among the kids because they look so cute on them. But not only for the kids, but it is also very famous among young girls because it’s easy, trendy and cute. This hairstyle starts with a partition and famous cornrow braids on both sides at the front coming all the way down till the very end of your hair. This hairstyle is the perfect option if your bangs are growing or have already grown, If you have natural curls and you want to change your look constantly, If you are a sports person and love your workouts.
Thick and Long Jumbo Box Braids
Want to look like a princess? I mean, who doesn’t? These long jumbo braids will do justice to your princess look. Boldness, elegance, and sophistication are the only words we could think of while looking at this hairstyle. Box braids offer an excellent opportunity for people with unmanageable hair to wear their hair in different types of versatile hairstyles which look stunning yet easy to do. Box braids are very low maintenance and also protect your natural hair. Box braids can be styled in several wonderful ways. Big braids are equal to plenty and plenty of sass. And adding a ponytail to these will only make them more hot looking. This is because adding half or full high-up styles to box braids makes them great as there is already so much volume to work with.
Cornrows with Center Braid and Beads
Black people often find it difficult to style their kid’s hairstyles mainly due to the very nature of their hair, which is kind of kinky and a lot of curly without much flexibility for styling. One of the most common solutions to this is braids. Braids allow styling hair uniquely and elegantly. Box braids are not only a cool option for kids but also keeps them comfortable to deal with their hair daily. This hairstyle usually gives a thick braided look because all hair is covered with braids by sectioning them in different manners. This hairdo is a unique way of doing box braid. This is done by doing cornrow braids at the crown section. These braids are parted with a thick centered braid, and on its both sides the rest of the long braids falling over are left. Use of different accessories often add a pleasing look to the hairdo, and hence these beads on the braids make the look more versatile. Try this hairdo; it will make your little one look rocking.
Goddess Sleek Cornrows
Cornrows are a perfect way of keeping hair in place and style for weeks without investing a lot of time every morning. You wake up, and you are good to go. In this particular sleek cornrow hairstyle, this lady looks an absolute goddess primarily because of those cornrow accessories. These are small cornrows, also known as ‘ Lemonade braids.’ These take longest to put in and are more precise than the other types. But once complete, they are very low maintenance and durable. These are stronger than other braids and can be kept for long. This is a good option if you want statement hairstyle. This is done by doing cornrow braids at the crown section. These braids are parted with a thick centered braid, and on its both sides the rest of the long braids falling over are left. A Unique accessory is added to the center braid, which makes this hairstyle more goddess. Cornrow braids with beads are a new hot trend.
In this, the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using underhand, upward motion to make a continuous, raised a row. It is a stylish and perfect way to style unruly hair that requires more taming and tons of time every single day to style. Cornrow could be made into several different hairstyles. They are usually made different by sectioning the hair in various patterns while doing the braids. And what makes this hairstyle unique from the other ordinary cornrow braids is that for these braids the hair is sectioned in zig-zag lines or margins. This is one of the most stunning hairstyles among them. It includes cornrow braids at the Crown section as others but with a zig-zag pattern. We are in awe of how this little change in sectioning the hair, makes a huge difference in the appearance of cornrow braids. They look newer, girly, and stunning.
Braids up to The Ponytail
This hairstyle is about to charm your teenage years as it is not simply braiding your hair and tying them into a high ponytail as we have done earlier. Looking closely at the above-given picture we can see that in the hairstyle the simple braiding is mixed with the fishtail braid. The two braids are done fixedly, and symmetrically more the simple braid is followed by a fishtail braid on the crown of your head. To give your hairstyle an elegant look the braids are done with extraordinary finishing. All the brads taken collectively are tied upwards at the back as a high ponytail. To give the ponytail more height and heaviness, the rubber bands are not used. Instead, the finished braids are raped around the ponytail. To add a little more funk to the hairstyle, the tiny and thin braids are done right above our ears oppositely. For more fun, to the look, you can always add little more accessories to the hairstyle as your personality. This hairstyle is perfect for casual, formal parties as well as for family dinners to enhance your personality in front of your relatives.
Cornrows into Ropes
Simple braiding of hair is too common to do with your hair these days. But the cornrows are the traditional hairstyle of Africans. To save the cornrows the oldest hairstyle tradition we have added a stylish twist to the hairstyle which will go with your everyday look and very easy to execute. The hairstyle above is easy to achieve, yet it seems like it has done by a lot of effort. You can simply begin with dividing your hair into two equal sections but for more uniqueness, to the style, you can make a partition between the sides by forming a braid in the center as in the above picture. the next step would be to create clean and tidy French braids on both the sides of the crown. The French braids are not supposed to be continued till the end; they should be done till the beginning of your neckline. Then they are followed by rope braids (form by twisting of two equal strands of hair in a criss-cross manner) till the end. The rope braids should be tight and firm to signify the look. As you know to make it more adorable hairstyle you can add cool and unique hair accessories just as shown in the picture.
Ropes Instead of Braids
This hairdo is especially for bringing a smile to your little princess face. This is an easy and versatile look which you can achieve in no time. Not going with the traditional look of braids replace them with rope braids as shown in the above picture and tie them to a high ponytail. Doing rope braids will not reduce the benefits of braiding hair it will just change the look and make it more unique and versatile. tying pony at the back is to provide security of hair and make easy for your little one to enjoy and jump around without little locks of hair hanging in front of their face. You can always add cute and funky accessories to the style and you can be the most stylish mum among her peer group.
Short and Roped Braids
As we all suffered the internet and the majority of the times the cornrows hairstyle we found is for long and heavy hair people. Long hair braided into a bun or ponytail we all are aware of this hairstyle. But maintenance of these long hairs is the most difficult part of a lifetime. In today’s era people who cannot deal with the long hair situations cut down there in to short and if you fall into the same categories do not worry this hairstyle is only for you my short hair friend. The traditional hairdo of braids is rapidly replaced by the rope braiding, which is more easy and fun to do as well as brighten and charms up your looks. As in this hairstyle also instead of going with the braids, we go with rope braiding and simply left open to finish the look. This hairstyle is one of the simplest hairstyles yet stylish.
Braids are the only hairstyles that are easy to do as well as creative as you can bend the hairstyle in various other designs to make it look more creative and unique. To refresh these memories and bring back the benefits of the braiding we have to bring you a versatile and ultra-modern hairstyle which is easy to do as well as will compeer you in every day looking for a college, office, shopping day and important meetings to make that first impression. Looking at the above-given picture we can see the simplicity of the hairstyle. Classically the tiny three strands braids are formed all over the hairs. For adding the grace to the style soberly the front few braids are taken back and that fluffiness is achieved by loosely tying those front braids back. That fluffiness is adding a lot more luxury to the style.
Full Braid, Half Ponytail!
Till now we all know the importance as well as the popularity of the braided hairstyle. The three-strand braid is mixed with a lot of other hairstyles such as buns, ponytails, etc. to make a more creative hairstyle to give there everyday look. The next hairstyle is similar to it as we can see how the long shiny black hair of the lady is tied in fascinating tiny and more in number braids all over her head. And to give it a stylish touch to the hairdo we collectively take the center hair or braids and tie it in the ponytail not with the rubber band but instead of it is done by the braids or the hairs to provide more height to the ponytail. Looking at the picture, it is giving a red carpet feels so we can conclude that this hairstyle is perfect for night parties, disc party, dinner get-together, and date night.
Diva Bun for The Night
Most all round, as well as the flexible hairstyle of all time, is hair buns. Our history is filled with proves that how simply creating bun can make a person look more elegant and presentable. But in today’s time simple is not appropriate for most of the personality. People are continuously looking forward to upgrading their style. The hairstyle is a bun but not the simple but elegant. To achieve this look, you begin with dividing the hair of your crown into three parts left side, center, and right side. The next step would be dividing each side into three more strands and start creating clean and sophisticated French braids similarly shown in the above picture. After creating three French braids at each side we have to create a bun at the back but not simply including the braids but instead overlap those braids over each other creating a cross sign in the middle of the crown are, and it is followed by messy diva bun. This hairstyle gives red carpet feels and goals.
Elegant Bun Style
Buns are the only hairstyle that cannot get out of style. It is the most traditional and modern hairstyle. Tying your hair into the buns is the simple and versatile look that it can go with your every look such as school, college, parties, time with friends, office wear, an important meeting, date brunch, and night looks. If you are also fallen in deep love with the buns, so this hairstyle is for you to make you more unique and confident in your bun. Start with sectioning you’re into the three parts –left, center, right. Left and right sides are to be designed by creating French braids and the center hairs are done in rope braids. A very high bun is created at the back, and more height is given to it by wrapping braids around the bun which is giving a princess and more girly look to the hairstyle.
Braids Down The Way
Braids hair buns, box braids, rope braids, braids, braids, braids. We have lots and lots of style which starts or ends with braids. Braids are the most common and easy hairstyle. If you are lazy enough to try some complex and time-consuming hairstyle but yet you want to look presentable in this hair oriented world. No worries girl we held your back. This hairstyle is all about your laziness you just have to effort on the braids making that it. Your braids should be clear and loud to make the statement.
Till now, we have come to know almost all the various types of braids such as French, box, rope, etc. And we are also well aware of ponytails of braids. So thinking what new and unique in our next hairstyle. Here is it. This hairstyle is the mixture of two most versatile and demanded braids that are- French and rope. Both braids are newly created and are becoming very popular these days. Mixing these two braids to get the most flawless and gorgeous hairstyle is out of the box. All your crown hairs are tied in French braids then the ponytail is followed which is in rope braids. Add some cool and stylish accessories, as shown in the image above.
Rope Looked Cornrows
The rope looked cornrows look like ropes with colorful beads, or rubber bands looks very cute. This hairstyle is for younger or little girls and boys. In these three strands of hair make a rope-like braid. This hairstyle is for long or medium hair. It can be styled in many ways like with center partition or side partition. Mostly African American male or female rappers, singers always prefer this hairstyle.
Very Short Curly Hairstyle
This very short hairstyle is for those people who have curly hair. Curly hairs are not easy to maintain. Sothis hairstyle comes with very short curls all over the head and gives a fresh look. This hairstyle is for both girls and boys, but boys prefer this hairstyle the most. Curly hair is naturally has a heavy or wavy texture. This hairstyle gave a cool refreshing look and also came with very low maintenance. For working women or men, this is very comfortable. Especially in summers with every outfit, it gives a cool look.
Curly Mohawk Hairstyle
Mostly curly hair looks good rather than the straight hair according to some stylists. Only a few people have curly hair and maybe stubborn. So there are many hairstyles which highlighted uniqueness and personality, so Mohawk style is one of them. This hairstyle is for short or shoulder-length hairs. Some celebrities specially adapt this style to straight hair with the help of curling products. With light makeup and funky outfit, this curly Mohawk hairstyle looks very different.
African Fishtail Braid
African fishtail braids are quite a beautiful hairstyle. A fishtail braid is a complicated hairstyle, and in this hairstyle, two hair strands are used to make a braid. This fishtail hairstyle is suitable for both long and short hairs, thick or thin, black or golden. On short hair fishtail braid can be fixed with the help of pins or on long hair you can extend into a long braid and fixed with a rubber band or beads etc. African fishtail braid can be styled into many ways which look unique. It looks classy and modern with suits or funky styling. The African fishtail braid also looks great with ear studs or neckpieces or nose pins.
Finger Coils Rose with Short Hair
Finger coils on short hairs look like coils. Finger coils are only for short hairs to make an elegant look. This hairstyle is perfect for naturally curly or afro-textured hairs. In this hairstyle some hair products are used then with the help of fingers coiling is done. Finger coils are very popular in girls or boys. This hairstyle gave a great volume or texture to curly hair. Many African American celebrities rock their looks by this coiling technique. It can be styled with colorful outfits with shoes, with circular large earrings, etc.
African American French Roll Bun
Buns are a trendy style for hairs. High and low buns are in fashion today. African American French bun is suitable for natural curly, wavy, hairs with high volume, etc. For this hairstyle, strands are tightly tied together and make twisted braids to make French bun. Buns are styled in many ways and styles. It can be styled with any outfit or with loud eye makeup etc. For daily routine with low maintenance, this hairstyle is a comfortable option but consumes time. African girls mostly do this hairstyle for parties’ functions etc.
Side Swept Cornrows
Cornrows are a traditional African style. In this hairstyle, hairs are braided very close to scalp. Side-swept cornrows are the very coolest styles nowadays. Cornrows are suitable for both long or short hairs. Inside swept cornrows, there is a mixture of chunky and thin braids as well as a c curve pattern on one side. To manage long hairs and gave a unique style statement side swept cornrows are the best option. Pop singers, fashion designers, celebrities, etc. also prefer this hairstyle for award shows or different events.
High Bun and Flowing Braided Strands on Shoulders
Regular three strands braid and high bun are always in trend. This high bun and flowing braid hairstyle can be done with long hairs only. This hairstyle consists of many numbers of braids and ends are closed with the help of small rubber bands. Half of the braids are used to make high, but the little messy bun and other braids are flowing freely on the shoulders. This hairstyle consumes time but looks very cool. It can be styled with jeans or hoodies etc.
These are some of the best and popular African American Braids, which you can carry with any outfit and on any occasion.