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If you’re all about feminine power, then goddess braids are begging to be your crowning glory. This natural hairstyle is a lavish way to protect your growing hair while looking fly. Goddess braids are the straight back cornrows you know and love, but bigger and more angular. We mean the thickest, oversized tracks to fit you like a queen. Here are the best African hairstyles that will leave you feeling like a goddess:
Probably the most popular of the goddess braid hairstyles because of its staying power and suitability for long periods of wear. This protective style sees thick tracks braided onto the scalp from the hairline towards the centre of the head, with the ends styled into the shape of a bun. Decorate your bun with extra braids going across your forehead or pretty clips for added glam.
Also known as growing goddess braids, these African braids start at a narrow point from the hairline and then gradually increase in width as they move down the head. You’re left with beautiful angular formations, a fitting throwback to our artistic African roots. It’s a genius take on scale and illusion.
This natural hairstyle is like a piece of art that takes the form of curling shapes. It’s made with thick tracks as the focal point, with thinner tracks braided in between each row. All the tracks move in an S-curve, snaking their way around the head from the right side and end up under the left ear or in a tight bun. These cornrows can also form a spiralling curve if the thickness of the braids begins closer to the hairline.
Two tracks of thick braids begin at the centre of the hairline and move down in opposite directions to meet at the nape of the neck. Finally, the ends are twisted together to form a sweet heart-shaped bun.
Remember that goddess braids are thicker than normal braids, so your hairline needs extra protection. Mizani educator and stylist Rocky Bukasa says, “Take care of your edges by keeping them moisturised with a nourishing, taming product like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk. This will maintain the hair’s ability to hold the braids in suspension and ease the tension on your hairline, avoiding breakage.”
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